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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 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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Our teaching emphasises problem-solving and analysis in order to encourage a critical approach, while building up core knowledge and understanding. With the support of a supervisor, you will carry out an independent research project that will require effective integration of your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

You will benefit from access to our world class facilities for your research. The excellent standard of equipment that we have on campus means that you can really explore your potential, when it comes to choosing your research focus. 

Our industry standard equipment is ready for you to use throughout your master's program. This means that you will graduate, used to using industry standard equipment so that you are ready to walk into the world of work in sport exercise or PhD.

Formative assessments will provide opportunities for feedback as you progress through the course. Summative assessments will allow you to demonstrate your ability to develop research proposals, evaluate literature, communicate research findings and complete a publication-ready thesis.

Discover more / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Watch our Department video to get a feel for the inspiring learning community you could be part of at Northumbria.

Book an Open Day / Experience Exercise Science MRes

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Exercise Science at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Our specialist team of teaching staff are internationally renowned within their individual disciplines, with many acting as advisers to industry and sitting on the boards of international federations.

Our reputation has resulted in the University providing professional development and consultancy services to an array of organisations such as the Lawn Tennis Association, UEFA, FIBA, the English Institute of Sport and Newcastle United Football Club.

This means that you will benefit from both fantastically passionate staff and our excellent industry connections in sport, which may help you in further research or employment.

Northumbria is ranked in the UK top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best rated university in this field in the North East.

Staff Profiles / Exercise Science MRes

Book an Open Day / Experience Exercise Science MRes

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Exercise Science at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria has some of the best campus sport facilities in the country. Our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. You will also benefit from Sport Central, £30 million sport and events facility at the heart of the Northumbria campus.

Our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and Sport Central is a city-centre based £30 million sport and events facility at the heart of the Northumbria campus.

We are very keen to embed MRes students within the University's vibrant research culture. For example, we encourage your participation in our seminar series where you will hear talks from, and network with, academics and external speakers.

We offer all of our students the opportunity to get involved in our research practice and make a tangible contribution to the field of exercise science research.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Exercise Science MRes

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Exercise Science at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Research-orientated learning will develop your skills in research methods and techniques. You will then apply these skills in the more research-tutored and research-based elements of the course. This will include the design, development and implementation of your MRes study and thesis.

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

Research

Book an Open Day / Experience Exercise Science MRes

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Exercise Science at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

This master's course in exercise science provides an excellent foundation in research methods, perfect for people who wish to go on to study a PhD. It can be a great stepping stone that allows you to test out what it would be like to study for a doctorate, while earning a qualification that is extremely valuable to the exercise science industry.

Given the intensity and complexity of study, the MRes qualification demonstrates your ability to go beyond undergraduate skills. In order to achieve the 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.

In addition to these personal attributes, the MRes demonstrates a high-level awareness of current research and scholarship. This will facilitate your ability to thrive in research settings related to exercise science as well as a variety of other professional fields.

If your next step is a PhD then we will offer you support with your applications.

If you decide not to progress to a PhD, the MRes will demonstrate your ability to fit into any research-based setting. You will have the skills necessary to meet the needs of employers with interests in public policy, professional research and project evaluation.

Book an Open Day / Experience Exercise Science MRes

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Exercise Science at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

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 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,170

Full EU Fee: £7,170

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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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.

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical basis of professional strength and conditioning strategies that are used with a view to improving performance. Indicative content includes the theory and application of resistance training, theory and application of a variety of advanced testing methods for the purposes of monitoring athletic development (e.g., functional movement screening, strength and power assessment, maximal aerobic and anaerobic capacities and agility etc.) and analysis of the efficacy of ergogenic aids for improving performance, promoting recovery and facilitating long term athletic development (e.g., warm-up, postactivation potentiation, cryotherapy etc.).

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 in the context of a small-scale research project. 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, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function.

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, injury, 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 treatment, management and rehabilitation of health conditions in special populations.

More information

SP0740 -

Clinical Competencies and Assessment Skills (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an appreciation of laboratory emergency procedures and safety. It will develop proficiency in clinical exercise testing and laboratory diagnostic procedures. The module will encourage critical appraisal of the selection of diagnostic procedures or tests.

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.

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical basis of professional strength and conditioning strategies that are used with a view to improving performance. Indicative content includes the theory and application of resistance training, theory and application of a variety of advanced testing methods for the purposes of monitoring athletic development (e.g., functional movement screening, strength and power assessment, maximal aerobic and anaerobic capacities and agility etc.) and analysis of the efficacy of ergogenic aids for improving performance, promoting recovery and facilitating long term athletic development (e.g., warm-up, postactivation potentiation, cryotherapy etc.).

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 in the context of a small-scale research project. 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, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function.

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, injury, 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 treatment, management and rehabilitation of health conditions in special populations.

More information

SP0740 -

Clinical Competencies and Assessment Skills (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an appreciation of laboratory emergency procedures and safety. It will develop proficiency in clinical exercise testing and laboratory diagnostic procedures. The module will encourage critical appraisal of the selection of diagnostic procedures or tests.

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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