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Sports Development and Coaching MSc

Course Description

The course is rooted in an appreciation of the fact that it is almost impossible to understand society without first understanding the place of sport. As our Chancellor, James Nesbitt, noted at a recent honorary degree ceremony for Sir Alex Ferguson, "sport matters". For example, sport plays a central role in identity construction and it is a socially constructed phenomenon that is embedded in the very fabric of cultures. It is also increasingly associated with issues like poverty, labor migration, crime, development, gender and social inequalities as well as being seen increasingly as a tool to address these.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/sports-development-and-coaching-8993

Course detail

- Description -

The programme is delivered by an interdisciplinary team with experience of working in the highest echelons of sports development and coaching, and with considerable research expertise in the social sciences of sport. The programme has attracted many students from leading governing bodies and development agencies and several graduates have gone on to progress in their career as a result of pursuing this course. It has attracted students from across the island of Ireland and the UK, with many coming from diverse backgrounds (community sport, disability sport, elite sport etc). This eclectic mix allows for the transfer of knowledge and an enhanced understanding of best practice.

- Purpose -

The programme is designed to:

• enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the myriad facets of sports development and coaching and how ideas and policies can be effectively implemented;

• develop in students the ability to understand the ways in which professional practice in sports development and/or sports coaching can be informed by a social scientific understanding of sport;

• provide opportunities for students to enhance their abilities in a range of transferable skills required in the fields of sports development and coaching;

• produce graduates who have gained experience of an in-depth, independent investigation of current issues in sports development and/or coaching using appropriate research methodology, and;

• produce graduates who can demonstrate increased capacity for understanding and evaluating the concepts, complexities and current issues in sports development and coaching.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Classes are taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials and online delivery. Assessment is by means of assignments, group tasks and presentations.

Career options

The specialist knowledge and transferable skills provided on this programme have enhanced opportunities for obtaining employment in the sports development, sports coaching and related sectors.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) statistics provided by Ulster University's Careers Service show that a significant cohort of those students graduating from Ulster (with sports related undergraduate awards) go on to full-time employment in the broad field of sport and leisure. This Masters programme at the School of Sport continues this excellent track record of producing multi-skilled graduates who are attractive to a range of employers.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Sports Development and Coaching MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements: Minimum of a 2nd Class, Lower Distinction (2:2) at undergraduate degree level or equivalent in relevant academic discipline. Consideration will be given to applicatants who do not meet this but who can evidence appropriate prior learning (APL) or appropriate Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). English language entry requirements: View Website

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