The rugby specialist pathway has been designed to allow different rugby professionals worldwide to develop a critical understanding of issues relating to their professional development and performance to advance their professional practice whilst working or playing.

  • Flexible learning allows you to study at your own pace around your professional role.
  • Access to industry partners through course collaborations, including the RPA and coaches from professional football clubs.
  • The first rugby specific MSc programme delivered in the UK by leading professional coaches.

Why study Professional Development: Rugby Performance?

The course content and design are informed by our partners within Rugby, including coaches, coach educators from professional clubs and national governing bodies.

Taught by nationally and internationally renowned coaches and coach developers and specialist staff the applied nature of the programme means that you are continually asked to reflect on course content in your professional practice.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Contemporary Approaches to Player Development
  • Strategic Leadership in High Performance
  • Professional Development and Mentoring
  • Independent Project
  • Advanced Coaching in Rugby
  • Athletic Development of Rugby Players
  • Elite Rugby Player Health and Wellbeing

Student Destinations

As a MSc Professional Development with a specialism in Rugby Performance graduate, you will be highly sought after by employers in a rapidly growing market both nationally and globally. Your modules will allow you to build your skills, knowledge and experiences within industry which will enhance your employability prospects in elite sport.

Employment areas include:

  • Age group coach
  • Lead Phase manager
  • Academy Manager
  • Independent school coach/Head of Rugby
  • Personal Business development


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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.2 degree or international equivalent, preferably in a sports-related subject.

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