MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning

USW's blended learning MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning is written by coaches for coaches and aimed at people wishThe course is taught by an expert team of industry professionals and is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) via its Education Recognition Program (ERP).It is taught by an expert team of industry professionals.

Effective coaching in strength and conditioning is about far more than sets and reps. It is about building a performance environment, developing relationships with athletes and with other members of the performance team. It is about leadership, management, reflection, teaching, motivating; yet few courses cover these critical components.

This strength and conditioning postgraduate course is different. Instead of JUST focussing on what to do, we focus on how it is done, with the coach firmly in the centre. Every module has been designed after extensive consultation with coaches and based around the reality of the performance ensuring you are prepared for what the industry will throw at you.

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

The Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning course can be studied full time over a year or part-time over two years. The following modules will be studied. Each has 20 credits with a final applied strength and conditioning solution carrying 60 credits. Part-time students can distribute these modules over two years.

Each module is delivered in a blended format supported by an initial week-long induction and two further week-long residential blocks during the course.

Maximising Human Performance - 20 credits
Module leader: Dr Chris Marley and George Rose
This module is designed to provide a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to performance, thus providing the coach with the widest possible variety of tools and approaches to maximise their athlete‘s performance in a range of performance settings.

Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Human Performance - 20 credits
Module leader: Paul Bunce
This module will outline the nature of effective strategy and provide students with the necessary mastery of strategy to enable the most productive actions to be taken on a daily basis. It will also develop the ability to apply the three-tiered approach to evidence-based practice enabling coaches to generate effective solutions to multiple performance problems.

The Modern Coach – Thriving in a Complex World- 20 credits
Module leader: Paul Bunce
This module will enable students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to their coaching development and enable them to develop the knowledge and skills required to thrive in this complex world of human performance.

Advanced Methods in Strength and Conditioning – A Solutions-based Approach - 20 credits
Module leader: Nathan Evans
This module will allow students to develop a solutions-based approach to training; critically evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs) and applying a range of training methods and techniques to address these KPIs.

Bio-medical Aspects of Human Performance - 20 credits
Module leader: Dr Kate Williams
This module will look at more common injuries and movement dysfunctions encountered in sport and enable students to identify risk factors for these injuries, design programs of exercise that reduce the risk of injury, and programs that enable athletes who have suffered these injuries recover full function.

Innovation and Technological Application in Human Performance - 20 credits
Module leader: Morgan Williams
This module will look at the most relevant and current technological applications available to a coach and enable coaches to critically evaluate these in terms of their potential application, the key data to be derived and how this can be utilised to drive innovative approaches to performance monitoring and enhancement.

Applied Strength and Conditioning Solution - 60 credits
Module leader: Mel Tuckwell
This module will extend the course aim of developing multidisciplinary, independent thinkers, enabling students to generate true evidence-based practice that can be directly applied into their own coaching practices.


This strength and conditioning postgraduate course is delivered in a blended format, with a week-long September residential induction and two further week long residentials at Easter and September.

This format allows people to study whilst undertaking their normal coaching activities. Material will be provided on a weekly basis and students will be able to access this at their preferred time.

The blended format is ideal for students from all over the UK and overseas, allowing them to study online and attend the residential blocks at USW.

The residential blocks are designed to provide practical instruction, to discuss content covered online and to carry out appropriate assessment.

Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Sport, Health and Exercise Science Research Group which collaborates locally, nationally and internationally with partners from industry and academia to provide world-leading knowledge and impact. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.


Assessment is built around the application of knowledge and wherever possible reflects the tasks coaches undertake in their daily work.

It entails a range of practical assessments, portfolios, reports and case studies, together with a final applied solution project.


The MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning course is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) via its Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Being focussed completely around the coaching process, this specialist strength and conditioning course ensures that students have the requisite skills in order to work effectively in any performance environment. The blended format also ensures that students are picking up critical practical experience whilst studying. Our strength and conditioning postgraduate course also helps prepare students for external accreditation with the NSCA and UKSCA. This blend of knowledge, accreditation and experience maximises employability.


The residentials are based at the USW Sport Park which houses one of the finest strength and conditioning centres in the UK.

This centre has been specifically designed to cater for the training needs of athletes and has been used by some of the world’s finest teams and athletes.


  • Nathan Evans, UKSCA-accredited coach has considerable experience working with professional weightlifters and combat sport athletes

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Entrance to the course normally requires an Honours degree classification of at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject/or extensive coaching experience.

Candidates will be expected to be actively coaching in the field of strength and conditioning

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications who are looking for strength and conditioning courses uk. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: Travel to Residential (Compulsory) *
Students will have to fund the cost of travel to the residential elements of the course.



Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.


USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount


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Admissions statement 

The MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in the coaching of strength and conditioning or anyone wishing to pursue a career as a coach in the fitness industry. It is ideal for graduates from strength and conditioning degrees or wider sport science degrees. It is also designed to cater for experienced coaches or personal trainers looking to study at Masters level.

Career options for graduates include strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, fitness industry coach and high performance coach. Students may also progress to a sports PhD or research degree.