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Sport and Exercise Science MSc

Sport and Exercise Science - Performance

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2018
Part time 2 years September 2018

Sport and Exercise Science - Health

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2018
Part time 2 years September 2018

Choose Kingston's Sport and Exercise MSc

This MSc is a perfect course for those who want choice and are wishing to pursue their expertise in either of the two pathways; the promotion and assessment of health or enhancing sport performance.  The course utilises a student inclusive, co-collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to learning and is designed with a balanced approach, in which equal importance is given to research supported theory and vocational practices (praxis).

It utilises our links with industry and outreach partners and provides opportunity to become competent with laboratory resources that are industry standard and among the best in the UK. Uniting the strengths of staff expertise, extensive laboratory facilities and employer links within the course pathways, makes the Sport and Exercise masters degree a distinctively rich and challenging environment for students to pursue their interests, and offers opportunity to progress their career or academic aspirations.  Students who complete the programme will be in a strong position to flourish at Doctoral level or pursue careers related to their pathway.

What will you study?

The Sport and Exercise Science (MSc) programmes possess a specifically tailored curriculum focused on providing a distinctive blend of research and applied practice empowering students with the essential skills required for further postgraduate research and/or vocations in sport and exercise sciences. Teaching begins with coverage of core content required by all sport and exercise students and then provides student choice across two pathways of expertise in the sport and exercise genre; namely performance and health, each of which provide optional modules to aid students in their study choices.

The curriculum of each pathway has been carefully crafted to offer a rigorous, relevant, intellectual programme of study, supported by scholarship, practical opportunities and a research culture that develops students' theoretical understanding of their chosen discipline and its range of applications. The approaches to teaching are centred on a collaborative and inclusive learning environment which encourages the sharing of experiences, knowledge and understanding of students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Students will therefore graduate with a degree title reflecting their chosen specialism ie MSc Sport and Exercise – Performance or MSc Sport and Exercise – Health.

Assessment

Students will be provided an induction to the language of assessment and the tools used to measure the quality of their performance in the research methods core module.  For every module the assessment strategy is designed to provide personal choice and is engineered to allow the students opportunity for developing their own assessment literacies.  To achieve this, students will be provided with a range of formative feed forward activities (eg, task based scenarios, practical exercises, reflective blogs, group discussion boards and forums, role play) focused on enriching their learning experiences and preparing them for their summative assessments.  Depending on modules chosen, assessments will comprise; oral and/or poster presentations, viva voce, written laboratory reports, critical review, essay, laboratory manual, case study, practical competency, role play and a journal manuscript.  

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month internship as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the internship is with the student; we cannot guarantee the internship, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the internship is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the internship year, you will pay the fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find an internship and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure an internship.

Find out more about the postgraduate internship.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules (for all pathways)

  • This is a core module for all students on the Sport and Exercise Science masters' pathways.  This module has been designed to equip students with further understanding and appreciation of the philosophical factors underpinning the differing approaches to research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.  The curriculum builds upon the qualitative and quantitative research methods' training typically provided at undergraduate level, and encourages a more detailed understanding and critique of the methodological tools and analyses currently being used by researchers in the field.  To allow students from differing backgrounds the opportunity to more quickly assimilate to Kingston University and acquire the underpinning research methods knowledge required for masters' study, this module will be delivered in a short intensive block of time at the beginning of the programme before commencing on a chosen pathway.  This model of delivery provides students the necessary underpinning skills for success on other modules and opportunity to focus on their independent research project much earlier in their studies.

     
  • The purpose of this module is for students to undertake a significant, original and independent research project.  The student will make use of their research design and analysis skills and focus on a specific topic of their choice and derivation that must be related to their programme; performance or health.  The project will require every student to undertake some form of data collection and analysis, which will culminate in the writing of a scientific manuscript and viva defence.  This module also provides opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate a critical understanding of the key transferable skills that they have developed on their MSc studies that will enhance employability or readiness for work through personal and professional development and research experience. 

     

     
  • This is a core module in the Sport and Exercise Science (Health) masters' pathway. This module has been designed to develop knowledge and practical skills for the physiological assessment of health and exercise. The physiological responses to exercise, with special focus towards health and disease, are examined and the impact of exercise for the prevention and management of common medical conditions and diseases is explored. The module will provide students with a critical awareness of the methods of health assessment and exercise testing.  Emphasis will be placed on the critique of current research and practice guidelines for health and exercise, prescription and rehabilitation.  Upon completion of this module students will be able to make more informed choices for assessing health and recommending exercise prescription.

