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MSc Sports Performance Analysis


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 or 2 Years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary): An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline and to secure an appropriate work placement. Applicants with lower degree classifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

You will also be required to attend an interview.


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

The reason why I chose to study this course at Chichester was because of the amazing opportunity to work for a premier league club and study intensely at the same time, putting what I learn at university straight into practice at my placement. I’m so glad I chose this University and MSc as I believe the course is so unique as it aids self awareness which enables you to be much more employable in any field of work.

After studying my undergrad here with lecturers having strong knowledge of Performance Analysis and a personal 1-1 philosophy, I knew the MSc in Performance Analysis would support and guide me to work in future professional environments. I chose the course because of the work placement environments and to enhance my knowledge of Performance Analysis alongside developing my inter-personal skills. After hearing how successful previous students had been through studying the MSc here at Chichester, I knew the opportunity would be a knowledgeable stepping stone in preparing me to work at a professional level. 

One key strength of the course is the individual 1-1 direct contact/feedback that allowed me to develop my work to a commendable standard. I also enjoy the variety of tasks as they were applicable to the ‘real world’ which prepared me for future professional tasks at clubs. There are fantastic opportunities to work at a professional level, to experience how clubs run, and I've strengthened my people network in the domain.

Course content

The MSc Sports Performance Analysis programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully pursue a career in the area of Sports Performance Analysis. The course explores the processes, applications and contemporary issues of sports performance analysis with content framed around enhancing both academic insight and offering translational value to applied practice. There is a strong focus on the development of key practical competencies and software proficiency. The course aims to develop graduates who are proficient at the delivery of coach-driven, observational, and data-driven analyses. It also involves a mandatory, prolonged work placement offering invaluable industry relevant experience.

This course is highly vocational in nature and beneficial to those either wishing to seek future employment in Sports Performance Analysis, or, those currently employed within a professional club or organisation.It caters to the rapidly developing and evolving job market within the field of Sports Performance Analysis and is in response to the marked growth in career opportunities and proliferation of roles available to (aspiring/current) performance analysts within amateur and professional sporting organisations.

Distinctive Features

The course places a strong emphasis on the translation of theory to practice. It offers innovative assessments aiding personal, professional and academic development. It also benefits from excellent links with professional sporting clubs and organisations which are used to facilitate the mandatory work placement module.

We are proud to have outstanding links with industry across multiple sports, such as; Southampton FC, Brighton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Harlequins RFC, and Sussex County Cricket Club,  among others. The course is supported by the use of leading performance analysis software and you are offered outstanding guidance and personal/professional mentoring through access to excellent staff support and expertise. You are also issued with a Macbook with SportsCode installed to support academic and placement work. We are the only University to offer this.


This course starts in September.

You can request a postgraduate prospectus here.



Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

The MSc in Sports Performance Analysis places a strong emphasis on developing high-level competency in SportsCode Elite (Review), the leading computerised performance analysis software. The programme also fosters increased proficiency in both Microsoft Excel and Tableau allowing you to develop key skills in data handling, analysis and visualisation. The University also has a large number of Catapult GPS units for time-motion analysis.

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

This course boasts outstanding employability and has a proven track record of graduates securing full-time employment. Amongst others, our graduates have gone on to secure jobs with:

  • Harlequins RFC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • England Basketball
  • Southampton FC
  • Manchester United FC
  • Bournemouth Brighton FC
  • Bristol City FC
  • Celtic FC
  • Paris Saint Germain FC
  • New York Mets
  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Surrey County Cricket Club
  • Wasps RFC
  • UK Anti-Doping
  • Football Radar
  • Professional Game Match Officials Ltd

Alumnus View

"The MSc at Chichester is the best way to develop the theoretical understanding which underpins the work you do as a practitioner. By combining studying and a season-long work placement you get a great blend of experiences to prepare you for full-time employment in professional sport. The course encourages you to complete academic work in your professional environment allowing you to use real data to solve real problems as part of your degree. The Programme Coordinator has in-depth understanding of the needs of the Performance Analysis industry and tailors the course content around those requirements meaning the MSc is cutting edge in training the next generation of practitioners."

Tom, Head of Academy Performance Analysis, Everton FC

Work placements

The MSc in Sports Performance Analysis requires a mandatory work placement. You will typically undertake a season-long work placement and will spend circa three to four days a week on placement (dependent on placement). Placements will typically be within an elite, high performance organisation. The Institute of Sport has an impressive network of placement providers that you can benefit from. You may wish secure your own work placement providing an agreement is arranged.

Work placement opportunities are available across a range of sports. Previous students have worked with the following clubs and franchises:

  • AFC Bournemouth
  • Brighton FC
  • Millwall FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Harlequins RFC
  • Surrey Storm
  • Sussex County Cricket Club

The work placement module provides a platform for you to get involved in performance analysis in a real world situation, working closely with coaches, players, sport scientists, medical staff and management support team. You are expected to utilise this opportunity to obtain work-related learning and practice skills learned in the University using innovative ideas to provide advanced analysis services.

Indicative modules

You are required to complete modules in your chosen pathway plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and a research dissertation. Modules currently available are:

  • Advances in Performance Analysis in Sport - The module aims to provide you with a comprehensive and critical insight into the evolution, principles, theories and applications governing sports performance analysis. A theory to practice ethos is adopted throughout, promoting a research informed approach to applied practice
  • Work Placement – This double module aims to provide invaluable experience working as a performance analyst within a sporting organisation. It will enable you to foster an acute understanding of how performance analysis is used within sport, offer insight into organisational culture, develop essential professional knowledge and skills, facilitate reflective practice, and develop a network of professional contacts
  • Applied Performance Analysis - the aim of the module is to develop seminal personal e.g. communication, and professional e.g. technical skills, sport-specific knowledge, observation etc., and the skills required by an applied performance analysis practitioner
  • Computerised Analysis and Data Visualisation - Proficiency with computerised performance analysis systems is essential for applied performance analysts and facilitates the development of effective and (time) efficient workflows. The use of computerised performance analysis systems has rapidly accelerated the production of sports data. As such, data visualisation is a crucial skill to readily identify patterns and trends in data and answer data-driven questions. The module aims to develop proficiency and autonomy with computerised performance analysis and data visualisation software
  • Research Methods for Health and Performance - You will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in performance analysis literature 
  • Dissertation - You will conduct and communicate independent research in an area of interest

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Performance Analysis, you need to complete taught modules equating to 60 credits.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Performance Analysis, you need to complete taught modules equating to 120 credits.

To gain an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, you need to pass all taught modules (120 credits), and either a 12,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article and an oral presentation.

We use a broad range of assessments which are also novel and vocational to help enhance key employability skills i.e. job application, job interview, CPD portfolio, scout reports, and oral presentations, as well as scientific reports and independent research projects.

Additional Costs

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