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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance) MSc

Subject area: Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Apply full-timeApply part-time
Mode of study

1-year full-time; 2.5-years part-time

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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance) MSc


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

About the course

This course primarily focuses on the physiological and biomechanical elements of the human performer, while also providing you with grounding in the lab techniques used by physiologists and biomechanists. The course serves as ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue accreditation as a Sport Scientist through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).


  • You will build on your existing knowledge and extend your understanding of applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics.
  • You will encounter experiences designed to enhance your critical analysis and independence of thought.
  • You will develop your understanding of, and competence in, research methods and statistical analysis.
  • You will be able to critically evaluate and initiate project work relevant to applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics.
  • You will be provided with a sound and secure basis from which you may proceed to a research degree (eg PhD) or a career as an applied sport scientist with specialist knowledge in applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics.
  • You will benefit from an integrated study programme that is compatible with current guidelines and benchmarks provided by or through BASES


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Course Content

Compulsory Modules

Physical Activity & Health where you investigate contemporary issues related to physical activity and health from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the biomechanical, psychological and physiological effects of ageing, multi-disciplinary considerations associated with injury, obesity, and cardiac health.

Applied Sports Physiology aims to explore the physiological limitations to elite performance and the role of exercise physiology in preparing the elite athlete. This is accomplished by an in-depth study of current sport and exercise physiology concepts, and examination of the role of the physiologist within the inter-disciplinary support team.

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise enables you to become proficient at applying biomechanical principles to the performance of athletes and the design of sports equipment. You also learn to use mathematical modelling to investigate the biomechanical basis of sports movements and equipment.

Research Methods and Data Analysis enables you to develop the necessary skills to undertake a piece of research; develop competence in the range of quantitative and qualitative research methods available; critically assess the appropriateness of any research method in relation to a research question; effectively search for and utilise a variety of research sources; critically analyse personal research ideas; develop a critical appreciation of principles and techniques involved in analysing quantitative and qualitative data; apply statistical techniques using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); analyse qualitative data, including the use of software; undertake your MSc dissertation appropriately.

MSc Dissertation where you select an appropriate topic of study that is approved by your supervisor. These topics normally span the research interests of department staff.

Optional Modules

Laboratory Techniques in Physiology and Biomechanics is designed to enable you to: acquire practical and analytical laboratory skills and techniques that are relevant to the physiological and biomechanical assessment of human performance; develop an understanding of interdisciplinary practice; and develop the skills required to work as a member of a coherent sport science support team. Part-time students must have satisfactorily completed SP5035 or SP5511 prior to commencing SP5513.

Performance Lifestyle focuses on high achieving athletes and those tasked to care for them as they strive to create an environment that facilitates success while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The module has been endorsed by UK Sport and the content reflects the Performance Lifestyle support available to athletes through advisors at the English Institute of Sport. The module provides students with an opportunity to consider the performing athlete in a broader sense.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • The School of Sport and Education enjoys a prominent position within the university, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College - the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth.
  • We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition.
  • Our students have varied backgrounds and interests. Some are keen to gain knowledge about sports performance, others are keen to explore the links between sport and, for example, community, education, health, and politics.

Sport is a hugely popular form of culture around the world and the academic study of sport has grown in popularity to meet the demands of the global sports industry. In parallel with these developments, sport sciences courses at Brunel are up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking.


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Teaching and Assessment


Your academic performance is assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment procedures include essays, case studies, oral presentations, poster presentations laboratory report writing and computer-based tests. Formal written examinations constitute part of the assessment in some modules. In addition, you need to submit, and pass, a research dissertation.

Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time

International students: £17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

Additional course related costs

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • A UK second class (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Sports Sciences or graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Sports Studies as one of their subjects.  Other disciplines including Medicine, medical science, veterinary medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy or any biological science will also be considered  providing they can show evidence of at least one year’s experience of working in science or an area allied to medicine and or sport and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants with a second class degree (2:2) in a non-related subject will be considered by the Admissions Tutor on an individual basis, providing they can show evidence of at least one year of work experience in science or an area allied to medicine or sport.
  • Applicants may be required to have an interview
NB: Hepatitis B immunisation will be required as students on this pathway will be involved in taking capillary blood samples.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.