Taught course

Taught Doctorate in Sport Coaching

Cardiff Metropolitan University · Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

There will be two points of general entry; (i) the doctoral programme (at the beginning of the MSc taught Level 7 component); and (ii) the PG Dip in SC programme (the beginning of the taught Level 8 component).

The criteria for (i) are as follows:

Applicants will be expected to hold a first class or 2:1 BSc/BA (Hons) in an appropriate sports related degree. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with considerable relevant (coaching) experience who do not hold an undergraduate degree will also be considered for entry. Each applicant will be required to attend an interview in relation to their suitability.

The criteria for (ii) are as follows;

  • An MSc/MA degree in a sport related area appropriate to the pathway (e.g., Sports Coaching, Sports Pedagogy) at Distinction or High Merit level;
  • A post-graduate degree in an alternative discipline area acceptable to the programme leader;
  • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience and/or related qualifications in coaching and/or coach education will also be considered for entry;
  • Current postgraduate students who wish to forego the dissertation component of their MSc in order to progress directly to the Doctorate in Sport Coaching.

An aspect that makes the DSC distinctive is its practical component and, in particular, the connection between that and new knowledge. Consequently, all entrants to the programme will need to be actively coaching.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Sport Coaching aims to equip practitioners and related scholars with an appreciation of the symbiotic and synergetic relationship between theory and practice. As opposed to a distinct research focus characteristic of a traditional PhD, the amended emphasis of the DSC lies in practice as both the recipient and generator of research. The DSC arises from a demand for high-level, leading-edge knowledge and skills training, coupled with increasing the use and exploitation of coaching research in practice. It offers a unique opportunity for professional and career development, focusing on applied and experiential learning within a community of practice.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website

Fees and funding

As a postgraduate, research or part-time student, the tuition fees you are charged will depend on the course you choose to study. Full information is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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