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Strength & Conditioning - MSc/PgD/PgC

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Fitness / Body Training Fitness Trainer Training

Course type


Course Summary

The principle aim of the programme is to prepare students for employment within the strength and conditioning industry. This is achieved through academic staff with both experience in the applied sector and currency of research within the strength and conditioning profession and related areas.

The programme also benefits from many industry based visiting lecturers. This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports that are aligned with the diversity of skills required for employment and accreditation within the applied sector.​ ​

Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursue careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education). Previous graduates and current students of the programme work within the following establishments/organisations: English Institute of Sport; Sport Wales; Newport Gwent Dragons; Scarlets Rugby; Leicester Tigers Rugby; Cardiff City FC; Glamorgan County Cricket; Bath Rugby; Cardiff Met Sport; Cardiff and Vale College. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.

Different course options

Full time | Cyncoed Campus | 2 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Strength and Conditioning Theory to Practice (20 Credits) - Core
Training Science (20 Credits) - Core
Dissertation Project (60 Credits) - Core
Research Methods for Sport(Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 Credits) - Core
Strength and Conditioning Science and Application (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following: 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 coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme​.

University information

Cardiff Metropolitan University is one of Cardiff’s oldest educational institutions, having gone through several name changes during its history. It has two campuses (Cyncoed and Llandaff) which are just outside the city centre and provides a range of different courses. Approximately 35% of its students are studying a postgraduate qualification, and 30% of their overall attendees are mature students. The university was awarded a Silver...more