Performance Analysis in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is world-leading in terms of academic and applied perspectives. The School has offered post-graduate study in Performance Analysis since the first-ever Masters in Performance Analysis was developed in 2003. The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences has a unique Centre of Performance Analysis boasting high-spec teaching and practically based laboratories with a multitude of world-leading software and resources available.
This new development, MSc Professional Practice, adopts a distance learning delivery approach, that overcomes the need to relocate or commute in for lectures. The programme has a focus on the development of expertise and applied learning within the work environment and the application of theoretical context. This will be achieved through a longitudinal professional placement in the field of sports performance analysis, via either the students own work or a studentship advertised.
Learning & Teaching
The Professional Practice programme is designed to be studied in the professional working environment, so access to relevant analysis resources will be dependent on placement.
All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (Dissertation) and Professional Placement (only applicable to students enrolled in MSc Professional Practice), are 20 credit modules. Timetabled delivery for each module equates to approximately 3 hours a week, supplemented with up to 6 hours of directed study time and up to 6 hours of independent study time each week. Contact time is normally made up of lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials.
Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type and interactive seminar where group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Students are expected to attend lectures and engage in directed study tasks relevant to each module. All modules are supported by the University’s online learning platform, where supplementary learning resources and information will be available.
All students are supported with access to a personal tutor, who is normally the Programme Director. Where logistically possible the majority of lectures are scheduled on Mondays, however, depending on module selection this may not be possible.
During Professional Placement students will also be supported by a work-based and academic mentor throughout the duration of the Professional Placement module.
Employability & Careers
Many graduates of performance analysis from Cardiff Met are working within the field of performance analysis.
Due to the demands of National Governing Bodies, satellite and terrestrial TV companies, soccer clubs, rugby clubs, Welsh Institute of Sport, the English Institutes (regional centres) of Sport, there has been an increase in the range of career opportunities in the field of sports performance analysis.
This programme prepares students for a range of analysis careers in the sports industry, particularly work which takes place with elite performers.
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a sport or mathematics related area are appropriate to the Programme Director
- An honours degree (2:1 or above) in an alternative subject area that is acceptable by the Programme Director.
- Experience of study or provision of performance analysis.
- Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport, coaching or performance will also be considered.
For the MSc Professional Practice, applicants must also either have a relevant professional work placement organised or apply for a supported internship.