2020 applicants
Postgraduate Course

MSc Sport and Exercise Science

MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Overview

The details
Sport and Exercise Science
October 2020
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

Train in the practical and theoretical elements of sport and exercise science. Explore the broad spectrum of areas that underpin health; sport and exercise. With our state-of-the-art facilities and science-based approach, you gain a solid understanding of the biology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology of sport.

You study a wide variety of topics including:

  • The analysis of movement
  • How extreme environments can affect human performance
  • Paediatric exercise science
  • Sport psychology

Our course allows you to gain practical hands-on experience in our specialist laboratory facilities, as well as learning the theoretical approaches. Our seminar-based teaching gives students a platform to participate in small group discussions and share expertise and knowledge.

This course is also available part time.

Why we're great.
  • We are ranked top 10 in the UK for sports science (Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • Use our five laboratories with the latest sports science equipment.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a final dissertation research project or a work-based capstone project.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

We offer a lively, friendly and supportive close-knit environment with research-led study and high-quality teaching. As part of our vibrant sports science community you learn from and work alongside internationally recognised academic researchers.

Key academic staff for this course includes:

  • Dr Jo Barton, Director of the Green Exercise Research Group and leading the way in this specialised research area
  • Dr Matthew Taylor, leading expert in a wide variety of research interests from Exergaming to Ageing and Gait analysis
  • Dr Gavin Sandercock, explores geographical and social interactions with exercise

Specialist facilities

  • Work in an open and friendly department, with shared staff-student social spaces
  • Conduct your final-year research alongside academics and PhD students in shared labs
  • Gain valuable experience working with our Human Performance Unit
  • Dedicated research facilities
  • Teaching facilities including new undergraduate laboratories

Your future

The sports science, fitness, health and leisure sectors are booming and provide a variety of careers for sports and exercise science graduates. Typical career destinations include sports performance, sports management and sports development, health care, teaching, the health and fitness industry and academic research.

We have great industry links and work closely with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 in a subject relevant to Sport, Exercise, Psychology or Human Biology.

Your degree should contain modules in sport, psychology or human biology - such as biology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology or genetics.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.

Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will focus on the fundamental assumptions underlying quantitative research, including; research design methods, sampling, and the validity and reliability of measurements in exercise science. Students will master the techniques needed to critically appraise published research and carry out a piece of original research.

View Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health on our Module Directory

Research Project

The research project module is an opportunity for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation. It will help develop your skills in reviewing synthesising and critically appraising academic literature. You will also be expected to design, analyse and interpret data and present findings in a scientific paper format.

View Research Project on our Module Directory

Biomechanics of Locomotion

Human movement, in particular walking gait is studied in some detail. Particular focus will be on what is 'normal' gait and from there the focus will shift to clinical populations and how gait is altered. The methods with which gait is analysed, from observational gait analysis to three-dimensional motion analysis, will also be explored with emphasis on interpreting the data and understanding how the data was obtained.

View Biomechanics of Locomotion on our Module Directory

Physical Activity and Wellbeing

The module explores contemporary topics in health psychology and focuses on the link between research evidence and the application of Health Psychology to sport and exercise. You will gain an understanding of up-to-date research evidence across a number of topics including the relationship between exercise and esteem, using exercise as an intervention to ameliorate psychological illness, and the impact of end-of-career on the well-being of an individual.

View Physical Activity and Wellbeing on our Module Directory

Applied Physiology

This module explores the medical and physiological challenges associated with human adaptation to and tolerance of extreme environments. Students will engage with historical and contemporary research in the field, with the aim of proposing novel solutions to problems in survival physiology, working at altitude and extended duration space flight.

View Applied Physiology on our Module Directory

Applied techniques in sport and exercise psychology

Provide a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate application of psychological knowledge to the measurement and assessment of human performance and develop applied skills necessary to service the needs of the athlete or coach and professionals in exercise settings.

View Applied techniques in sport and exercise psychology on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Small group laboratory sessions
  • Practical skills sessions

Assessment

  • Our modules are assessed by a combination of exams, essays, verbal/visual presentations and written reviews

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£8,340

International fee

£17,900

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2020 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

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Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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