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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

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

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?

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.

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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 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.