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MSc Professional Development in Sports Coaching

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 in Sports Coaching programme is designed to enable coaches from all sporting environments to develop their practice and continue to build their professional network.

Alongside taught modules that explore the principles which underpin effective coaching and pedagogy, you will complete a range of work-based portfolio projects which help you to link practice to theory, and then back to practice again. In doing so, you will develop a greater evidenced-based appreciation for your own coaching practice, but also be able to develop outputs which may inform practice among the wider coaching community.

These projects will be completed in partnership with personal academic tutors from our University Sport department, who have a wealth of experience of the sports coaching industry landscape. 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 contextualise your studies to a number of possible coaching contexts including teaching, coach education and supporting high performance athletes. In doing so, you'll be able to design your own powerful professional development experiences.

Core coaching modules are studied alongside students completing the MSc Sports Coaching 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

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.