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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.

The MSc in Sports Coaching comprises a flexible, balanced, broadly-based, intellectually challenging and coherent set of modules with a focus on a range of disciplines including pedagogy, leadership and performance analysis.  The course includes academic, research and vocational elements and seeks to advance students’ understanding and application in a wide range of disciplines relevant to sports coaching. A key focus of the course is to develop evidence-led practitioners and hence this course blends contemporary research, theory and application in sports coaching environments

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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

If you have extensive industry experience, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  RPL enables you to use your experience in exchange for academic credit towards a postgraduate award.  You can discuss this with the course leader.  For further information, please read our How to Apply Registry page.


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


  • Athlete Learning and Sports Coaching Pedagogy
  • Leaders in Sport
  • Inclusive Coaching and Disability Sport
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Analysing Sports Performance
  • Scientific Concepts in Sports Coaching
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Placement
  • Independent Study


A wide variety of assessment methods are used including: written assignments, online portfolios, case studies, individual oral presentations, group presentations and an independent study project.

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

"My time studying the MSc Sports Coaching at Worcester has been an integral part of my personal, professional and academic journey, completely transforming my thinking and practice.

The content, delivery and application of modules was stimulating and insightful, ensuring that I left every lecture, practical and tutorial inspired by contemporary material, exciting conceptual and theoretical underpinning and thought-provoking discussion.

The commitment of staff to the growth and development of every individual is outstanding. Tutors do not only work tirelessly to help develop critical thinking and academic writing skills, but go above and beyond to support and mentor, offering guidance and advice to ensure development as a practitioner too. Nothing is ever too much trouble, and their commitment to my continuing journey is something for which I will be forever grateful.

Aside from gaining the qualification, over two years I have gained true friends for life, completely transformed the lens through which I look at coaching as a discipline, opened doors as a practitioner that I never dreamt could be opened, and ignited a true passion for learning that has inspired me to pursue further study. A fantastic journey that will always stand out as key in understanding why I do what I do."

Victoria Huckle, Professional Rowing Coach


“The MSc in Sport Coaching at University of Worcester fuelled a growing curiosity about all things coaching that grew out of a general dissatisfaction with my own practice.  Through the programme, staff challenged my deeply held assumptions and beliefs about how athletes (and people) learn and develop, and this fundamentally changed the way I saw our athletes, my coaching and me as the coach.  Significantly, the flexibility provided by being able to study the MSc part-time afforded me the opportunity to continue teaching and coaching alongside my study, facilitating a playful interaction between theory and practice – something integral for any learning coach.  Springboarding from my MSc, I’ve had the fortune to work in sport across the tertiary education, professional sport, Governing Body and government sectors across three continents.  Central to my career has been some special staff from the University of Worcester, some of whom have since become mentors and life-long friends.”

Dr John Alder, Senior Performance Pathway Scientist, English Institute of Sport


"Having been involved in formal learning in some capacity for the past 29 years as either a recipient or deliverer, I can honestly say that my time on this course has been the best educational experience of my life. The way that the tutors have paced and tailored the work personally to me has been first class and it has inspired me to carry on my education to a higher level."

Jack Walton, Regional Manager (North West), Football Association

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

Victoria Huckle, Professional Rowing Coach

Dr John Alder, Senior Performance Pathway Scientist, English Institute of Sport

Jack Walton, Regional Manager (North West), Football Association