Sport Biomechanics MSc
- Entry requirements:
- 2:1 +
- 1 year
- typically 2 years
- Start date:
- October 2018
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Our well-established Sport Biomechanics programme provides the opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of all major aspects of sport biomechanics.
Our Sports Biomechanics MSc enables you to specialise in the "physics of sports" - the area of science concerned with the analysis of human movement. Through movement, simulation and measurement, it seeks to gain a greater understanding of human performance in athletic and sporting activities, and to use this understanding to improve performance and reduce injury risk.
The content of this cutting edge programme ranges from experimental techniques and equipment requirements and use, through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.
Study runs from October to September and is split into three terms, during the Autumn and Spring terms you will attend taught modules during which you will learn a range of hands-on laboratory and field techniques, and experience theoretical modelling and computer simulation of human movement. The Sport Biomechanics programme culminates in a substantial independent research project which runs from the beginning of the summer term until the end of the programme, during this time you will get the opportunity to apply the techniques learned during the taught course.
Our Sport Biomechanics programme provides an opportunity to join the largest sport biomechanics and motor control research team in the UK, with many staff who are members of the Sport Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group. This diverse and friendly community will offer many extra-curricular opportunities for you to participate in research activities and to learn from biomechanists with a huge amount of experience and expertise.
You will be taught in a brand new state-of-art sports biomechanics teaching laboratory, opened in January 2017 at a cost of £360k. Having a large designated teaching laboratory allows students sole access to facilities without the pressures associated with sharing laboratory space with research and enterprise activities. The facility can be partitioned into two fully equipped laboratories, allowing independent activities to be performed simultaneously. You will also have access to other laboratory spaces during the taught programme. Throughout the programme you will use key biomechanics equipment such as Vicon motion analysis systems, force plates, wireless electromyography (EMG), and isokinetic dynamometers, together with software for computer simulation and inertia modelling; the programme culminates in an original research project wherein you will use the laboratory and equipment independently to collect and analyse data.
What makes this programme different?
- Taught by world-leading researchers
- Brand new state-of-art sport biomechanics teaching laboratory
- Opportunity to join the largest sport biomechanics and motor control research team in the UK
Who should study this programme?
Our Sport Biomechanics MSc programme would be suitable for students with the following interests/academic backgrounds:
- Sport and Exercise Science (including some Biomechanics)
- Physical Sciences
- Biological Sciences (including some Biomechanics/Bioengineering)
- Manual therapy (e.g. Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic) (including some Biomechanics)
An upper second class (2:1) honours degree in sports science with a strong biomechanics component, or in engineering, maths, physics or a similar field
English Language Requirements
All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.
What you'll study
Our Sport Biomechanics MSc has been designed to help you develop an understanding of the theoretical basis of sports biomechanics analysis and to understand the range of traditional areas from which methods and data are recruited for an integrated solution to analysing human motion.
Sport Biomechanics covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.
Theoretical Biomechanics (15 credits)
During this module an understanding of the theoretical basis of sports biomechanics analysis is developed together with examples of computer simulation of sports movements.
This module is assessed by 25% coursework (in-class test) and 75% exam, but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Neuromuscular Function (15 credits)
An understanding of neuromuscular function from the micro to applied whole human body level is developed together with practical skills in investigating neuromuscular function at the whole body level.
This module is assessed by 35% coursework (1500-word lab report) and 65% examination, but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Orthopaedic Biomechanics (15 credits)
The aim of this module is for students to develop knowledge and understanding of orthopaedic sport biomechanics. Module content ranges from epidemiology and anatomy, to common injuries and their diagnostic methods, treatment, rehabilitation, and evaluation and implementation of clinical outcomes and prevention.
This module is assessed by 40% coursework (1500-2000 word essay) and 60% examination, but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Current Research in Sports Biomechanics (30 credits)
In this module students will critically evaluate research articles in sports biomechanics and will develop an understanding of the ways in which sports biomechanics research is conducted and how it should be presented. Students will present their own research proposal for a sports biomechanics research project.
This module is assessed by 100% coursework (two presentations, contribution to discussions, and a detailed research review), but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Developing Computer Models for Sports Biomechanics (15 credits)
In this module students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to construct, evaluate, and optimise computer models of human movement. This process gives a unique insight into the construction and control of the human body in relation to sporting and other movements that cannot be obtained by experimental work.
This module is assessed by 100% coursework (3000-word report and computer model), but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Motion Analysis of Human Movement (15 credits)
This module teaches the fundamental practical skills necessary to analyse human movement. It is largely laboratory-based, covering the use of key biomechanics equipment, data collection and processing techniques including capture of 2D and 3D whole-body kinematics and ground reaction forces, and the subsequent data processing and inverse dynamics analysis.
This module is assessed by 100% coursework (two lab reports worth 50% each), but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Quantitative Research (15 credits)
In this module students will gain a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application in exercise, sport and health sciences. They will be taught how to critically review and to communicate how statistics inform theory and vice versa. They will also gain a working knowledge of common statistical procedures in exercise, sport and health science research which will be essential for the analysis of data during their projects and any subsequent research activities.
This module is assessed by 100% coursework (two in-class tests worth 50% each), but the university reserves the right to alter this.
Research Project (60 credits)
Students will plan and carry out an original research study utilising knowledge gained from other modules on the MSc in Sports Biomechanics programme. Students can either choose from a list of topics proposed by academics, or propose a topic of their own.
The research project is assessed by a journal article-style report of up to 5000 words, but the university reserves the right to alter this.
How you'll be assessed
Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.
How you'll study
Your personal and professional development
Our School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.
Future career prospects
During the year you will also be encouraged to develop your employability and industry-specific skills through career talks, and opportunities for employment and volunteering in applied sports science settings.
Graduates from Sport Biomechanics have gone on to biomechanics teaching in higher education, athlete support within the English Institute of Sport, and PhD research.
Recent graduate destinations include:
- England & Wales Cricket Board, Performance Analyst
- England Netball, Young Officials Development Officer
- Hachette, Digital Commercial Executive
- Makerere University, Assistant Lecturer
- Oxford Brooks University, Laboratory Technician
- Loughborough College, Lecturer
- Tunku Abdul Rahman College – Malaysia, Lecturer
- Smart Odds, Football Analyst
Your personal development
The Sport Biomechanics programme will develop your biomechanics-specific and transferable skills for employment, such as scientific writing, presentation skills, and critical analysis and discussion which will be beneficial for a wide range of potential careers.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.
Our academic staff are world-leading researchers in a number of fields relating to sport biomechanics with a particular sporting focus on gymnastics, athletics, martial arts, racket sports, and cricket.