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The Professional Masters in Elite Performance (MProf) is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focussed award to a broad range of professionals, including, but not limited to, coaches (in sport and business), scientists in support roles, medical/paramedical practitioners, military and other structured service providers, and all those involved in the performing arts. The MProf provides an opportunity for those working in elite performance to complete a programme of study focused on career-based needs and aspirations. 


The approaches taken in the Programme reflect current thinking on this type of award.

Accordingly, the vast majority of student learning is achieved through the use of guided reading, with subsequent supported synthesis and discussion through formal (eg, with the personal tutor) and informal (eg, with peers) methods.

Learning will also be supported with the use of WebCT, and supplemented by a variety of other methods including small group discussion, presentations and data collection/analysis.

Data set analysis reports; academic reports and case studies; a personal development plan; a learning diary, and; the MProf dissertation.


Skills Review & Development (20 credits): This module is designed to enable you to formulate a detailed and contemporary personal development plan (PDP) based on your strengths and weaknesses, and consideration of your current professional environment.

Appreciation of Working Context (40 credits): This module enables you to complete discipline-based review of pertinent factors and theoretical constructs impacting on performance in your domain. This offers you a chance to explore the disciplinary underpinnings of performance development in your domain. This module compliments TL4116 by evaluating your own skills and that of your environment.

Research Methods & Design (20 credits): This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge, techniques and skills to critically appraise research and to undertake your own small project. In doing so it provides a theoretical framework upon which to base both practical and empirical approaches to research. The module is an essential pre-requisite to the dissertation.

Scientific Evolution of Working Practice (40 credits): The module extends your critical reflection on the use of pertinent knowledge sources and interdisciplinary implications for one self-identified, pertinent aspect of the domain. Normally anticipating the topic for final dissertation module, you will develop a critical consideration of the “pros, cons and challenges” of a specific innovation.

Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation forms the second part of your programme of study. In satisfactorily completing the previous modules, you will design, conduct, analyse and interpret the results of a scientific investigation relevant to a particular aspect of your professional practice.

On completion of the course, students may progress to further study including PhD or DProf in Elite Performance.


At the end of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to critically analyse and synthesise the complexities associated with contemporary professional and disciplinary issues, the linkages between them and their application to performance contexts
  • An ability to design and implement an appropriate programme of applied research
  • An ability to present research in a form relevant to their professional context

Visit the Elite Performance - MProf page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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