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 programme.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home or workplace, 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 programme 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

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 Inter Miami CF Campus in January and May. These two week long blocks of study enable you to immerse yourself in the practical elements of the course. Find out more.

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.

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Degree specification documents and information

Global Institute of Sport is an embedded college of the University of East London. All students that begin their degrees with GIS from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London.

For the course specification, click here

 

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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

Modules

Degree modules
  • 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 Summits

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.

Residentials

Blended students are required to attend GIS Inter Miami CF Campus for two 1-week blocks to undertake practical work. For our next intake, starting in January 2022, these dates are:

  • April 25th - 29th 2022 for Analysis of Football Coaching Practice (Full Time students)
  • July 18th - 22nd 2022 for Applying Football Principles - Tactic & Strategies (Full and Part Time students)

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants should hold a 2:1 honours degree or a recognised overseas equivalent. Applicants may be accepted with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) provided that they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile with 50% or above in their dissertation module. Or have professional qualifications of level 2 and above.

Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements such as a B licence with 10 years or more experience in a professional coaching environment.

Candidates are required to hold a C licence (Level 2) certificate in coaching football additionally, it would be advantageous for candidates to already hold a B licence or equivalent.

All applicants are provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds. 

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 IELTS of 6.0 (5.5) or equivalent.

We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here.

Admissions/selection criteria
  • Strong knowledge in the field of sports coaching or sports management 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
  • Hold UEFA C Licence Coaching Certificate
  • Evidence of ability to manage work independently
  • Proven track record of dealing with complex and multidisciplinary issues relevant to their chosen subject area
Applications
How to apply

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

Application documents

Relevant documents for US applications:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Personal statement;
  • Copy of transcripts of highest qualification achieved and
  • English translations (if applicable);
  • One academic and one professional reference and English translation (if applicable);
  • Copy of proof of English language level e.g. IELTS (if applicable).

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.

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Fees

Fees
$19,950 per year
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To find out more please email fees@ucfb.com

Global Sports Summits

Online students have the opportunity to attend GIS’ events in some of the world’s most exciting sporting destinations, from the home of football Wembley Stadium to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta!

 

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