MSc in Performance Coaching

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Performance Coaching

University of Stirling

MSc in Performance Coaching

Performance Coaching is an innovative distance learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. The course has been developed to articulate with the emerging UKCC Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

Your work will be grounded in performance coaching practice, considering case studies and experiential learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

Course objectives

This distance learning course is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. We have developed the course to link with the emerging UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will have developed in your practice, we develop coaches who:

  • reflect continuously 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

Structure and content

You must successfully complete eight taught modules (120 credits) and an applied research project (60 credits) for the award of the MSc. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete all the taught modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules.

Delivery and assessment

A flexible approach to learning and assessment will characterise this degree. Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through online lectures and seminars, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Individual staff/student tutorials, eg via Skype are available for providing feedback and for supervision of coursework and the Applied Coaching Project. Students receive a School of Sport Postgraduate Handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, 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.

Module titles

  • Pedagogy and Practice (SPSP26)
  • Performance Analysis (SPSP32)
  • Coaching Ethics (SPSP33)
  • Planning the Coaching Process (SPSP36)
  • Applied Coaching Project (SPSP37)
  • Coaching Concepts (SPSP50)
  • The Coaching Process (SPSP52)
  • Coaching as Learning (SPSP54)
  • Independent Study (SPSP56)

Career opportunities

It is anticipated that coaches who apply for this course will already be in employment in performance sport. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning courses. This course has been designed to fully incorporate with the UKCC at Level 4.

It will create a shaped learning platform between performance sport and the University in the delivery of a practice-based performance coaching course.

Graduates are anticipated to fulfil roles in the ‘top tier’ of employment opportunities for coaches in their sport.


  • 2016/17 Overseas £4,500
  • 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500
  • 2015/16 Overseas £4,500
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Five years' relevant/appropriate work experience is required.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
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This course is Online
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Aug. 2017
2 years
Part time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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