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Sport Coaching (MSc/Diploma/Certificate)

Course Description

This programme supports the continuing professional development of sports coaches and those working in closely related fields.

MSc: 12 months full-time, minimum 24 months part-time

Diploma: 8 months full-time, minimum 20 months part-time – some distance learning

PG Certificate: 6 months full-time, 8 months part-time

With three awards available, we look to offer a flexible programme of professional development. Core modules focus on the development of professional practice and knowledge for both coaches and coach tutor / educators. More specialist modules in the areas of psychology, physiology and biomechanics, as well as practitioner research and individual projects, are offered for the full masters degree.

A coaching placement opportunity is offered on the full-time programme. The programme is most suitable for experienced coaches from a development or performance domain, or those who work in coach education.

Core study areas include the learning coach, the coaching process: concepts and applications, psychology of sports coaching, physiology of sport for coaches, the coaching process: pedagogy and practice, coach development and mentoring, practitioner research, sports biomechanics for coaches, and a research project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/sport-coaching/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
Semester 1
- The Learning Coach
- The Coaching Process: Concepts and Applications
- Psychology of Sports Coaching
- Physiology of Sport for Coaches

Semester 2
- The Coaching Process: Pedagogy and Practice
- Coach Development and Mentoring*
- Practitioner Research
- Sports Biomechanics for Coaches

*Available as a stand-alone short course

- Research Project


Coursework and a project thesis of 16,000-20,000 words.

Careers and further study

Typical destinations include working as a coach and as a coach educator, teaching in higher education, athlete support within the English Institute of Sport, and PhD research.

Why choose sport, exercise and health sciences at Loughborough?

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world.

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment in which to study.

- Research
Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes: Performance in sport, Lifestyle for health and well-being, and Participation in sport and exercise.

- Career prospects
Over 92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as APR Psychology, Adidas, BUPA, Badminton England, British Red Cross, Ministry of Education, KPGM, Lucozade, NHS, Nuffield Health and Youth Sport Trust.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/sport-coaching/

Visit the Sport Coaching (MSc/Diploma/Certificate) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Upper second class (2:1) to lower second class (2:2) honours degree or equivalent.

Course Fees

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