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What makes Sports Coaching MSc at Worcester special?

Our Sports Coaching MSc enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual understanding of coaching in sport. The course blends vocational and theoretical learning to explore a wide range of disciplines, including pedagogy, leadership and performance analysis. You will also analyse problems from different perspectives, apply knowledge to professional settings and develop into an effective and reflective coach.

Key features

  • Full and part-time study options
  • Flexible modular structure allows you to study at your own pace
  • Choose from multiple pathways: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's Degree
  • Choice of assessment topic, so you can tailor your assignments to your personal and professional interests
  • Professional Placement to apply contemporary research and theory to sports coaching environments

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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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 disclosure check prior to the start of the course.

Mature Students

We value diversity in our student body and applications from mature students are very welcome. Students with few or no formal qualifications should contact the Registry Admissions Office. Please provide Registry with details of your 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.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.


  • 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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

You will learn in small group seminars, where your tutors will introduce a wealth of advanced and applied material. Our sessions will engage students to participate fully and to share their knowledge and experiences. You will develop critical, reflective and analytical skills during open debate and discussion.

The Professional Placement component of the course will enable you to analyse yourself, your coaching and your development, with support from a tutor and mentor. By completing placement hours, either in new or in your current coaching / employment, you will target and develop your chosen personal and professional skills.


You will complete a wide variety of assessments, including written assignments, online portfolios, case studies, individual oral presentations, group presentations and an independent study project.

Depending on the number of modules you wish to complete, you can choose one of the following full or part-time pathways:

  • 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 exchange your prior experience for academic credit towards a postgraduate award. For further information, please contact our course leader or read our How to Apply Registry page.


Where could it take you?


An MSc in Sports Coaching will provide students with opportunities in many areas of sport and/or coaching, and 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

Graduate successes:

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

Victoria Huckle, Professional Rowing Coach

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

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

Marieanne Spacey, MBE, Women's Player and Coach Developer, Football Association

  • Case study

    Victoria Huckle, Professional Rowing Coach

    "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."

  • Case study

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

    “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.”

  • Case study

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

    "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."


How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 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 do you apply?



Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions about applying, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Get in touch

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

Postgraduate Admissions Office

01905 855111

Principal Lecturer

Don Vinson
01905 54 2470