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The Master of Research (MRes) allows you to develop specialised research methods in exercise science, within a professional research setting. This master's course is excellent preparation for PhD study in exercise science, as the discipline becomes increasingly focused on research.

Early in the course you will take a taught module, choosing from a menu of options related to Strength and Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You will then select a project to work on, related to the existing work of the department's research groups. This prepares you for the main part of the course, which is the design and implementation of a study of your choice for your thesis.

At the end of the course you could follow the usual route of progressing to doctoral level. Equally, you will have the appropriate skills to start a career in any aspect of professional research or exercise science.

The course will provide you with an excellent foundation in research methods. It can act as the perfect stepping stone to a doctorate, and will give you a real taste of PhD life. Not only will you gain this fantastic experience but you will gain an MRes Exercise Science master's degree, which is an extremely valuable qualification in it's own right.

Given the intensity and complexity of study, the MRes qualification demonstrates your ability to go beyond undergraduate skills. In order to achieve the Exercise Science MRes you will enhance your research professionalism, communication skills and evaluative abilities. You will show that you are capable of making decisions in complex situations, and that you possess a thirst for independent learning.

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. Making full use of our sport science labs, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our three main themes:

  • Relation of, adaptation to, and recovery from exercise
  • Clinical exercise physiology and nutrition in promoting healthy living
  • Education and development of coaches' and athletes' performance

Sport and exercise science graduate jobs can include roles across a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You can expect to be prepared for roles such as: exercise physiologist, fitness centre manager, personal trainer, secondary school teacher, sports administrator, sports development officer and sports therapist.

Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria University here.

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in sports science, or a related subject including anatomy and physiology. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



Scholarships and Discounts

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP0736 -

High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

In “High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning” you will study the long-term planning process in strength and conditioning, and the “art and science” of effective coaching delivery. Through study on the module you will learn about the history of periodization and long-term planning, the approaches coaches can take to planning training for athletic performance enhancement, and how to critically analyse and apply evidence to deal with the challenges faced by S&C coaches in the long-term planning process. You will also study how your behaviour as a coach impacts on the acquisition of skill and the prevailing motivational climate of your own practice, and critically reflect on your own coaching behaviour with the aim of improving how you interact with your athletes.

More information

SP0737 -

Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge to conduct an assessment and report for a real athlete/client. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, and exercise preparation.

More information

SP0738 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a range of research approaches and data analysis methods applicable to your subject of study as well as a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how these approaches can be applied in the planning of an experimentally-rigorous and ethically-sound research study.

More information

SP0739 -

Epidemiology, aetiology and pathology of health disorders and special populations (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is concerned with the study of the factors determining and influencing the frequency and distribution of disease, and other health-related events and their causes in a defined human population for the purpose of establishing programs to prevent and control their development and spread. The module will explore the aetiology, epidemiology and pathology of common health disorders. You will critically appraise the epidemiological evidence and explore traditional and alternative approaches to the prevention and management of health conditions in special populations.

More information

SP0741 -

Translation of Health Research (Optional,20 Credits)

You will become familiar with the research framework that governs research council funding in the United Kingdom. You will assess how the impact of research can be evaluated. You will explore research metrics and how they relate to societal and economic benefits derived from health research.

More information

SP0750 -

Practical Skills & Research Techniques in Exercise Science (Core,30 Credits)

This module will introduce you to a range of practical techniques as well as discipline specific research skills which are used within exercise science. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques that are used by researchers in the department (measuring brain blood flow, neuromuscular function, muscle architecture etc.) and generic research skills (searching for electronic resources, précising of research manuscripts, responding to reviewers’ comments, research funding and participant recruitment) that are necessary for research within exercise science.

More information

SP0751 -

Exercise Science Dissertation (Core,90 Credits)

This dissertation module provides you with the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance to exercise science. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in modules as the basis for an in depth investigation of specific issues in the discipline. The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to carry out an extensive, empirical investigation related to a topic of your own choice, where you will develop skills in communication, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

More information

SP0752 -

Research Experience (Core,20 Credits)

This research experience module provides you with the opportunity to participate in a laboratory-based research project within one of the research groups present in the Department. The research experience will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge associated with running an empirical project in a laboratory/research group setting. You will be advised to meet with your research experience supervisor and negotiate a work plan for the semester; you will then provide a written statement of the agreed plan together with the particular work objectives that must then be validated by the supervisor. The project you are involved in will have already been granted institutional ethical approval and it is expected that students will be involved in the day-to-day running of a study (i.e., collecting data and analysing particular data sets or re analysing collected data). The primary intention is that you are given a ‘hands-on’ experience in the certain skills that underpin scientific research in exercise science.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP0736 -

High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

In “High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning” you will study the long-term planning process in strength and conditioning, and the “art and science” of effective coaching delivery. Through study on the module you will learn about the history of periodization and long-term planning, the approaches coaches can take to planning training for athletic performance enhancement, and how to critically analyse and apply evidence to deal with the challenges faced by S&C coaches in the long-term planning process. You will also study how your behaviour as a coach impacts on the acquisition of skill and the prevailing motivational climate of your own practice, and critically reflect on your own coaching behaviour with the aim of improving how you interact with your athletes.

More information

SP0737 -

Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge to conduct an assessment and report for a real athlete/client. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, and exercise preparation.

More information

SP0738 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a range of research approaches and data analysis methods applicable to your subject of study as well as a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how these approaches can be applied in the planning of an experimentally-rigorous and ethically-sound research study.

More information

SP0739 -

Epidemiology, aetiology and pathology of health disorders and special populations (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is concerned with the study of the factors determining and influencing the frequency and distribution of disease, and other health-related events and their causes in a defined human population for the purpose of establishing programs to prevent and control their development and spread. The module will explore the aetiology, epidemiology and pathology of common health disorders. You will critically appraise the epidemiological evidence and explore traditional and alternative approaches to the prevention and management of health conditions in special populations.

More information

SP0741 -

Translation of Health Research (Optional,20 Credits)

You will become familiar with the research framework that governs research council funding in the United Kingdom. You will assess how the impact of research can be evaluated. You will explore research metrics and how they relate to societal and economic benefits derived from health research.

More information

SP0750 -

Practical Skills & Research Techniques in Exercise Science (Core,30 Credits)

This module will introduce you to a range of practical techniques as well as discipline specific research skills which are used within exercise science. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques that are used by researchers in the department (measuring brain blood flow, neuromuscular function, muscle architecture etc.) and generic research skills (searching for electronic resources, précising of research manuscripts, responding to reviewers’ comments, research funding and participant recruitment) that are necessary for research within exercise science.

More information

SP0751 -

Exercise Science Dissertation (Core,90 Credits)

This dissertation module provides you with the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance to exercise science. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in modules as the basis for an in depth investigation of specific issues in the discipline. The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to carry out an extensive, empirical investigation related to a topic of your own choice, where you will develop skills in communication, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

More information

SP0752 -

Research Experience (Core,20 Credits)

This research experience module provides you with the opportunity to participate in a laboratory-based research project within one of the research groups present in the Department. The research experience will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge associated with running an empirical project in a laboratory/research group setting. You will be advised to meet with your research experience supervisor and negotiate a work plan for the semester; you will then provide a written statement of the agreed plan together with the particular work objectives that must then be validated by the supervisor. The project you are involved in will have already been granted institutional ethical approval and it is expected that students will be involved in the day-to-day running of a study (i.e., collecting data and analysing particular data sets or re analysing collected data). The primary intention is that you are given a ‘hands-on’ experience in the certain skills that underpin scientific research in exercise science.

More information

Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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