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MSc Sport Biomechanics Degree

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biomechanics Sports Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Our well-established sports biomechanics master's enables you to specialise in the physics of sport - the area of science concerned with the analysis of human movement.

Through the measurement and simulation of movement, it facilitates a greater understanding of human performance in sporting and recreational activities. This understanding can then be used to improve performance and reduce injury risk.

The programme contains cutting-edge content, ranging from experimental techniques and equipment requirements and use, through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems. You will benefit from access to a large designated teaching laboratory, which can be partitioned into two fully equipped laboratories, allowing independent activities to be performed simultaneously.

Throughout the programme you will use key pieces of biomechanics equipment, including Vicon motion analysis systems, force plates, wireless electromyography (EMG), and isokinetic dynamometers, together with the programming language MATLAB for data processing and analysis, and software for computer simulation and inertia modelling.

The programme culminates in an original research project wherein you will use the laboratory and equipment independently to collect and analyse data to answer a research question.

Who should study this programme?

Our sports biomechanics master's is suitable for students with the following interests/academic backgrounds:

sport and exercise science (including some biomechanics)
physical sciences
biological sciences (including some biomechanics/bioengineering)
manual therapy which includes some biomechanics (eg physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic).

What you'll study

Our MSc Sport Biomechanics has been designed to develop your understanding of the theoretical basis of sports biomechanics analysis and to understand the range of traditional areas from which methods and data are recruited for an integrated solution to analysing human motion.

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

During the year you will also be encouraged to develop your employability and industry-specific skills through career talks, and opportunities for employment and volunteering in applied sports science settings.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our MSc Sport Biomechanics go on to a variety of careers, including:

elite athlete support for the English Institute of Sport
The Lawn Tennis Association
PhD research at the University of Queensland
PhD research at Pennsylvania State University
biomechanics services at the National Biomechanics Institute (US)
Boardman Bikes
biomechanics technology with Hawkeye

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will enable you to critically evaluate biomechanics research in terms of the scientific method, data collection, processing, data interpretation, and scientific writing. On completion of the module you will have knowledge and understanding of the key research literature in sports biomechanics and the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles underlying the research. You should also be able to interpret multiple modes of study as they apply to sports biomechanics, use MATLAB software to process and interpret biomechanical data, and create and edit MATLAB scripts and functions.

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

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in sport or biological sciences (with a substantial biomechanics/bioengineering component), or in engineering, maths, physical sciences, or related disciplines.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more