MSc Strength and Conditioning degree

Qualifications available: MSc

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
Typically 2 years
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£10,950
International fee
£23,500
Location
Loughborough
Application status
Open

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Overview

Our MSc Strength and Conditioning provides the knowledge, skills and experience to develop athletes across the spectrum of athletic achievement, from participation to high performance.

The programme provides bespoke research-informed modules to develop your knowledge of all topics relevant to strength and conditioning. The programme capitalises on our sporting strengths to enable the provision of hands-on coaching experience, designed to give you the tools to develop athletic performance at the highest level.

Study runs across three terms from October to September. During the autumn and spring terms, the course will focus on the science and practice of strength and conditioning as well as the fundamental science underpinning performance adaptations. During the spring term, you will also immerse yourself in the strength and conditioning environment, performing an extended coaching internship with either Loughborough University performance athletes or external sport partners.

The programme culminates in a substantial independent research project which runs from late spring through to the end of the programme. During this period you will apply the knowledge and techniques you have learned to answer a scientific question relevant to strength and conditioning that will further develop your understanding.  

In undertaking our master's in strength and conditioning, you will be joining the number one-ranked School for sports-related subjects in the world and a sporting landscape that is without parallel in any other UK university. This diverse and friendly community provides incredible opportunities to learn and discuss, as well as broadening your overall postgraduate experience.

Teaching is in several state-of-the-art performance and laboratory facilities including in the Technogym Centre for Excellence - our world class athlete development facility. This facility includes 23 weightlifting platforms, Eleiko bars and plates, two sets of inground force plates, a custom isometric mid-thigh pull dynamometer, and a 20m tartan track. The Centre for Excellence is not only home to all Loughborough University performance athletes, but also a primary training hub for the English Institute of Sport, and for several national governing bodies of sport.

Who should study this programme?

This programme is ideal for students aspiring to work with elite sportspeople at high levels of athletic performance, applying strength and conditioning knowledge and cutting-edge research to achieve peak potential.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

What makes this programme different?

  • study at the university ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • access state-of-the-art laboratories
  • be taught in high-quality teaching environments
  • benefit from our unique sporting heritage, industry connections and reputation for excellence in coaching and sports performance.

What you'll study

The MSc Strength and Conditioning is designed to give you a thorough grounding and hands-on experience of the practical application of sports science principles in maximising human performance. The programme culminates in a summer project that allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired.

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Neuromuscular Function (15 credits)

This module will develop your understanding of neuromuscular function from the micro to applied whole human body level. You will also gain practical skills in investigating neuromuscular function at the whole body level.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • muscle mechanics from the molecular level to the in vivo whole human, including
    • neural
    • passive tissue
    • tendon
    • geometrical packing of muscle
    • moment arm contributions to expressed strength
  • whole human testing methods including isometric, isovelocity and functional strength testing (experimental sessions)
  • neural, and muscular stimulation methods along with EMG, ultrasound and MRI imaging of internal musculoskeletal structures (theory and practical sessions)
  • Implications for training, injury risk, and performance.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand fundamental muscle mechanics, neural contributions in vivo, tendon mechanics testing methods and implications for training and injury
  • understand the principles of force measurement, EMG, dynamometry, electrical stimulation, signal processing and analysis, internal imaging systems
  • use isokinetic dynamometers, surface EMG systems, neural and muscular electrical stimulations, isometric force measurement using force transducers, ultrasound imaging and interpreting ultrasound and MRI images.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 3 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 15 hours
  • lectures: 17.5 hours
  • guided independent study: 114.5 hours

Assessment

  • 1,500-word lab report: 35%
  • 2-hour exam: 65%

Strength and Conditioning Coaching (15 credits)

