Sports Coaching

1 Year
September 2024
In Person

Sports Coaching places you at the forefront of coaching practice. Apply your skills and experience to real world contexts across the UK and abroad.

Why study with us

  • You can either study on Campus one day per week or take a more flexible approach and study online with the support of a tutor and online resources.
  • Learn about life in the sports industry through guest lectures - representatives from Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club are just some of our speakers.
  • The course team have a wealth of experience both within academia and in the sports industry and you’ll be taught by academics who are actively researching and publishing.

What you'll do

  • Engage with professional sports clubs, local authorities, international sports agencies and national governing bodies.
  • Build your portfolio of current practice, coach reports, case study reports, debates, critical reflections and presentations.
  • There are no examinations on this course, as our assessments are relevant to the coaching sector.


Course delivery

We provide a highly flexible and personalised approach to studying for a Master’s degree. This means that you can attend the workshops either on-site or online via live stream. The below percentages are an average split for students on this course.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Cliff Olsson
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Cliff teaches and leads across a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sports Coaching. His area of expertise is in coaching pedagogy, coach development and sport and international development. Cliff's draws upon a wide range of experience in the f…

Dr Craig Wright
Senior lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Analysis
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Craig is responsible for the academic management and development of the MSc Sports Coaching. His teaching and practitioner focus is in applied sports coaching and coaching science. This includes performance analysis, performance assessment, applied coaching practice and physical …

The School has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to speak on this course.

This represents a valuable opportunity for you to meet potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry. Guest lectures have been delivered by representatives of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Lancashire Football Association, The Rugby Football League and Preston City Council.

The MSc Sports Coaching course also benefits from a number of unique opportunities. Within the School there are strong links with the University’s Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP). The School is also responsible for the delivery of the  PGDip in Elite Coaching  (UKCC Level 4 Coach Education: Pentium Group). As both ICAP and PGDip are central to the School, there are a number of opportunities to share current research and practice from within the elite coaching environment.

Future careers

Our graduates have gone on to gain positions within the public, private or voluntary sector of sport in a range of coach, coach development, coach education, coach mentoring, management and academic roles.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

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Graduate testimonial

The sports facilities, such as the UCLan Sports Arena, were eye catching for someone viewing the campus. I knew instantly I wanted to complete my degree at UCLan.”
Cameron Westmorland
Academy Analyst, Carlisle United F.C.
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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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