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Course content

The MSc Sports Coaching degree is the new programme developed to support the strategic objectives outlined in the UK Coaching Framework. Sports Coach UK have provided the strategy for the UK to be considered the number one coaching system in the World by 2016. Our challenge is to support this and produce postgraduates with a high degree of knowledge and understanding so that they can challenge and innovate their own coaching practice. This will require knowledge of leadership, communication, pedagogy, allied sport sciences and relevant management principles. Students will be afforded the opportunity to work in an environment relevant to their developmental needs.

Our sports coaching programme is designed to provide students with the skills, experiences and networks that will establish our graduates at the forefront of coaching practice. The programme is rooted in applied practice by linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts across professional and amateur sport both in the UK and abroad.


Philosophy to Practice: This module examines the effects of our values and beliefs and how these translate into specific behaviours. Factors that influence self-awareness will be discussed in relation to personal philosophy and coaching behaviours. The module will also focus on leadership behaviour as well as communication and pedagogical tools for effective leadership. A key focus of this module will also be critical self-awareness theory and personal, professional development planning. Students will be allocated a mentor to support with this process.

Coaching Contemporary Practice focuses on the mechanics of session design right through to the consideration of global periodised training systems. This is placed within the context of skill development. Moreover, talent recruitment and development form a significant proportion of the module, as well as effective planning and Delivery. The module will also explore coaching pedagogical issues relating to engagement and inclusion of individuals within teaching and coaching environments.

Analysis of Coaching and Performance provides a focus on performance analysis. This is referring not only to the performer that you are working with, but also personal performance as a coach/leader/manager. Such factors as interpersonal skills will be deconstructed and evaluated in relation to effective practice. The main focus however will be to critically review the industry standard equipment used for analysis of performance. Issues of the link between analysis and intervention planning will be explored.

This information can then be placed into context while students develop their own area of research interest while being supported though the research methods module. This will culminate in a Masters dissertation.


The full-time MSc in Sports Coaching course is a twelve month programme comprising of three parts. The first two parts are the taught element (running in semester 1: September to January and Semester 2: January to April) and the final part is the research element (Master Dissertation running May till August). The taught element focuses on key aspects of sports coaching, where students are required to complete a reflective profile of evidence regarding personal and professional development. For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a twelve-month period starting at the end of September. Part-time students will normally attend on a half a day per week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the programme, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Sports Coaching.

Students wishing to complete the MSc in Sports Coaching must complete the research element. The research element culminates with a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the four months (May-August) that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students will complete at the end of their second year (May-August) or during a third year of study (as required).

Visit the Sports Coaching - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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