Sport Coaching Postgraduate Diploma/MSc

Start date
September
Duration
MSc – 2 years part time; Postgraduate Diploma – 2 years part time (opportunity to complete MSc in year 3)
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
Fees
£4,625 PT (Home/EU students)
£9,225 PT (International Students)
More detail

Our part-time Sport Coaching MSc is a unique development in the field of sport coaching in how it seeks to develop high-quality coaches in a research active environment.

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 to impact upon participation and performance by challenging current practices.

International students: Please check your visa requirements before applying as most of the sessions in this programme are delivered online via distance learning.

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 also development of performance and expertise.

This programme is an innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the programme fields. 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. 

Like many others I was instantly sold on the University simply by the aesthetics of the campus. It just so happened that the course fit perfectly with what I wanted to learn, allowed me to gain work experience and has truly lived up to the reputation of the University

Jake Stanley

Modules

The postgraduate diploma consists of 6 taught modules that are taken part-time over two years. In each year of the postgraduate diploma you will take three modules. Should you transfer to the MSc you will also complete a dissertation in a third year. The modules are briefly outlined below.

Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

This module will develop your research skills within the areas of sport and physical activity. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment.

Through this module you will gain an in depth understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment which will allow you to develop as a research-led practitioner. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.

Delivery: Face to face or online

Advanced Pedagogies

This module examines key aspects of physical education 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.

Delivered on-line

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.

Module dates:

  • 31 October 2019

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.

Module dates:
The module is delivered online. Learning and teaching will be hosted by evening webinars and all sessions are recorded on Panopto, the University of Birmingham’s video platform and published on the integrated virtual learning environment ‘Canvas’. Other support will be available through the on line discussion groups and individual tutorials.

Applied Professional Practice in Coaching

In this module you will work on a real-life case study from your own coaching. You will be expected to draw upon knowledge and skills gained in the other modules to create a fully considered and justified player or team development plan based upon a clear rationale and needs analysis. As part of this you will be expected to integrate theory into practice in the development of the player or team. You will then implement your plan to demonstrate the competency that you have achieved in applying appropriate theory into practice and the evaluation of and impact of decisions made.

Module dates:
This module is delivered online. A series of interactive webinars will be held and these will be scheduled at the start of the academic year in negotiation with the cohort of students.

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

Delivered on-line

Dissertation  (after successful transfer to MSc)

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.

Fees

Fees 2020

  Home/EU International 
  Part time only Part time only
(MSc) Sport coaching £4,625 £9,225 - (For PGA professionals the International fee is equal to the Home/EU fee)
(PGDip) Sport coaching £3,083  £9,225

The fees shown above are annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2020. The total Home/EU fee for the MSc is £9,249 which is split over either 2 (£4,625 pa) or 3 (£3,083 pa) years depending upon the intensity of study. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation. 

When attending the taught sessions on the University’s Edgbaston campus, students will be required to book and pay for their own food and accommodation.   

Fees Overseas

Please view our Fees for International Students page for further details. 

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk.  


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

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How To Apply

International students requiring visas

Please check your visa requirements before applying as most of the sessions in this programme are delivered online via distance learning.

Monday 1 July 2019 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 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry by 20 September 2019.

Making your application

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. 

Find our more about postgraduate entry requirements

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 than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • 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): Academic 51 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 resources that are complemented with face to face discussion time with academics. Most of the course material is delivered online, through videos, webinars, and applied tasks. A small amount of time is spent at the university. 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. The time spent in the university is dedicated to personalised learning to ensure that students have maximum and positive learning experiences during the programme. Each student will also be assigned as 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.

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