You'll learn a strong complement of applied and research skills, balanced with how to communicate key information to relevant sport industry partners.
This Biomechanics Masters course develops your expertise in the area as well as develop a range of practical and empirical skills that are transferable across industry, sport and health sectors.
The focus is on developing research expertise, with a project conducted over the entire year of study. The aim is to develop and submit work of publishable quality. Current practical, technical and research skills are embedded in the course to reflect the needs of sport-related careers and industry but it is also a great stepping stone to a PhD.
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What you'll study
The MRes emphasises and encourages independent learning and is structured as to improve your ability to undertake high quality research and critical analysis. You will study four core modules including a research project that will culminate all that you have learnt
Sport Science Research Methods (15 cp) - You will learn how to design and conduct a research project including a proposal, ethical approval, methodological design and writing for publications. You will develop your skills in the use of software packages for statistical analysis of data and be introduced to qualitative data analysis.
Sport Science in Action (15 cp) - This module aims to enhance your employability providing the relevant knowledge and practical skills for your chosen field. The module includes a variety of teaching methods and sessions aimed at developing you as a practitioner and researcher.
Sport Research Project (120 cp) - As the core aspect for the Masters by Research (MRes) you will undertake an extensive research project in performance analysis or biomechanics, under the supervision of our expert staff. You will design and conduct the necessary theoretical and practical research work, and present the findings in the formats of a scientific paper and poster.
Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (30 cp) - This module will enable you to develop a systematic understanding of the measurement and analytical tools required to undertake sport biomechanics research and support work.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills;
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Where you'll study
Based at the Clifton Campus, Sport students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and CELS buildings.
We offer outstanding facilities such as the Sports Science Environmental Chamber, which is British Olympic Association Approved, and 3-dimensional imaging equipment used to digitally capture human motion for technique analysis.
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
You will spend time with your research project supervisor as well as a variety of leading sport science staff. You will experience a mixture of seminars, lectures, laboratories and you will also have several opportunities to present in front of peers and academic staff.
Contact hours for a 20 cp modules are typically around 50 hours, with a further 150 hours expected from you for directed and independent study.
- oral presentations
- poster presentations
- journal articles
- an interview.
Careers and employability
Graduates of the MRes Biomechanics postgraduate degree have pursued careers in sports injury and rehabilitation, biomechanics, physiology and research. Employers have included Manchester United FC, Northumbria University, Institute of Youth Sport, Kings College and English Institute of Sport.
This degree can provide a platform for students who are considering a PhD, and want to gain further experience and relevant qualifications before committing to a research degree.
We also offer international (non-EU) scholarships and bursaries for this course. Visit our scholarships page for more information.
This course does not currently offer placements.