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What is Sport Coaching Science MSci?

The MSci Sport Coaching Science integrated degree aims to develop your understanding of the dynamic and complex interactions which exist within the coaching environment. You’ll investigate the science behind performance for athletes and coaches, while developing vital coaching skills – positioning you at the forefront of the industry and as a foundation for future employment.

This programme explores key pathways in pedagogy, leadership and coaching sciences such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, ethics, and performance analysis – offering opportunities to explore theoretical and practical issues throughout. The course provides you with an insightful awareness of how theory from a range of areas can both inform and be informed by practice, in order to develop your critical and innovative problem-solving abilities.

Study style

A 4-year undergraduate degree leading to a Masters qualification – you’ll study for 3 years alongside BSc (Hons) degree students before seamlessly progressing to Master’s level. Here you’ll gain the knowledge and skills for a more advanced career, with dedicated consultancy placements in elite contexts building the foundations for success.

You’ll learn from lectures, seminars, theoretically-grounded practical work, guided independent reading and online activities, individual tutorial support and independent practical research. In your final Master’s year, you’ll develop subject-specific skills of practical research through lectures, seminars and practical work across all levels. In particular the interdisciplinary nature of excelling in sport performance comes to the fore through your Master’s level dissertation and final-year investigation, where you’ll work largely independently while receiving tutorial support.

Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • professional sports coaching
  • roles within professional sport clubs
  • roles within national governing bodies
  • coach education
  • coaching science – eg position-specific coaching roles, analyst.

Industry links

Your engagement with practical sessions, placements and the application of your knowledge will be a fundamental part of your journey as you strive towards being an outstanding practitioner and coaching scientist. Core to your experience will be your own and others’ coaching practice. You’ll develop relevant employability skills throughout the course and a focus on placements at various levels of the degree will support your exploration of real-world experiences.

Subject-specific skills, including techniques of coaching and intervention relating to the application of science to performance settings are developed throughout the course. With Professional Practice at our core you’ll also have a variety of opportunities to acquire qualifications associated with different national governing bodies, alongside your studies.

Gain a Master's qualification

A Master in Science (MSci) degree is an integrated undergraduate degree. It provides you with an opportunity to deepen and advance your knowledge while gaining a Master’s level qualification.

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Graduate a step ahead

Our innovative and stimulating curriculum builds seamlessly on your prior learning and ensures an integrated transition through master’s level. It will help put you ahead of other graduates in the competitive job market.

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Get inspired at our annual sports coaching conference

We host one of the largest student sports coaching conferences in the country each year, where students hear from high-profile athletes, coaches and academic experts.

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