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Sports Coaching, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


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.


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
  • Researcher
  • Performance Analyst

Programme Structure

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


  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General 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.

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1092 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1092 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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