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MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport

This exciting new postgraduate degree has been designed to meet modern industry demands. It stands apart from other courses, focusing on the application of theory to practice in real-world settings across a range of sports and levels.

The role of a successful sports analyst has changed in recent years, as new technologies enable the fine-tuning of athletic performance like never before. Successful analysts are still required to produce and evaluate complex datasets. However, they now play an even more integral role in athletic success, connecting player and coach using insight and consultancy to refine athletic performance in real time.

This course provides the ideal opportunity for you to reach the top of your game as an analyst in your own sporting discipline. Alongside a guaranteed work placement with one of our performance sports academies, you’ll benefit from expert lecturers and world-class sports facilities including a dedicated performance analysis suite and the latest technologies.

With both full and part-time learning options, you could study alongside existing employment or other commitments. As a graduate, you'll be ready to progress directly into the field of performance analysis, whether with green site sports venues or high-level performance sports settings.

Course content

The curriculum – which focuses on learning in real-world sports settings - has been developed in consultation with leading professionals from England Rugby, professional sports clubs and our own performance sports teams in rugby, football, rowing, golf, netball, modern pentathlon and equestrian disciplines.

We’ll prepare you to make an effective contribution at every step of the professional coaching process, understanding the agendas and analytics related to different areas of sports performance. You’ll get to grips with the roles of key stakeholders and be supported to become a skilled team player, with the ability to swiftly understand, interpret and communicate relevant and timely insights to influence decisions and plans.

You’ll learn how to design and implement performance sports metrics, using global software Hudl SportsCode and Nacsport. You’ll develop skills across different software and systems, and get to grips with modern equipment including IP cameras, live broadcasting technology and drones.

Industry opportunities

You’ll undertake two work placements while studying to enable you to test your ideas and develop real industry skills. Your 60-hour placement will be with one of our performance sports academies - a safe and supported environment for you to implement ideas and test skills. Alongside this, you’ll complete a 200-hour placement; this could be with your current or a new employer.

Our students benefit from our outstanding industry connections. Alongside our own Hartpury RFC Championship rugby team, we’re the training ground for Gloucester Rugby and have strong relationships with England Rugby, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Exeter City Football Club, Bristol Rovers Football Club, GB Rowing, Pentathlon GB and Olympic champion equestrian coaches and athletes.

Research opportunities

You’ll undertake a piece of industry-aligned research to help advance real-world practice. If you're employed in a sports performance setting, this research could be focused on advancing practice and performance in your workplace. Students have published projects in academic journals and presented findings at leading conferences such as BASES, which helps promotes them as experts in their fields.

Graduate destinations

  • Performance Analyst
  • Sport Analyst
  • Postgraduate Lecturer
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with non-relevant qualifications but with work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University?

Our students go on to change the lives of professional athletes, as well as the people involved in community and school sports. They also graduate with valuable skills to succeed in a range of different careers.

You'll learn from lecturers who are also experienced industry professionals. Many have even been at the top their game in their specialist sporting areas. Find your Hartpury sports degree.

student running on a treadmill in the sports academy whilst their physiological parameters are measured

How to apply

Apply online

If you want to apply for postgraduate study at Hartpury, you will need to complete the online postgraduate application form.

The selection process is very similar to undergraduate study; however, we do interview all potential Masters Degree students.

Thinking of doing your PhD at Hartpury University?

If you are interested in undertaking a supervised PhD at Hartpury, please contact the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) on +44 (0)1452 702244 to discuss your application further.

Before your start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page.

Similar Courses

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 undergraduate 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.