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Sport Coaching Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC

This Master's degree in Sport Coaching engages coaches and teachers in the process of applying theory to their practice and aims to develop reflective practitioners with the ability to effectively manage pedagogic problems. It offers a unique opportunity for professional and career development, focusing on applied and experiential learning within a community of practice.

​Course Content​​

The MSc Sport Coaching is a programme within the School of Sport & Health Sciences Postgraduate Scheme in Sports Studies (modular). Three exit points exist from the course; Certificate (successful completion of three core modules), Postgraduate Diploma (completion of five core and one option modules), MSc (completion of taught modules and dissertation).

Core modules:
• Deconstructing Sports Coaching Practice through Theory 
• Reconstructing Sports Coaching Practice through Theory 
• Managing Coaching Problems 
• Understanding the Micro-political Landscape in sport 
• Research Methods for Sport 
• Dissertation Project (12000 words written equivalent)

One Option Module chosen from:
• Critical Study of Sport Coaching 
• Sustainable Practice in Sport and Physical Culture
• Social Issues and Sporting Legacies
• Independent Study

Learning & Teaching​

​All modules, with the exception of the Dissertation Project are 20 credit modules. Timetabled teaching for these taught modules equates to a minimum of 30 hours, supplemented by 170 additional learning hours made up of directed tasks and independent study time. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and interactive seminars that use a variety of teaching and learning approaches including Reflective Practice, Action Research, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Ethnography and Ethno-Drama. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is also the Programme Director of the course.


All module assessment is based on 5,000 word assignments or equivalent. Presentations are also assessed in some of the core and optional modules.

Employability & Careers​

Students from this course have developed careers in sport coaching, teaching, sport science support, further and higher education, and sports development. The programme also provides an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to the taught doctorate in Sport Coaching, MPhil/PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in a related subject area together with appropriate teaching/coaching experience.

Non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their age and relevant coaching experience will also be considered.

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, curriculum vitae and an interview.​ If your application status has been updated to 'Interview Invitation' on self-service, please click here.

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

Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

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, Sofia Santos:
Tel: 029 2041 5540

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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

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