Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes.

This is a course where you will benefit from exploring a curriculum that is focused on effective coaching practice at both a strategic and operational level. This includes detailed coverage of reflective practice, skilled performance under pressure and the study of effective group dynamics and leadership. A recurring approach used within this course is the application of theoretical learning to real-life coaching situations.

As the first course of its kind in the UK to be delivered fully online, you will benefit from Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning platform. This will give you a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills to further enhance your coaching capabilities, whilst studying at a time and place that suits you.

The modules studied are broken down into identifiable units to support your learning, keep you engaged and provide interaction between yourself and fellow students and tutors.

Why choose this course?

  • Flexible study offered to fit around your work and personal life via an established online distance learning network.
  • 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources, including e-journals, databases and e-books to support your learning.
  • Dedicated technical and administrative support staff available to assist and support your online study requirements.
  • Obtain a postgraduate qualification that will help progress your career opportunities within the sports coaching and sport & exercise related fields.

Study Details:

MSc 2 years

Module Details:


Effective Coaching 1: Strategy and Practice

Develops a critical understanding of both your coaching philosophy and different approaches to the coach-athlete relationship. Contemporary topics that influence modern day coaching practice are introduced, examined and assessed.

Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis

Develops and enhances an understanding of research methodology and statistical skills utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine data sets related to sports coaching.

Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport & Exercise

The module examines 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.

Effective Coaching 2: Reflective Practice

Different approaches and practices related to reflective practice will be examined to develop a critical understanding of reflective practice in sports coaching. The role of experiential learning, mentoring and technology to modify existing coaching practice and support professional development lies at the heart of the module.

Skilled Performance Under Pressure

Current models of skill acquisition are introduced alongside evidence linking the structure, organisation and design of practice to the effective emergence of sport related skills. The module then examines the breakdown of sport related skill and identifies potential mechanisms responsible for that performance breakdown.

Masters Research Project

This module involves the planning and execution and write up of a research project as either a peer reviewed journal article, standard dissertation or a portfolio of research. A formal presentation and defence of the project is a key feature of the module.


Fees: £33 per credit

Entry Requirements

Normally an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) from a UK University in a related subject area 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.

Candidates with appropriate degrees (or equivalent) in other subjects will also be considered if they 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.

You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

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