The MSc Coaching Science programme provides students with the opportunity to develop and explore their personal coaching practice alongside coaches from a range of sport disciplines. Core ‘Coaching Craft’ and ‘Reflective Practice’ modules examine key transferable skills and provide a theoretical framework which allows individuals to create a personalised ‘Professional Development Portfolio’ that charts their collaboration with guest contributors from a wide array of external governing bodies and agencies. Managed coaching observations provide a further important portfolio experience with a Postgraduate Certificate being awarded to students who complete this initial group of modules.
Those choosing to continue their studies move from the programme’s core to complete a Postgraduate Diploma with a selection of contextualised modules each focusing on a potential future site of employment. Not only do these components aim to develop understanding of teaching, coach education and high performing coach environments but they also tailor their assessment methods to mirror the demands of these professional roles and support long term engagement with advanced practitioners from these domains.
Postgraduate research itself is treated as a further context in which coaching scientists can increase their skills base with completion of a research process module allowing for a sound foundation from which to complete a dissertation project in order to convert their PG Diploma into a Master’s degree.
Currently the MSc Coaching Science programme can be completed full-time in one year or via part-time negotiated study plans ranging from 2 to 6 years depending on personal circumstances and career goals.