MSc Sport and Exercise

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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:

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 was ranked number one in the UK for student experience in the subject*. We’re home to an impressive range of facilities, from a state-of-the-art environmental chamber, to a 3rd generation pitch and biochemistry laboratory.

We’re also home to an impressive team, across a range of specialisms, from physiology, biomechanics and nutrition, to coaching and community sport. 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 Football Club, research organisations like the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and national bodies including UK Coaching and British Cycling.

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

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Career Prospects

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 Physical Education 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.

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Entry requirements

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.

Course details

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 issues around community wellbeing or the psychology of sport, to name but a few. While these pathways are 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.

Units for each pathway: 

MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

  • Foundation Biomechanics
  • Analysing Movement
  • Applied Biomechanical Techniques
  • Biological and Non‑Biological Materials
  • Modelling and Simulation

MSc Sport and Exercise – Sport And Exercise Physiology

  • System Physiology and Exercise Testing
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • 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

MSc 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

Placement options

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.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

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: £16,000 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: £2667 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).

Additional Information

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).

Additional costs

Other Costs

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. 

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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