MSc Applied Sport Science

Postgraduate, Part-time
Applied Sport Science MSc

Our MSc Programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of applied sport science.


Are you passionate about advancing your career in applied sport science? Imagine gaining expert knowledge in a specialised area, and enhancing your skills as a practitioner. 

You will have the ability to tailor sections of the programme to your specific areas of interest and we will develop your academic, practical, and soft skills throughout the programme.  By the end of the programme, you will be able to critically analyse methods of current practice or develop new insights within applied sport science.  You will be able to plan, design, and execute research studies. Most importantly we with teach you a wide range of techniques required to become an accomplished sports scientist.  Lastly, we will send you on a professional placement so that you can put all of your newly learned skills into practice.

The applied focus of this course is supported by contemporary, well-equipped laboratory facilities, including the largest environmental chamber of its kind in Scotland. Experience real-world simulations, from base camp Everest conditions to the challenges of hot and humid climates, especially pertinent in today's climate crisis. Imagine yourself equipped with a wide range of techniques and working in an interdisciplinary team, providing crucial support to athletes.

Please contact the programme leader Dr Lesley Ingram-Sills, for any questions you have about the course. The typical entry point to this course is in September.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)


2 years

Start date:


The course extended my theoretical knowledge while enhancing soft skills and ability to apply science. The content has advanced my coaching skills and formed the foundations of my current practice.

Rachel Thomson

MSc Applied Sport Science Graduate

The MSc Applied Sport Science offered an excellent variety of modules and a high level of expertise that was delivered with a focus on education relevant to applied, real-world careers.

Ally Velzian

Physical Preparation Coach, The Scottish Institute of Sport

Having been able to learn from highly specialised staff from various disciplines within the sport science department has increased confidence and skills in applied sport science.

Aaron Shields

Academy physical performance coach, Ipswich Town

Course details

The MSc programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of applied sport science.

You’ll have the opportunity to advance your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in this context, learn how to apply theoretical concepts, and develop practical professional skills for situations that sports scientists encounter on a daily basis.

This programme offers in-depth study across a range of areas related to applied sport science.  You will have the ability to align your studies to areas of interest to help develop you into a rounded practitioner.  You will have full access to our specialist laboratories for class/project work and will be guided by our expert staff.

Furthermore, you will also go on a professional placement, giving you a chance to apply your expert knowledge in a specialist area of applied sport science.  Wehaveformal partnerships with theSport Governing Bodies, ScottishFA, Scottish Rugby,CricketScotlandand Scottish Gymnastics, and helped found the Scottish Mountain Bike Centre.  We also have partnerships with HMFC Women’s Football, Hibernian FC, Greenock Morton FC, Boroughmuir Bears and Watsonians Super Series Rugby, as well as with LostShore. In addition, we have previously secured successful placement opportunities with Scottish Institute of Sport, Falkirk FC, Edinburgh Leisure, Enjoy Leisure, Edinburgh Rugby, and many other organisations locally and nationally.  This will increase your employability skills which will help you pursue a career in sport science support, academic research, teaching, industry, or other science-based professions.

What you will study

  • Scientific methods
  • Psychological interventions for sport performance enhancement
  • Applied physiology and sport performance
  • Sport science support of performance athletes
  • Contemporary issues in sport performance
  • Independent study module
  • Independent research project

You will be taught by Dr Lesley Ingram-SillsProfessor Geraint Florida-James, Dr Susan BrownIan GallagherKostas KonstantinosScott GrahamDr Duncan Mascarenhas and Dr Hollie Fountain

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    How you’ll be taught

    Our MSc programme is designed to provide you with laboratory and field-based research experience.  This is a one-year full time course that is split into three semesters and delivered on campus.  You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group work, laboratory work, practical sessions, independent study and professional placements.


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    You will be assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.
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    Work placement

    There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of this course.  Placement locations we have accessed this year include Falkirk FC, Greenock Morton FC, Scottish Institute of Sport, Boroughmuir Bears Super Series Rugby.
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Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Applied Sport Science?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for candidates to have a background in sport science, human physiology, coaching science, sports nutrition or other biological science degrees that contains a substantial element of exercise physiology/ psychology in order to be eligible for this programme.

We may consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

Can I get admission into Applied Sport Science based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2024/25 2025/26
Stage 1 £3,315 £tba
Stage 2 £3,965 £tba
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,280 £tba
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Stage 1 £8,450 £tba
Stage 2 £10,350 £tba
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £18,800 £tba
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Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

Please read our full T&C here


What can you do with an applied sport science degree?

By studying applied sport science at Edinburgh Napier University, you will develop the academic, practical and soft skills to become a sports science practitioner, go into a research-based career or even onto PhD study. Many of our graduates have been employed by the Scottish Institute of Sport, National governing bodies including the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Canoe and CIMSPA.  Many students are now applied sport scientists in football and rugby internationally. You may also work in settings such as the NHS. By studying this course, you will become a strong communicator, allowing you to critically analyse and design, plan and execute your own research studies. If you are an analytical thinker who enjoys team working and wants to learn more about applied sport science, then this might be the right course for you.

What does a performance sport scientist do?

As a performance sport scientist, you will be responsible for uncovering athletic success through science. You will aim to enhance athletes’ performance through biomechanics, nutrition, sport psychology and physiology to optimise their training programme. You will most likely use a range of lab equipment, technology and measurement tools. In this role, you will be expected to be an excellent communicator, and have strong analytical, practical and problem-solving skills.

Daily tasks and responsibilities within this role may include:

  • Data analysis
  • Consultations with coaches and athletes
  • Designing and monitoring training programmes
  • Conducting tests and assessments
  • Updating athlete and research records
  • Writing up research
  • Reviewing athlete performance
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