     

Performance pathway option modules (choose three)

  • This is core module on the Sport and Exercise Science (Health) and optional for those on the Sport and Exercise Science (Performance) master's pathways. It has been designed to evaluate the concept of what comprises a balanced and appropriate diet for health and examines the physiological responses to nutritional ergogenic aids for exercise training and competition.  With Public Health issues, such as the current obesity crisis, students will be encouraged to challenge their own perceptions and cultural choices of food for a healthy diet and will explore and measure the nutritional strategies that are used by the recreationally active to elite athletes, in their endeavours to enhance health, fitness, training and performance.  Upon completion of this module students will be able to make more informed dietary choices and provide sound guidance for optimising a person's health and/or exercise performance.

     
  • This is an optional module for students on the Sport and Exercise (Performance) masters' pathway and has been designed to examine current trends in performance analysis techniques and data collection methods to better inform athletes, coaches and support staff.  With performance analysis being a critical, objective method of evaluation with a focus to inform training programmes and athlete development, this module will aim to explore the multifaceted approaches to performance analysis in both academic and applied settings.  Students will examine a wide range of methodologies to make informed choices about how best to collect, interpret and report data from the analysis and to provide insight for enhancing future performance.  Upon completion of the module students will be aware of an array of data analysis techniques and will possess a vocationally relevant skill set that will enhance their employability within professional sport.

     
  • This is an optional module on the Sport and Exercise Science (Performance) and Sport and Exercise Science (Health) masters' pathways.  This module has been designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of biomechanical theory and application and a critical awareness of applied measurement techniques in the evaluation of human movement from a health perspective, and sport technique, from a performance perspective. The curriculum builds on an undergraduate level of knowledge of functional anatomy, basic biomechanics and analysis of movement to provide a more detailed awareness of the complexities of the biomechanics of the human body and the theories that are commonly applied to enable in-depth analysis of movement.  The module also embraces developments in technology that have resulted in a broad range of accessible measurement techniques for analysis of sport and activity in the field, for students to appreciate appropriate application of such technologies and understand both the benefits and limitations that they may have from the perspective of an individual, a biomechanics researcher, a clinician or a sport scientist.  As such, this module aims to equip students for advanced biomechanics research or an applied scientific support role.

     
  • This is an optional module for the Sport and Exercise (Performance) and the Sport and Exercise (Health) masters' pathways. It has been designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary topics in sport and exercise psychology, as well as their application by practicing professionals. Students will be encouraged to evaluate research and consider its utility in informing practice. Topics will be explored with a focus on a lifespan approach to sport and exercise, and the promotion of performance, health and psychological well-being. The module will build awareness of key issues encountered by a range of professionals working in sport and exercise, and therefore enhance employability and readiness for work in various roles. Students will be encouraged to analyse, synthesise and evaluate the latest research and to use their creative skills to consider how the discipline can be advanced.

     

Health pathway option modules (choose two)

  • This is core module on the Sport and Exercise Science (Health) and optional for those on the Sport and Exercise Science (Performance) masters' pathways. It has been designed to evaluate the concept of what comprises a balanced and appropriate diet for health and examines the physiological responses to nutritional ergogenic aids for exercise training and competition.  With Public Health issues, such as the current obesity crisis, students will be encouraged to challenge their own perceptions and cultural choices of food for a healthy diet and will explore and measure the nutritional strategies that are used by the recreationally active to elite athletes, in their endeavours to enhance health, fitness, training and performance.  Upon completion of this module students will be able to make more informed dietary choices and provide sound guidance for optimising a person's health and/or exercise performance. 

     
  • This is an optional module on the Sport and Exercise Science (Performance) and Sport and Exercise Science (Health) masters' pathways.  This module has been designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of biomechanical theory and application and a critical awareness of applied measurement techniques in the evaluation of human movement from a health perspective, and sport technique, from a performance perspective. The curriculum builds on an undergraduate level of knowledge of functional anatomy, basic biomechanics and analysis of movement to provide a more detailed awareness of the complexities of the biomechanics of the human body and the theories that are commonly applied to enable in-depth analysis of movement.  The module also embraces developments in technology that have resulted in a broad range of accessible measurement techniques for analysis of sport and activity in the field, for students to appreciate appropriate application of such technologies and understand both the benefits and limitations that they may have from the perspective of an individual, a biomechanics researcher, a clinician or a sport scientist.  As such, this module aims to equip students for advanced biomechanics research or an applied scientific support role.

     
  • This is an optional module for the Sport and Exercise (Performance) and the Sport and Exercise (Health) masters' pathways. It has been designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary topics in sport and exercise psychology, as well as their application by practicing professionals. Students will be encouraged to evaluate research and consider its utility in informing practice. Topics will be explored with a focus on a lifespan approach to sport and exercise, and the promotion of performance, health and psychological well-being. The module will build awareness of key issues encountered by a range of professionals working in sport and exercise, and therefore enhance employability and readiness for work in various roles. Students will be encouraged to analyse, synthesise and evaluate the latest research and to use their creative skills to consider how the discipline can be advanced.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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