Football Science at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

Designed specifically for those already working in a professional football environment, this master’s degree will enable you to develop and enhance your existing knowledge and skills in monitoring, analysing and implementing programmes of support to elite football players. You’ll engage with, and gain an understanding across, areas such as talent identification and recruitment, training and competition demands and team leadership and management dynamics. This will help to enhance your experience and knowledge with the application of a multidisciplinary age-appropriate programme for the development of academy through to professional players. In addition, your supervisory and people management skills will be enhanced to gain greater insight into leadership and provide further career opportunities. As part of the course you’ll also be eligible to enrol onto BASES Supervised Experience, the recognised path to full BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and Chartered Scientist status. If appropriate, some students with prior experience may choose to receive guidance and support in the application for direct entry to accreditation. You’ll receive high quality teaching, learning and sport science provision from professionals with backgrounds in academia and football. The course is also informed by extensive links with key industry partners, such as the Football Association, BASES, the Premier League, various professional Football League clubs, and leading wearable technology companies. In addition the course will draw on the expertise of current practitioners who, through our renowned guest lecture and seminar programme, add vital applied insights from the world of football. This course is specifically for those currently working in the professional football industry in the UK, Europe and further afield in sport science support, player development and performance departments.


Training and Competitive Demands This module investigates the concept of periodisation - specifically the division of a yearly training plan into training phases which apply to the principles of training. Students will examine the intricacies and considerations of sequential planning, including the factors influencing the demands of a player, such as physical capacity, technical qualities, playing position, tactical role and style of playing, as well as ball possession of the team, quality of opponent, importance of the game, season period, playing surface and environmental factors. Team Leadership and Management This module is designed to advance football practitioners and provide the necessary skillset to becoming a departmental lead or head. Talent Identification and Recruitment In this module, students will explore and understand the roles and responsibilities of a talent and recruitment department. Students will develop an awareness of good practice and identify various techniques, processes, and procedures commonly used within the talent ID field to promote successful player recruitment. Year two modules Core modules Rehabilitation and Return to Play This module will develop skills in football injury rehabilitation. The aim is to introduce the concepts of injury and rehabilitation management, supported by evidence-based practice. The module also offers the opportunity to develop students' knowledge and understanding of physiology to an applied sport-specific setting. Independent Project This is a student-led module with the content largely determined by the student under the guidance of their supervision tutor. Students have the opportunity to undertake a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into a theme of their choosing and present their work in a peer reviewed journal format. Supervised Experience Students will undertake a placement (up to 150 hours) in a sport science/football science setting to improve and enhance their scientific knowledge, technical and problem-solving skills, and professional competencies, and to understand the roles and responsibilities of a talent and recruitment department. The module will enable students to start to construct a portfolio, which will begin to demonstrate key competencies required to attain BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist status.

How to apply

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: - IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with no component score below 5.5 - TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking - Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. Pre-Sessional English programme The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. International and EEA/EU students will not be able to obtain a visa for part-time study, so this course option will not be available.

Entry requirements

Relevant undergraduate sport science or related degree - Applicants may be admitted to the course without an undergraduate degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. - Applicants will be required to attend an interview. - Applicants must be currently working in a professional football environment. - For further information about UK qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Northern Ireland £9000 Whole course
Scotland £9000 Whole course
Wales £9000 Whole course
Channel Islands £9000 Whole course
England £9000 Whole course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

International and EU/EEA part-time fees: Students from outside the UK are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information. While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected]. The 2023/24 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: Compulsory costs: Students must purchase compulsory kit/clothing. This is at a cost of approximately £105. Students are also required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and costs £55.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Football Science at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS