Sport Coaching MSc (Dubai)

Start date
January and September 2022
MSc ā€“ 2 years part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught

January 2022
Annual tuition fee is AED 44,175 for part-time study

September 2022
Annual tuition fee is AED 49,951 for part-time study 

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Our part-time MSc Sport Coaching course is a unique development in the field of sport coaching in seeking to develop high-quality coaches in a research active environment. There is Accredited Prior Learning for postgraduate degrees (eg, PGCE).

Subject to Ministry of Education Accreditation

The distinctiveness and knowledge that you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform the future direction of sport at all levels and impact participation and performance by challenging current practices.

By taking this programme you will develop the skills to critically evaluate new developments/theory and integrate this knowledge, where appropriate, into your own personal coaching practice.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself as a lifelong learner, understanding the importance of learning and the theory behind coaching practice, and the development of performance and expertise.

This programme draws upon an innovative blend of high-quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the coaching field. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

The modules directly inspired my final year project, which for me was the highlight of the course. I was given a tremendous amount of freedom, support, and encouragement from my tutor to pursue a topic of my own choice and it was incredibly rewarding to produce an original piece of academic writing at the end of it which Iā€™m really proud of.

Alexander Sobolewski, MSc Sport Coaching alumnus (UK campus student)

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Topics covered during the course will include: player/athlete development, mechanisms for coach professional learning, digital technologies, models-based practice (including models such as Cooperative Learning, Sport Education and Teaching Games for Understanding), and contemporary social and political issues for youth sport. In addition, modules will address research methods to prepare students for conducting fieldwork for their dissertation.

Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

This module will develop your research skills within the broad area of sport. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in the field. Through this module you will gain an in depth understanding of coaches as research-led practitioner’s. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.

Delivery: Online (Year 1, Semester 1)

Advanced Pedagogies

This module examines key aspects of coaching practice through the theoretical lens of ‘pedagogy’. In particular, it focusses on ‘advanced pedagogies’ which frames practice in 3 areas: knowledge in context; diverse learners and learning; and career-long professional enquiry.

Delivery: On Campus (Year 1, Semester 2)

Player and Participant Development

This module develops the theory and applied practice in the coaching and participation process. Drop out and issues of sports ‘membership’ will be analysed from the viewpoint of participants, coaches and sports administrators. The theory and application of sport science in assisting and improving coaching methodology will also be covered including areas such as motor learning, biomechanics and psychology.

Delivery: Online (Year 1, Semester 2)

Innovation in Professional Development

The aim of the module is to allow participants to evaluate current personal and professional development within the context of their professional role. It seeks to progress and enhance critically reflective skills through linking theory with practice, and developing informed strategies to support own and others’ professional development and learning within the workplace. Drawing from contemporary adult learning theories, the module will address the challenges of professional learning in multiple contexts, and the need to think more critically (and creatively) in supporting learner development.

Delivery: On Campus (Year 1, Semester 1)

Wellbeing in Education Based Settings

This module offers an introduction to the theory and research behind wellbeing in education-based settings. The module will examine interventions in sports clubs, in higher education, and in broader educational contexts (e.g. sport). It will explore the broader policy context(s) and interface between education policy and practice through exploring: the changing roles of coaches; professional responsibilities and expectations in different education contexts; identification of need and help-seeking behaviours of athletes; the support structures in sports organisations; wellbeing and harm prevention; mental health and wellbeing strategies; and the range of interventions within different settings. The module will have an interdisciplinary and international focus

 Delivery: On Campus (Year 2, Semester 1)

Digital Practice in Sport, Exercise and Health

In this module, students will examine: the professional learning needs of practitioners using digital technologies, the ethical implications presented by digital technologies, the applications of digital technologies in sport, exercise and health contexts, and the outcomes associated with digital technologies in sport, exercise and health. During this module, students will review existing evidence on the digital technologies relevant to their sport, exercise and health context to identify the professional learning needs of practitioners to use and apply digital technologies

Delivery: Online (Year 2, Semester 2)


In this module you will integrate the areas covered in the taught modules within the programme. You will propose a research project, submit ethics, undertake and write up a piece of academic empirically based research relevant to your area of practice and interests in coaching.

Delivery: Blended (Year 2, Semesters 1, 2 & 3)


January 2022
The annual tuition fee is AED 44,175 for part-time study (Overall programme tuition fee AED 88,350)

September 2022
The annual tuition fee is AED 49,951 for part-time study 

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

Applicants will normally require a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience. 

You will be required to be a qualified coach with an award recognised by their national governing body, normally at Level 2 of the UKCC or its equivalent. You will also be expected to regularly coach a minimum of three hours per week whilst on the programme.

We also encourage applications from coaches who do not have prior experience of higher education as well as those with first degrees. 

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International Requirements

International Students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less that 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: Academic 64 with no less than 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

On this programme you will learn through an innovative method of blended delivery using both high quality online platforms and campus based teaching. This blended approach supports self-directed learning, allowing students to combine full time work with access to a world-leading postgraduate programme of study.

The time spent in the university is dedicated to personalised learning to ensure that students have maximum and positive learning experiences throughout the programme. Each student is assigned a personal tutor, and this role ensures that students are further supported in their academic studies.

During the course you will learn from leading academics at the University of Birmingham and international academics/practitioners in the field of sport coaching. The uniqueness of this course is that you are taught by experts in key topic areas, and regardless of geographical location, you can engage with academics who are at the forefront of current research and practice in sport coaching.

The topics covered during the programme are broad, and designed in a way to allow you to specialise and develop a level of expertise in key areas. Topics include, player/participant development, digital technologies in practice, professional development/learning, models-based practice, leadership and talent development. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

In the video above MSc Sport Coaching students give their perspective

In the video above a Distance Learning student gives his perspective

The course is aimed at students actively coaching in a variety of contexts (e.g. voluntary, development, performance). Students who are coaching have found that not only is their practice strengthened, but also their leadership skills, and many have progressed into leadership roles following completion of this degree.