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MSc Sports Therapy

MSc Sports Therapy

This Master’s programme is designed to develop the necessary practical and theoretical skills required for a career as a Sports Therapist. Supported by staff who have worked within elite sport, the programme aims to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the industry.

The Course

Our MSc Sports Therapy aims to prepare students to apply sports science knowledge and principles to the assessment and treatment of injuries within a sporting context. The programme has been developed in collaboration with The Society of Sports Therapists, an accrediting regulatory body for Sports Therapy programmes.

The course is designed to develop skills in pitch side first aid and trauma management, clinical injury assessment and competency in planning and implementing appropriate treatment and rehabilitation programmes for a range of sports injuries. The programme is based around core sports therapy modules.

As a student you have the opportunity to develop the skills to utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance. You have the chance to learn to provide immediate care of injuries and the capability of providing basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive environment. In addition, you can develop the skills to research and apply research findings to sports therapy practice.

The Course

Lincoln’s MSc Sports Therapy aims to prepare students for applying sports science knowledge and principles to the assessment and treatment of injuries within a sporting context. The programme has been developed in collaboration with The Society of Sports Therapists, an accrediting regulatory body for Sports Therapy programmes.

The course is designed to develop skills in sports therapy, sport and exercise rehabilitation, and working professionally as a sports therapy practitioner. The course has a strong practical element and students will have the opportunity to gain experience under supervision, providing pitch-side cover with sports teams based at the University of Lincoln, and treating staff and students within the in-house Sports Injury Clinic.

Students on this programme are required to accumulate 200 hours of supervised clinical placements, opportunities for this may include working with local, professional, and amateur sports teams, as well as within the University Sports Injury Clinic.

Students can learn from experienced lecturers who come from a background of working in elite sport. Guest lectures are also provided from a variety of professionals who currently work in the industry including sports scientists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths covering professional football, rugby, and athletics.

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.
Students have the chance to learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, web-based resources and research-engaged teaching. Workshops and practical work will also help to develop the required skills.

The assessment strategy adopted within the MSc Sports Therapy reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of communication skills. However, in all assessments students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the relevant theoretical issues. Assessment types are varied to meet the subject specific demands of each module and may include portfolio, reflective writing, practical, assignment, presentation or a dissertation.


Contact Hours and Independent Study

Teaching is currently provided two days a week on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note this is subject to change.

Students should expect approximately 12 hours of contact time per week during this programme. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)
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Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)

This module aims to develop the student’s clinical reasoning and decision making skills in practice. Clinical reasoning models will be used to demonstrate an understanding of how important decisions, diagnosis of injury and subsequent treatment plans are developed and justified using evidence from theory and research.

Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)
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Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop critical thinking skills related to scientific enquiry. Students will on completion be able manage and implement a successful research study in an area relating to Sports Therapy.

Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)
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Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)

This module aims to develop and enhance students’ current knowledge of normal human movement and anatomical function for activities across a range of sports. Both peripheral and spinal regions will be covered in detail allowing the student to safely and competently conduct objective joint assessments that will help identify specific sport and exercise related injuries that occur in a range of different anatomical structures.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)
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Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)

This module aims to develop core practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing initial assessment and treatment to a range of common sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through teaching of key theory relating to pathology, assessment and treatment of common injuries along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)
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Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)

This module aims to develop the more advanced practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing advanced assessment and treatment to a wide range of sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through the teaching of advanced assessment and treatment techniques along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)
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Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)

This module aims to develop the skills of a sports therapist in a working environment and focusses upon the ability to critically reflect upon and apply innovative solutions in sports therapy practice. It is applied and students spend 200 hours in the Community. The skills will be developed through teaching, observing practitioners and applying treatment under supervision.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)
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Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop the research skills required in essential preparation for the Research Project. The module will address epistemological issues, as well as ethical considerations, research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry and analysis.

The focus is on developing the skills to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature, and integrate such knowledge in preparation for independent study. You will be able to focus on an issue or issues relevant to your personal interests and intended professional development. This will draw on critical analysis and understanding of research methodology and methods acquired from the discipline of sport science.

Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)
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Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)

This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge around principles of rehabilitation and how these can be applied at different stages during the recovery process for a range of common sporting injuries. Critical appraisal of current research will help the student understand how to safely and effectively rehabilitate an individual back to full functional fitness after injury.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

The programme utilises a full range of assessments including:

  • Portfolio
  • Reflective writing
  • Practical
  • Assignment
  • Dissertation

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

All applicants will be interviewed.
Practice Placements

There is a high practical component within the programme and you will have the chance to build a 200 hour portfolio of practice from working within the community. You may have the opportunity to provide sports therapy support at events both locally and across the country. As a student you will also have the opportunity to engage with local, regional, and national organisations.

