Hartpury College

Applied Strength & Conditioning (PGCert, PGDip, MSc)

Sport Science

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide those who already have a Strength and Conditioning background (either academic or practice-based) an opportunity to further develop their knowledge base. The programme adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to strength and conditioning, which is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports contemporary practice. There is a particular emphasis on a motor learning approach to strength and conditioning practice, which will give you an advanced understanding of the transferability of strength training to motor performance. This is a highly important issue within contemporary strength and conditioning practice as it has been recently stated that “…solving the transfer problem is arguably the most difficult challenge faced in exercise programming” (Bosch, 2013, p.116).

The application of good science in practice is a skill that will be specifically developed on this course. To that end, the MSc Applied Strength & Conditioning degree will complement our existing postgraduate provision in Coaching Science. While there are clear synergies between and Strength and Conditioning and Coaching Science, this new award provides an opportunity to attract applicants who are seeking specific preparation for a career as a strength and conditioning coach.

You will undertake practice-based modules to develop advanced skills for subsequent professional accreditation. You will progress relatively quickly to working autonomously in challenging environments that may include practice experience away from the campus. Practice experience is already a strong feature of many courses at Hartpury, so you will benefit from well-established practice placement networks. You will also benefit from having an Elite Sports Academy on site, which will provide you with many opportunities to provide strength and conditioning provision to high performing student athletes in a range of sporting disciplines including rugby, football, netball, modern pentathlon, rowing, golf amongst others.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


We are interested in applicants who have a strong strength and conditioning background, normally at least a 2.ii in an undergraduate Strength and Conditioning programme, although applicants from other undergraduate programmes will be considered. Applications from practitioners who can demonstrate experience sufficient to qualify for direct entry to Master’s level study are also welcomed.

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

  • Masters UK/EU                                         £6000.00
  • Masters International                                £10800.00
  • PG Dip UK/EU                                           £3500.00
  • PG Dip International                                  £7200.00
  • PG Cert UK/EU                                          £1750.00
  • PG Cert International                                 £3600.00

When should I apply

Applications for postgraduate study can be submitted at any point through the year; however as places are limited on some courses, we recommend that you apply early. You can apply for September 2016 entry now.

How to apply

Please complete the on-line application form

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Course breakdown

Compulsory Modules include:

  • Applied motor learning and motor control (30)
  • Science of training response & adaptation (30)
  • Practical techniques in strength & conditioning (15)
  • Research process (15)
  • Strength & conditioning from theory to practice (15)
  • Independent research project (60)


One of the following:

  • Work-placement Internship* (15)
  • High performing environments* (15)
  • Pedagogy in Practice* (15)