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Sport Science and Performance Coaching - MSc


Solent University School of Sport, Health and Social Science

Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

Do you want to further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development? Solent’s sport science and performance coaching master’s degree has been designed in partnership with industry experts to help equip students with skills, experience and knowledge precisely tailored to industry requirements.

Built on a successful and popular undergraduate programme, this high-level master’s degree helps to prepare students for a career in the sports industry by delivering hands-on professional skills and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to coaching.

During the course, students will explore key areas such as talent identification, long-term athlete development, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, peak performance, technical and tactical development, marginal gains, social

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Entry Requirements

Honours degree at 2:1 or above.

Acceptance is also subject to successful interview.

Admissions will consider applicants who do not have a degree at 2:1 or above, but can provide evidence of relevant work experience.

All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Student Profile(s)

Ben Rosen, graduate – head of strength and conditioning, Southampton FC

As somebody who works every day in the industry of professional sport science support, the MSc looks set to become integral in bridging the gap between undergraduate degree and full time work in professional sport. With the focus being so applied in its approach, this MSc really stands alone amongst the vast amount of sport science related post graduate degrees.


Ali Mohammadi Rad, student and high performance S&C coach

Although I have many years of experience as a coach and an athlete, this course has helped me to view my world of sport in a different way. I found it very interesting, learning a lot about psychology and how it relates to athletic development and coaching. I am also learning to think critically about other people's opinions in the field of sport. I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about expanding their knowledge in this chosen academic area.


Tom Clark, student and Motorsport sport scientist

Although my undergraduate study had been an enjoyable experience, the MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance encourages further learning, but also, to diversify and apply new found knowledge to high level sporting scenarios that really interest me. This, along with great teaching by hugely knowledgeable lecturers and well-structured units which can be applied to any sporting area of interest, makes the course very enjoyable as well as challenging.


Tom Daniel, Student and sport science intern at QPR

I chose this MSc course over others because I wanted to be able to effectively apply my knowledge to a professional environment, and the course has certainly delivered. It has a superb balance of both theoretical and practical application of contemporary subjects within the Sports Coaching and Sports Science industries, and ensures an interdisciplinary approach is understood and reinforced by its students. I certainly feel that it has given me the best chance of success in future employment and development.


Yiannis Fleming, Student and tennis coach

Having previously studied BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development, I'm now undertaking a masters that is allowing me to garnish a broader understanding of coaching at an elite level. Additionally, I believe that this has further developed my appreciation of the sports industry in general. With the help of knowledgeable and experienced lecturers, I have been able to critique past and present literature, and introduce my own opinions on how various coaching theories and styles could be further improved.


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