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The Master of Research (MRes) allows you to develop specialised research skills within a professional research setting. It's an excellent preparation for PhD studies in exercise science, which is a discipline that's becoming increasingly focused on research.

Early in the course you'll take a taught module, choosing from a menu of options related to Strength and Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You'll 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'll have the appropriate skills to start a career in any aspect of professional research.

The timetable for the full-time programme is two full days (9am-5pm) per week and this part-time programme is one full day per week. The timetable is to be confirmed, however, in previous years the programme has run on Mondays and Tuesdays (for part-time, either Monday or Tuesday for year one, then vice versa for year two).*

*Timetabling information is indicative and subject to change.

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

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2022/23

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 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC



Scholarships and Discounts

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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.

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

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

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

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

On Applied Techniques in Strength and Conditioning you will critically engage with the scientific underpinning to a range of training modalities and interventions that are routinely used in the athletic development process. This will include study of the physiology and biomechanics underpinning training and adaptation in resistance training, ploymetrics, multidirectional speed and agility training, endurance training and others. You will apply this knowledge to the athletic development process through engagement with the prescription and coaching of key aspects of each training mode/intervention, with a specific emphasis on the coaching of the key technical aspects.

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

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

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

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

Modules

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

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

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

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

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)

On Applied Techniques in Strength and Conditioning you will critically engage with the scientific underpinning to a range of training modalities and interventions that are routinely used in the athletic development process. This will include study of the physiology and biomechanics underpinning training and adaptation in resistance training, ploymetrics, multidirectional speed and agility training, endurance training and others. You will apply this knowledge to the athletic development process through engagement with the prescription and coaching of key aspects of each training mode/intervention, with a specific emphasis on the coaching of the key technical aspects.

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

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

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

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

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

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

Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.

 

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