Sports Performance Enhancement

Edinburgh Napier University


Sighthill Campus


Traditionally sport science has been based on three foundational scientific disciplines - physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You’ll either study two disciplines in breadth or a single discipline in depth with a negotiated independent study.

This course provides a contemporary, interdisciplinary and applied approach to the science of sport performance enhancement. You'll have the opportunity to advance your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in this context. You'll learn how to apply theoretical concepts and to develop practical professional skills for situations that sports scientists encounter on a daily basis.

You’ll also study research methods and data analysis and will work on an interdisciplinary team providing support services for an athlete client, which will expose you to a range of practical and ethical issues associated with support work.

You’ll be able employ advanced investigative, analytical and practical techniques in your field and increase your employability in an academic or applied setting.

You’ll also develop as a reflective practitioner, taking responsibility for your own learning and on-going professional development.

You can exit at the end of Stage 1 with PgCert Sports Performance Enhancement.

You can exit at the end of Stage 2 with PgDip Sports Performance Enhancement.

Entry Requirements

You'll need a 2:2 Honours degree in sport science, sport and exercise science, coaching science, physiotherapy or related area.

Applicants may also be considered with a background in Physiology, Psychology, Physical Education, Sport Science, Sport & Exercise Science if the candidate can demonstrate a background in coaching/performance.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 - 4 years


Sport and Exercise Sciences

SCQF Level