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2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Coaching Sports Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Sports Coaching has been developed for active coaches whose work, family commitments or location mean attending university would be challenging. Delivered online, the course is completed over a minimum of two years by part-time study.

The professionalisation of sports coaching across the world has brought with it a desire for current and aspiring coaches to continually develop themselves. The expectations and demands for coaches practicing at participatory, developmental and elite levels now requires you to be knowledgeable and proficient in multiple disciplines. This course equips coaches to further develop your critical reflective skills whilst enhancing your interdisciplinary understanding of pedagogy, psychology and sociocultural issues for sport coaching.

This course welcomes students affiliated with any sport from across the world at any stage of your coaching career. This results in a diverse learning community and that facilitates the development of forward-thinking coaches. Internationally renowned researchers and applied practitioners guide you through the course which is designed to offer academic recognition towards professional development in sport coaching and complements coach certification awarded by national governing bodies of sport. The course is thus designed to meet the increasing demands employers place on coaches to be better prepared for the challenges of coaching by becoming more innovative in your practices that are empirically informed.

The course is part-time, starting in early September each year and finishing two years later in late September.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Sports Coaching.


As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.


Assessment includes both informal (formative) and formal (summative) methods, including tutor and peer feedback and self-evaluation. You’ll receive clear guidance on the submission and marking of assessments at the outset of each module you study and be given both verbal and written feedback.

Assessment methods are varied and provide the opportunity to develop transferable skills. In particular, assessments are designed to include elements linked to your real-word experiences as a sports coach and to enable you to call on your own practice and principles.


The main focus of the MSc Sports Coaching is personal development. Successful completion of the award demonstrates a high level of knowledge and understanding in relation to professional practice and research.


This modulecovers the application of social psychological theory to sport and exercise settings, with a focus on audience effects, groups, and leadership, and on how these processes may impact on the performance of athletes, coaches, trainers and managers. Adopting a social psychology framework, the module will examine contemporary approaches related to the impact of audiences, group dynamics and cohesion in the performance domain.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will normally need an undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) from a UK university in a related subject such as sports coaching, sports development, physical education, sports science or sports studies, and possess (or be working towards) at least a UK Level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent, alongside evidence of a sustained commitment to coaching practice. If you have an appropriate degree (or equivalent) in another subject, you’ll also be considered if you have significant relevant employment experience in sports coaching or a demonstrable interest in (or commitment to) areas related to sports coaching as evidenced by possession of (or working towards) a UK Level 3 coaching qualification or equivalent.