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MSc Sports Performance Analysis

Course Description

This programme of study is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sports Performance Analysis. The MSc Sports Performance Analysis programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully pursue a career in the area of Sports Performance Analysis. The processes and theories underpinning performance analysis are explored, together with key practical competencies, all delivered in conjunction with a dedicated, intensive work placement offering invaluable industry relevant experience.

Course content

The MSc in Sport Performance Analysis will help towards accreditation from International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). The course is aligned to some of the key benchmarks for accreditation, and fulfils the initial requirements if the graduate would like to apply for accreditation.

Format and assessment

All students are required to complete modules in their chosen pathway (one as an elective) plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and a research dissertation.

Modules currently available are:

◦​Advances in Performance Analysis of Sport
◦Applied Performance Analysis
◦Work Placement
◦Research Methods & Statistics I
◦Research Methods & Statistics II
◦Research Dissertation

In addition, all students have the option of an elective module from:

◦Applied Techniques in Biomechanics
◦Motor Learning & Control
◦Independent Study

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete six modules, and either a 12,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article and an oral presentation.

We use a broad range of assessments, which are also novel and vocational to help enhance key employability skills i.e. job application, job interview, CPD portfolio, scout reports, and oral presentations, as well as scientific reports and independent research projects.

Work placements

The course includes an extensive work placement module involving work related learning and the development of skills specific to the world of commercial sports performance analysis. You will be involved within an elite, semi-professional or professional sports setting through organisations connected with the University, or even one of your choice providing an agreement is arranged. Through the departments' consultancy work, there is opportunity to work with a variety of clubs from various sports. This placement has ranged from a variety of sports over the years including football, rugby, cricket, basketball and netball.

Previous students have worked with the following clubs and franchises:
◦AFC Bournemouth
◦Surrey Cricket
◦Surrey United Basketball
◦Southampton FC
◦Brighton and Hove
◦London Scottish
◦and many more...

The work placement module provides a platform for students to get involved in performance analysis in a real world situation, working closely with coaches, players, strength and conditioning coaches, physios and management support team. Students are expected to utilise this opportunity to practise skills learned in the university and use innovative ideas to provide the teams with advanced analysis services.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


◦Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
◦Sports hall
◦110m synthetic athletics track
◦Modern fitness suite
◦Strength and conditioning room
◦Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
◦Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
◦Grass football and rugby pitches
◦Outdoor netball and tennis court
◦Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
◦Two seminar rooms
◦Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

◦Four dedicated psychology labs
◦Two dedicated biomechanics labs
◦Five dedicated physiology labs
◦An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
◦A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level. Some of our graduates have gone on to secure jobs with England Netball, Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Brighton FC, Bristol City FC, London Scottish RFC, Surrey County Cricket Club, amongst others.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Visit the MSc Sports Performance Analysis page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree (2:1) in a related area (e.g. Sport Science, Sport Studies, Human Movement Science) with a high proportion of study in Performance Analysis related modules.It is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard academic requirements, but may still be desirable course members with other appropriate skills and knowledge.In such cases the applicant may apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). To check the suitability of your degree contact Matt Robins on . All successful applicants will have to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced DBS.

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