This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the coaching process and the coaching/learning environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective, as well as the role of the strength and conditioning coach and others within this. It will also promote your ability to reflect upon your own coaching practice and methods in relation to relevant coaching theories.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • the coaching process
  • coaching philosophy
  • the coaching environment
  • reflective practice
  • approaches/methods to coaching practice and coach behaviour
  • theoretical approaches and models of coaching
  • coach-athlete/coach-support staff/athlete-parent relationships
  • developing learning and performance environments.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • define and explain the concept and process of reflection and how coaches' values and beliefs impact on coaching philosophy
  • identify and explain the complex inter-personal relationships that exist within the coaching process and how to best manage these
  • compare and contrast different strategies and coaching methods employed within the coaching process
  • identify and distinguish suitable available resources within the coaching process and understand how to manage and best utilise these
  • critically evaluate your own coaching learning, practice and education, challenging personal beliefs and principles regarding effective coaching
  • demonstrate and understand the links between coaching theory and practice
  • critically appraise the network of relationships impinging upon their coaching process, eg. coach-athlete, coach-support staff, athlete-parent
  • effectively plan for and manage the coaching process.

Teaching and Learning

  • combined seminar and practical sessions: 10 hours
  • lectures: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 120 hours

Assessment

  • critical review of practice (presentation): 30%
  • practice portfolio: 70%

 

Applied Strength and Conditioning Science (30 credits)

This two-semester module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to programme and deliver professional-level strength and conditioning, safely and effectively, to various athlete groups.

Module content

Topics studied will focus on principles and theories applicable to strength and conditioning practice, such as:

  • physiology: cross-bridge mechanics theorised to produce concentric force-velocity relationship of muscle
  • biomechanics: how jump performance is determined by increase in effective energy
  • psychology: the learning of complex motor skills and the practical skillset necessary to deliver professional-level strength and conditioning
  • weightlifting technique
  • plyometric technique
  • exercise prescription for performance, development and return to training
  • ethics and safety related to strength and conditioning practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological principles and theories underpinning applied strength and conditioning
  • identify and explain current challenges and new insights relevant to the strength and conditioning practitioner
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of scientific research relevant to the application and delivery of strength and conditioning
  • explain the process by which fundamental science, advanced scholarship, and empirical evidence are merged to further the strength and conditioning knowledge base and discipline
  • demonstrate awareness of the ethics and safety of strength and conditioning practice
  • draw on your scientific knowledge base to critically plan, deliver and asses professional level strength and conditioning services
  • propose novel research hypotheses relevant to the practice of strength and conditioning
  • synthesise and integrate learning and scientific knowledge with effective modes of delivery (eg weightlifting) to optimise strength and conditioning practice
  • deal with complex issues related to the practice of strength and conditioning both systematically and creatively making sound judgements in the absence of complete information
  • create a safe and ethical strength and conditioning environment
  • support athletes in managing and recovering from sport injury, adapting strength and conditioning programmes accordingly.

Teaching and learning

  • combined seminar and practical sessions: 60 hours
  • guided independent study: 240 hours

Assessment

  • 1-hour exam: 20%
  • video presentation and 3,000-word written report: 40%
  • 1.5-hour exam: 40%

The Science Underlying Performance and Injury (30 credits)

This module is delivered across two semesters and will provide you with the scientific knowledge and understanding of underlying athlete performance, injury and health. Paired with our Applied Strength and Conditioning Science module, you will be provided with a deeper level of fundamental scientific knowledge pertaining to physiology, biomechanics and psychology.

Module content

You will study the fundamental science that underlies strength and conditioning, including:

  • physiology, including muscular physiology, neurophysiology, energy systems physiology and their application to both performance and injury
  • biomechanics, including foundational classical mechanics that underlie human movement, mechanics underlying specific human movements (eg jumping) and injury pathologies (eg ACL rupture)
  • psychology related to sporting performance including neuroscience through the psychological lens.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the fundamental science (e.g., physiology, biomechanics, psychology) relevant to both the performance and injury rehabilitation arms of strength and conditioning
  • identify and explain common sport injuries and treatments relevant to strength and conditioning practitioners
  • demonstrate originality in the application of the fundamental knowledge of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology, together with experience in the applied area of strength and conditioning to create and interpret discipline specific knowledge
  • systematically critique scientific research and advanced scholarship within the areas of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology relevant to sport performance and injury and the strength and conditioning context
  • communicate general information and advice regarding sport performance and sport injury to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures and seminars: 60 hours
  • guided independent study: 240 hours

