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This course offers you the choice of taking a broad-based MSc that combines a range of self-selected modules from the two specialist pathways: Human Performance and Sport Psychology.
- To build upon your existing knowledge and extend your understanding of selected areas in sport sciences
- To provide you with experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought
- To develop your understanding of, and competence in, research methods and statistical analysis
- To enable you to critically evaluate and initiate relevant research
- To provide a sound and secure basis from which you may proceed to a research degree (eg PhD)
Your academic performance will be assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment procedures include essays, case studies, oral presentations, poster presentations laboratory report writing and computer-based tests. Formal written examinations constitute part of the assessment in some modules. In addition, you will need to submit, and pass, a research dissertation.
The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition.
Our students have varied backgrounds and interests some are keen to gain knowledge about sports performance, others are keen to explore the links between sport and, for example, community, education, health, and politics. Sport is a hugely popular form of culture around the world and the academic study of sport has grown in popularity to meet the demands of the global sports industry. In parallel with these developments, sport sciences courses at Brunel are up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking. If you are interested in studying sport or forging a sport-related career, we welcome your application to study for a postgraduate degree in sport sciences at Brunel.
Physical Activity & Health (15 credits) where you investigate contemporary issues related to physical activity and health from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the biomechanical, psychological and physiological effects of ageing, multi-disciplinary considerations associated with injury, obesity, and cardiac health.
Research Methods and Data Analysis (45 credits) enables you to develop the necessary skills to undertake a piece of research; develop competence in the range of quantitative and qualitative research methods available; critically assess the appropriateness of any research method in relation to a research question; effectively search for and utilise a variety of research sources; critically analyse personal research ideas; develop a critical appreciation of principles and techniques involved in analysing quantitative and qualitative data; apply statistical techniques using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); analyse qualitative data, including the use of software; undertake your MSc dissertation appropriately.
Research Dissertation (60 credits) where you select an appropriate topic of study that is approved by your supervisor. These topics normally span the research interests of Department staff.Elective Modules
Choose at least 15 credits from the following:
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (15 credits) enables you to become proficient at applying biomechanical principles to the performance of athletes and the design of sports equipment. You also learn to use mathematical modelling to investigate the biomechanical basis of sports movements and equipment.
Individual Differences in Sport & Exercise (15 credits) enables you to synthesise your knowledge of recent developments in individual differences theory and research; develop your ability to critically appraise and evaluate sport psychology literature; be able to synthesize a large and disparate literature; produce a scientific report in APA format; demonstrate your oral presentation skills in a supportive environment.
Social Processes in Exercise and Sport (15 credits) applies the theoretical knowledge of social processes and group dynamics to sport and exercise environments. It will increase your awareness and expertise in the areas of leadership and coach-athlete relationships, group cohesion and motivation, and the home advantage phenomenon. The module is designed to be relevant to those aspiring to become applied sport psychologists or sport/exercise scientists. The module content is particularly relevant to those who intend to work with sport or exercise groups. It is common practice for the best work from this module to be presented as poster presentations at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Conference, the BASES Student Conference, or the British Psychological Society Conference.Choose the remaining 15 to 45 credits from the following:
Applied Sports Physiology (30 credits) explores the physiological limitations to elite performance and the role of exercise physiology in preparing the elite athlete. This is accomplished by an in-depth study of current sport and exercise physiology concepts, and examination of the role of the physiologist within the inter-disciplinary support team.
Performance Lifestyle (15 credits) focuses on high achieving athletes and those tasked to care for them as they strive to create an environment that facilitates success while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The module has been endorsed by UK Sport and the content reflects the Performance Lifestyle support available to athletes through advisors at the English Institute of Sport. The module provides students with an opportunity to consider the performing athlete in a broader sense.
Laboratory Techniques in Physiology and Biomechanics (15 credits) is designed to enable the student (a) to acquire practical and analytical laboratory skills and techniques that are relevant to the physiological and biomechanical assessment of human performance, (b) to develop an understanding of interdisciplinary practice and (c) to develop the skills required to work as a member of a coherent sport science support team. Part-time students must have satisfactorily completed SP5035 or SP5511 prior to commencing SP5513.
Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports Performance (15 credits) primarily focuses of the module is on attentional processes relating to skill learning and expertise. In the first half of the module we will consider current research on topics such as 'choking', direction of attention, and implicit motor learning. We will then examine topics around perceptual expertise, including anticipation skill, perceptual training and deliberate practice. Throughout the module, we will explore the applied implications of this work for performers and practitioners.
Psychological Skills for Practitioners (15 credits) is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of key psychological theories that underpin performance and also to develop critical evaluation of current research. The module will enable you to apply an effective programme of psychological skills and develop independent thinking.
Professional Development (15 credits) enables you to develop areas/skills to enhance your professional development in the future. It will allow you to engage in a work-based study. The topic area will be agreed with the module leader and an appropriate supervisor. You will negotiate and agree a learning contract and the procedures and assessment to be undertaken. The topic chosen must be different from the topic of the dissertation.