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Sports Coaching MSc

This course enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Sports Coaching Science.

Practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be further developed in order to enhance the coaching process. The course requires students to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching.

There is an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners. A significant proportion of the programme is vocationally focused and student driven. The Professional Placement will enable you to demonstrate your professional sports coaching competencies through continuing professional development activities, and the Dissertation provides opportunities to negotiate a suitable project that meets the intended learning outcomes of the module in your area of sports coaching interest.

The course is supported by excellent facilities, including the Institute's Motion & Performance Centre, the University's McClelland Health & Wellbeing Centre and The Hive (library and history facilities), enabling study of elite sport through to health and exercise. Other facilities include two indoor sports centres, floodlit 3G astro, floodlit synthetic pitch, exercise physiology suite (BASES accredited), further sports science laboratories, gymnasia and dance studio.


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How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Students will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport related degree.
Students who hold a sport-related degree classification of either 2:2 (or below), or, a non-sport 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.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

Admissions procedures
All applicants will be interviewed.
Due to the nature of the programme, all students must complete a criminal records bureau enhanced disclosure check prior to the start of the course.

Mature Students
UW values diversity in its student body and applications from mature students are very welcome. Students with few or no formal qualifications should contact the Registry Admissions Office (01905 855111) or the Course Leader (01905 855270) with details of their age, any work undertaken, including caring or organised voluntary work, and any other relevant experience.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
Candidates with an acceptable academic background and/or relevant work experience may apply for Accreditation of prior learning (APL) and experience (APEL). It is advisable for candidates to discuss this with the Course Leader initially. The programmes follow the UW Policy for Accreditation of Prior Learning (2007).

Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for further information or guidance on 01905 855111.

Study options

Full or part-time options

Flexible modular scheme means you can study at your own pace

Choice of pathway

Opportunities to be awarded the title ‘International Masters’ - In order to meet the criteria, you must complete your professional practice in an international setting and have an international focus to your Dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Coaching – successful completion of a minimum of 3 modules.
Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching - successful completion of a minimum of 6 modules.
MSc in Sports Coaching - successful completion of 9 modules, including the triple module Advanced Independent Study



Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111



An MSc in Sports Coaching will provide students with opportunities in many areas of sport and/or careers that are useful not only in coaching, but in other areas of employment as well. This degree is useful for a wide range of occupations, such as:

Professional Sports Coach
Fitness instructor
Physical Education teacher
Sports Coach
Strength and Conditioning coach
Coach Development Officer
Sport Development Officer
Sports Coaching Lecturer
Recreation officer
Self-employed coaching consultant
Performance Analyst

Course content


Scientific Concepts of Sports Coaching
Philosophy & Practice of Sports Coaching
Dissertation (60 credits)
Professional Placement (40 credits)
Leading and Managing People in Sport
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 Dissertation

Teaching and Learning Methods
Learning will be structured around small group seminars led by tutors who will introduce a wealth of advanced and applied material.Sessions will encourage students to participate fully and to share their knowledge and experiences. Students will be encouraged to develop critical, reflective and analytical skills in an environment of open debate and discussion.

Student views

“It has not only opened my eyes to different ways of thinking and ways of approaching challenges, but also gave me a big self esteem boost as a person.”

Sports Coaching MSc graduate

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

A quality course

Here are just some reasons why you should study Sports Coaching MSc at the University of Worcester.

Knowledge informed coaching – throughout your course you will engage with a range of contemporary research to advance your knowledge and understanding in coaching science, which, in turn, will help you develop as an effective, reflective coach.

Enthusiastic, research-active staff – you will be supported throughout your programme by high quality staff who are enthusiastic about coaching and learning. They will challenge your thinking and present topics and problems from different perspectives.

Applied Focus – we ensure that you consistently analyse problems in your own coaching and consider applying theory and research to yourself and your coaching.

Choice of assessment topic – you can tailor your assessments to your coaching area of interest throughout the course.

Evidence-based CPD - a large component of the course is the Professional Placement through which we support an in-depth analysis of yourself, your coaching and your development. By completing placement hours, either in new or in your current coaching / employment, you target and develop your chosen specific personal and professional skills with tutor and mentor support.

Examples of students:

Deborah Fielding – Equestrian Coach at The Picanini Stud

Ollie Dudfield – Sports Development Advisor, Commonwealth Secretariat: Sport

Dene Whittal-Williams - Allball Football Development - Coach

Andy Elleray – Goal Keeper Performance Analyst Chelsea Football Academy

Sarah-Kate Miller – Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Auckland University of Technology -

Jenny MacConnell - Co-ordinator at the University of Worcester’s Motion & Performance Centre