Assessment

  • 1.5-hour exam: 50%
  • 2,000-word essay: 50%

Quantitative Research (15 credits)

This module will give you a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application in psychology, sport, exercise and health sciences.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • statistical theory (inferential statistics)
  • estimating population parameters and hypothesis testing including confidence intervals, statistical power and effect sizes
  • data reduction techniques
  • factorial ANOVA
  • ANCOVA
  • MANOVA
  • regression (multiple regression, logistic regression and hierarchical linear models)
  • reliability
  • factor analysis
  • data management.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand statistical theory and practice through the manipulation of both real and simulated lab data
  • appreciate the links between theory, measurement, statistics and research conclusions
  • understand deductive, scientific reasoning
  • effectively communicate research ideas and findings in group contexts
  • show an understanding of and evaluate the problems involved in the analysis of statistical data including assessment of statistical power and effect sizes
  • show competence in the conceptualisation and appropriate measurement of quantified research phenomena including measures of sources of variation/validity
  • demonstrate a working understanding of ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, regression, measures of reliability and data reduction techniques
  • develop competence in using IT skills, including SPSS, LEARN, Metalib/Lexis UK, and a variety of Internet media/communication platforms.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 2 hours
  • lectures: 16 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 112 hours

Assessment

  • 2 x SPSS tests: 100% (50% each)

Professional Practice for Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)

This module will give you the practical knowledge and skills required to coach strength and conditioning within the elite sporting environment.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • application of discipline-relevant resources and materials to the practice of strength and conditioning
  • planning, shadowing and coaching within the elite strength and conditioning environment
  • critical thinking and reflective practice pertaining to the evolution of a learner's practice
  • decision-making pertaining to programming and delivery.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • explain the importance, value and processes involved in reflection and reflective practice to the enhancement of coaching in the strength and conditioning environment
  • demonstrate an understanding of the means required to feedforward research findings to advance scholarship and practice within the discipline of strength and conditioning
  • critically assess strength and conditioning programming and delivery; integrating knowledge and experience to drive practical developments
  • critically reflect on one's own strength and conditioning practice and the practice of others, using this to inform and further develop practice
  • plan and deliver strength and conditioning programmes
  • critically integrate feedback to improve strength and conditioning practice
  • make decisions pertaining to programming and delivery of strength and conditioning services in the absence of complete information
  • adapt strength and conditioning delivery for athletes with disabilities or particular needs and those returning to play
  • work efficiently utilising a range of hardware and computer applications relevant to the testing and monitoring of athlete performance.

Teaching and learning

  • seminars: 5 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 25 hours
  • guided independent study: 120 hours

Assessment

  • presentation: 30%
  • self-evaluation of video presentation: 70%

Applied Strength and Conditioning Science (30 credits)

This two-semester module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to programme and deliver professional-level strength and conditioning, safely and effectively, to various athlete groups.

Module content

Topics studied will focus on principles and theories applicable to strength and conditioning practice, such as:

  • physiology: cross-bridge mechanics theorised to produce concentric force-velocity relationship of muscle
  • biomechanics: how jump performance is determined by increase in effective energy
  • psychology: the learning of complex motor skills and the practical skillset necessary to deliver professional-level strength and conditioning
  • weightlifting technique
  • plyometric technique
  • exercise prescription for performance, development and return to training
  • ethics and safety related to strength and conditioning practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological principles and theories underpinning applied strength and conditioning
  • identify and explain current challenges and new insights relevant to the strength and conditioning practitioner
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of scientific research relevant to the application and delivery of strength and conditioning
  • explain the process by which fundamental science, advanced scholarship, and empirical evidence are merged to further the strength and conditioning knowledge base and discipline
  • demonstrate awareness of the ethics and safety of strength and conditioning practice
  • draw on your scientific knowledge base to critically plan, deliver and asses professional level strength and conditioning services
  • propose novel research hypotheses relevant to the practice of strength and conditioning
  • synthesise and integrate learning and scientific knowledge with effective modes of delivery (eg weightlifting) to optimise strength and conditioning practice
  • deal with complex issues related to the practice of strength and conditioning both systematically and creatively making sound judgements in the absence of complete information
  • create a safe and ethical strength and conditioning environment
  • support athletes in managing and recovering from sport injury, adapting strength and conditioning programmes accordingly.

