Sport Physiology and Performance MSc

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021


1 year full-time

About the course

This course provides graduates with the academic knowledge and professional skills required to pursue a career in the field of sport and exercise physiology, including practitioner and researcher-based work. It offers you an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills relevant to contemporary practice in sport and exercise science. This includes working with athletes and sports teams to optimise training adaptations, performance and recovery. You will also learn how to effectively conduct and apply research, emphasising the benefits of evidence-based practice.

  • You will be exposed to classic and contemporary issues within sport physiology and performance, whilst also developing fundamental skills required to work in applied practice and research.
  • You will be a taught in a stimulating and supportive learning environment that draws on expert knowledge, research and applied practice.
  • You may have an opportunity to attend a work placement within the sport and exercise sector.
  • Members of the course team are British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited physiologists.
  • You will complete a major research project during the course and have the opportunity to potentially publish your work in peer reviewed sport and exercise physiology journals.

Overall, this course will help facilitate your future career aspirations, including applied practice and/or further study at Doctoral level. We welcome applications from international students as sport and exercise performance and physiology is a truly global area. The course staff and the wider University provides additional support to those students who come from overseas.

Course detail

Applied Placement and Practitioner Skills

This module provides the opportunity to gain real world experience in the field of sport and exercise science. The early stages of this module will teach you practical applied skills which can be taken forward into a placement in a professional environment. Placements will be organised in conjunction with the University, and you will be exposed to real world employment.

Contemporary Issues in High Performance Sport

This module will critically examine the key contemporary issues within high performance sport. The module is designed to explore both the underpinning scientific rationale and real-world practical considerations of sport physiology. Advancements in technologies have had a significant impact of the ability to monitor countless athlete/sporting variables which have an impact on performance and the design of training programmes. This module will challenge you in how you critically evaluate the use of such technologies in practical circumstances while maintaining appropriate scientific rigour. A large portion of this module will centre around academic debate and conversation about pressing issues in high performance sport.

How to be a Postgraduate Researcher

The module is designed to give you an insight into research methodology, both quantitative and qualitative, and to develop your ability to plan and conduct a research project, involving appropriate study design, data analysis, and interpretation, whilst giving due consideration to issues of ethics, reliability, validity, trustworthiness and transferability.

Major Project: Putting Theory into Practice

The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to investigate an aspect of sport and exercise science in which you have a specific interest and which is of research significance. You will discuss and negotiate the parameters and scope of this project with an appointed academic supervisor and submit and carry out a suitable research proposal

Physiology of Sport Performance

This module aims to enhance your understanding of the physiological processes that occur acutely and chronically during and following an exercise bout, as well as throughout a training programme. This includes resistance, aerobic and anaerobic training, in adults and children/adolescent athletes. The influence of the environment on physiological processes acutely and during training will also be covered.

Practical Sport Physiology and Performance

A fundamental aspect of the work of a sport scientist is the assessment of physiological parameters which might explain or enhance performance. When using technology to consider these, there are a number of important issues related to methods of analysis such as validity, reliability, safe adherence to correct protocols and the benefits and limitations of one technique over another. The content of the module is designed to enable you to develop your practical and technical sport science support skills, and to develop your ability to interpret the outcome of physiological assessments.

Sport and Exercise Metabolism

This module aims to enhance your understanding of how metabolic regulation and integration influence how energy is stored and converted during exercise. Biochemical processes at the molecular level linked to metabolism and physiological processes involving the muscular, neuroendocrine, respiratory and cardiovascular systems will be covered. Notably, the effect of nutrition on the modulation of these processes will be interwoven throughout the module.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a science-based subject. For example, Biomedical Science, Human Physiology, Biological Science, Sport and Exercise Science

Students may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check during the first term of the course. Whilst this is not a pre-requisite for entry to the course, it must be noted that placement opportunities may be affected if a DBS check were to return any issues.

The University of Huddersfield seeks and encourages applications from under-represented groups in order to widen participation, improve access and apply the principles of equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to declare their disabilities, but the University is committed to making the adjustments necessary to promote positively equality and access for disabled applicants. Applicants are encouraged to identify any special arrangements they may require. General advice and information regarding disability and the support the University can give can be found by visiting the University's Disability Support webpages.

You may be eligible to gain recognition for your prior learning (RPL).

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.


The Applied Placement and Practitioner Skills module provides the opportunity to gain real world experience in the field of sport and exercise science. The early stages of this module will teach you practical applied skills which can be taken forward into a placement in a professional environment. Placements will be organised in conjunction with the University and will expose you to real world employment.

Student support

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A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

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Changes to option modules

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