Sport and exercise are more sophisticated than ever before. From its impact on our bodies to its impact on our communities, our understanding of the subject is growing every day. With that growth comes a whole range of specialist fields and niche subjects, not to mention a variety of career paths. This masters programme can prepare you for those possibilities, offering the mix of critical thinking, expert knowledge and professional skills vital for new areas of health, exercise intervention and sports education.
It’s a programme built on solid scientific and practical foundations, and provides an interdisciplinary perspective – giving you the chance to touch on areas like physiology, psychology, coaching studies, biomechanics and sports injury.
As such, this is a flexible course that offers a range of pathways:
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Exercise Physiology
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Exercise Psychology
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport Coaching
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Community Development
MA Sport and Exercise – Sport and Leisure History
So, whether you see your future working in the lab, in the community or by the track, pitch or pool, we offer a route to the knowledge and skills you’ll need.
The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked number one in the UK for student experience in the subject*. We’re home to an impressive range of facilities, from an Olympic beach volleyball court and 3rd generation pitch, to state-of-the-art environmental chamber and biochemistry laboratory.
We’re also home to an impressive team, across a range of specialisms, from physiology, biomechanics and nutrition, to coaching and sport history. On our staff you’ll find the experts behind world-leading research, internationally recognised experts within their fields and active members of leading bodies.
Being based in a city where sport is in the DNA, means there are few better places to build your future. Manchester is the setting for a massive variety of sports organisations, from grassroots to global elite, coupled with many local bodies and businesses working in health and fitness. And we have strong links to it all – clubs including Manchester City FC, research organisations like the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and national bodies including UK Coaching and the FA.
In short, we offer everything you need to pursue a future in sport – following in the footsteps of our graduates who are now supporting elite athletes, coordinating community public health or delivering physical activity and rehabilitation programmes.
*The Times Higher Education, Subject Rankings 2019
Features and Benefits
Investing in facilities – We’re investing over £6m in sports facilities in Manchester at our John Dalton building, Platt Lane complex and Sugden Sports Centre.
Leading staff – Enjoy the support of our team of accredited sport scientists that includes Olympic-level coaches, healthcare consultants, published researchers and recognised experts.
Professional connections – Take advantage of our extensive partnerships including Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, City in the Community and the Manchester Giants basketball team.
Trusted experts – Learn from the experienced practitioners who provide scientific support to businesses and government, and lead the way as a partner in a sport-related SOCRATES European exchange network.
Capital of Sport – This is a city with sport in its DNA – putting you at the heart of a sporting community that includes national bodies, research organisations, grassroots teams and global mega-clubs.
Dedicated support - you’ll have the support of our team of accredited sport scientists and experts who work with business, the NHS, government and international athletes. With our network of local sports organisations and health providers, you’ll have opportunities for placements.
This is a course designed to prepare you for a specialist future in sport and exercise, whether that means professional roles or continued studies. While many of our graduates pursue their PhD after achieving their masters, many others have gone into senior roles within education, from international professors to PE teachers to senior managers.
Many of the pathways can also lead to specialist coaching positions – helping you apply your expertise as a senior or academy level coaches, coach educator or performance analyst (to name a few), within community sport development. It’s also a qualification that can take you far within healthcare, whether working in rehabilitation, health promotion or as a physiologist with the NHS or private provider.
A minimum 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) typically in a related area or in an area of study accompanied by professional or personal experience. Applicants with relevant extensive professional experience in this field will be considered for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accredited Prior Experience (APE) entrance, even if they do not have the required qualifications.
IELTS score required for international students 6.5 with no element below 5.5.
You’ll develop your professional skills, from communication and team-work skills, ensuring you can translate your academic understanding into workplace impact. You’ll also explore a wide range of research methods, discovering how to harness the right tools and approaches to investigate various aspects of sport and exercise. And, from there, you’ll take on a research project – a substantial, masters-level piece of work that lets you explore an area of the subject that interests you most.
The rest of your programme will depend on the pathway you take – whether that means exploring the science of movement, the history of sport or the issues around community wellbeing, to name but a few. While these pathways may be diverse, they’re all delivered with the same high standards, by an exceptional team making the most of superb facilities.
All our Sport and Exercise pathways offer a mix of the practical and theoretical. One day, you might be working in a state-of-the-art laboratory, the next day you could be on one of the eight courts in our sports hall. You could also find yourself on placement with partner organisations like Manchester City FC, working with an organisation like The English Institute of Sport, or even doing research at somewhere like the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.
Whatever the pathway, wherever your passions in sport lie, this is a programme made to provide a foundation for the future. You’ll leave us equipped to pursue a range of specialist career paths in exercise and sport, specialising in sport development.
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Applied Biomechanical Techniques
Biological and Non‑Biological Materials
Modelling and Simulation
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport And Exercise Physiology
System Physiology and Exercise Testing
Biological Basis of Movement
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Sport and Exercise Genetics
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport And Exercise Psychology
Working in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise
Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Neuroscience in Sport and Exercise
Sport and Exercise Psychology Consultancy
MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport Coaching
Historical and Cultural Foundations of Coaching
Supporting Coaches and their Continuous Professional Development
Contemporary Issues and Policy in Coaching
The Coach as Educator
Issues in Coaching Pedagogy
MA Sport and Exercise – Sport and Community Development
Sport Development Policy and Planning
Sport and Physical Activity: Measuring Impact
International Perspectives in Sport Development
Sport: A Broader Social Agenda
Social Marketing for Sport and Physical Activity
MA Sport and Exercise – Sport And Leisure History
Rediscovering the Sporting Past
Writing Lives: Biographies and Life Histories
Origins of Modern Sport and Leisure
Internationalisation, Commercialisation and Global Mega Events
Public History and Practice
While our masters courses don’t offer an official placement as part of the programme, we offer a range of opportunities for honing your skills in a professional environment.
We’re not simply based in a city of sport – we’re an active part of it. We’ve developed close working relationships with a range of different sports organisations. As such, we could help you find placement opportunities with the likes of Manchester City FC, Stoke FC or Port Vale FC. We could help you explore research and support opportunities with organisations including the Neuromuscular Centre, Manchester Aquatic Centre, Manchester Institute of Health and Performance. And we’ve worked on funded research projects with Sport England, UK Coaching, the English Football Association, Canoe England, GB Shooting, GB Orienteering and the English Institute of Sport.
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences hosts a range of specialisms, from physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, to coaching and sport history. Our innovative partnerships with high profile sporting organisations include a unique collaboration with Manchester City Football Club.
We focus on practical and academic skills alongside employability, to prepare our graduates for work in a variety of careers.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The university also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £500 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses
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Being at university isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Before you arrive, we’ll make sure you know where to go and what to do. And once you’re settled in, our team’s ready to support you during your stay.
From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a distinctive global city – and we think you will be too.
Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
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Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
The Students’ Union is your voice in the University. Through the officials that you elect, the Union supports its members and stands up for your issues. And, with its building at the heart of the campus, it also provides you with a bar, shop, café, and event venue.
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