Taught course

Sports Coaching

University of Worcester · Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

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.

Please see the University website for comprehensive entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Sports coaching can be an incredibly valuable and fulfilling career for those who have an interested in helping others to learn and develop in their sport.

This course will help take your coaching to the next level by developing a deeper understanding of the theories that underpin your practice and the credibility of the evidence relating to particular approaches. Our students regularly tell us that this course has revolutionised their approach to coaching.

The UK Government, UK Sport and Sport England have aligned their various strategies to place the coach as a key figure in providing support, growth and development to a wide range of people at various stages of their lifespan. ‘Coaching is Changing’ and the Sports Coaching MSc enables you to develop your coaching whether you are more interested in high performance, mental wellbeing or participation.

The course features an extensive Professional Placement element which enables you to develop your practice in an applied environment – either of your own choosing or facilitated through our extensive network of providers including our own professional sport franchises (Worcester Wolves Basketball and Severn Stars netball).

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

How will you be taught?

The ‘heart’ of the MSc Sport (Coaching) concerns the coach primarily as an educator. Therefore, the course focus explores the latest research and practice concerning how to help our athletes learn and develop. On the course you will explore different perspectives on how athletes learn and critique the underpinning evidence relating to these competing perspectives. We also explore how coaches learn and analyse the ways in which National Governing Bodies, education institutions and non-governmental organisations (e.g. UK Sport and UK Coaching) currently structure learning opportunities for coaches.

The course addresses a number of other theoretical and practical perspectives examining leadership, inclusive practice and a range of other contemporary issues such as the use of technology and athlete-centred coaching. There is also a strong focus on developing understanding of research methods.

Every element of the course will be related to your coaching practice so the content of the programme evolves with every cohort.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
01905 855111