Elite Performance MProf

Elite Performance MProf

School of Sport and Wellbeing


Post- graduate





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Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One Year; Part-time: Two years

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  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    Four intakes a year: September, December, March and June.

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Why study this programme?

The Professional Masters in Elite Performance (MProf) is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focussed award to a broad range of professionals, including, but not limited to, coaches (in sport and business), scientists in support roles, medical/paramedical practitioners, military and other structured service providers, and all those involved in the performing arts. The MProf provides an opportunity for those working in elite performance to complete a programme of study focused on career-based needs and aspirations.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MProf Elite Performance programme, students should normally meet or exceed the following criteria:

Provide evidence of the intellectual capacity for study, through for example:

  1. Holding an approved undergraduate degree in a subject relevant to the proposed performance domain.
  2. Evidence for having undertaken or holding an equivalent and relevant professional qualification
  3. Demonstrate the generation of professional development materials or other knowledge transfer resources.

Provide evidence of a significant experiential profile in the performance domain, through for example:

  1. Holding a position or role in the promotion of elite performance for at least two years
  2. An appointment or professional position in the domain held for at least two years
  3. Professional qualifications in the domain at a high level

Provide evidence of the capacity to develop and deploy a significant contribution to the performance domain, through for example:

  1. A supporting reference from a high ranking official within the performance domain

The MProf Application Process involves the candidate making a formal application which should normally contain:

  1. A completed university postgraduate programme application form with supportive evidence of qualifications 
  2. An appropriate CV to detail your academic and professional experience
  3. Two references, including one from a high ranking official in your performance domain
  4. If relevant, evidence of competence in English Language to the above level

Programme at a Glance

Skills Review & Development (20 credits): This module is designed to enable you to formulate a detailed and contemporary personal development plan (PDP) based on your strengths and weaknesses, and consideration of your current professional environment.

Appreciation of Working Context (40 credits): This module enables you to complete discipline-based review of pertinent factors and theoretical constructs impacting on performance in your domain. This offers you a chance to explore the disciplinary underpinnings of performance development in your domain. This module compliments TL4116 by evaluating your own skills and that of your environment.

Research Methods & Design (20 credits): This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge, techniques and skills to critically appraise research and to undertake your own small project. In doing so it provides a theoretical framework upon which to base both practical and empirical approaches to research. The module is an essential pre-requisite to the dissertation.

Scientific Evolution of Working Practice (40 credits):
The module extends your critical reflection on the use of pertinent knowledge sources and interdisciplinary implications for one self-identified, pertinent aspect of the domain. Normally anticipating the topic for final dissertation module, you will develop a critical consideration of the “pros, cons and challenges” of a specific innovation.

Dissertation (60 credits):
The dissertation forms the second part of your programme of study. In satisfactorily completing the previous modules, you will design, conduct, analyse and interpret the results of a scientific investigation relevant to a particular aspect of your professional practice.

On completion of the course, students may progress to further study including PhD or DProf in Elite Performance.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

At the end of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An ability to critically analyse and synthesise the complexities associated with contemporary professional and disciplinary issues, the linkages between them and their application to performance contexts
  2. An ability to design and implement an appropriate programme of applied research
  3. An ability to present research in a form relevant to their professional context 

Teaching has to become more a matter of guidance and mentoring than a didactic transfer process. It is, therefore, rather closer in many respects to the relationship between supervisor and research student, than it is to that of lecturer and undergraduate student. The boundary between teaching and research blurs at this point.

(UKCGE, 2002, p29)

For an informal discussion on the programme, please contact the lead members of the course team as below (we will normally arrange a face-to-face meeting to explore issues at mutual convenience):

Course subject to change

This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Áine MacNamara, Course Leader – MProf. EP 
Greenbank Building Room 156
Skype: ainemacnamara

Dave Collins, Professor of Coaching & Performance 
Greenbank Building Room 156 
Telephone: +44 (0)7595 513540

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,000 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The approaches taken in the Programme reflect current thinking on this type of award.

Accordingly, the vast majority of student learning is achieved through the use of guided reading, with subsequent supported synthesis and discussion through formal (eg, with the personal tutor) and informal (eg, with peers) methods.

Learning will also be supported with the use of WebCT, and supplemented by a variety of other methods including small group discussion, presentations and data collection/analysis.

Data set analysis reports; academic reports and case studies; a personal development plan; a learning diary, and; the MProf dissertation.