Start dates:

September: Distance (with attendance) at GIS Miami

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 programme.

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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. 


Multiple time zone delivery

Our Distance Learning and Distance (with attendance) degrees are delivered virtually via our Online Hub. Each module has a number of live online teaching sessions for you to attend with academics and your peers. The live sessions for US students starting in September are delivered between 4-8pm UK time making these degrees ideal for students from the Americas. 

For Distance (with Attendance) students your online study is further consolidated with a residential block(s) at our GIS Miami campus consisting of in-person teaching and networking.

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Degree content

This program is Distance (with attendance), 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 as part of the residential block, which will enable you to immerse yourself in the practical elements of the course. 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 Distance (with attendance) 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

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.

Click here for the course specification for this degree



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
  • 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)
  • Global Sports Leadership

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.

As part of your module UO7005 Applying Football Principles: Tactics and Strategies, 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:

Wednesday 17th - Tuesday 23rd January 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. GIS will provide suggested accommodation as a guide only due to the proximity to the site of course delivery.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants should normally have graduated with an overall GPA of 3.0 (UK 2:1 honours degree) or be on course to achieve that score.

Graduates with a GPA of least 2.5 (UK 2:2 honours degree) will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Please see our detailed postgraduate coaching programme entry requirements here.

Please provide us with copies of all of your relevant coaching qualifications.

All applications should be accompanied by a personal statement from you, the applicant, your current CV and your degree certificate or degree transcript up to this point.

If you are still studying for your degree, please supply an academic reference from your teaching team and if you are applying based on your professional experience, please supply a reference from your current or most recent line manager.

The language of instruction for all of our postgraduate programmes is English so, if English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of your highest English language qualification.

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
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.

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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