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European Basketball Coaching Science MSc

This course is not currently running.

This unique course enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding of Basketball Coaching Science. 

The delivery of the course will focus upon an innovative approach that will involve teaching in both Worcester and Lithuania and will take two years to complete. Lectures and seminars will strategically take place at mid and end of the playing season, whilst online classes and tutorials will be available throughout the year.

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to combine studies with elite sports activities, and enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Basketball Coaching Science. It will be of interest to coaches, senior players, coach educators and students throughout Europe who have an interest in developing the game and players.

Nerijus Masiulis teaching MSc in BasketballPractical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be further developed in order to enhance the coaching process, and you will be able to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in basketball coaching. The course offers an exchange of methods of basketball practice that exists throughout Europe and provides students with fundamental theoretical knowledge and research skills.

A range of learning styles and activities will be employed, focussing on student engagement and the development of independent learning. These include:
European Basketball Coaching Science MSc student graduationLectures
Practical sessions
Small group discussions
Individual research
Supplementary reading
Distance learning

Alejandro Vaquera teaching MSc in Basketball studentsLearning will be structured around small group seminars led by tutors who will introduce a wealth of advanced and applied material. Sessions will encourage you to participate fully and to share your knowledge and experiences. Students will be encouraged to develop critical, reflective and analytical skills in an environment of open debate and discussion.


How to Apply

For all taught postgraduate and PG Cert programmes, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / 

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a good first degree in a coaching related degree. Students who hold a lower coaching-related degree classification, or a non-coaching related degree will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate coaching experience.

A critical understanding of the game and coaching process is a basic requirement of admission.

Candidates with an acceptable academic background and/or extensive experience in the game of basketball may apply for Accreditation of prior learning (APL) and experience (APEL). It is advisable for candidates to discuss this with the Course Leader initially.

Our policy is to offer a place to any student that we deem to be capable of success and who is likely to substantially benefit from the programme. We support the University’s mission statement of increasing access, widening participation and assisting students to achieve their potential.

Study options

The Programme offers a full range of intermediate awards:

Postgraduate Certificate in Sport (60 M level credit points; 30ECTS)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of three modules each of 20 M level credit points with at least one pathway specific module.

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport (120 M level credit points; 60ECTS)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of six modules each of 20 M level credit points with at least one pathway specific module.

Master of Science in ‘named pathway’ (180 M level credit points; 90ECTS)
Students must successfully complete six taught modules each of 20 M level credit points, and the Advanced Independent Study (60 M Level credit; 30ECTS) encompassing 15,000 word Advanced Independent Study

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111



It is envisaged that upon completion of the Masters programme, students may continue in academia to study for further research/higher degrees, secure employment or have opportunities to gain promotion within their own organisation or move to a more senior management position in other organisations.

Course content


European Basketball Coaching Concepts
European Basketball Coaching Pedagogy
Scientific Concepts of Basketball Coaching
Current Issues in Basketball Research
Professional Practice
Research Methods


A wide variety of assessment methods are used including: written assignments, data handling assignments, case study, oral presentation and defence, integrative curriculum project, portfolio, business plan, group presentation and Advanced Independent Study.

Student views

Robertas Javtokas

“The course intrigued me, because it involved two institutions from two different countries, so each of them brings a different perspective. I figured, if I could combine playing and studying at the same time, why not do it? So I decided to apply. I want to learn more about basketball, and to understand the game from a different perspective not just that of a basketball player.”

Allen Jallah, MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science student

"I have enjoyed the enormous opportunities through sharing and receiving ideas, and experience with other international students. More importantly, I have also enjoyed the experience this program has provided, in terms of the opportunity to know about how and why others are, and can be more successful; the impacts of trained and qualified coaches, along with trained and prepared athletes, coupled with materials and equipments on the game itself.

Read Allen's full interview

Academic department

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science 

“We are proud of our strong reputation for sporting excellence. Our mission is to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students so they can continue to make a meaningful contribution to society at all levels.”
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute