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Applied Strength and Conditioning Science MSc, PGDip, PGCert




What will I learn?

Study a Master's degree that will give you the practical skills required for a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach.

  • High practical focus, allowing for development of coaching and scientific skills that are crucial for industry
  • Outstanding sports facilities including access to the Performance Education Centre
  • Excellent industry links, providing opportunity for placement and vocational experience
  • Develop an extensive understanding of strength and conditioning theory and its real-world application

Why study Applied Strength and Conditioning Science?

To have a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach it's crucial for you to have the practical and scientific skills necessary to deliver safe, informed, and effective support for athletes.

Many sports science, coaching or rehabilitation graduates develop an interest in strength and conditioning and the training processes of athletes. Despite that, they may lack the technical or scientific knowledge required to deliver this effectively.

When you graduate from our Applied Strength and Conditioning Science degree you will have the skills needed to be successful within the industry.

You'll be taught by experienced coaches and scientists who coach (or have coached) across a variety of levels and sports. includes rugby, football, golf, cricket, and Olympic and Paralympic programmes. All teaching staff on the programme develop their work within the industry into research that then informs how coaching of their sport is delivered.

Modes of study

The degree can be completed in a year if studied full-time and can be studied as an MSc, PGDip or PGCert.

Assessment methods

A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including practical coaching observations, critical essays, scientific reports, and presentations. No formal written examinations are included, however, there will be a large written component to the research project final report.

Modules are taught two or three hours per week in addition to an intensive teaching period at the start of the first semester.

Career opportunities

A considerable strength of our Applied Strength and Conditioning Science degree is its links to industry.

At undergraduate level, there are around 30 placement providers that periodically provide opportunities for students, ranging from six-week placements, to year-long positions.

These opportunities may include professional football, rugby, tennis, cricket and a range of other sports, as well as schools/colleges, local gyms and Crossfit boxes and much more.

Which department am I in?

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,800.00 (US$ 20,480) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2024


St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary's University,

Waldegrave Road,



TW1 4SX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Masters Degree. All of our postgraduate degrees require 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

For international students

Students need to have a 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in sport science, exercise science, health science, physical education, sport rehabilitation, physiotherapy or a related field. Non-degree or professional entrants: Applications may be considered from students without an undergraduate degree (or in a different discipline) if they can demonstrate significant professional experience in a related sector (such as personal training or military training). These applications will be considered by the Programme Director. Students need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent). iBT TOEFL: 88 overall with 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 21 in speaking and 20 in writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About St Mary's University

Students at St Mary’s will enjoy a high class of education alongside excellent extra-curricular opportunities for a fully rounded student experience.

  • Top-rated university for student experience
  • One of the safest universities in the UK
  • Excellent facilities including world-class sport
  • Vibrant and diverse student community

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