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MSc Performance Coaching (Online)

Earn a Masters in Sports Coaching by studying online at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and find the winning formula for your career advancement.

Performance Coaching (Online)

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Online
  • Accreditations Endorsed by UK Coaching

The first course of its kind in Scotland, this innovative online Masters gives experienced coaches the chance to improve their coaching skills through cutting-edge best practice and research. Our teaching is aligned with the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process and is endorsed by UK Coaching.

You’ll develop your critical analysis skills, improve your problem-solving abilities and learn innovative solutions to coaching problems. You’ll also learn modern best practice in coaching from case studies, peers and leading coaches. By the time you graduate, these skills will combine to ensure you can critically reflect on decisions, develop smart strategies and – most importantly – boost performance.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    Our Performance Coaching MSc is for experienced coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. It will develop your critical analysis and reflective practice skills, enhance your problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions for coaching problems.

    We’ll help you become a coach who can:

    • reflect and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance
    • critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
    • recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions
    • design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs
    • design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement
    • develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance
    Sport is in our DNA

    As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we’ve developed an international reputation for delivering sport courses that get results. We bring together leading academics to deliver high-quality teaching in a range of areas – with a primary focus on your future career prospects. We’re closely aligned with many sports bodies and have formal links with a growing number of organisations who can help to facilitate your learning. Our campus is also home to the National Tennis Centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a golf course and a host of other five-star sports facilities.

  • Professional accreditations

    This course is endorsed by UK Coaching and is aligned with the UKCC level 4 certification process.

  • Flexible learning

    The Postgraduate Certificate consists of three modules and the Postgraduate Diploma has six modules.

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. You must also have five years' appropriate work experience in coaching, and evidence of successful completion of sport-specific coaching qualifications is expected.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Boost your skills, grow your network and redefine your career in coaching with this specialist online course.

You must successfully complete six taught modules and an applied coaching project for the award of the MSc. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma you must successfully complete all the taught modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate you must successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    This online Masters degree is designed to be flexible and fit with your professional and personal commitments. You’ll learn through online lectures and seminars, guided independent study and professional practice experiences delivered through the University’s virtual learning platform. Individual tutorials via Skype are available for providing feedback and for supervision of coursework and the Applied Coaching Project.

  • Assessment

    Module outlines include details of specific content and assessments. All assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,000 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £10,280 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £4,700

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £4,700

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Typically, coaches who apply for this Masters in sports coaching will already be employed in performance sport. We anticipate graduates from the course will fulfil roles at the very top level of their sport.

  • We've helped coaches everywhere boost their skills and advance their careers
  • Our alignment with UK Coaching places your qualification within a recognised professional framework
  • Grow your network of professional connections as you study
  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey, 2015/16)
I never considered I would have so much in common with a football or a triathlon coach and we can bounce ideas off one another and compare methods.
Lesley McKenna
MSc Performance Coaching
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