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2 years

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About Sport Science at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

We give you the flexibility to develop your knowledge in a specific area of expertise within this distinctive research-based Sport Science Masters.

Current practical, technical and research skills are embedded in the course to reflect the needs of sport-related careers - you'll be able to enter industry or use this degree as a stepping stone to a PhD. You can choose to do a research project in any sport-related sub-discipline. Examples include but are not limited to: sports performance, performance analysis, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, including environmental physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and sports injuries, sport psychology.

You can work with the University's strong ties to national and international sporting bodies and institutions throughout the sporting community. These include:

  • Professional Football Clubs
  • England Hockey
  • Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre
  • the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • the British Olympic Association.

Know that you will be in great hands studying under our knowledgeable team, whose internationally leading research includes areas such as sports performance, extreme environments, nutritional supplementation, physical activity and health.

Placements and work experience opportunities are available throughout your period of study

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

Contact details: Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

You will study three core modules which includes an extensive research project, and one optional module. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

  • Modules

    Core modules

    • Sport Science Research Methods (15 cp) - You will develop your skills in the use of software packages for statistical analysis of data. You will learn how to plan, write and deliver oral presentations and research proposals. There will also be sessions involving critical appraisal of poster presentations.
    • Sport in Action (15 cp) - This module aims to enhance your employability providing the relevant knowledge and practical skills for your chosen field. The module includes a variety of teaching methods and sessions aimed at developing you as a practitioner and researcher.
    • Sport Research Project (120 cp) - As the core aspect for the Master's by Research (MRes) you will undertake an extensive research project of your choice, under the supervision of our expert staff.

    Optional modules

    Choose one module from the following:

    • Exercise Physiology (30 cp) - This module aims to provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the issues at the forefront of exercise physiology. This will be delivered from the current knowledge base which will be drawn from relevant publications and staff research interests. This module will allow students to continue to advance their prior knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific concepts in exercise physiology, and develop new skills to a high level.
    • Performance Analysis (30 cp) - This module provides a strong theoretical underpinning in areas of performance analysis and skill acquisition, combined with industry relevant experience. Contemporary issues at the forefront of performance and skill acquisition research will be discussed and explored.
    • Current Topics in Performance Nutrition (30 cp) - This module examines the growing area of research exploring the interaction between nutrition and athletic performance. Emphasis will be placed upon exploring emerging theories and concepts with the use of recent primary research, with topics including applied sports nutrition, ergogenic aids / supplementation, the role of nutrition in central fatigue and dietary assessment and design for the elite athlete.
    • Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (30 cp) - This module will enable you to develop a systematic understanding of the measurement and analytical tools required to undertake sport biomechanics research and support work.
    • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (30 cp) - This module will enable you to critique current research from high impact journals across a range of key areas such as imagery, goal setting and sport confidence. It requires you to examine both qualitative and quantitative research in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Applied Sport Psychology (30 cp) - This are of study will enable you to apply psychological knowledge to enhance the personal development and performance of athletes and coaches.
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • enhance your communication skills
    • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
    • boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Where you'll study

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Sport students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and CELS buildings.

    We offer outstanding facilities such as the Sports Science Environmental Chamber, which is British Olympic Association Approved, and 3-dimensional imaging equipment used to digitally capture human motion for technique analysis.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you're taught

The taught modules are delivered by a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, seminars and tutorials. The research project will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a major research task.

Study hours

Contact hours for a 20 cp module are typically around 50 hours, with a further 150 hours expected from you for directed and independent study.


Students are assessed in a manner consistent with the aims, objectives and learning outcomes of the module. Assessed work will take one or more of the following forms:

  • Research Project
  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentation
  • Formal report
  • Poster presentation
  • Job application and interview (Sport Science in Action)

Careers and employability

Graduates of this Sport Science Masters course have pursued careers in sports marketing and management, sports injury and rehabilitation and sport psychology research.

Employers have included:

  • Manchester United FC
  • Northumbria University
  • Institute of Youth Sport
  • Kings College
  • English Institute of Sport.

This degree can provide a platform for students who are considering a PhD, and want to gain further experience and relevant qualifications before committing to a research degree.

Placements and work experience opportunities are available throughout your period of study. The University's Employability team has an enviable reputation for helping our graduates find employment and offers individual consultations. Sessions are available to all students at NTU on CV writing and interview technique. Examples of opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • performance analysts at professional football clubs
  • sports science support with elite athletes
  • strength and conditioning work with elite athletes
  • physiological monitoring of elite athletes
  • research experience by assisting staff and PhD students
  • creativity and innovation management placements at Alton Towers resort.

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Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £2,200 year one, £4,300 year two

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.


We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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