Teaching and learning

  • combined seminar and practical sessions: 60 hours
  • guided independent study: 240 hours

Assessment

  • 1-hour exam: 20%
  • video presentation and 3,000-word written report: 40%
  • 1.5-hour exam: 40%

The Science Underlying Performance and Injury (30 credits)

This module is delivered across two semesters and will provide you with the scientific knowledge and understanding of underlying athlete performance, injury and health. Paired with our Applied Strength and Conditioning Science module, you will be provided with a deeper level of fundamental scientific knowledge pertaining to physiology, biomechanics and psychology.

Module content

You will study the fundamental science that underlies strength and conditioning, including:

  • physiology, including muscular physiology, neurophysiology, energy systems physiology and their application to both performance and injury
  • biomechanics, including foundational classical mechanics that underlie human movement, mechanics underlying specific human movements (eg jumping) and injury pathologies (eg ACL rupture)
  • psychology related to sporting performance including neuroscience through the psychological lens.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the fundamental science (e.g., physiology, biomechanics, psychology) relevant to both the performance and injury rehabilitation arms of strength and conditioning
  • identify and explain common sport injuries and treatments relevant to strength and conditioning practitioners
  • demonstrate originality in the application of the fundamental knowledge of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology, together with experience in the applied area of strength and conditioning to create and interpret discipline specific knowledge
  • systematically critique scientific research and advanced scholarship within the areas of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology relevant to sport performance and injury and the strength and conditioning context
  • communicate general information and advice regarding sport performance and sport injury to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures and seminars: 60 hours
  • guided independent study: 240 hours

Assessment

  • 1.5-hour exam: 50%
  • 2,000-word essay: 50%

Research Project (60 credits)

This module will see you design, conduct and report on an original research study of an aspect of your MSc programme.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • select and critically evaluate an appropriate research topic
  • understand how to formulate a research question and successfully collect, analyse and critique data to answer the question
  • collect and consider evidence, accepting that which is useful and rejecting that which is redundant
  • arrange logically, discuss intelligently, and express clearly the results of an investigation
  • demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills.
  • demonstrate an ability to format a natural science research manuscript and use of research equipment in the natural sciences appropriate to your degree programme
  • critically assess and evaluate evidence
  • synthesise and present complex arguments
  • critically interpret data and text
  • research and assess facts, theories and concepts
  • plan, design, execute and present a sustained piece of independent work
  • design and develop methods to produce reliable and valid information.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 1 hour
  • tutorials: 6 hours
  • guided independent study 593 hours

Assessment

  • project: 100%

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework. For full details, please see the module information above.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Practical sessions

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

Graduates of this programme will be able to pursue careers applying your strength and conditioning knowledge and skills in a variety of settings including working with elite sportspeople and teams, nationally and internationally. It could also open up career opportunities in health and fitness club management, fitness consultancy, health promotion, personal fitness training, corporate health advice, sports or physical activity development and the armed forces.

Graduate destinations

As this is a new programme, there is no graduate destination information currently available. However graduates of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences have gone on to pursue varied roles within a wide variety of organisations including the England and Wales Cricket Board, British Gymnastics, the English Institute of Sport, Nottingham Forest FC, the Australian Institute of Sport, San Diego Padres Baseball Club and Badminton England.

Your personal development

Our master's in strength and conditioning is designed to:

  • provide you with knowledge of the fundamental science relevant to the science and practice of strength and conditioning
  • develop your critical thinking linked to the theory and practice of strength and conditioning
  • equip you with the practical knowledge and skills to become strength and conditioning practitioners
  • develop reflective and professional strength and conditioning practitioners
  • enhance our students' employability and career prospects.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in sports science or other relevant biological science that contains an element of exercise physiology, such as applied human physiology or physiotherapy.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£10,950

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£23,500

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.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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