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Postgraduate Course

MSc Coaching Science

MSc Coaching Science


The details
Coaching Science
October 2020
1 year
Colchester Campus

Do you strive to be a top-level coach? Do you want to challenge current coaching practice and help people achieve their full potential? Can you inspire confidence and self-belief through coaching? Our MSc Coaching Science will train you in the practical and theoretical elements of coaching science, and you will explore the broad spectrum of areas that underpin both coaching practise and development.

With our state-of-the-art facilities and science-based approach, you will gain a solid understanding of the applied practical skills, psychology, developmental and advanced practise in coaching. Alongside seminar-based teaching, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our specialist laboratory facilities and on an optional coaching placement. Coaching placements are undertaken with an employer over 8 – 10 weeks, enabling you to develop your coaching delivery and prepare you for employment.

You will study a broad range of topics, including:

  • Masterclasses in coaching
  • Youth athletic development
  • Skill acquisition in coaching
  • Adapted coaching

You will also have the flexibility to study additional modules from other disciplines in order to deepen your understanding of all aspects of coaching science.

This course sits within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sport and exercise, allowing us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge and enhance opportunities for our students.

Why we're great.
  • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
  • Work with elite athletes and gain experience in our renowned Human Performance Unit at our Colchester Campus.
  • Spend 8-10 weeks in professional placement, honing your coaching skills.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

As part of our vibrant sports science community you learn from and work alongside internationally recognised academic researchers, including:

  • Dr Ben Jones, is a qualified rugby football Union and Strength and Conditional Specialist with over 15 years coaching experience in both the UK and the US. Ben’s research areas are in exercise science and competitive engineering.
  • Dr John Mills is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. John works with a range of charities, sports teams, and organisations to examine ways to improve coaching effectiveness, team functioning and the influence of sport on development teamwork and social skills.
  • Dr Ed Hope has over 8 years’ experience working within performance analysis at Football Radar, Everton Football Club and on a range of bespoke projects for FIFA, UEFA, Nike and the English Premier League. Research areas include skill acquisition and the development of expertise within team-based sports.

You will also be taught by Dr Jason Moran and Dr Andrew Hammond, and we also bring in experts who are currently working in roles such as performance analysis, strength and conditioning coaching, who deliver practical sessions and lectures.

Specialist facilities

Our specialist facilities include our £12 million Sport Arena, physiotherapy labs, six specialist sport and physiology labs, two dedicated sports therapy training labs and an on-campus sports therapy clinic.

  • Gain valuable experience working with elite athletes in our Human Performance Unit
  • Dedicated research facilities, from state of the art treadmills, to 12-camera biomechanics systems, to gas and blood analysis systems
  • World class ESA equipment with AnalysisPro Capture
  • Four 4K IP cameras capturing 360° footage
  • Specialist analytical software Nacsport
  • Go-Pros for coaching sessions
  • Portable HD Cameras with 6m tripod
  • STATSports Apex GPS units
  • Up to 50 metrics, in real-time + post event

Your future

The sports science and coaching sectors are booming and provide a variety of careers for coaching science graduates. Typical career destinations include talent development/identification specialist, early years sports educator, PE teacher, coach education, sports development and academic research.

We have strong links with industry providers who may enable you to deliver coaching practises in a range of coaching environments, challenging you and helping you to further develop your coaching skills set. We also work closely with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 in a subject relevant to Sport Coaching or Sport Science, including Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

you must have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (child and adult workforce, including child barred list). The DBS check is organised by the University. Please contact our DBS team if you have any questions relating to this.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, inn addition to the DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.

Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will focus on the fundamental assumptions underlying quantitative research, including; research design methods, sampling, and the validity and reliability of measurements in exercise science. Students will master the techniques needed to critically appraise published research and carry out a piece of original research.

View Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health on our Module Directory

Research Project

The research project module is an opportunity for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation. It will help develop your skills in reviewing synthesising and critically appraising academic literature. You will also be expected to design, analyse and interpret data and present findings in a scientific paper format.

View Research Project on our Module Directory


You will have seminars, lectures, practical work and placements throughout this course. These sessions will comprise a blend of lecturer-led delivery, student-led presentations, discussions of research articles and case-studies, and role-play/problem-based learning scenarios. To reflect the applied nature of the discipline, practicals and applied ‘real-world delivery’ sessions will provide you with skills and techniques relevant to research and applied practice.


  • Written assessments such as literature reviews
  • Research proposals and reports
  • Final research project

These will be completed by oral presentations, practical assessments, personal development portfolios and workshops.


You will have a research project which will be at the end of this course.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


EU students commencing their course in the 2020-21 academic year will be liable for the Home/UK fee.

International fee


Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.


You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

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