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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 provides 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. Expert academics with specialist knowledge will mentor and support you through your chosen research project.

You can choose to focus your independent work within one of three namedpathways – 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

Two days a week of timetabled activity, made up of lectures, workshops and practical sessions, are combined with extensive opportunities for independent learning. Students receive specialist individual mentoring in an area of their choice during applied sport science support and research projects.

In Term 1 students take modules (Biomechanical Analysis and Research, Sports Physiology, and Delivering Applied Sports Psychology) that explore the theory underpinning practice in the main disciplines of sport science and that provide them with 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 in supporting the development of a research project proposal.

Students can specialise further in Term 2 on two modules that involve external engagement. In Applied Sport Science Support they plan and implement a sport science intervention with a local elite sports performer and in Investigation and Communication in Applied Sport Science they design, develop and deliver a public workshop on a sport science topic of their choice.

In Term 3 students undertake their Sport Science Research Project, an extended independent study that culminates in the submission of a journal manuscript. The research topic is again selected by the student.

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

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.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline, plus 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

Emma Jubbs - +44 (0)1522 886286

Special Features & Research Highlights

Community Links

The School maintains close links with local athletes, sports clubs, coaching networks and elite athlete support programmes. These links 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 cutting-edge 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 prepares graduates for a range of career opportunities, including sport science support, research or teaching in sport science, physical education or related areas.



As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships


2014/15 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,680 £14,719
Part-time £37 per credit point £82 per credit point


2015/16 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,880 £15,602
Part-time £38 per credit point £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Not all programmes offer a part-time option, please see the main course Introduction.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters 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.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 


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. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.