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School of Sport Newsletter Spring 2012

Come and study an MSc with the School of Sport. Our programmes are founded on two key principles: To offer (1) full-time students the opportunity to graduate in nine months and (2) guaranteed professional practice and development opportunities. Welcome Studying your Master’s with us could give you an edge in an increasingly competitive employment market, graduating before your competitors. Further, we recognise that industry and employers seek individuals with knowledge and experience. All our postgraduate programmes embed opportunities for you to gain the experience that employers’ desire and, as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we are closely aligned with many sports organisations. We offer six MSc programmes in Sport Management, Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Sports Coaching, Performance Coaching, and Sport Nutrition. Graduates, from all programmes, will acquire the skills to move into a broad range of career opportunities, including a number of sport and health professions, posts

within a number of fields in the science industry, to careers within the civil service and government. Choose to study your MSc at one of the world’s most beautiful campuses, popular with international students, and with a lively postgraduate environment, where you are guaranteed professional practice and development opportunities. Take the first step towards a successful future and visit our website for more information about our programmes.


Sport Management 

Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport -The programme has strong links with the sport management sector and is delivered by tutors with industry experience, with a track record of applying management theory to practice. Accreditation is planned through the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Gaining this degree will prepare you for sport management jobs with a local authority, a commercial organisation or with a voluntary sport organisation such as a governing body of sport.

Course Director: Dr Fiona Sanders

Sports Coaching 

The Sports Coaching programme is for experienced coaches who wish to extend their capacity by engaging in learning experiences which promote analysis and critical reflection of their coaching practice.

The programme has been developed to articulate with the emerging UKCC Level 4 certification process. Your work will be grounded in coaching practice and research, considering case studies and learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

Graduates are anticipated to fulfil roles in the ‘top tier’ of employment opportunities for coaches in their sport.

Course Director: Dr Justine Allen

Performance Coaching

 Performance Coaching is an innovative distance learning degree. It is for

experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport-specific qualifications.  The programme has been developed to articulate with the emerging

UKCC Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.  Course Director: Alan Lynn


Psychology of Sport

Health and Exercise Sciences

 The programme has a broad focus and is ideally suited

 This programme offers a knowledge and skills base

to applicants who are interested in working as a sport psychologist in applied sport settings, and/or wish to pursue doctoral work in sport psychology.

which enables cross-discipline exchange to occur between those in the health sector and those in the sport and exercise sectors.

 Psychology of Sport is an exciting degree that will help

 Students will develop knowledge and understanding

you develop your career in sport and exercise psychology. Accreditation is planned through the British Psychological Society.

of key mechanisms linking diet, physical activity and health and research muscle physiology and function, exercise metabolism, nutrition, genetics and molecular biology.

 This programme is geared towards the field of sport

and exercise psychology, but we anticipate graduates acquiring the skills to move into a broad range of career opportunities, including a number of sport and health professions, posts within a number of fields in the science industry, to careers within the civil service and government.

 Career

prospects range from jobs in health promotion, sport development, or health and fitness industry through to science writing, Doctoral degree entry or Biosciences industry work.

 Course Director: Dr Naomi Brooks

 Course Director: Dr Pete Coffee

Sport Nutrition  This MSc programme has been established specifically

for students who already hold an International Olympic Committee (IOC) postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition -The programme provides high quality research training through planning, conducting and writing up a research project enabling those working in the field of Sports Nutrition to undertake, understand and inform others about research in their chosen area of study.  Course Director: Dr Stuart Galloway

Sports News @ Stirling Stirling hosts conference to inspire young leaders ahead of Glasgow 2014 Stirling student and Glasgow 2014 hopeful swimmer Cameron Brodie joined more than 150 pupils and students from across Central Scotland today to take part in the innovative Lead 2014 youth leadership and volunteering campaign: details here.

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Scholarship swimmer receives Olympic and Commonwealth Boost University of Stirling scholarship swimmer Jak Scott has received a major boost as he bids to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: details here.

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