Sports Coaching

UCAS codes

Course contact

Hayley Mcewan
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) - 1 year* / 2 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17

Delivered by experts with extensive experience in sports research, this programme prepares you for a career as a coach, strength and conditioner, and for a career in sport science support.
Minimum entry requirement – 2:2 honours degree in a related sport/exercise science area. Individuals with professional related experience will also be considered.

The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

You will develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of sports coaching and learn practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines to enhance the coaching process. You will critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching with an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners. A significant proportion of the programme is vocationally focused and student driven. 

Lectures normally account for 50% of class contact time with the remainder consisting of seminars, practical sessions, laboratory sessions, oral presentations, case studies and poster presentations. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience observing and participating in the service delivery of high performance sport with organisations including St. Mirren FC and The Scottish Institute of Sport. 



  • Coaching Process
  • Peak Performance
  • Research Process in Sport
  • Data Analysis in Exercise Science
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Instructional Issues for Coaches



Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.
Graduates are equipped to collaborate with performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or in sport science support. The MSc can prepare elite performers to study their own performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement from sport. Practical sessions are supervised and take place in our exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports analysis laboratories. Classes involve observation, demonstration, participation, problem-solving and reporting while others are field-based, providing necessary practical skills to successfully intervene in an athlete’s physical development. All programme units are explicitly devised to address the optimisation of performance.  The programme provides the necessary foundation knowledge and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Useful Information

  • Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17

    * To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.