University of Portsmouth: Sports Performance

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Science
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


If you're ready to combine your training with science to understand sporting performance at the elite level, then our MSc Sports Performance degree course will take your studies to postgraduate level, and give you the skills you need to succeed.

On this course, you'll learn the biomechanics, physiology and psychology that underpins performance enhancement. You'll develop applied techniques, practical skills and research expertise which show how scientific support can be integrated into the world of top-level sport.

We'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. Once you graduate, you'll be able to pursue a career in sports performance with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics.

**What you'll experience**
On this course, you'll:
- Develop an interdisciplinary approach to enhancing and maintaining sports performance

- Understand the techniques used to assess team and individual performance

- Use your laboratory and field-based skills including notational systems, performance profiling and dynamical systems, to assess and evaluate sports performance

- Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style

- Study key topics like Applied Sports Biomechanics, and Environmental Factors Affecting Sports Performance

- Have 24/7 access to our library's electronic resources, including thousands of ejournals, books and newspapers

- Get to use our biomechanics, physiology, psychology and kinanthropometry labs, with professional facilities

**Careers and opportunities**
When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career in areas such as teaching, sports development, science support and the health and fitness sectors. During your studies, you can also choose to work toward BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist, and you'll have the theoretical basis for further academic research.

**What can you do with a Sports Performance degree?**
Our previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- national governing bodies

- sports agencies

- local authorities

- UK Sport


- primary care trusts

- county sports partnership

**What jobs can you do with a Sports Performance degree?**
Career opportunities include:
- high-performance sports coach

- personal trainer

- exercise specialist

- corporate fitness manager

- university or college lecturer

- sports facility manager

- PhD study

- clinical trials manager

- sports scientist

- strength and conditioning coach

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


University of Portsmouth



We are the University of Portsmouth: progressive and proud of our city’s heritage. We stand out as a new kind of university, a breath of fresh air in the academic world.

Portsmouth is a place for people who want to make a difference. We’re intent on discovery and our excellent research makes an impact, not just in the UK, but on the world. With over 200 postgraduate degrees to choose from, The University is a place where you’ll be encouraged to find your niche, and be supported to go beyond what you thought possible ...

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