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MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline.

You will also be required to attend an interview.


2021/22 UK fee: £7,900

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

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MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
I initially chose Chichester because of the reported quality of the exercise-focused courses as stated by my then-lecturers and previous students of Chichester. I then met with Dr Neal Smith, Field Leader in Biomechanics, to learn more about what the course could offer and whether it suited my career aspirations which were heavily directed towards the healthcare industry. The visit cemented my choice to study at Chichester once I understood the possible research and consultation work that would be possible due to the industry-leading equipment on offer in several biomechanics laboratories. The way the course was taught was an outstanding strength.

I am currently in my second career position since graduating from Chichester after being approached by an industry-leading medical device manufacturer to become a product specialist of a joint replacement robot.

I would, most certainly, recommend the postgraduate courses at the University of Chichester. The atmosphere created by your peers and mentors will be perfect for you to learn and develop into an individual ready to start a career.

Course content

This is a one-year full time (with part-time routes available) programme of study designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. 

Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise biomechanists (e.g. teaching in further and higher education, World Class Support programmes). Coupled with this growth there has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification. The MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics provides you with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfill the initial requirements for BASES accreditation, to develop your knowledge of the sport and exercise sciences, and to increase your skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.



This course starts in September 


You can request a postgraduate prospectus here.




Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Our students have gone on to further work or training in a variety of fields including:

  • English Institute of Sport
  • High-level performance coaches
  • Personal trainers with specialist biomechanics knowledge
  • Physiotherapists
  • Gait analysis experts
  • Sports coaches
  • PhD researchers
  • HE and FE educators
  • Sales of biomedical equipment

Indicative modules

  • Biomechanical Instrumentation - You will gain an understanding of data collection, signal processing, hardware and software provision and use for the main methods of biomechanical data collection
  • Tissues, Modelling, and Assistive Devices - This module covers wide-ranging applications of biomechanics research findings on areas such as muscle, tendon, ligament tissues, one/two joint muscles, muscle and joint energetics, prosthetic design, orthotic design and function, vibration training, in-silico modelling, and neuromuscular modelling
  • Developing as an Applied Practitioner in Biomechanics  - This is an opportunity to develop your skills in delivering applied consultancy in the biomechanics of sport and exercise
  • Ergonomics in Sport and Exercise - You will understand areas of ergonomics research and practice where your skills as a biomechanist can be applied
  • Applied Research Skills ​- An introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodology for biomechanics using practical and real-world examples to illustrate how we make sense of data.
  • Advanced Research Skills for Sport - You will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in biomechanics literature
  • Research Dissertation or Supervised Experience Portfolio - The credit of Master of Science is achieved by completion of either a full write-up or write-up and presentation dissertation, or a portfolio of a supervised experience.

In addition, all students have the option of substituting one module for an Independent Study module.


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, you need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, you need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, you need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a supervised experience portfolio.

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