Upon entry to the programme you will be registered as a Student Member of The Society of Sports Therapists. Through this you will be eligible for the limited medical malpractice and public liability insurance required to allow you to undertake your 200 hours of supervised Sports Therapy practice during your studies.

On successful completion of the course, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Applied Sport Support Bursary

The School of Sport and Exercise Science is offering Applied Sport Support Bursaries with up to three places available for the 2019/20 academic year. MSc Sport Science and MSc Sports Therapy students can apply to receive a bursary to assist them in building a diverse portfolio of applied work during their studies. For more information and how to apply please visit www.bit.ly/sportbursary

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be related to specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in sport and exercise science and a successful interview.

An applicant may also be considered with an alternative degree if supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject through their experience or training. It is anticipated that this would be from within the work environment, additional qualifications or volunteering.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Satisfactory enhanced DBS checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.

Students will be enrolled as Student Membership of The Society of Sports Therapists and on graduation will be eligible to apply for full membership. Some of the benefits include the opportunity to access publications, attend courses, legal and professional advice, and professional insurance.

The School is currently undertaking research in a number of areas at national and international levels. The research is organised under the remit of our five research groupings:

  • Biofeedback in Sport Group (BIO)
  • Health Advancement Research Team (HART)
  • Mental Toughness Research Group (MTOUGH)
  • Physiology of Exercise and Sport Performance (PESP)
  • Youth Sport Research Group (YSR)


A major focus of research activity lies in developing local, national, and international partnerships to design and deliver projects that are beneficial to service users and which influence policy, practice, and procedures. Areas for particular emphasis include sport science, coaching practice, and exercise and health development.

For more information, please visit the School’s research pages:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/sport/research/

The course focuses on the theory and practice of sports therapy. Students are able to develop the skills needed and utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance. They have the chance to learn how to provide immediate care of injuries and provide basic life support in a recreational, training, and competitive environment. Students can also develop the communication and listening skills required to work as a sports therapist.

Students have the chance to learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, written assignments, seminars, web-based resources, and research-engaged teaching. There is a strong practical element which will help to develop the required skills necessary for working in the industry.

In addition, students can develop the skills to undertake research projects and apply research findings to sports therapy practice.

Teaching staff on this programme include those with professional experience in a range of areas, including many years working clinically in elite sport, privately, and in rehabilitation centres.


Modules include:

  • Functional Anatomy and Human Movement
  • Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1
  • Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2
  • Professional Practice in Sports Therapy
  • Clinical Reasoning in Practice
  • Dissertation (Sports Therapy Master's)
  • Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Research Methods and Skills

Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)
Find out more

Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)

This module aims to develop the student’s clinical reasoning and decision making skills in practice. Clinical reasoning models will be used to demonstrate an understanding of how important decisions, diagnosis of injury and subsequent treatment plans are developed and justified using evidence from theory and research.

Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)
Find out more

Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop critical thinking skills related to scientific enquiry. Students will on completion be able manage and implement a successful research study in an area relating to Sports Therapy.

Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)
Find out more

Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)

This module aims to develop and enhance students’ current knowledge of normal human movement and anatomical function for activities across a range of sports. Both peripheral and spinal regions will be covered in detail allowing the student to safely and competently conduct objective joint assessments that will help identify specific sport and exercise related injuries that occur in a range of different anatomical structures.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)
Find out more

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)

This module aims to develop core practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing initial assessment and treatment to a range of common sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through teaching of key theory relating to pathology, assessment and treatment of common injuries along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)
Find out more

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)

This module aims to develop the more advanced practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing advanced assessment and treatment to a wide range of sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through the teaching of advanced assessment and treatment techniques along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)
Find out more

Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)

This module aims to develop the skills of a sports therapist in a working environment and focusses upon the ability to critically reflect upon and apply innovative solutions in sports therapy practice. It is applied and students spend 200 hours in the Community. The skills will be developed through teaching, observing practitioners and applying treatment under supervision.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop the research skills required in essential preparation for the Research Project. The module will address epistemological issues, as well as ethical considerations, research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry and analysis.

The focus is on developing the skills to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature, and integrate such knowledge in preparation for independent study. You will be able to focus on an issue or issues relevant to your personal interests and intended professional development. This will draw on critical analysis and understanding of research methodology and methods acquired from the discipline of sport science.

Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)
Find out more

Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)

This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge around principles of rehabilitation and how these can be applied at different stages during the recovery process for a range of common sporting injuries. Critical appraisal of current research will help the student understand how to safely and effectively rehabilitate an individual back to full functional fitness after injury.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

The assessment strategy adopted within the MSc Sports Therapy reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of communication skills. However, in all assessments students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the relevant theoretical issues. Assessment types are varied to meet the subject specific demands of each module and may include portfolios, reflective writing, practicals, written assignments, presentations, or a dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. The interview can be held by Skype or telephone if requested and consists of an informal discussion about the programme and a chance to discuss relevant experience applicants may have, such as work experience or volunteering. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet lecturers and look around the facilities at the University, including the Sports Centre and Human Performance Centre.
Practice Placements

There is a high practical component within the programme and students will have the chance to build a 200 hour clinical placement portfolio. This may include working within the sports injury clinic, pitch side cover, local professional and amateur teams, and in the community at sporting events both locally and across the country. Students also have the opportunity to engage with local, regional, and national organisations.

Upon entry to the programme, students will be registered as a Student Member of The Society of Sports Therapists. Through this, they will be eligible for the limited medical malpractice and public liability insurance required to allow them to undertake their 200 hours of supervised sports therapy practice during their studies.

On successful completion of the course, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and living costs for sessions held off-campus. In 2019, this included working with local professional or amateur teams and attending outpatient clinics.

Sports Injury Clinic

The University operates a Sports Injury Clinic. Students on this Master’s degree can work with University sports teams and athletes, as well as staff and students in the clinic. This offers the opportunity to work with patients and develop skills in assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries as well as developing all aspects of communication.

Industry Links

The School has a number of connections with sports clubs such as Lincoln City FC, Nottingham Rugby, Lincoln Rugby Football Club, and Gainsborough Trinity FC.

Field Trips

Field trips can enable students to learn from industry professionals and deepen their knowledge. Students may have the chance to take part in field trips during the course. In 2019, students visited St George’s Park to experience the hydrotherapy suites and see the facilities that elite athletes can access for rehabilitation needs. This trip was paid for by the School. A visit to Grantham and District Hospital also gave students the chance to attend outpatient musculoskeletal clinics staffed by orthopaedic consultants and gain experience in a clinical environment.

Community

The School of Sport and Exercise Science consists of a vibrant community of staff and students. Those on the MSc Sports Therapy course will undertake certain modules alongside those on the MSc Sports Science course.

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Students are responsible for their travel costs to sessions held off campus. In 2019, this included working with local professional or amateur teams and attending outpatient clinics.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in sport and exercise science and a successful interview.

An applicant may also be considered with an alternative degree if supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject through their experience or training. It is anticipated that this would be from within the work environment, additional qualifications or volunteering.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/for information on equivalent qualifications.


Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/


If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses:


https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/


These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Satisfactory enhanced DBS checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Andy Hunt Prog Leader Sports Therapy

Andy Hunt

Programme Leader

Andy is Programme Leader for the MSc Sports Therapy and has extensive experience of working with professional sports teams. His research specialisms include sports teams and rehabilitation and sports medicine.
Contact: ahunt@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to support and promote employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. The course aims to well prepare graduates to gain employment within rehabilitation clinics and independent sports therapy work with sports teams and organisations. Upon successful completion, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Career and Personal Development

Career and Personal Development

The emphasis on practical, hands-on development of skills and placement experience throughout the course aims to prepare graduates for employment as a sports therapist. This may include within rehabilitation clinics and independent sports therapy work with sports teams and organisations. Upon successful completion, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Recent graduates have gone on to work within various sports including football and rugby, private clinics, or continued further studies.


Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability team can provide tailored, individual support and careers advice. The service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation. Alumni can continue to access support and advice for up 15 months after graduating. The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.


Human Performance Centre

The University of Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre offers excellent facilities to meet the academic needs of our students. The Centre provides dedicated sport and exercise support. Our experienced staff have academic and professional expertise in a range of areas including sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sports psychology, coach education and sports nutrition.

Resources include physiology and biochemistry laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory, a motor control laboratory incorporating a golf specific analysis area, coach education suite, an interview and consultation suite, and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited staff.

The School of Sport and Exercise Science has full access to the University’s Sports and Recreation Centre. A range of educational and recreational activities are utilised to accommodate the needs of both students and staff of the University of Lincoln, providing them with opportunities to participate in fitness classes and many sports based activities.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.