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MSc Sports Coaching 


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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year or 2/3 Years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline. Applicants with lower degree classifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Evidence of coaching experience, normally with a minimum of UKCC Level 2, or equivalent, qualification.

You will be required to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22 UK fee: £7,900

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

This course helps develop and improve your coaching toolkit and gives you the necessary skills to develop yourself so you are ready to start the next stage of your qualifications. It gives you the opportunities to connect with other coaches and learn from their experiences/journey. It gives you a platform to get better at coaching and challenges you to understand your coaching philosophy.

Course content

The programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a successful career in the area of sports coaching or coach development. The programme aims to: 

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of current theory, research and debates at the forefront of Sports Coaching 
  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of research methodologies and practical techniques used in the field of Sports Coaching 
  • Foster a self-directed approach to learning 

It encourages you to apply your developing theoretical knowledge and skillset to your own coaching practice, as you will be expected to be coaching alongside your studies to facilitate the application of theory to practice in an active learning environment. 


This course starts in September

You can request a postgraduate prospectus here.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Typical Careers include

  • Professional clubs - coaching in academies, centres of excellence, club/community coaches
  • Amateur clubs - tennis, squash and golf clubs etc.
  • Industry - hotels, holiday companies, sports development for Sports Governing Bodies, British and overseas
  • Coach education - Sports Coach UK (SCUK) and equivalent overseas bodies
  • Teaching

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Indicative modules


  • Advanced Coaching Practice (Placement)  - Critically analyse coaching effectiveness and develop critical awareness of coaching philosophies and their impact on behaviours. The placement opportunities encourage you to synthesise and apply the theoretical concepts within the taught components of the programme to your coaching practice. You are encouraged to develop critical reflective skills in the development of your pedagogy
  • Professional Practice in Coaching (Placement) - Critically examine the demands of coaching across the lifespan and within both participation and performance environments. The module seeks to deepen your critical appreciation of planning in the mid and long term to support performance development over time. The impact of multi-disciplinary support for the coaching process will be appraised, along with the changing role of the coach within different levels of performance
  • Cognitive Processes in Sport - This module attempts to identify the key cognitive factors responsible for the development and demonstration of expertise, and to explore the scope for the coach and the learner to enhance learning and performance through a better understanding of such processes
  • Applied Research Skills - An introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodology for sports coaching using practical and real-world examples to illustrate how we make sense of data
  • Advanced Applied Research Skills - You will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in sports coaching literature
  • Research Dissertation or Supervised Experience Portfolio - You are provided with the opportunity either to undertake a detailed scientific study, with the option to present this for publication in a scientific journal, or to undertake an extended period of supervised experience providing you with the opportunity to reflect on professional practice

Option modules: You can choose ONE of the following options: 

  • Mentoring and Coach Development - An opportunity to explore coach development beyond formal coach education opportunities and develop critical awareness of mentoring skill set within that space
  • Independent Study - Personalise your learning and deepen your knowledge and skillset within an area of your coaching pertinent to your future aspirations 
  • Applied Performance Analysis - Develop the seminal personal skills e.g. communication, and professional skills e.g. technical skills, sport-specific knowledge, observation skills, required by an applied performance analysis practitioner
  • Developing as an Applied Practitioner in Biomechanics - Develop your skills in delivering applied consultancy in the biomechanics of sport and exercise
  • Applied Measurement Techniques - You will learn how to develop and implement an effective performance testing battery to athletes from a range of sports 
  • A.N. Other Level 7 module, by agreement with tutors and programme co-ordinators - Access a module from other programmes within the University, where prior experience permits

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Coaching students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sports Coaching students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a sport science support placement.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: