MSc Sport Coaching

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
Home (per credit): To be confirmed
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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About this course

This LJMU Sport Coaching Masters enables coaches to analyse and critically reflect on their personal coaching practice, providing the skills to coach at elite level.

  • Study at LJMU, a University 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 

Unique in the North West, this course enables coaches to study for a Masters qualification 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. Our staff have not only conducted research in sports coaching but can also share their own experiences from working in elite/participation sport. 

The programme offers prospective students a range of exciting learning experiences which include; talks from expert external guest speakers in


the field, access to ‘master-class’ workshops from highly experienced coaches, the opportunity to join our monthly coaching research seminar series, the possibility to gain voluntary experience at a local sports organisation and access to a range of other coaching related ‘CPD’ activities

The programme will enable you to enhance your effectiveness as a coach, 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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


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


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This programme enables 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. It 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 

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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.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Sport Coaching Pedagogy and Practice

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of how you, as a coach, align to Sports Coach UK's "The Coach as..." guidelines. The module examines professional, pedagogic and practical alignment, whilst also evidencing critical understanding of athlete learning and development in your sport.

Professional Case Study

The placement offers hands-on experience working as a coach to develop your underpinning knowledge of key applied practice issues in sport coaching. You will learn about:

  • ethical guidelines
  • core skills and competencies
  • practitioner perspectives within sport coaching

Advanced Training Programme

This module aims to deepen your understanding of contemporary scientific theories, principles and methods, and their application in the physical development of athletes.

Psychology for Sport Coaching

This module enables you to critically evaluate and integrate current contemporary sport psychology research and best practice into your coaching. It:

  • examines current sport psychology literature
  • develops a coherent understanding of issues associated with emotion, motivation, peak performance and motor skill development

Independent Study

You will undertake a masters level research project relevant to sport coaching. This module will develop and extend your knowledge and practical experience of the research process and the use of advanced research skills within sport coaching.

Research Methods


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The programme is delivered via a combination of intensive block teaching and distance learning. Around two thirds of course content will be self-guided, with the remaining third taught in block, timetabled sessions.

Teaching methods

The course makes 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, whilst distance-learning tutorials will be offered over Skype.

You can study full or part-time and will be fully supported by the 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.

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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.

Applied learning

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.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Kevin Enright

Kevin Enright

Programme Leader

Dr Kevin Enright is a Senior Lecture in Sports Coaching and Coaching Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Previously, Kevin worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach supporting a range of athletes who were preparing for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as Premier League footballers and national football teams. Kevin’s research interests include understanding how training periodisation can influence muscle adaptations that alter injury risk in athletic populations.  

Our Sport Coaching MSc allows students to adapt a flexible approach to learning via a blend of on-campus ‘contact-days’ and self-directed online learning. This enables students to balance their studies whilst working. 

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based at the IM Marsh campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, the School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment. On-campus IT equipment, classrooms and library facilities enable you to blend the required practical and academic study requirements simultaneously.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree (2:1 preferred), at least three years' coaching experience plus sport-specific coaching qualifications. Non-standard applications are welcome. 

Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Desirable criteria

You should:

  • 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)

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.
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