Start dates:

September: Distance (with attendance) at GIS Melbourne

Course length: One year (full-time) and two year (part-time) options available

Degree overview

This Master of Science program will take an in-depth look at the numbers that make the game tick, alongside theoretical and practical coaching disciplines. It will enable students to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights for the advanced study of soccer coaching and analysis.

It is ideal for current professionals working within the soccer industry who prefer a more flexible mode of delivery instead of a purely campus based program.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home or workplace with our blended learning, program participants will be able to gain a further qualification to enhance their career prospects in a format that offers flexible hours and the chance to dictate their own work-life balance to fit around other commitments.

This program is designed for those who already work, or aspire to work, in the sports industry, and offers the flexibility to allow participants to gain a graduate qualification around their busy lifestyle.

Students on this program have access to world-leading performance analysis tools from Hudl, the industry-standard software used by athletes, coaches and clubs across the globe. Alongside Hudl, students use Playermaker, Catapult and more. 

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Degree content

The block of in-person teaching for the September 2023 intake will take place in Melbourne in the week commencing 19th February 2024.

The first week of teaching for the September 2023 intake will be the week commencing 2nd October 2023, with induction taking place online in the week commencing 25th September 2023.

This program is blended, meaning the majority of studies take place through live online sessions, recordings and tasks via the Online Hub. Students are required to learn on-campus at GIS Melbourne. The residential block of study enables you to immerse yourself in the practical elements of the course.

The Online Hub is accessible on mobile devices including tablets, phones and laptops. The GIS Online Hub also has an app which you can download to access the program content. This means you can truly study while on the go and around your other commitments. Find out more.

Our blended students have access to the GIS Global Hubs and Insight Series - an unparalleled offering in the sports industry with Wembley and Etihad stadiums in the UK, and iconic stadiums in North America and Australia providing students with the opportunity to gain a truly global educational experience.

Teaching locations for this degree include:

GIS Melbourne

In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.

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Degree specification documents and information

The Global Institute of Sport is an embedded college of the University of East London. All GIS graduates will receive a British master's degree from the University of East London.

For the course specification, click here



I developed not only a variety of skills, but myself as a person through the course, too. It helped me develop my ability to lead.

Casian AnghelGraduate and professional footballer for Leganes FC


Degree modules

The block of in-person teaching for the September 2023 intake will take place in Melbourne in the week commencing 19th February 2024.

  • Global Sports Leadership
  • Applied Football Match Analysis
  • Applying Football Principles – Tactics and Strategies
  • Analysis of Football Coaching Practice
  • Applied Research Project
  • Football Statistics and Data Analysis (Option)
  • Applied Reflective Practice (Option)

Students will select one option at the beginning of their course.

The main educational aims of the course are to:

  • Conceptualise the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the soccer industry.
  • Develop the students’ capacity to critically interrogate theories that inform football coaching and analysis principles and practice in a soccer context.
  • Develop systematic knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of coaching and training to enhance soccer performance.
  • Create an environment in which students are able to relate theory to practice, solve problems creatively, apply new and existing skills, and demonstrate awareness of emerging issues in football.
  • Equip students with a range of research skills necessary to design and conduct applied research in a soccer context.
Residential blocks

As part of your module UO7005 Applying Football Principles: Tactics and Strategies, all on campus and Distance with Attendance students will come together to undertake a short but intense block of taught face-to-face lectures, seminars, workshops or practical sessions. This ‘residential block’, incorporates 60 hours of face to face practical and theoretical sessions providing students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and prepare them for the practical skills assessment on this module.

On campus students will complete the residential element at their enrolled campus, with Distance with Attendance students able to select their preferred campus to undertake the residential element at the start of their academic studies.

Students should note that all travel arrangements to undertake the residential block at the chosen campus is the responsibility of the student, and all travel and accommodation should be booked independently. Any visa or entry requirements to complete this at the selected GIS campus is the students responsibility.

2023-24 Residential Dates:

Australia (Melbourne) – Monday 19th to Sunday 25th February 2024

Additional Fees

Distance with Attendance students undertaking the mandatory residential element of their course should note that all travel and accommodation should be booked independently. UCFB/GIS will provide suggested accommodation as a guide only due to the proximity to the site of course delivery.

Global Sports Leadership

Delivered across all GIS Master’s programs to provide a foundation of knowledge of leadership and its application in sport, the Global Sports Leadership module provides a global sporting context to underpin each degree specialism.

Covering fundamental leadership principles including culture, performance analysis, diversity and inclusion, leadership styles and innovation within a contemporary sporting context, this module allows students to develop a broad appreciation of the sports industry and become leaders in their field.

A core aspect of the module is to bring in global leaders from the pitch, the boardroom and the industry to enable student to access and reflect on real life and current industry experiences and insight. Many of the sessions will be shared across multiple GIS degree programs, allowing students to learn from and network with each other throughout the Global Sports Leadership module.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants should hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree with Upper Second Class Honours or a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree with 70-75%. Applicants may be accepted with a Bachelor (Honours) degree with Lower Second Class Honours or Bachelor (Ordinary) degree with 60-65% provided they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile.

Applicants must also have previous coaching experience and/or C level coaching qualifications. You can find a detailed list of coaching qualifications and experience that is considered in the entry requirements for this course here.

Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements.

All applicants should submit a clear and comprehensive personal statement and provide a copy of their CV along with one academic and one professional reference.

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section) or recognised equivalent.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria for this programme, or whether you require IELTS results, please email with a copy of your most recent CV including nationality, visa status if applicable, and undergraduate degree transcripts. Candidates with a strong CV may qualify for a supplementary admissions interview to support their academic application.


Admissions/selection criteria
  • Strong knowledge in the field of football coaching suitable for Masters level academic work
  • Evidence of engagement with professional and academic literature/publications relevant to CPD
  • Ability to manage self-learning and professional duties where applicable
  • Evidence of ability to manage work independently
  • Proven track record of dealing with complex and multidisciplinary issues relevant to their chosen subject area
How to apply

To apply for this degree, please click here and follow the instructions to complete your application via our Learner Portal.

Career prospects

Career prospects include highly sought-after careers within a professional and semi-professional soccer team such as a coaching, match and performance analyst or operations manager at multidisciplinary teams.

Global Summits

All Global Institute of Sport students and graduates get optional access to GIS Global Summits in the UK, Miami, New York, Toronto and Melbourne. These week-long events take place every year at each stadium hub and include guest speaker sessions, networking opportunities and live sports experiences allowing students to immerse themselves in the local sports industry in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, regardless of whether they are studying on-campus or online and wherever they are based in the world. Learn more about the GIS Melbourne Summit.


Graduate and Academy Performance Analysis Department at Middlesbrough FC Ross Mitchell

Fresh from graduating from GIS’ MSc Football Coaching & Analysis programme Ross Mitchell landed a job at EFL Championship side Middlesbrough. His degree, coupled with a number of coaching work experience roles, were key to his success in securing the job, as he describes here...

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Payment plans

Tuition fees can be paid in the following instalments:

  • Six payments of $3,325 for part-time students - one payment per semester, approximately every four months
  • Three payments of $6,650 for full-time students - one payment per semester, approximately every four months

Alternative payment plans are available on a case by case basis. Please email to discuss alternative options.

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