Course type:
Postgraduate

MSc Professional Development (Coaching Science)

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

One year full-time

(Part-time options are available)

The Professional Development (Coaching Science) programme is designed to enable coaches from all sporting environments to develop their practice and continue to build their professional network.

You will complete a range of portfolio projects in partnership with personal tutors from our University Centre Sport department, who all have a wealth of industry experience, alongside a personal learning plan. You can complete these projects individually or as part of a group with coaches working together to investigate an aspect of personal practice before creating an output, such as a report or presentation, that can be published to the wider coaching community. These portfolios can focus on practice within your own workplace to be of direct relevance to your current role or used to plan and explore future ventures linked to your environment and career progression plans.

You will be able to focus your research on a number of possible coaching contexts including teaching, coach education and supporting high performance athletes and to design your own powerful professional development experiences.

Core coaching modules are studied alongside students completing the MSc Coaching Science programme, allowing valuable sharing of perspectives and resources. Topics could include the craft of coaching practice, coach philosophy, language, behaviour and planning. Alongside this, you will collate your experiences to develop a Professional Development Portfolio.

The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded to students who complete this initial group of core modules. Those choosing to continue their studies move on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma via focused research in a single coaching context that could reflect their current coaching role or future career ambitions. You could then choose a dissertation project in collaboration with your programme manager to enable you to convert your Postgraduate Diploma into a Masters degree.

How to apply for this course

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 degree relating to Sports Coaching, Sports Science, Social Science
or significant and current experience of sport coaching, coach education, sport development or
teaching.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University Centre?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally

Key information

  • Postgraduate Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    PG Cert: £2100 (UK/EU), £3675 (international)
    PG Dip: £4200 (UK/EU), £7560 (international)
    MSc: £6,300 (UK/EU), £11,340 (international)
    MRes: £5512 (UK/EU), £11,025 (international)

    MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy: MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy £5,250 per year for years one and two and £1,837 for year three

    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 (i.e. less than 90 credits per years). 

    MRes students are also eligible to put in an application for funding to the Hartpury Scholarship committee up to a maximum of £1000 to cover research projects.

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  • Life at Hartpury

    Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience on a stunning 360-hectare rural campus, but with the thriving urban centres of Gloucester and Cheltenham nearby.

    Supported by outstanding staff, postgraduate students are able to engage in applied study and research as part of Hartpury’s active research community on our specialist campus.

    With the Cheltenham and Gloucester on your doorstep and so much happening on campus, life at Hartpury is never dull! Whether you want to grab a quick coffee, lunch between lectures or a late night drink or snack, you’ll find everything you need on site, from our very own Costa Coffee bar ‘Red & Black’ to restaurants and Legends Bar.

  • Research at Hartpury

    Research is not something that is shut away in a laboratory at Hartpury. Along with scholarship and practice, it is central to Hartpury postgraduate life.

    Our University Centre prides itself on conducting exceptional applied research and scholarship. Following our last institutional review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2011, the culture of research and scholarly activities that exist at Hartpury were highlighted as a key area of good practice.

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Did you know you could combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study?

Hartpury offers a range of Integrated Masters programmes in Sport, Equine and Animal. The first two years parallel the associated BSc (Hons) degree. On successful completion of your second year and with the achievement of a minimum mark average, you will then progress on to a third year where you will study a careful arrangement of third year and postgraduate modules before embarking on a final year of Masters level study. In the final year, you will carry out a research project to explore your own area of specific interest and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

To find all of our MScI degree courses, just search under honours degrees in the course search.