MSc Strength and Conditioning
The only Strength & Conditioning postgraduate programme in Greece.
Designed according to the standards of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity and the UK Strength & Conditioning Association.
Practical training in sports centres and specialist laboratories.
Blended Learning – includes teaching by Greek and international professionals.
Strength and Conditioning (S&C) are the principles and applications of Sports Science that evaluate the physical condition of athletes and champions of all sports and aim to optimize their performance. Coaches specialized in Strength & Conditioning design and implement specialized training programmes focused on the requirements of each sport and improving the physical and motor characteristics of athletes, including speed, agility, endurance, strength, power, stability and flexibility, achieving a reduction in the frequency and severity of injuries, improvement of technique and maximization of performance.
The Strength and Conditioning Master’s has been created by UK-based professionals with extensive experience in the practical applications of S&C, in an area with a long tradition and a high standard in Sport and world-renowned Premier League sports clubs. It has been developed in consultation with “The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity” and aligned to the professional standards developed by CIMSPA, in collaboration with the “UK Strength and Conditioning Association”. It is offered and taught in Greece by academics and professionals of the respective specialties and is the only one of its kind in the country.
What you will study
During the MSc Strength and Conditioning course, you will study the underlying principles of S&C science and the multifaceted role of the S&C practitioner. The applied and practical nature of the course will equip you with the skills required to work with athletes and clients of different ages, abilities and demographics, in designing and implementing bespoke training programmes to enhance athletic performance and health & wellbeing.
You will benefit from the insights of experienced S&C coaches in Greece and abroad and you will have opportunities to gain valuable applied experience and coaching qualifications alongside the course, through internships in top sports facilities and sports clubs. The programme emphasizes a variety of skills, such as learning weightlifting techniques, assessing fitness level through numerous field and lab tests, coaching techniques, scientific design of individualized exercise programmes as well as integrating S&C into the wider interdisciplinary performance-enhancing environment.
The MSc Strength & Conditioning combines the advantages of flexible study, synchronous and asynchronous learning, which favor every professional with a demanding professional and personal schedule.
- The first and only Strength & Conditioning postgraduate programme in Greece, with the capacity to raise the profile of every sports professional.
- Developed by the UK University of Wolverhampton, in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA), aligning with professional standards set by CIMSPA and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.
- Incorporates experience from renowned sports clubs, including Premier League clubs.
- Provides high-level knowledge and specialist skills in the design, implementation, and assessment of fitness programmes for athletes of all levels, from champions to amateurs.
- Combines academic theory with practical application, including lab workshops, practical training and practice placement at top sports facilities and clubs.
- Includes training and access to software for athletic performance assessment.
- Entails additional guest lectures and workshops by S&C professionals from around the globe.
- It is flexible and suitable for working professionals, as it combines on campus block teaching, with online – synchronous & asynchronous - learning.
- Teaching staff are certified by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and comprise of Greek and British lecturers.
- Its interdisciplinary nature makes it ideal for graduates and professionals from various health-related disciplines.
- The School of Health & Sports Sciences at Mediterranean College sustains strategic partnerships with leading sports clubs and associations.
A strength and conditioning (S&C) Master’s degree equips students with advanced knowledge and skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating fitness programmes for athletes. This course will give you the opportunity to develop key competencies in strength & conditioning coaching, and challenge you to develop your theoretical knowledge, applied experiences and research skills towards becoming an evidence-based S&C practitioner.
This module will explore the principles of designing, planning and implementing strength and conditioning programmes, examining key principles in relation to optimising sports performance through the application of periodisation and multi-disciplinary approaches to the physical preparation of athletes.
This module examines real world application of S&C within a variety of contexts. You will gain an insight into the realities of working in the S&C field, with experienced S&C coaches and practitioners from other disciplines sharing their experiences and approaches to working in the industry. Alongside taught content, you will undertake a placement in which you will operate in an applied strength and conditioning capacity.
In this module, you will examine strategies used to assess athletes’ physical capabilities, ranging from movement competency to strength and power diagnostics, field-based testing protocols and biomechanical analysis. You will explore technology and software solutions used in assessing, monitoring and reporting physical performance measures, examine considerations in the reliability, validity and sensitivity of performance tests, and look at how to present information to athletes and coaches in meaningful and impactful ways.
This is a practically focused module in which you will be taught training techniques and explore technical models for key resistance training exercises and field-based training methods. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own technical competencies, as well as the opportunity to develop your coaching skills in the weight room and field environments.
