Glasgow University Sport Association (GUSA) Funded MSc in applied setting

Glasgow University Sport Association (GUSA) Funded MSc in applied setting 

This project will offer a University of Glasgow Student the opportunity to undertake an internship comprising an MSc in Sports & Exercise Science and Medicine in conjunction with working in a strength & conditioning and health and fitness environment. The successful candidate will have the opportunity during this internship to undertake a research project as determined by the candidate, their academic supervisor and GUSA / UofGSport representative.    

The internship aims to:  

  • Develop a well-rounded professional with first class skills and knowledge in Strength & Conditioning, Health & Fitness and Sports & Exercise Science.   
  • Improve the quality of strength & conditioning provision and uptake by GUSA clubs. 


The successful candidate will assist current strength and conditioning coaches working with GUSA clubs within University of Glasgow Sport whilst developing their knowledge and skills in this area.  

The candidate will: 

  • Plan, programme and coach Strength and Conditioning, which is underpinned by sound scientific evidence and rationale 
  • Develop a culture where strength and conditioning is central to the preparation process for competitive sport for GUSA clubs 
  • Collaborate with UofG Sport and GUSA colleagues to ensure athletes are supported holistically with their physical, social and mental wellbeing   
  • Assist with UofGSport’s health & fitness and operational teams to provide a world changing experience for GUSA club members and other UofG Sport members.    
  • Undertake a research project as agreed by all parties contributing to the obligations for both the MSc and internship role  
  • Commit to continuing professional development throughout the duration of the role  


The successful candidate is expected to carry out an average of 10 hours of work per week in the role outlined above, whilst studying towards their MSc on a part-time basis.  

In return, GUSA will fund the tuition fees for the undertaking of a part-time MSc in Sports & Exercise Science and Medicine at the University of Glasgow commencing during the 2022/23 Academic Session. In addition, GUSA will fund the cost of courses on the UKSCA accreditation pathway and the cost of one assessment day, thus supporting the candidate on their way to becoming a UKSCA accredited coach. Mentoring support will be provided from the UofG Sport Health & Fitness and Club Sport teams.  The candidate will be given the opportunity for paid work as a freelance coach with GUSA and within UofG Sport’s Health & Fitness and Group Exercise programme for work carried out over and above their obligations outlined above.  Payment for this work will be in line with the usual pay structures for all other employed freelance coaches and instructors.   

Role Criteria: 


  • E1. Must meet the entry requirements for entry to MSc in Sports & Exercise Science & Medicine or similar masters degree.   
  • E2. Level 2 Gym Qualification or Equivalent 
  • E3. Some experience in strength training and knowledge of Olympic weightlifting.  
  • E4. Some experience in coaching or competing in Sport at University level or higher.  
  • E5. First class communication skills 
  • E6. Knowledge of basic IT systems and experience using Microsoft office packages or equivalents.  


  • D1. Level 3 Personal Training or Strength and Conditioning Qualification  
  • D2. Experience of coaching performance athletes  
  • D3. Experience of delivering group exercise classes 

Applications: CV and covering letter to and  

Closing Date: Sunday 26th June 2022 

Interviews planned: Week commencing 18th July 2022 

Planned Role Commencement: 15 August 2022 


Date published: 23 May 2022
Date updated: 23 May 2022


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