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Master of Strength and Conditioning (MSC)

The Masters of Strength and Conditioning is an advanced programme tailored to produce highly skilled exercise practitioners including those who are capable of using the latest technology, be involved in self and professional development, are effective communicators and always internalizing the University of Malaya core values which are based on solid foundation that is trusted by combining theoretical knowledge with practical applications.


Benefits

The introduction of the Master of Strength and Conditioning is in line with the needs of the 11th Malaysian Plan (RMK-11) and the National Sports Policy 2016.

Among the goals of the RMK-11 are:

  1. Chapter 3 Enhancing inclusiveness towards an equitable society;Focus AreaB, Strategy B5 – promote active ageing. Based on this direction, the MSC is able to fully accommodate the government's aspirations by providing expertise, human resource and professionals to run activity centers for older adults.

  2. Chapter 4 Improving well-being for all includes activities for children, youth and older adults. Focus Area F, Strategy F1, F2 and F3: Develop High-Performance athletes for global prominance like the 2020 Olympics. The MSC is able to fully accommodate the Government's aspirations by providing the necessary expertise, human resource and professionals to run programmes for both the wellbeing for all and high-performance sports.

A. Among the objectives of the National Sports Policy are to:

1. Build a healthy, disciplined and united society.

2. Provide opportunities and facilities to meet fundamental social, psychological and physiological needs.

3. Develop and enhance the knowledge and practice of sports to fulfull the social needs of the individual.

4. Achieve excellence at the highest levelin the true spirit of sportsmanship.

The MSC is able to fully accommodate the Government's aspirations by providing expertise, human resource and executives in realizing the objectives of the National Sports Policy.

B. Based on the market survey, there is a demand for the MSC programme from both the private (local and international) and public sectors. (Please refer to Appendix 2.1: Market Survey for the new programme)

C. The growth in the development of the latest technology such as the use of smartphones, applications, innovative equipment in physical conditioning and training programs, the MSC programme is in tandem with these latest developments and is capable of producing graduates who can incorporate technology into their applied field.

D. This programme is not conducted with other institutions in Malaysia.

E. Other relevant justifications:

 
The Thirteenth Parliamentary Report on 22 December 2015 stated that 44.2% of Malaysians are overweight, which is the highest obesity rate in Southeast Asia. Other non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and back pain) are also widespread in the country. To address this problem, many fitness centers have been set up, however, there are few knowledgeable, skilled and professional individuals and more are needed. This issue can be resolved with the introduction of this MSC program. Physical conditioning experts are also required to improve overall sports performance in the country.

Most institutions of higher learning in developed countries have been offering such programmes and it is timely that Malaysia introduces this Master of Strength and Conditioning programme. Skilled workers also need to be kept up to date with the latest development in technology and research that will be presented in this programme. This programme also opens up opportunities for more students to pursue their studies at a Masters level through alternative modes (course work mode) as well as the existing research mode.

Career Opportunity

Organizations that require graduates of the Master of Strength and Conditioning are those involved in physical training programmes to improve physical fitness in general, prevent the risk of injuries, reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases and improve overall sports performance including in coaching.

Public and private sector locally and/or abroad with units/divisions responsible for improving physical conditioning and competitive sports and those managing issues related to non-communicable diseases. These units/divisions require knowledgeable and skilled professionals to run their programmes effectively and safely.

Course Structure

Program Curriculum Structure

Program Curriculum Structure

Year

Component

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Total

Code

Course

Credit

Code

Course

Credit

Code

Course

Credit

1

University Compulsory Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Core Courses

VQX7001

Research Methodology

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Program Core Courses

VQC7003

Applied Physiology and Nutrition

3

VQC7011

Strength and Conditioning Practicum

3

VQC7002

Research Project

 

6

12

VQC7004

Advanced Biomechanics

3

VQC7007

Interpreting Fitness Data and Designing Programmes

 

3

 

 

 

6

VQC7005

Advanced Resistance Training and Conditioning 1

 

3

VQC7008

Advanced Resistance Training and Conditioning 2

3

 

 

 

6

VQC7006

Physical Assessment and Technical Skills

 

3

VQC7009

Musculoskeletal Injuries and Rehabilitation

 

3

 

 

 

6

VQC7010

Professional Practice in Strength and Conditioning

3

VQC7002

Research Project

3

 

 

 

6

 

Elective Courses

(Choose one of the courses)

 

 

 

VQX7002

Sport Leadership

 

3

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

VQX7003

Skill Acquisition and Expertise in Sports

3

 

 

 

3

Total Credit

 

 

18

 

 

18

 

 

6

42

Notes: The credit distribution of the regular semester is 12-19 credits while the short semester is a maximum of 8 credits.

Language Requirement
English
Entry Requirement
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION FOR POSTGRADUATE 

(i) Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of 3.0 and above in a relevant programme of study will have priority for admission.

(ii) Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered if they fulfill at least one of the following criteria: 

A. has work experience in related fields; or 
B. has publications in related fields; or 
C. is a scholarship recipient; or 
D. a graduate of the University of Malaya 
E. a government agency employee

(ii) Applicants with a Bachelor's degree with CGPA of 2.5 to 2.69 may be considered if they fulfill at least two of the criteria in (i) (A) to (D) above.
Intake Schedule
Semester 1, Session 2018/2019
Fees
Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen
 
Last Update: October 10, 2018

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