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Sports coaching and sports science have become vital components of sports performance. Working in sport requires a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, interpersonal skills and understanding of the sporting environment. This course will equip you with the practitioner knowledge and experience to succeed and secure employment in the competitive sports industry.
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Why study this subject?
Sports Performance will enable you to build on the technical underpinnings of an undergraduate degree in a related field and provide the applied experience that employers demand.
You will develop problem solving skills and the creativity necessary to thrive in a competitive sporting environment, while learning about the current practice and future direction of applied sports science. You will develop the essential skills to work with and communication effectively with athletes, coaches, support staff or independent clients for maximum impact.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
The University has strong links with local and national sporting organisations including the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, Wycombe Wanderers F.C., local football academies and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The teaching staff have many years applied experience in elite sports including The British Rowing Team, The English Institute of Sport, British Swimming, British Sailing, and Reading Ladies FC, and Reading Rockets Basketball team.
What facilities can I use?
The Human Performance Laboratory at Buckinghamshire New University is central to this qualification, and you will be given the opportunity to contribute to various aspects of the facilities services.
Through the delivery of an expanding sports science support service, as an MSc Sports Performance student, you will interact with clients, technical personnel and suppliers. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in marketing and expansion of the current service.
What will I study?
This course will cover topics such as Contemporary Issues in Sports and Exercise Science, Applied Sport Science Support, and Working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
This programme will help:
- plan and modify solutions to a variety of sporting problems.
- interpret the ethical considerations of contemporary issues in sports performance.
- develop the non-technical skills necessary for a career in competitive sport.
- gain creative, adaptable and influential presentations skills in range of modalities.
- select and utilise suitable contemporary techniques and methodologies in performance sport.
You will also produce a Research Project and a take part in a Placement or Student Enterprise to further develop your skills and opportunities for employment.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, and more practical activities. This course will draw on the theoretical and industry experience of staff and utilise and range of methods depending on the module.
The majority of modules have two summative assessment elements. There are no written examinations due to the programme’s vocational nature. Instead you will be assessed through a range of activities, including:
- online assessment
- research project
- written assignment
- role play
- practical laboratory based assessment
- case study (Placement).
What are the course entry requirements?
Potential students will normally hold a minimum of a second class honours undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science or a related subject, including discipline specific awards (e.g. physiology, strength and conditioning etc).
Applications from athletes, coaches and support staff who have extensive experience of the competitive sport environment are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Research Project & Research Methods
Placement / Student Enterprise
Contemporary Issues in Sports & Exercise Science
Applied Sport Science Support
Working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£3,450 per year
Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£6,450 per year
What are my career prospects?
At Buckinghamshire New University, we are dedicated to helping you develop the technical skills and abilities to expand your career prospects and work in a multi-disciplinary team.
We have designed this course to prepare you for working with athletes and teams at any level and will have the opportunity to pursue a career in coaching, sports development, exercise and fitness, strength and conditioning, sports academy support, teaching, and more.