MSc Sport Performance Coaching (Online)


Program Description

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

  1. This course is endorsed by UK Coaching and aligned with the UKCC Level 4 certification process.
  2. Study entirely online and fit your Master's coursework around your career.
  3. Forge industry connections at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

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.

Course details

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.


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 the supervision of coursework and the Applied Coaching Project.


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.

Course director

Dr Justine Allen
+44 (0) 1786 466474

Fees - 2020/2021

  • Home/EU: £6,000
  • Overseas: £6,000
Last updated Aug 2020

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