Sport Coaching, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 14950
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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The Sport Coaching programme from Loughborough University, established in 2005, supports the professional development of sports coaches and those working in closely related fields. The programme is most suitable for experience coaches from a development of performance domain, or those who work in coach education.

Core modules focus on the development of professional practice and knowledge for both coaches and coach tutor / educators. More specialist modules in the areas of psychology, physiology and biomechanics, as well as research methods and individual projects are offered.

A coaching placement opportunity is also part of the programme.

Core study areas include the learning coach, the coaching process: concepts and applications, psychology of sports coaching, physiology of sport for coaches, the coaching process: pedagogy and practice, coach development and mentoring, research methods, sports biomechanics for coaches, and a research project.

Students undertaking this course become immersed in Loughborough's sporting culture and tradition, and have access to our state of the art facilities through on-campus coaching placements.

* Please note, some Friday evening (6-9pm) and Saturday 9:30am 4:30pm attendance is required

Careers and further study

Typical destinations include working as a coach and as a coach educator, teaching in higher education, coaching in professional sport and PhD research.

Programme Structure

Semester One

The Learning Coach: Coaching Philosophy, Research and Practice

This module introduces the concept of coaching and the various approaches to the study of coaching by drawing on the literature and current research. The primary focus is on the ‘learning coach’ and students will consider how coaching is researched and represented. Analytical skills will be developed along with an appreciation of the benefits of reflection as a means of developing an understanding of one’s behaviour and philosophy within the coaching context, and how these impact upon practice. In doing this role theory and theories of reflection will be examined. Throughout this module the emphasis will be on self-reflection and critical evaluation linking theory to practice. In order to aid this process, students will keep a coaching log/journal.

The Coaching Process: Concepts and Applications

This module develops the concept of coaching and the various approaches to the study of coaching by drawing on literature and current research. The module will critically consider various theoretical approaches to the coaching process and coaching practice. This will include the nature of the coaching process, approaches to 'modelling' coaching, coaching domains and the nature of coaching practice within different domains. Students will have the opportunity to contrast their own coaching practice and coaching domains against existing theory and develop a more theoretically informed perspective of coaching

Physiology for Sport for Coaches

The aim of this module is for the student to develop a good understanding of the physiological processes that underpin exercise capacity in a range of sporting situations.

Psychology of Sports Coaching

Provide a theoretical rationale and outline practical guidelines for developing a coaching environment that has positive psychological effects on both coaches and athletes.

Research Methodologies and Methods

The aims of this module are for the student are to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of the philosophical, ethical and stakeholder issues which underpin research, and how this affects research design. Students need to be able to critically review and communicate how different research designs inform understanding in psychology, health and sport sciences; be able to create a clear and effective research proposal, and display an understanding of the importance of collaborative, team-based research. The ability to measure phenomena appropriately in accordance with research design is also a requirement.

The Coaching Process: Pedagogy and Practice

The module adopts various approaches to the study of the coaching process, drawing on literature and current research into areas such as pedagogy, psychology and sociology. The module critically evaluates the role of the coach and others within the coaching process; the nature and structure of coaching/learning environments and the planning and management of the coaching process including personal and financial aspects. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own coaching strategies and leadership skills and relate these to the relevant theories. Indeed, throughout this module the emphasis will be on self-reflection and critical evaluation linking theory to practice. This module runs once a year, commencing at the end of Semester 1 and continuing into Semester 2.

Semester Two

Quantitative Research

The aims of this module are for the students to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application in psychology, sport, exercise and health sciences; and to gain a working knowledge of common statistical procedures in psychology, sport, exercise and health sciences research.


Qualitative Research

The aims of this module are for the student to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of qualitative and interpretative methods in the sport sciences and critically review and communicate how different qualitative research designs inform understanding in sport and exercise research. There is also focus on: understanding the process of guided inductive analysis and the representation of interpretative data; the importance of collaborative, triangulated, team-based research; and being able to measure phenomena appropriately in accordance with research design

Coach Development and Mentoring

This module examines coach education, mentoring provision and practice and the requisite knowledge and expertise underpinning such activity. An examination coaches’ developmental pathways including formal, informal and non-formal learning are explored. This will include a consideration of theories of adult learning in general and how these can be applied to the coach development context.

Sports Biomechanics for Coaches

The aims of this module are to develop the students' ability to promote performance in sport through managing the application of sports biomechanics knowledge and understanding.

February to September

Research Project

Students are expected not only to make use of knowledge gained in other modules of the programme, but also to extend that knowledge through completion of an original research project. Therefore, students are expected to plan and carry out an original sustained piece of work in a systematic and independent way.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

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Academic Requirements

Upper second class (2:1) to lower second class (2:2) honours degree or equivalent, plus coaching experience and a recognised coaching qualification. Applications from prospective students with exceptional vocational experience will be considered.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 14950 International
  • GBP 6600 EEA
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