Hartpury College

Coaching Science (PGCert, PGDip & MSc)

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Course Overview

Coaching Science can be studied at Masters, Diploma and Certificate Level.

The MSc Coaching Science programme provides students with the opportunity to develop and explore their personal coaching practice alongside coaches from a range of sport disciplines. Core ‘Coaching Craft’ and ‘Reflective Practice’ modules examine key transferable skills and provide a theoretical framework which allows individuals to create a personalised ‘Professional Development Portfolio’ that charts their collaboration with guest contributors from a wide array of external governing bodies and agencies. Managed coaching observations provide a further important portfolio experience with a Postgraduate Certificate being awarded to students who complete this initial group of modules.

Those choosing to continue their studies move from the programme’s core to complete a Postgraduate Diploma with a selection of contextualised modules each focusing on a potential future site of employment. Not only do these components aim to develop understanding of teaching, coach education and high performing coach environments but they also tailor their assessment methods to mirror the demands of these professional roles and support long term engagement with advanced practitioners from these domains.

Postgraduate research itself is treated as a further context in which coaching scientists can increase their skills base with completion of a research process module allowing for a sound foundation from which to complete a dissertation project in order to convert their PG Diploma into a Master’s degree.

Currently the MSc Coaching Science programme can be completed full-time in one year or via part-time negotiated study plans ranging from 2 to 6 years depending on personal circumstances and career goals.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

For further information on the programme, please contact the Programme Manager Dean Clarkdean.clark@hartpury.ac.uk 01452 702 441


This course has variable a duration

PG Certificate – 1 year

PG Diploma – 1 year full time / 2+ years part-time

MSc - 1 year full time / 2+ years part-time


Entry Requirements


All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis but a guide would be a 2:2 classification or better in an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree relating to Sports Coaching / Sports Science / Social Science or significant and current experience of sport coaching,  coach education, sport development or teaching.

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for September 2016 Entry

  • Masters UK/EU                                          £6000.00
  • Masters International                                 £10800.00
  • PG Dip UK/EU                                            £3500.00
  • PG Dip International                                   £7200.00
  • PG Cert UK/EU                                           £1750.00
  • PG Cert International                                  £3600.00

Are you a member of the UWE or Hartpury Alumni? You are entitled to a 20% discount on full time fees or 10% on part time fees 

When should I apply

Applications for postgraduate study can be submitted at any point through the year; however as places are limited on some courses, we recommend that you apply early. You can apply for September 2016 entry now.

How to apply

Please complete the on-line application form


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  • Modules:

    • Professional Development Portfolio
    • Coaching Craft
    • Reflective Practice
    • Coach Education In Context
    • High Performing Environments
    • Research Process
    • Pedagogy in Practice
    • Postgraduate Dissertation

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Ryszard Chadwick, Academy Manager for Play Rugby USA

What I do

I’m the Academy Manager for Play Rugby USA, a non-profit organisation whose mission is ‘creating a better world through rugby’. I live in New York City and we work with more than 14,000 young people in more than 300 schools. I manage a 10-strong team and coach the Under-19s academy team (male and female), playing a mixture of Sevens and 15-a-side. I also coach the county (State) Under- 19s team, where the best players in the state train under the Empire State name, providing a pathway into the national rugby set-up. I shadowed the USA Eagles international coaching team running up to their game against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and I work closely with the IRB, travelling around the USA delivering IRB coach qualification courses. I also run coaching camps and I’m responsible for developing Play Rugby USA’s Youth Development Mentors, from novices to school teachers, which is hugely rewarding. They give the players life skills off the field so that they have more opportunities to succeed in life.

Why I did my Masters

I loved the education and theory side of the coaching and felt that I had so much more to learn after my undergraduate degree. I really wanted to challenge myself further academically. I also loved coaching at Hartpury and wanted to continue to expand my experiences. My Masters has given me more credibility in the professional world and also the opportunity to meet coaches and complete another thesis. I was able to interview some fantastic names in the coaching world, including Stuart Lancaster.

My time at Hartpury

At Hartpury I started by taking a BSc in Sports Coaching and achieved a 2:1. I have always coached and I chose to come here due to the quality of the rugby and the facilities. Where better to learn about coaching than with the best teams and the best coaches? The deeper into coaching you get, the less focus there is on the physical and tactical and more on the psychological, on and off the pitch. I was asked to coach the Freshers’ rugby team at Hartpury over summer. As a Masters student, I was also the university third XV coach. It meant that what I learned, I could put into practice straight away. Without the education and support I received from the staff at Hartpury and being part of the unique environment and culture that exists there, I could never have accomplished what I have done this far.

Advice for people wanting a career in coaching

Volunteer a lot! I did eight years and still continue to do so, as there is no substitute for practical experience. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Talk to as many coaches as possible as there is no right answer and you can learn a lot from each individual coach. Have a long term goal and work backwards in order to reach it. Go on as many Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events as you can as you never know who you will meet or learn. Work hard; it’s the only way to get to where you want to be in the coaching world. Hartpury has opened doors to everything I do.

course blog post

20 Oct 2016

Student Sport Round-up 20.10.16

A magnificent seven for Hartpury RFC, two clean sheets for our Women’s rugby teams, a whole host of wins for the footballers and much more. Another fantastic week for Hartpury’s sporting students!

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