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What makes MSc Sport at the University of Worcester special?

The MSc Sport programmes represent a suite of vocationally oriented taught master’s courses that allow students to specialise in their chosen named pathway.

Through a combination of pathway specific and shared modules, students develop both subject specific knowledge and skills, as well as being exposed to broader elements of the sports sector.

The courses are delivered through a combination of intensive study weeks, weekly classes & seminars, placement learning, and independent study, and are available in both full-time and part-time format in order to allow students to study at their own pace.

Overview

Overview

Key features

The exciting range of taught master's programmes is:

  • MSc Sport (Coaching)
  • MSc Sport (Applied Sport Science)
  • MSc Sport (Performance Analysis)
  • MSc Sport (International Sport Management)
  • MSc Sport (Adapted Sport)

Course-specific information

MSc Sport (Coaching)

The world of Sport has many benefits in modern society. The role that sport plays in developing physical and mental wellbeing is well documented and is becoming an increasingly important role for coaches at all levels. The UK Government, UK Sport and Sport England have aligned their various strategies to place the coach as a key figure in providing support, growth and development to a wide range of people at various stages of their lifespan. ‘Coaching is Changing’ and the Masters Course in Sports Coaching focuses on the many different roles of the modern coach operating in different domains of sport. The structure of the course allows key theory to be covered before the Professional Placement and Project which will allow a deeper contextualisation; the University Professional franchises (Basketball and Netball) will allow placement opportunities over an extended period of time; the University reputation with Governing Bodies and Disability Sport specialisms.

Key features:

  • Currently working with and Evaluating Governing Body Coach Development programmes
  • International Partnership opportunities
  • China/Beijing memorandum of understanding and exchange programme
  • Relationships and internships with Professional clubs

MSc Applied Sport Science

The Applied Sport Science course allows students the flexibility to focus on their own development within Applied Sports Science. With this in mind, the primary focus of content relates to enhancing athletic performance based upon a mixture of established and contemporary methods. Key features of the course include authentic assessments that include directly working with athletes for laboratory and field based testing, and training interventions.

Key features:

  • Emphasis on the applied nature of sport science support
  • Student centred teaching and assessment
  • Focus on employability skills and competencies

MSc Sport (Performance Analysis)

Performance Analysis as a sports science discipline has seen a rapid growth in both elite and grass roots sports since 2010. The specific MSc Sport (Performance Analysis) course has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts. The content builds on the foundational skills and theory learnt during the completion of undergraduate degree course in sports coaching, sports science and performance analysis, enabling students to obtain the essential skills, knowledge and experience to enter employment. Students have access to the latest software and hardware which allow them to have experience of new and emerging technologies at the forefront of the discipline. The applied nature of the course forms the core of the programme with a significant part being vocationally based.

Key features:

  • Heavy emphasis on development and application of the applied skills of a performance analyst
  • Strong links to professional sports clubs and organisations as well as data analysis companies

MSc Sport (International Sport Management)

This is an exciting programme that puts you at the heart of the learning experience. You will challenge and critique current issues and debates of leadership, sponsorship, global events, and the governance of sport. You will blend academic scholarship and applied practice through engagement with guest speakers and sports organisations with an international profile. An international field visit presents an opportunity to engage in cross-cultural activities and witness the impacts of sport. The programme is future-focused, vocationally-oriented and student driven. The Professional Placement enables you to demonstrate and enhance your professional sports management competencies in a live setting. Involvement with The Future of Sport Conference provides you with a great opportunity to develop your network of contacts and to improve your career prospects.

Key features:

  • Future-focused through applied sports digital business practices
  • Student-driven assessments
  • International field visit (Tampa, Florida in 2018)
  • Networking opportunities via guest speakers and The Future of Sport conference

MSc Sport (Adapted Sport)

The programme aims to equip students with the necessary and desirable skills with which to attain graduate employment in the field of Adapted Sport, with a specialist focus on disability sport or broader associated fields of employment. Specifically, there are opportunities for students to specialise in developing a variety of skills including their coaching, pedagogical and practical skills throughout the course. Distinctive features of the course include that this is the first of its type in the UK to offer students the chance to develop their knowledge within inclusive sport.

Key features:

  • International Partnership opportunities
  • China/Beijing memorandum of understanding and exchange programme
  • Relationships and internships with Professional clubs
  • Links with NGB’s
  • Delivery in world class inclusive facilities
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a 2:1 degree classification in either a sport or related discipline. Students who hold a relevant degree classification of either 2:2 (or below), or, a non-related degree will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate experience of work within the field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate academic capability for study at this level and strong interest and commitment in the relevant disciplines.

In the event of students completing their period of Professional Placement in an environment where they may be working with children or vulnerable adults, they will be required to follow their home country procedures for Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure checks and they must provide this evidence to University of Worcester staff prior to acceptance.

Other information

Any applicants whose first language is not English or who has not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with a score of at least 5.5 in any individual component (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting the course.

See Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

What will you study and when?

An example of the structure which will be followed by a full time student on any of the pathways, starting in September 2019 and finishing in September 2020 would be:

  • 2 x 30 credit pathway specific modules to be taken in semester 1 (September – January)
  • 1 x 30 credit Leading and managing people module in semester 2 (January – May)
  • 1 x 30 credit Work-based placement module in semester 2 (January – May)
  • 1 x 60 credit dissertation module including research methods to be taken between May and September

Part time students would normally complete the course over 2 years:

  • In Year 1 they would take 1 pathway specific module in semester 1, and Leading and Managing People in semester 2.
  • In Year 2 they would take 1 pathway specific module in semester 1, complete their placement in semester 2, and their dissertation over the summer.

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.  If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of intensive weeks, interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practical’s, fieldwork, practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.  Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

Contact time

For intensive study weeks students are expected to have 5 x 8 hours of contact time per intensive week (2 in total). In addition, students are expected to have approximately 3 hours of further contact time per module, per week.

In addition, students attend two complete study days (16 hours) prior to their period of professional practice, and are able to access 8 hours of tutorial support during the course of their dissertation study. Students will also receive two days of structured dissertation preparation.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 2 hours of personal self-study per module per week. Typically, this will involve online study tasks, reading journal articles and completing formative assignments. The Dissertation requires substantial independent work and can be expected to require 600 hours of study. In addition students are required to undertake 150 hours of placement activities as part of their Professional Placement.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

  • 1 year full time
  • 2-6 years part time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings. Given the importance of planning ahead, indicative timings of intensive teaching blocks are normally available at time of application / interview.

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course and have experience of both research and applied practice and consultancy; the team includes a range of expert lectures (details of which can be found on the course handbook and on the Institute web pages).

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final dissertation. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the course selected.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The School of Sport and Exercise Science (SSES) approach to developing employability is aligned to the University ‘Student Employability Supporting Statement for the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy’. The University of Worcester has adopted the following definition of employability as: “A set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy”, (Yorke, 2006)

Sports graduates have gone on to gain employment in the following areas: Sport Community coaching (including disability coaching career opportunities); Sport scientist; Strength and conditioning coach; clinical exercise physiologist; Sport performance coaching; Sport Development officers; Sports Marketing; Performance Analysis; PE teaching; Armed forces & Police; Coaching business start-up; Graduate level employment in the Private, public and voluntary sectors.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Please read our postgraduate applications page for details on how to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Andy Renfree

Principal Lecturer