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MSc Sports Coaching


Hartpury University    Postgraduate Courses

Full time & Part time See Course PGDip, PGCert, MSc One year full-time; part-time options available

About the course

This programme will support you to take your coaching to the next level by becoming a theoretically informed and evidence-based coaching practitioner.

You’ll benefit from a range of academically stimulating and industry-relevant modules, delivered by lecturers and professors who are also coaching practitioners for international, national and local clubs, as well as our own performance Sports Academy teams.

The course is ideal for recent graduates, as well as coaching practitioners in high-performance sport and those in development coaching roles, who want to develop in an academic environment, whilst applying theory to practice in real-world employment or extra-curricular settings.

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Entry Requirements

Academic: 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject. Students with 2:2 and relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Non-academic: Students with non-relevant qualifications but with sufficient work experience or professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International: In addition to the academic qualification an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required.


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Greg Atkin
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What I do:
I look after new rowers that have been identified and tested through the GB Rowing Start programme and develop them to move from the academy group to the development group. The aim is for them to then progress into the senior squad that will attend GB trials. I provide the athletes with solid foundations and technique for them to progress. I work in a high performance Sport Wales team with a physio, nutritionist, weightlifting coach and sports science staff all working together to produce top level GB Rowing athletes.

How Hartpury helped to get me there:
I was taken on as a rowing intern at Hartpury, which is a GB Rowing Start centre, while I was doing my full-time Masters in Coaching Science. I was working with Tom Pattichis (Hartpury rowing programme manager) as a mentor and the internship gave me the opportunity to coach rowers of all abilities, learning how to meet and solve different challenges in their development with the pressure of ensuring the continued success of the Hartpury rowing programme. I don’t think I would have got my role with Welsh Rowing had I not been able to show the theoretical skills I gained from my Masters as well as the practical experience I had from my coaching internship at Hartpury.

Tim Bell
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What I do:
I’ve just taken on a new role as the Takoradi head coach. My job is to manage this new satellite academy, which discovers and nurtures young footballers through education, sport and character development so they become role models within football and for other young people in Ghana. As well as scouting for new kids, I have written the technical football curriculum, which aims to nurture the children’s ability on and off the pitch.

How Hartpury helped to get me there:
I combined my studies with coaching and eventually accepted a full-time role as Hartpury’s senior football coach and Elite Sport support officer. I combined this with a performance lifestyle assistant role, where I worked with individual student athletes. The opportunity to study and coach in the elite sports programmes enabled me to learn from the best and I supported my development through coach education courses and networking. The invaluable experience and contacts I made undoubtedly led to me securing my current role.

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