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This programme engages coaches and teachers in the process of applying theory to their practice and aims to develop reflective practitioners with the ability to effectively manage pedagogic problems. It offers a unique opportunity for professional and career development, focusing on applied and experiential learning within a community of practice. 

​Course Content​​

The MSc Sport Coaching and Pedagogy is a programme within the School of Sport & Health Sciences Postgraduate Scheme in Sports Studies (modular). Three exit points exist from the course; Certificate (successful completion of three core modules), Postgraduate Diploma (completion of four core and two option modules), MSc (completion of taught modules and dissertation).

Core modules: 

  • Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Theory and Practice 
  • Research Methods for Sport Studies 
  • Developing Pedagogic Practice 
  • Managing Pedagogic Problems
  • Understanding the Sporting Environment 
  • Dissertation Project (12000 words written equivalent and a viva voce)​

One Option Module chosen from:​

  • Changing Practices in Sport and Physical Culture 
  • Confronting Social Issues through Sporting Narratives 
  • Independent Study​
  • Sport and Morality 
  • Applied Biomechanics 
  • Physiology of Sports Performance
  • Biomechanics of Sport Performance 
  • Leadership and Influencing Skills
  • Sport Psychology Theory to Practice
  • Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application
  • Policy, Pedagogy and Practices of Physical Education Cultures
  • Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes 

Learning & Teaching​

​All modules, with the exception of the Dissertation Project are 20 credit modules. Timetabled teaching for these taught modules equates to a minimum of 30 hours, supplemented by 170 additional learning hours made up of directed tasks and independent study time. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and interactive seminars that use a variety of teaching and learning approaches including Reflective Practice, Action Research, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Ethnography and Ethno-Drama. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is also the Programme Director of the course. 


All module assessment is based on 5,000 word assignments or equivalent. Presentations are also assessed in some of the core and optional modules.

Employability & Careers​

Students from this course have developed careers in sport coaching, teaching, sport science support, further and higher education, and sports development. The programme also provides an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to the taught doctorate in Sport Coaching, MPhil/PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

Visit the Sport Coaching and Pedagogy - MSc/PgD/PgC page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!





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