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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
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The MSc Sports Coaching programme is designed to take your coaching skills to the next level. Delivered by experienced lecturers and industry professionals, the course provides a strong theoretical foundation combined with practical applications. Whether you're a recent graduate or already working in high-performance sport, this programme offers the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and expertise in a supportive academic environment. You'll have the flexibility to study full-time or part-time, allowing you to balance your existing commitments. With a focus on research and real-world practice, you'll have the chance to contribute new knowledge to the field. Entry requirements are flexible, considering relevant qualifications and work experience.

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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Student Profile

Greg Atkin

Greg studied MSc Sports Coaching at Hartpury and is now an Academy Coach at Welsh Rowing. He looks after new rowers that have been identified and tested through the GB Rowing Start programme.

"While looking after the new rowers, I get to work on and developing 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. He works 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.

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."

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