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Skill Acquisition & Human Movement Science (MSc) * 2017 entry subject to validation

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

* 2017 entry subject to validation

Hear from Dr Greg Wood about studying Skill Acquisition and Human Movement Science at Liverpool Hope.

What makes expert performers ‘experts’ in their field? How can scientists use different learning techniques in order to enhance the learning and development of novice performers? Why do experts often perform poorly under pressure? Is it possible to teach motor skills in such a way that prevents them from breaking down under the pressure of competition? These are just some of the questions that interest scientists in the area of skill acquisition and human movement science. This postgraduate course hopes to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the latest research that has attempted to answer these important questions in relation to sport and human performance. Drawing on research from sport psychology, coaching science, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, motor control and learning, perception-action and cognitive neuroscience, graduates of this course will have a detailed understanding of the theories that underpin skill acquisition and human movement but, crucially, will also develop the skills needed to apply this knowledge to real performance environments. 

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Teaching staff are all research-active scientists with particular expertise in the areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, motor control and learning, sport science and coaching science, which provides student with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of human performance.
  • In our lab we now have an ASL Mobile XG eye-tracker, a Magstim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) and a multipurpose Noraxon technology system designed for simultaneous, and fully mobile, recording and measurement of EMG, 2D video, and 3D kinematics. All students will be taught how to use this equipment and will have access to it for their research projects.
  • The campus provides a centralised environment for teaching and research in movement and sport, with several laboratories, a large indoor sports hall, Astroturf, and grass pitches

For more information, download the Skill Acquisition & Human Movement Science MSc course leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

Curriculum

  • The role of attention in motor skill learning and performance
  • Practice, feedback and observational learning
  • Fundamentals of visuomotor control in human movement
  • Perceptual-cognitive expertise in sport and human performance
  • Neuromuscular physiology of coordination
  • Imagery, motor skill learning and performance
  • Measurement techniques in human performance (EMG, 3D Kinematics, Eye-Tracking, TMS)
  • Student-led research project

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (sport psychology, sport and exercise science or psychology). 

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Teaching & Research

At Hope we believe that at postgraduate level a culture of research-led teaching and independent learning is at the heart of the student experience. Research-led learning actively engages students in their learning experience, encouraging them to pursue new knowledge and to develop independence of thought and critical thinking skills. This will be facilitated through lectures and practical sessions that will enable students to put their theoretical knowledge into applied practice. Students are known to staff on an individual basis, allowing the learning, assessment and feedback to be targeted in a specific way, thus enhancing progression and development. The course is taught by staff accredited by the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course students will be ideally placed for a number of employment opportunities. Skill acquisition is probably one of the fastest growing areas of sport science and many national governing bodies (e.g., the English Institute of Sport and the English Cricket Board) are starting to employ full-time skill acquisition specialists. This trend is expected to continue and graduates of this course will be ideally placed to gain employment in such environments and also in more generic roles in elite sport. Furthermore, the successful completion of this MSc will equip the graduate will the personal and academic skills needed to apply for roles in academia such as lecturer, teaching or research assistant, and even further study at PhD level.

 

Overview

* 2017 entry subject to validation

Hear from Dr Greg Wood about studying Skill Acquisition and Human Movement Science at Liverpool Hope.

What makes expert performers ‘experts’ in their field? How can scientists use different learning techniques in order to enhance the learning and development of novice performers? Why do experts often perform poorly under pressure? Is it possible to teach motor skills in such a way that prevents them from breaking down under the pressure of competition? These are just some of the questions that interest scientists in the area of skill acquisition and human movement science. This postgraduate course hopes to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the latest research that has attempted to answer these important questions in relation to sport and human performance. Drawing on research from sport psychology, coaching science, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, motor control and learning, perception-action and cognitive neuroscience, graduates of this course will have a detailed understanding of the theories that underpin skill acquisition and human movement but, crucially, will also develop the skills needed to apply this knowledge to real performance environments. 

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Teaching staff are all research-active scientists with particular expertise in the areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, motor control and learning, sport science and coaching science, which provides student with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of human performance.
  • In our lab we now have an ASL Mobile XG eye-tracker, a Magstim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) and a multipurpose Noraxon technology system designed for simultaneous, and fully mobile, recording and measurement of EMG, 2D video, and 3D kinematics. All students will be taught how to use this equipment and will have access to it for their research projects.
  • The campus provides a centralised environment for teaching and research in movement and sport, with several laboratories, a large indoor sports hall, Astroturf, and grass pitches

For more information, download the Skill Acquisition & Human Movement Science MSc course leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

Curriculum

  • The role of attention in motor skill learning and performance
  • Practice, feedback and observational learning
  • Fundamentals of visuomotor control in human movement
  • Perceptual-cognitive expertise in sport and human performance
  • Neuromuscular physiology of coordination
  • Imagery, motor skill learning and performance
  • Measurement techniques in human performance (EMG, 3D Kinematics, Eye-Tracking, TMS)
  • Student-led research project

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (sport psychology, sport and exercise science or psychology). 

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Teaching & Research

At Hope we believe that at postgraduate level a culture of research-led teaching and independent learning is at the heart of the student experience. Research-led learning actively engages students in their learning experience, encouraging them to pursue new knowledge and to develop independence of thought and critical thinking skills. This will be facilitated through lectures and practical sessions that will enable students to put their theoretical knowledge into applied practice. Students are known to staff on an individual basis, allowing the learning, assessment and feedback to be targeted in a specific way, thus enhancing progression and development. The course is taught by staff accredited by the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course students will be ideally placed for a number of employment opportunities. Skill acquisition is probably one of the fastest growing areas of sport science and many national governing bodies (e.g., the English Institute of Sport and the English Cricket Board) are starting to employ full-time skill acquisition specialists. This trend is expected to continue and graduates of this course will be ideally placed to gain employment in such environments and also in more generic roles in elite sport. Furthermore, the successful completion of this MSc will equip the graduate will the personal and academic skills needed to apply for roles in academia such as lecturer, teaching or research assistant, and even further study at PhD level.

 

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: Health Sciences

Start date: September 2017 subject to validation

How To Apply