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What will I learn?

Course Overview

The internationally recognised research expertise in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is unique and combines with one of the leading centres for student sport in the UK. This popular MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science is contained within the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences Postgraduate Scheme in Sport. Research-informed learning and professional practice support the structure and effective delivery of the programme’s content. It adopts a student-centred approach to develop understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise through multi- and independent discipline perspectives. Within the programme, students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in Biomechanics or Physiology, or pursue the general route towards the award of an MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences. The programme assists students in exploring internship opportunities within research, applied sport science and clinical practice, and further supports student engagement within professional bodies (e.g. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: BASES).


There are no written examinations for this programme and modules (except the dissertation) are typically assessed through written work and an additional assessment, such as a presentation, practical assessment or a viva voce examination. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, designing interventions, research reports, presentations and critique. The dissertation report is usually presented in the format of a journal article but may also be produced as a traditional 12,000 word thesis.

There are three exit points from the MSc Sport & Exercise Science degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgD) awarded completion of six modules; the MSc (potentially with named pathways) is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements including the submission of a dissertation report.

Employability & Careers

Many graduates of the programme go on to gain employment in research or professional practice in a directly relevant area. Many graduates of the programme are currently studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject domestically or internationally. Other graduates have pursued careers as clinical and applied science consultants, lecturers (further and higher education) and, in the fitness and training industry. Recent graduates have also secured employment as applied sport scientists in the National Institutes of Sport (e.g. English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales), within UK academic departments and within clinical practices. We have a thriving campus with a focus on sport and exercise and we have excellent links with governing bodies; both of these help to provide students with vital work experience to help secure future employment.

Which department am I in?

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 17,696) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

26 September 2022, 16 January 2023


Cyncoed Campus

Cyncoed Road,



CF23 6XD, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in USA with minimum GPA 2.8 or above or students with a good GPA and relevant work experience over 1 year or students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the UK or Masters degree. Students need to have an 6.0 overall with no sub score lower than 5.5. Some courses may require a higher IELTS level.

For international students

The specific entry requirements include: An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme. An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director. Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. TOEFL IBT: Overall - 95; Reading - 24; Speaking - 25; Listening - 22; Writing - 24.

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


About Cardiff Metropolitan University

Located in the Welsh capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University offers a range of courses which focus on practical and professional learning.

  • Welsh University of the Year 2021
  • Awarded silver by the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Student community from over 143 countries
  • Top 15 university for international student support

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