This degree is available from January 2023, subject to site approval. 

Degree available as a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) option.

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 Playmaker, Catapult and more. 

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Degree content

The blocks of in-person teaching for the January 2023 intake will take place in Melbourne in the weeks commencing 27th February 2023 and 10th July 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. These two week long blocks of study enable 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 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 blocks of in-person teaching for the January 2023 intake will take place in Melbourne in the weeks commencing 27th February 2023 and 10th July 2023.

  • 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.
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

Applications are encouraged from applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including:

  • Graduates with the equivalent of a UK 2:1 grade from a UK ENIC recognised institution and previous coaching experience and/or qualifications
  • Graduates with the equivalent of a UK 2:2 degree or below will also be considered if they have significant further experience and/or coaching qualifications
  • Non-graduates with substantial coaching or playing experience and/or coaching qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis

A full range of equivalencies, can be found on the website of the UK Graduate Recruitment Bureau.


Admissions/selection criteria

Please upload copies of all your coaching qualifications, your CV and 500-word personal statement when completing your online application.

Applications should be submitted including 1 academic reference (not required for current UCFB students) and 1 professional reference and/or a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports coaching and/or sports management experience where applicants have attained a 2:2 or below, or have no undergraduate degree classification.

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.

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.

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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