Entry requirements

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

Additional requirement information

Applicants are encouraged to hold or have the intention to work towards, an NGB L3 coaching award or international equivalent qualification and demonstrate continued commitment to coaching or professional practice.

Applicants must satisfy the general admissions requirements of St Mary's University outlined in the Admissions Policy.

Non-degree entrance

Applicants without formal degree level qualification but with significant relevant work or playing experience are encouraged to apply. We will assess your suitability and any support you may need for the non-degree entrance through a two-step process. For more information please check our entrance task details.

Months of entry


Course content

Why study Professional Development: Performance Analysis

This programme will provide a nuanced bespoke understanding of Performance Analysis whilst being framed with core professional development modules in order for students to quantify key performance elements to inform their future practice.

In particular, the course aims to facilitate the development of theoretical knowledge and the development of practical and professional skills of sports performance analysts working or hoping to work in the professional sports industry. This will be achieved through topic areas such as applied performance analysis processes, development within the role of an analyst and covering contemporary issues in performance analysis.

The flexible nature of the programme will ensure inclusiveness and will empower students to develop their professional skills within the area of performance analysis.

The programme will be delivered by highly qualified staff within the field to ensure students are encouraged to develop professionally and personally to ensure they make an impact in the wider sports industry.

Why St Mary's

St Mary's is a renowned institution to offer a blended learning course, allowing you to study when and where it suits you. This course allows you to specialise in your given field, developing a bespoke expertise. This flexible format means you can advance your knowledge, expertise and professional skills in parallel through a specialised pathway in Performance Analysis.

We are a leading provider of postgraduate taught sport science programmes and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s premier sports institutions. The University has a wide knowledge-base in the professional development of sports professionals.

Our staff are comprised of highly regarded coaching professionals, coach developers and academics involved in world-leading and applied research, consultancy, and high-level coaching activities; all of which are directly relevant to - and inform - the modules delivered on the programme.

Other specialised pathways in this programme include Sports Coaching and Rugby Performance.

Information for international students

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Patrick Oxenham