This degree is available from January 2024, subject to validation and site approval. 

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

Degree overview

This program provides students with the opportunity to develop systematic knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of coaching to enhance both individual and team performance. It also equips students with a range of research skills necessary to design and conduct applied research in a sports context. The course is available to study either full-time, over one year, or part-time over two.
Program participants will evaluate a range of traditional and contemporary models of leadership, and review the core components that underpin expertise in sports coaching. Students will have access to clubs across the football pyramid, as well as first-class teaching, learning and coaching provision from professionals with backgrounds in both academia and professional football.

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.


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Degree content

The MSc Sports Coaching (Blended) course is designed for those wishing to deepen their understanding of coaching practices. The program provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of coaching including new modules exploring high performance culture, talent development alongside tactics and strategies, and more. 

It is ideal for current professionals working within the sports industry or those who aspire to work within the professional game.

This program is available to study in a blended format with the majority of content online and two intensive one-week periods of face-to-face teaching in Melbourne. These two week long blocks of study enable you to immerse yourself in the practical elements of the course.

The blocks of in-person teaching for the January 2024 intake will take place in Melbourne in February and July 2024.

Online studies take place through live online sessions, recordings and tasks via the Online Hub. Live online sessions are delivered in the early evening for the AEDT/AEST time zones. All sessions are recorded and therefore accessible for students across the globe.

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.

Regular guest speaker sessions, networking opportunities and a Global Summit will take place in person at Melbourne Cricket Ground as well as online throughout the year, immersing you in the Australian and global sports industry.

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

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
  • Melbourne Sports Centres - Parkville
  • Darebin International Sports Centre
  • Cricket Victoria

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.

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I chose to study here it was something different, unique, and an opportunity to gain entry into a career I’ve wanted to pursue for a long time.

Declan JacksonGraduate and Talent ID Development Coach at Football Talents


Degree modules

The blocks of in-person teaching for the January 2024 intake will take place in Melbourne in February and July 2024.

  • Applying Strategies and Tactical Practice
  • Understanding Coaching Expertise
  • Applied Reflective Practice
  • Global Sports Leadership
  • Applied Research Project and Placement
  • Creating a High Performance Culture (Option)
  • Principles and Practice in Talent Development (Option)

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

The multi-faceted world of football requires modern football coaches to have highly developed skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of football coaching. The program has been developed for those who have graduated from coaching or relevant degree programs or coaches currently coaching within the game who want to develop their knowledge and skill set further or form part of their CPD. The broad, applied elements of this degree provide students with the skills and experience to progress and work either domestically or abroad in a multi-billion-pound global industry. GIS' ability to provide further Employability and Enrichment opportunities engages students in career development allowing students to find their place in the football industry.

UCFB's Global Institute of Sport was also ranked in the top 5 'Best Universities for Employability' in 2021.

Global Sports Leadership

Delivered across all GIS Master’s programmes 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 programmes, allowing students to learn from and network with each other throughout the Global Sports Leadership module.

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