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MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (with specialism)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area






On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

If you want to work in the sport industry, an MSc will give you more experience and greater flexibility. Aimed at those with a sports science degree or similar, it’s carefully tailored to maximise your employability within sport and offers an unrivalled range of professional expertise and top class facilities. It will offer you the chance to study a generic MSc alongside a specialisation within different areas of Sport and Exercise Science.

This course is designed and tailored to your own preferred specialism in either of the following: Sport Psychology or Strength and Conditioning.

At the University of East London, we’ve benefited from substantial investment in sport, and in 2011 we were awarded the title ‘most improved sports University in the UK’ by the British University and Colleges Sports Association. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength.

The course covers aspects of sports coaching, sports rehabilitation and analyses fitness through exercise and research which is conducted in our physiology labs.It emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and explores human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology which contribute to maintaining and improving health. 

You will work alongside experts at our £21 million SportsDock complex at our Docklands campus, which houses a specialist strength and conditioning facility, physiology laboratories and new lecture theatres. You would expect no less from a university that's located so close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Modern university for Research Quality in London

Sport made a major contribution to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This deems us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country. (Sports Science, CUG, 2018)

Tailored to maximise employability

This course offers two different specialisms to give you more experience and greater career opportunities; Sport Psychology or Strength and Conditioning.

Expert teaching and industry links

Witness at first-hand how top coaches work with a range of athletes. These include links to Major League Baseball teams, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and professionals at football clubs such as West Ham United. 


What we're researching

As you would expect from a university that’s such a close neighbour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, our research is closely linked to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The focus of our work is twofold: to contribute to scientific knowledge about improving sports performance and to enhance the quality of life of people in our local community. Our research explores areas such as positive sport psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition and physical activity and wellbeing.

We’re committed to civic engagement – learning through real-life projects that benefit society – and our research impacts positively on the lives of our students and local people.

As part of the London 2012 Games legacy, for example, we’re involved in a huge, ongoing research project called ‘Newham Every Child a Sports Person’, which aims to get every Year 7 child at school in the London Borough of Newham to take up a sport and become physically active.

So far, findings from this project have been documented in four papers that have been submitted to various peer-reviewed journals, with a further six planned.

The Applied Sports Sciences Research Group focuses on how sport and physical activity impact on social, psychological and physiological outcomes. It has steadily increased its peer-reviewed research since being established in 2011.

Lindsay Bottoms, who has completed research at the Australian Institute of Sport, has published on the subject of "The effects of carbohydrate ingestion on the badminton serve following fatiguing exercise" in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

She has also presented a talk to the American College of Sports Medicine on "The placebo and nocebo effects of a ‘brand new sports drink’ on peak minute power during incremental arm crank ergometry."

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages ( for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in Psychology, Physiology, Sports Science, Sport Studies or a related subject.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)


Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

Contemporary Issues In Sport Psychology (Core to the Sport Psychology Pathway)
Advanced Applied Sport Psychology (Core to the Sport Psychology Pathway)
The Theory of Strength and Conditioning (Core to the strength and conditioning pathway)
Applying Research Skills (Core to all pathways)
Advanced Applied Sport Psychology (Core to the sport psychology pathway)
The Advanced Practice of Strength and Conditioning (Core to the strength and conditioning pathway)
Sport and Exercise Work Based Learning (Core to all pathways)
Sport Research Project (Core to all pathways)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed in both practical work and theory. The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework, which includes a variety of forms of presentation. For your research project module you submit a final written report, with contributions from a poster presentation and portfolio.

Course specification

How you'll learn

This course offers the expertise and top-class facilities that will make all the difference to those wishing to make a living doing a job they love. 

Everything you need for learning about the practical side of applied sport and exercise science will be there for you in our SportsDock building at our Docklands campus. It’s not just a matter of the facilities, which are second to none, but the personnel too.

You will be able to witness at first-hand how top coaches work with a range of athletes, including some of UEL’s 90-plus sports scholars who are part of one of the fastest growing university sports environments.

Those coaches will be of the calibre of Clarence Callender, who won Olympic silver with the British men’s 4x100m squad in 1988, and Giles Greenwood, a Commonwealth gold medallist and British record holder in weightlifting.
We also have key links with professionals at football clubs, including Leyton Orient FC (official partners of UEL) and West Ham United FC, as well as at UK Athletics and Essex County Cricket Club.

The practical side of your study will be balanced by in-depth theoretical teaching within a School that has been internationally recognised for the quality of its research.

What you'll learn

With this modular course, we aim to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both the theoretical and practical aspects of applied sport and exercise science.

We will also equip you with the necessary skills to undertake individual and collaborative research. 

All students take two specialist subject modules, one optional module and a core module in research skills. And to complete the master's course (180 credits), you will undertake an individual research project.

Throughout your studies you will gain sound scientific knowledge and develop your practical skills and experience.

We will give you a detailed understanding of the scientific factors influencing strength, speed, power and agility and an evidence-based application of knowledge for differing athletes and sports.

You will also learn to evaluate field and laboratory data, including statistical analysis, with a view to enhancing performance.

Project work is an essential and enjoyable component of this master’s degree course, and small projects and group work exercises feature throughout.

Your future career

Studying for an MSc shows you are willing to go the extra mile and that you are interested in longevity in your chosen career. It gives you more experience, and more specialist knowledge to bring to bear.

This is a flexible course, with intermediate awards of the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) on offer.

Strength and conditioning is an area of activity which became popular in the United States during the late 1960s. In the last ten years, it has grown in importance in countries all over the world, including the UK.

Your balance of practical and theoretical learning at one of the leading university sports environments in the country will leave you ideally placed to benefit from this particular growth area.

This course equips you with all the sought-after qualifications and skills regularly advertised for by organisations such as the English Institute of Sport in their search for in strength and conditioning specialists.

Graduating with an MSc will offer you a range of career pathways. You might go on to complete the UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. You might seek the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s qualification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Another possible route would be further study for a PhD.

Essentially, you will be ready to take a step up into working with professional athletes and teams. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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