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MSc Sport Science

1 year 2 years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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With an emphasis on applied theory, practical work and community engagement, this programme aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of sport science with an option to specialise in a particular area.

The MSc Sport Science is designed for graduates from sport-related degrees and professional practitioners wishing to keep their scientific knowledge and skills up to date.

You will be encouraged to undertake applied work in the areas that best fit your interests and career plans. Academics with specialist knowledge will mentor and support you throughout your chosen research project.

You can choose to focus your independent work within one of three named pathways – Biomechanics, Physiology or Psychology – or study the MSc Sport Science without a designated pathway, in order to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of your studies.

How You Study

You receive two days per week of timetabled activity, made up of lectures, workshops and practical sessions. These are combined with extensive opportunities for independent learning. You can receive specialist individual mentoring in an area of your choice during applied sport science support and research projects.

In the first term, you study modules (Biomechanical Assessment and Research, Sports Physiology, and Delivering Applied Sports Psychology) that explore the theory underpinning practice in the main disciplines of sport science. These are also designed to provide the practical skills and knowledge necessary for undertaking research or applied support work in these areas. A fourth module, Research Methods and Skills, covers quantitative and qualitative research methods, which is designed to support the development of a research project proposal.

You can specialise further in term 2 with two modules that involve external engagement. In Applied Sport Science Support you have the opportunity to implement a sport science intervention with a local elite sports performer and in Investigation and Communication in Applied Sport Science you have the chance to design, develop and deliver a public workshop on a sport science topic of your choice.

In the final term, you undertake a Sport Science Research Project, an extended independent study that culminates in the submission of a journal manuscript. You can choose your own research topic.

Named Pathway

If you have chosen to focus your independent work in a single discipline, you can opt to add a named pathway to the title of your award. Alternatively, you may choose to receive the MSc Sport Science without a designated pathway in order to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of your studies.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

The broad range of assessment methods for this programme includes an applied support portfolio, delivery of a workshop, applied practical assessments, written reports, a debate and a dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a related discipline and successful interview. Applicants with extensive professional experience will be considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Sandy Willmott
+44 (0)1522 886651


Master's Level

Applied Sport Science Support (Core)

This module is designed to develop key consultancy skills during the delivery of a supervised programme of scientific support. You will have the opportunity to work with a client to deliver a coordinated programme of support in an area of your choice: physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, psychology, or an integrated programme of support. An academic mentor will be available to support the learning. You are expected to engage one-to-one with an athlete for whom a support programme must be designed, implemented and evaluated.

Biomechanical Assessment and Research (Core)

This module is designed to develop your ability in the use of advanced biomechanical assessment tools to collect valid and reliable data for independent applied practice or research. Particular emphasis will be placed on three-dimensional motion analysis and isokinetic dynamometry. Data collection and analysis will be considered in the context of the wider support process.

Delivering Applied Sport Psychology (Core)

This module aims to develop a sophisticated understanding of the key issues and processes in the delivery of sport psychology support. The module will explore the key considerations that must be understood and resolved by sport psychology practitioners in order to be effective when working with athletes, teams, coaches and support staff.

Investigation and Communication in Applied Sport Science (Core)

This module aims to develop your ability to disseminate sport science knowledge to an applied audience of coaches, athletes and/or parents. You will have the chance to acquire skills relevant to all stages in the process of presenting a workshop: research, design, and delivery of the session.

The content of the workshops will be aligned to the department’s coach and athlete education programme, organised through external partners. You will have the chance to be involved in setting, organising and marketing the workshop through consultation with the department’s Director for Consultancy and Community Services.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop the research skills required in essential preparation for the Research Project. The module will address epistemological issues, as well as ethical considerations, research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry and analysis.

The focus is on developing the skills to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature, and integrate such knowledge in preparation for independent study. You will be able to focus on an issue or issues relevant to your personal interests and intended professional development. This will draw on critical analysis and understanding of research methodology and methods acquired from the discipline of sport science.

Sport Physiology (Core)

This module aims to provide an understanding of the limitations to human performance from a physiological perspective. Through appreciation of mechanisms that cause maximal and submaximal athletic performance, effective monitoring and intervention strategies can be implemented to enhance physiological performance and attenuate the onset of fatigue.

Sport Science Research Project (Core)

The aim of this module is to draw upon the range of research and professional skills developed through the MSc programme to plan, manage and implement a successful research study in an area of sport science. Through the application of scientific enquiry, the construction of innovative and creative methodologies, and the critical interpretation of data, the impact of such research should have publishable merit. The project should be presented as a journal research paper, which may be mono- or inter-disciplinary in nature.

Special Features

Community Links

The School maintains close links with local athletes, sports clubs, coaching networks and elite athlete support programmes. These links can provide students with diverse, real-world opportunities for delivering applied support and for sharing their sport science knowledge with the local community through workshops and consultancy activities.


You will have access to the University’s Human Performance Centre, which includes two physiology labs, a biomechanics lab, a psychology/motor control lab and dedicated computer suites.

Career and Personal Development

The breadth of the material and applied experiences covered in the programme can prepare graduates for a range of career opportunities, including sport science support, research or teaching in sport science, physical education or related areas.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
International £13,800
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £77 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Find out if you are eligible.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.