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Performance Analysis MRes

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This Performance Analysis postgraduate degree will develop your range of practical and empirical skills that will be transferable across industry, sport and health sectors. You will conduct a research project over the entire year of study whereby you will develop and submit work of publishable quality. You'll learn a strong complement of applied and research skills, balanced with how to communicate key information to relevant sport industry partners.

Develop your expertise within the area of performance analysis, which includes biomechanics, technique and motion analysis and notational analysis. You will use technology and data to analyse performance to gain objective information in order to understand and improve tactics, techniques and movement. Focus will be on systematic processes in order to gain quantifiable data and to develop skills to monitor and record sporting performances to enhance interventions within the coaching process, to improve athlete performance in training and competition environments.

Current practical, technical and research skills are embedded in the course to reflect the needs you will need to gain to enter or progress in a sport-related career. The skills attained on this Masters course can also be used as a great stepping stone to a PhD.

  • 100% of our postgraduate Sport and Exercise Sciences students are satisfied with the quality of their course and would recommend their course to others. (PTES 2021)
  • In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 90.9% of postgraduate Sport Science graduates who entered employment are in a 'High skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees. (Graduate Outcome Survey 2019/20)
  • Top 20 in the UK for teaching quality in Sport Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

What you’ll study

There are four core modules, which includes an extensive research project. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

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 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.

MRes 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.

Performance Analysis (30 cp)

This module provides a strong theoretical underpinning in areas of performance analysis and skill acquisition, combined with industry relevant experience. Contemporary issues at the forefront of performance and skill acquisition research will be discussed and explored.

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. Find out more about the ULP.

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.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Alessandro Barcherini

Sport and Exercise Science

Four years ago I was sat at Clifton Campus, taking the men’s first team against Newcastle Uni – and here I am now, working in the Premiership

How you’re taught

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.

Assessment includes:

  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • presenting your findings in the format of a journal article
  • technical analysis report.

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Staff Profiles

Caroline Sunderland

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Caroline Sunderland

John Morris

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

John Morris

Athalie Redwood-Brown

Senior Lecturer

Sport Science

Athalie Redwood-Brown - Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis

Cleveland Barnett

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Cleveland T. Barnett - Associate Professor of Biomechanics

Stuart Jolly

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Stuart Jolly is a Principal Lecturer in the sport academic team at Nottingham Trent University, with extensive experience of course development, quality assurance, course and module leadership, and teaching

How you’re assessed

Coursework (100%)

Careers and employability

Graduates of this course have pursued full-time employment in the performance analysis field, as well as in sports marketing and management, sports injury and rehabilitation and sport psychology research.

Employers have included:

  • Manchester United FC
  • Nottingham Forest FC
  • Derby County FC
  • Stoke City FC

This Performance Analysis Masters 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. The research project also supports those looking to develop their expertise in applied performance analysis, and working in this field.

This course does not currently offer placements.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree  (minimum 2.1) in a sport science related subject including biology and biochemistry.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need:

  • UK honours degree  (minimum 2.1) in a sport science related subject including biology and biochemistry.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2023 are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £9,300 £16,800
Part-time £4,650 £8,400*

* For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2023 are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £9,300 £16,800
Part-time £4,650 £8,400*

* For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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