Sport and Exercise Science - MRes

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Why study this course?

This Sport and Exercise Science MRes degree will provide you with a unique combination of research and teaching in higher education as you explore a research project in the area of sport and exercise science. The second element of the course is a teaching thread, in the first module you’ll discuss teaching and learning in higher education, followed by 120 hours of shadowing teachers and assisting them with taught higher education modules in sport and exercise science.

More about this course

The course is designed to provide a framework which will support you in working on a self-directed programme of research. The degree places an emphasis on research methods developed from Sport and Exercise Science and will introduce you to current debates on the nature of research and knowledge in relation to current teaching practice. You will develop advanced skills in writing proposals, reflective reports and essays to develop modes of writing as exploratory and communicative modes for practice.

Sport and Exercise Science research areas include physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis. Your degree would usually focus on one of these areas, but we welcome cross-discipline research projects.

Upon graduating you could pursue postgraduate study such as MPhil or PhD, or embark on a career in research and/or lecturing roles within higher education. You will be encouraged and supported to attend at least one relevant conference and produce at least one publishable paper.

Assessment

Assessment will be primarily focussed on the MRes thesis. Other modules will contain a range of assessments including essays, presentations, log books, work experience and exams.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum upper second-class degree in the same relevant subject area as your MRes project topic
  • an application and interview will be required

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The Facilitating Student Learning (FSL) module aims to enable new and experienced staff, in both academic and professional service areas, who have responsibilities for student learning and achievement to develop their professional competence in the facilitation of student learning in higher education in a critically reflective and scholarly manner, armed with an understanding of how students may learn best, and aimed at enhancing the student learning experience - in the context of London Met’s diverse student body in particular.

    Central to this process is the development of the areas of practice, core knowledge, and professional values articulated in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

    FSL is the first module in the overall PGCert LTHE core programme, and it is also available as a stand-alone option for participants who wish to qualify as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), now AdvanceHE.

    It is a scholarly, critically reflective, work-based learning course, supported by a specific programme of workshops, critical reflection, scholarly writing, peer review, targeted research and peer observations of teaching practice. The goal of the programme is to be meaningful to participant current practice and context.

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  • The Health Sciences Research Project provides the students with the experience of planning and executing a major piece of individual work at post-graduate level in their chosen field of academic study (e.g, Sport and Exercise Science, Food Science.

    This module aims to encourage students to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by means of a specific investigation requiring significant research. During the course of the module they will develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic. The module gives students the opportunity to attain achievement of a high level of personal development by working independently with the minimum necessary supervision. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

    Students are supported by their supervisor with whom they are encouraged to facilitate regular contact. Students prepare an interim report, for which feedback is provided. Summative feedback is also provided on completion of the dissertation via assessment of the report, poster presentation, viva, and supervisors mark for process.

    The research programme will be carried out in consultation with a supervisor who will normally be an academic staff member of the School of Human Sciences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    The module offers an introduction to real-life teaching in a higher education institute in the student’s area of academic inquiry. Students will be required to develop, deliver and evaluate teaching content in their particular field, to support the teaching in their academic area.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills needed for planning, organisation and practice of research in health sciences.

    By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    - utilise available resources effectively – ability to work autonomously, find and use learning resources, manage time effectively, use computer based skills (word processing, mathematical, statistical, referencing, presentation);
    - apply advanced statistical hypothesis testing tools;
    - manage the project process – from proposal to publication;
    - work collaboratively with others – building inter-disciplinary relationships;
    - be a morally responsible researcher – an appreciation of the wider academic community and the ability to take an ethically sound stance when considering the potential impact of research on others; and
    - communicate effectively – being able to communicate knowledge both orally and in a visual format, to demonstrate interactive and group skills; to write in a scientific manner and designated format; to demonstrate written and statistical literacies appropriate to sub-discipline.

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After the course

Upon completing the MRes you could pursue postgraduate study such as MPhil or PhD. This degree could propel you towards becoming a lecturer, a graduate teaching assistant, an associate lecturer or choosing a career in research. You could also work in professional research settings, private clinics, professional sports teams and organisations.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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