Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Sports Biomechanics

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time (part-time available)

This programme provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of sports biomechanics. All aspects of sports biomechanics are covered, ranging from experimental equipment requirements and utilisation through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.

MSc

Sports Biomechanics

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time (part-time available)

This programme provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of sports biomechanics. All aspects of sports biomechanics are covered, ranging from experimental equipment requirements and utilisation through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.

Programme information

This well-established programme provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of sports biomechanics.  All aspects of sports biomechanics are covered, ranging from experimental equipment requirements and use through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.  Work consists of hands-on laboratory and field techniques, theoretical modelling and computer simulation of human movement, as well as critical analysis, discussion and presentation of research projects.  Students have 12 hours of lectures and taught laboratories each week as well as time spent working individually in laboratory settings or meeting with academic staff. 

All academic staff involved with this programme are active researchers in various aspects of sports biomechanics spanning gymnastics, athletics, martial arts, racket sports and cricket, and bring examples and insights to the modules.  This is an end-on programme suitable for students from a field where a fundamental grasp of mechanics has been displayed, and with an interest in applying this knowledge to the sports research arena. 

Students will have the opportunity to use our biomechanics laboratory, which includes equipment such as Vicon motion analysis systems, force plates, EMG, dynamometer, together with software for simulation and inertia modelling.

Assessment

The assessment of the taught modules has an equal split between coursework and examination with laboratory reports accounting for 40% of the coursework assessment.  The research project is assessed on a journal article style report of up to 5000 words. 

Entry qualification

An upper second class (2:1) honours degree in sports science with a strong biomechanics component, engineering, maths, physics or similar field.

Selection

Selection is based on confirmation of satisfactory academic background, experience and references.

Careers and further study

Typical destinations include biomechanics teaching in higher education, athlete support within the English Institute of Sport, and PhD research.

Further information

If you would like further information regarding the timetable and reading list for this programme please download the following documents; 

Programme modules

Core study areas include research methodologies and methods, experimental biomechanics, neuromuscular function, quantitative research, theoretical biomechanics, developing computer models for sports biomechanics, current research in sports biomechanics, and a research project.

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Research Methodologies and Methods

This module aims to provide a critical understanding and appreciation of research design and its application to sport science

Theoretical Biomechanics

An understanding of the theoretical basis of sports biomechanics analysis is developed together with examples of computer simulation of sports movements.

Neuromuscular Function  

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.

Semester 2

Quantitative Research

This module aims to provide a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application to sport science.

Motion Analysis of Human Movement

Students will learn to understand the workings and limitations of biomechanical equipment used for data collection and the relationship between ground reaction forces and motion during dynamic activities in sport.

Developing Computer Models for Sports Biomechanics   

Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to construct, evaluate, and optimise computer models of human movement. 

Semesters 1 and 2

Current Research in Sports Biomechanics

Students will review current 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.

Summer

Research Project

Students will plan and carry out an original research study utilising knowledge gained from other modules on the MSc in Sports Biomechanics programme.

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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. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950

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.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.