Sport Coaching

Sport Coaching MSc (blended learning - mixture of online and in class learning)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,250
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Study this unique Masters course at Liverpool John Moores University - a higher education institution accredited to work with governing bodies of sport to deliver a UKCC Level 4 coaching programme. The course is aimed at coaches keen to enhance their capability through analysis and critical reflection of their personal coaching practice and provides the skills to coach at elite level.

  • Flexible learning with a mixture of online activities (videod lectures, discussion boards, readings) that can be done when you choose
  • Contact sessions every 3/4 weeks with staff members that allow you to access face-to-face support from staff and fellow coaches
  • LJMU is accredited to work with governing bodies of sport to deliver a UKCC Level 4 coaching programme
  • Enjoy a combination of online blended and on-campus learning with guest lectures from industry specialists
  • Enhance your practice through analysis and critical reflection 
  • Benefit from an industry-guided curriculum featuring practice-relevant content
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

Watch postgraduate student Dennis Sanchez talk about travelling over from USA to study on our Sport Coaching masters programme - including his placement as an assistant coach at Everton Football Club.​​

I chose this course because it included an overall exploration of sport coaching science, from sport pedagogy, to psychology, to strength and conditioning - knowledge which is really important for a professional coach

​Katerina Kazaki

I was officially accepted into LJMU a couple weeks ago. Very excited for this next step in my career!

Dennis Sanchez – international student applying for Roscoe scholarship

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.

The School offers a creative, inspiring and dynamic environment that challenges student thinking and develops passionate and innovative individuals. It offers you the opportunity to study in a supportive postgraduate setting. You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

Teaching is provided by both research active staff, with industry experience,and external professionals. This ensures that all courses are in line with current and developing practice. The School’s learning disciplines include Sport, Dance, Outdoor Education, Tourism, Events and Nutrition.

Following a successful bid, the School has been awarded the opportunity to host the ICCE (International Council for Coaching Excellence) Global Coach Conference in 2017.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Unique in the North West, this brand new course offers coaches the opportunity to study for a Masters qualification in Sport Coaching  and provides the skills to coach at elite level. UKCC Level 4 accreditation ensures high performance and high performing coaches are fully qualified with a recognised qualification.

The curriculum is informed by the internationally recognised research of the teaching staff whose wide range of interests complement their personal and professional experiences in sport coaching.

This programme will enable you, as a coach, to enhance your effectiveness using learning experiences which encourage analysis and critical reflection of your personal practice.

It will improve your analytical, critical reflection and problem-solving skills as well as enabling you to effectively manage the coaching process. Your learning will be grounded in coaching practice and you will explore case studies, learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

Programme outline and structure

Delivered via a combination of intensive block teaching - 1 day on Campus every 3/4 weeks with expert staff) and distance learning that can be done when you choose (e.g. online lectures, discussion boards and readings),  this Masters programme already has links with a number of prestigious partners including British Cycling and Everton FC.

Throughout your course you will need to be actively involved in coaching and may be able to secure a placement with one of our partners.

You can study full time over a year or part time over three years alongside employment. During this time, you will be fully supported by your programme team.

Staff can be contacted via email and often use Skype, Google Hangouts and other online technologies to assist students outside of standard hours.

Returning learners can look forward to a special induction event with academic staff, orientation activities and study skills support sessions covering everything from academic writing to presentations.
Based at the IM Marsh campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, just four miles from the city centre, you will have access to learning and computer resources and an on-site library.
Resident sports facilities include two gymnasiums, a climbing wall, fitness suite, sports hall with 5-a-side pitches and badminton, basketball and tennis courts, an all-weather astroturf pitch and outdoor netball and tennis courts.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy & Practice
  • Professional Case Study
  • Psychology for Sport Coaches
  • Advanced Training Programmes
  • Research methods
  • Indepdendent Project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Around two thirds of course content will be self-guided through online materials, with the remaining third taught in block, timetabled sessions on one day every 3 to 4 weeks.

The flexible format allows you to learn while you work or coach, caters for those with family commitments, and also allows learners to access the course from a distance.  This helps you to apply the learning to your own coaching, coach education, teaching or researcher contextThe course will make full use of blended learning approaches with many different kinds of online guidance available.

Problem-based learning will account for much of the virtual learning content provided via LJMU’s Canvas facility, whilst distance-learning tutorials will be offered over Skype.

The programme will be assessed using a variety of methods including essays, oral presentations, poster presentations, a viva voce, a scoping literature review and, of course, the dissertation.

Entry requirements (Home)

You should have a minimum 2:2 Honours degree (2:1 preferred), or equivalent in a relevant subject.

If you do not have formal qualifications but do have significant, appropriate work/life experience, you are also encouraged to apply.

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Application and selection

Desirable criteria:

  • have a minimum of three years’ coaching experience, including responsibility for planning, implementing, analysing and revising annual coaching programmes
  • be able to demonstrate your responsibility for coaching session preparation, delivery and review
  • have evidence of sport-specific coaching qualifications (e.g. UKCC Level 2 or equivalent)

Successful applicants are expected to be actively engaged in coaching during their studies.

Will I be interviewed?

If you do not have a relevant first degree, you will be interviewed by the course programme leader.


6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

The programme provides an in-depth knowledge of coaching theory and practice, enabling you to work in a variety of environments with a range of athletes.

It is ideally suited to anyone keen to develop a career in sport coaching, teaching, sport science support, further and higher education and sport development. The programme also provides progression routes to PhD study and industry research roles.

As a graduate you will be ideally placed to secure a position in community coaching, as well as coaching in private or publicly-funded clubs, companies or governing bodies. You may work as a High Performing Children’s Coach, a High Performing Participation Coach or a High Performing Development Coach. You could also can also work as an educator/developer in National Coaching Development bodies.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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