This module provides students with the opportunity to build on their research methods training, applying and reflecting upon the skills required for post graduate level research.
In this module students will be required to undertake an independent research project negotiated with a nominated supervisor. Students will have the experience of utilising in-depth knowledge and understanding of their specialist area whilst engaging in the research process. Students will produce either a piece of empirical research, or professionally related, applied practice depending on the area of study.
We accept applications throughout the year, until all available positions in each department are filled. As this is a strictly laboratory-based programme with limited spots, we encourage you to submit your application in a timely manner.
Furthermore, we offer multiple alternative tuition payment options, financing programmes, and scholarships based on academic, athletic, and socio-economic criteria.
Contact us today and inquire about the study programme and the opportunities for tuition subsidies and financing. The Advisors at the Admissions Office will provide you with the necessary information about the programme and the application and enrollment process.
The programme is addressed to:
- University graduates of Sports Sciences or Coaching disciplines, who wish to specialize in S&C.
- Professional trainers, personal trainers who wish to diversify and develop their skills.
- S&C coaches who wish to improve their qualifications and specialist skills.
- Professionals from other sectors, who wish to add expertise to a complementary discipline (e.g. physiotherapists). The programme is of particular value to physiotherapists, because it provides training related to both injury prevention and athletes’ rehabilitation.
- University graduates from other fields, who wish to pursue an alternative career to the field they chose in their undergraduate degree, following their passion for sports.
Candidates without a first or relevant university degree may be admitted if they can demonstrate significant professional experience as coaches, personal trainers or military training officers.
The minimum English language requirement is equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (C1). If you do not possess an official English language certificate, you can sit the College’s internal placement test.
Moreover, you’ll be asked to submit a resume, as well as a recommendation letter from employers and tutors, and you’ll be called for an academic interview with the programme leader.
|Dr. Panagiotis Vitalis
Panagiotis was born in Athens in 1987 and is currently married and the father of one child. He holds a PhD in Clinical Ergophysiology from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom (UK), where he was a visiting lecturer. In Greece he is a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly in the postgraduate programme ''Clinical Ergophysiologist'' and a programme leader and lecturer at Mediterranean College. His research concerns the laboratory evaluation, application and study of the effect of exercise and physical activity on cardiac and pulmonary physiology in patients with autoimmune rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and in the general population. Specifically, his area of expertise evolves around how physical activity and exercise can improve both the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems through specific physiological mechanisms. As a researcher, he participated in international research projects with interdisciplinary teams composed of leading academics in their field. Some of these projects were funded by the European Union (EU) and the Pan-European Organization of Rheumatology (EULAR), the world's leading rheumatology organisation. EULAR presented results of his work, where he is now a member of the IMPACT-RMD research group and a member of the research group "Physical Activity, Exercise & Rehabilitation" of the field of Health Professionals (HPRs). Dr Panagiotis Vitalis is also a reviewer in international scientific journals and has a comprehensive cutting-edge work experience in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health, having worked in world-class centres in the UK and Greece and in Belarus.
|Polyxeni Spiliopoulou, PhD c.
Polyxeni, PhD candidate at the School of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, is a Sports Scientist in the fields of "athletic performance" and "exercise and health" with 16 publications and 81 citations in international journals. She has participated in more than 20 publications in international scientific conferences in Greece and abroad with awards in some of them. She has taught at the School of Physical Education and Sport Science at undergraduate and postgraduate level, while at the same time, from 2018 until today, she works as a teacher in private schools.
I truly loved attending the classes for the Health Management programme. The courses were really interesting and the teachers made great effort to transmit their knowledge, which I honestly appreciate. Last but not least, my fellow students made last year more enjoyable and fun with their presence during classes! Thank you everyone for the great experience!...
Igodaro Victor, Executive Diploma in Health Care Management
In the Physiotherapy department of Mediterranean College we connect what we learn in theory into practice, through workshops and practical courseworks. From the second year and beyond, every year, the programme content includes clinical practice. All this, combined with our teachers who help us, support us and are experienced in what they teach, makes me feel confident about my skills as a physiotherapist....
Efitichia Proniou, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
The vast experience of Mediterranean College, along with the name of a renowned British university, the Manchester Metropolitan University, were essential selection criteria of this studies programme. The College’s learning facilities are robust and they organise too many education activities to enrich our knowledge. We look forward to starting our clinical practice in the College’s cooperating hospitals and rehabilitation centers....
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