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The first course of its kind in Scotland, this innovative online Masters gives experienced coaches the chance to improve their coaching skills through cutting-edge best practice and research. Our teaching is aligned with the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process and is endorsed by UK Coaching.

You’ll develop your critical analysis skills, improve your problem-solving abilities and learn innovative solutions to coaching problems. You’ll also learn modern best practice in coaching from case studies, peers and leading coaches. By the time you graduate, these skills will combine to ensure you can critically reflect on decisions, develop smart strategies and – most importantly – boost performance.

Course objectives

Our Performance Coaching MSc is for experienced coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. It will develop your critical analysis and reflective practice skills, enhance your problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions for coaching problems.

We’ll help you become a coach who can:

  • reflect and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance
  • critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions
  • design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs
  • design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement
  • develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance

Sport is in our DNA

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we’ve developed an international reputation for delivering sport courses that get results. We bring together leading academics to deliver high-quality teaching in a range of areas – with a primary focus on your future career prospects. We’re closely aligned with many sports bodies and have formal links with a growing number of organisations who can help to facilitate your learning. Our campus is also home to the National Tennis Centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a golf course and a host of other five-star sports facilities.

Professional accreditations

This course is endorsed by UK Coaching and is aligned with the UKCC level 4 certification process.

Flexible learning

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of three modules and the Postgraduate Diploma has six modules.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email  to discuss your course of study.

After you graduate

Typically, coaches who apply for this Masters in sports coaching will already be employed in performance sport. We anticipate graduates from the course will fulfil roles at the very top level of their sport.

  • We've helped coaches everywhere boost their skills and advance their careers
  • Our alignment with UK Coaching places your qualification within a recognised professional framework
  • Grow your network of professional connections as you study
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey, 2016/17)

Visit the Performance Coaching (online) MSc page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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