Our MSc Sports Coaching programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a successful career in the area of sports coaching or coach development. Through a self-directed approach to learning, you will develop a systematic and critical understanding of current theory, research and debates at the forefront of sports coaching. With a highly-practical focus, the course provides you with comprehensive knowledge of contemporary research methodologies and practical techniques used within the field. The course encourages you to apply your developing theoretical knowledge and skillset to your own coaching practice, as you will be expected to be coaching alongside your studies to facilitate the application of theory to practice in an active learning environment.
Throughout the course, you will study modules that will give you extended understanding of theoretical foundations underpinning effective coaching as well as the opportunity to explore the theory to practice link through placement opportunities. The degree will culminate in a final assessed project, either in the form of a research dissertation, or a supervised experience portfolio.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including written projects, portfolios, practical assessments, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Coaching, you need to complete three modules. To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching, you need to complete six modules. To gain an MSc in Sports Coaching, you need to complete six modules, with a final dissertation of 6,000 words and conference presentation, or a supervised experience portfolio.
An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline. Applicants with lower degree classifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Evidence of coaching experience, normally with a minimum of UKCC Level 2, or equivalent, qualification. You will be required to attend an interview. If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification. You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With no element lower than 5.5|
For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£8505||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£8505||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£8505||Year 1|