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Coaching, Performance and Sport Leadership MSc

Start date
September
Duration
2 years part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
Fees

UK Students: £5,265 PT Only
International Students: £11,655 PT Only

 

Set in one of the major sport cities in the UK, the MSc Coaching, Performance and Sport Leadership course at Birmingham is a unique combination of theory and practice at the cutting edge of the profession.

On this course you will be part of a research-led community of individuals, passionate about sport, high performance, and health and wellbeing that seek to develop critical and practical understanding of research and evidence-informed practice in the context of sports leadership and management.

The strength of the course is that all assignments and the dissertation are located in your professional interests, so you can shape them to be relevant to your professional learning needs.

The course will strengthen your capabilities to lead on new directions in the field of sports leadership by engaging with leading and international practitioners and researchers.

Scholarships for 2024 entry

The University of Birmingham is proud to offer a range of scholarships for our postgraduate programmes. With a scholarship pot worth over £2 million, we are committed to alleviating financial barriers to support you in taking your next steps.

Each scholarship has its own specific deadlines and eligibility criteria. Please familiarise yourself with the information on individual scholarship webpages prior to submitting an application.

Explore our scholarships

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 I’m really proud of.

Alexander Sobolewski, MSc Sport Coaching alumnus

Why study this course?

  • Birmingham is a significant hub to study sport in the UK. Several national and international sport organisations are based in Birmingham and support the delivery of the course through external speakers, work placements and research.
  • Collaborate with communities passionate about sport, high performance and health and wellbeing both inside the University but also in Birmingham.
  • Outstanding employability opportunities - Our multidisciplinary environment provides valuable academic and employability skills leading to a wide range of careers. For coaching graduates, there are many opportunities in elite sport, public health, education, the fitness and leisure industry, governing bodies and sports promotion.
  • Relevant to your learning needs - our unique hybrid teaching/learning model fits around your professional commitments.

Modules

Please note: You will take 180 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Compulsory modules

  • Leading Self
  • Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • Leading Others
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Wellbeing in Educational Settings
  • Player/Participant Development
  • Innovation and Professional Development
  • Digital Practice in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Advanced Pedagogies


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Fees 2024/25

Code 024H: UK students: £5,265 PT
Code 024H: International Students: £11,655 PT

Birmingham Masters Scholarship

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2024-2025.

Find out more and apply now  

Postgraduate Progression Award

Our Postgraduate Progression Awards offer final year undergraduates at the University of Birmingham a fee discount of £1,500 for postgraduate taught study.

Find out more and apply now  

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

30 June 2024 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2025.

UK students

31 August 2024 is the application deadline for UK students. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2025.

Applications for 2024 entry are now open.

Making your application

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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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. 

International Requirements


On this course you will learn through an innovative method of blended delivery using both high quality online resources that are complemented with campus-based discussion time with academics. This blended approach supports self-directed learning and is capable of accommodating students in full time or part time employment, and/or students who may not be based in the UK. Each student will also be 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 therefore 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.

Assessment Methods

The strength of the course is that all assignments and the dissertation are located in your professional interests, so you can shape them to be relevant to your professional learning needs.

Studying Coaching, Performance and Sport Leadership at Birmingham will position you at the forefront of the profession. Our nationally and internationally relevant evidence-based course will support your continuing professional development needs and strengthen your capabilities to lead the field in new directions.