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Performance Analysis in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is world leading in terms of academic and applied perspectives. The School has offered post-graduate study in Performance Analysis since the first ever Masters in Performance Analysis was developed in 2003. The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences has a unique Centre of Performance Analysis boasting high-spec teaching and practical based laboratories with a multitude of world-leading software and resources available. The School has developed two new pathways designed to reflect recent developments within sport performance analysis.
The programme combines academic, practical and research based skills to allow you to develop in your chosen area. Students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in either Applied or Analytics. The Applied pathway prepares skilled practitioners with sound scientific principles to base their work and develop their understanding of the theory behind the analysis. The Analytics pathway combines data science skills and knowledge of sport with performance analysis theory.
The school also offers a MSc Professional Practice (Sport Performance Analysis) programme, that allows those with relevant experience to engage with a learning whilst in work or on a studentship. Refer to the MSc Professional Practice for further details.
The Sport Performance Analysis programme is delivered in the purpose built Performance Analysis Laboratories, which boast a breadth of software for both observational, technique and data based analysis on both the windows and mac operating systems. The Professional Practice programme is designed to be studied in the professional working environment, so access to relevant analysis resources will be dependent on placement.
All modules, with the exception of independent research project (Dissertation) and Professional Placement (only applicable to students enrolled on MSc Professional Practice) are 20 credit modules. Timetabled delivery for each module equates to approximately 3 hours a week, supplemented with up to 6 hours of directed study time and up to 6 hours of independent study time each week. Contact time is normally made up of lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type and interactive seminar where group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Students are expected to attend lectures and engage in directed study tasks relevant to each module. All modules are supported by the University's online learning platform, where supplementary learning resources and information will be available. All students are supported with access to a personal tutor, who is normally the Programme Director. Where logistically possible the majority of lectures are scheduled on Mondays, however depending on module selection this may not be possible.
MSc Professional Practice students will also be supported by a work-based and academic mentor throughout the duration of the Professional Placement module.
With the exception of independent research project (Dissertation) and Professional Placement (only applicable to students enrolled on MSc Professional Practice) all modules assessments are based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give the student opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice in the most relevant manner, and include coursework based essays, practical presentations, production of resources to highlight analysis, reports and critical reviews.
The independent research project (dissertation) can be presented either as a traditional 12,000-word thesis or in the format of a journal article, and will be defended by an oral examination (viva).
Many graduates of performance analysis from Cardiff Met are working within the field of performance analysis. Due to the demands of National Governing Bodies, satellite and terrestrial TV companies, soccer clubs, rugby clubs, Welsh Institute of Sport, the English Institutes (regional centres) of Sport there has been an increase in the range of career opportunities in the field of sport performance analysis. This programme prepares students for a range of analysis careers in the sports industry, particularly work which takes place with elite performers.
Visit the Sport Performance Analysis - MSc/PgD/PgC page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!
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