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Sport Performance Analysis Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC


Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences, Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
One to two years full-time.
Two to four years part-time.

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses.
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Course Overview

With named pathways for:​

  • Applied (closed for 2020 entry)

  • ​​Analytics

Performance Analysis in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is world leading in terms of academic and applied perspectives. The School has offered post-graduate study in Performance Analysis since the first ever Masters in Performance Analysis was developed in 2003. The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences has a unique Centre of Performance Analysis boasting high-spec teaching and practical based laboratories with a multitude of world-leading software and resources available. The School has developed two new pathways designed to reflect recent developments within sport performance analysis.

The programme combines academic, practical and research based skills to allow you to develop in your chosen area. Students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in either Applied or Analytics. The Applied pathway prepares skilled practitioners with sound scientific principles to base their work and develop their understanding of the theory behind the analysis. The Analytics pathway combines data science skills and knowledge of sport with performance analysis theory.

The school also offers a MSc Professional Practice (Sport Performance Analysis) programme, that allows those with relevant experience to engage with a learning whilst in work or on a studentship. Refer to the MSc Professional Practice for further details.

Please note: Sport Performance Analysis (Applied Pathway) will not be accepting further applications for September 2020 entry. The next intake for this course will be for September 2021 entry.

​Course Content​​

The Sport Performance Analysis programme has three specific core modules that denote each pathway of study, common modules that are shared across both pathways, and one optional module slot.

Applied (closed for 2020) Analytics
Application of Analysis TechnologiesArtificial Intelligence
Supervised PlacementModelling Sports Performance
Reflective and Effective PracticeSoftware Engineering in Sport
Contemporary Research in Performance Analysis ​
Research Methods in Sport ​
Dissertation ​
One module from: One module from:
Modelling Sports PerformanceSupervised Placement
Applied BiomechanicsIndependent Study
Social Issues and Sporting Experiences 

These modules provide students with a balance of academic and experiential (Practical Labs) studies, which are focused through ensuring a comprehensive analysis of the research process.

Placement opportunities will assist towards accreditation from International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS).​

Learning & Teaching​

The Sport Performance Analysis programme is delivered in the purpose built Performance Analysis Laboratories, which boast a breadth of softw​are for both observational, technique and data based analysis on both the windows and mac operating systems. The Professional Practice programme is designed to be studied in the professional working environment, so access to relevant analysis resources will be dependent on placement.

All modules, with the exception of independent research project (Dissertation) and Professional Placement (only applicable to students enrolled on MSc Professional Practice) are 20 credit modules.  Timetabled delivery for each module equates to approximately 3 hours a week, supplemented with up to 6 hours of directed study time and up to 6 hours of independent study time each week. Contact time is normally made up of lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type and interactive seminar where group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Students are expected to attend lectures and engage in directed study tasks relevant to each module. All modules are supported by the University's online learning platform, where supplementary learning resources and information will be available. All students are supported with access to a personal tutor, who is normally the Programme Director. Where logistically possible the majority of lectures are scheduled on Mondays, however depending on module selection this may not be possible.

MSc Professional Practice students will also be supported by a work-based and academic mentor throughout the duration of the Professional Placement module.


​With the exception of independent research project (Dissertation) and Professional Placement (only applicable to students enrolled on MSc Professional Practice) all modules assessments are based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give the student opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice in the most relevant manner, and include coursework based essays, practical presentations, production of resources to highlight analysis, reports and critical reviews.

The independent research project (dissertation) can be presented either as a traditional 12,000-word thesis or in the format of a journal article, and will be defended by an oral examination (viva).

Employability & Careers​

Many graduates of performance analysis from Cardiff Met are working within the field of performance analysis. Due to the demands of National Governing Bodies, satellite and terrestrial TV companies, soccer clubs, rugby clubs, Welsh Institute of Sport, the English Institutes (regional centres) of Sport there has been an increase in the range of career opportunities in the field of sport performance analysis. This programme prepares students for a range of analysis careers in the sports industry, particularly work which takes place with elite performers.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a sport or mathematics related area are appropriate to the Programme Director
  • An honours degree (2:1 or above) in an alternative subject area that is acceptable by the Programme Director
  • Experience of study or provision of performance analysis.
  • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport, coaching or performance will also be considered.

For the MSc Professional Practice, applicants must also either have a relevant professional work placement organised or apply for a supported internship.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview. students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview. Applicants are usually invited to have an informal (skype or phone) conversation with the Programme Director before any offer is made.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Peter O'Donoghue:

: 029 2041 7255


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