MSc Sport Coaching

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

About this course

This unique masters, which is largely delivered online, has been designed to develop research-informed sport coaches.

The combination of online and face-to-face learning means you can learn when and where you want and also benefit from personal interaction with LJMU’s world class coaching staff. This format helps you to connect LJMU's innovative coaching research with your own coaching practice. We will support you to provide high-quality coaching in school, community, development or elite sport contexts.

  • Enhance your coaching practice by working with staff to explore case studies, analyse your own practice, and research different coaching environments.
  • Benefit from an industry-relevant curriculum featuring guest lectures, including professional athletes, coaches, sport scientists and coaching consultants.
  • Be part of a vibrant and exclusive community of coaching peers who are also committed to helping athletes flourish in sport.

The flexible online nature of the course means that you can both maintain your existing coaching practice and access cutting-edge materials each week. Online lectures, discussion boards and interactive webinars are key features of this programme, meaning that you can access materials when and where you want. You will also be supported through small group discussions and personal tutorials (online and/or in person).

The curriculum is informed by the internationally recognised research of the teaching staff who will share their expertise on topics such as coach-athlete relationships, reflective practice, games-based coaching, athlete-centred coaching, skill acquisition and physical preparation. Due to this expertise, LJMU hosted the prestigious International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Global Coach Conference in 2017.

Staff will also help you grow your network by connecting you with researchers and professional practitioners that they work with. For example, staff on the coaching programme are currently leading an EU-wide project on disability sport coaching, as well as working with a number of sport organisations such as St Helen’s Rugby League, The Football Association, UK Coaching, England Netball and International ParaHockey. Studying in this environment will provide you with the opportunity to improve your analytical, critical reflection and problem-solving skills, as well as enabling you to effectively manage the coaching process.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees


Home (full-time, per year):


Home (per credit):


International (full-time, per year):


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 loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


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 either a participation or performance environment. There are also opportunities to seek employment as a coach educator within a National Governing Body (NGB) or privately funded organisation. 

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The student experience

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Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some modules allow you to shape your assessment so that you can improve your practice as a coach (e.g. professional case study). You will also complete a dissertation (independent project) where you can specialise in an area of research tailored to your development as a practitioner.

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Advanced Coaching Process
20 credits

This module enables you to gain an advanced understanding of the theoretical concepts essential to the coaching process. It explores how concepts apply individually to you in your particular sport coaching role. It enables you to form a clear understanding of the marriage between theory and practice in sport coaching.

Sport Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
60 credits

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
20 credits


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

  • The programme offers a flexible method of study, ideal for those working full-time in sport.
  • Content is delivered via a combination of face-to-face teaching and online material.
  • You will have access to online lectures, reading materials, peer-to-peer discussion groups and other formative tasks to help you learn.
  • Lectures, workshops and practical sessions run one or two days each month, usually on a Friday (dates are available in advance).
  • You will also be able to access our masterclass workshops presented by expert external speakers to further enrich your learning.

Teaching methods

The course makes full uses a combination of online learning with face-to-face contact.

Student-led problem-based learning scenarios will account for much of the learning content. To support your own learning process, you will also be expected to read extensively each week. 

We offer the course as both full-time and part-time, and whichever option you choose, you will be fully supported by the programme team.

To assist students outside of standard hours and for those who commute, online tutorials can be booked with a member of staff via Skype.

If you're returning to education, our library support services team are happy to help you find your way back into academic life and become familiar with the tools for studying at postgraduate level. We offer a one-to-one 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.

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, reports, oral presentations, a viva voce, and a dissertation.

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Course tutors

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

This programme is based in the City Campus. LJMU has invested £35 million in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. All of our labs are furnished with the latest equipment which enables us to work with our students and partners to enhance our understanding of the science behind human performance and behaviour.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 2:1 honours degree in a related area (2:2 honours degree considered where applicants can demonstrate extensive experience)
  • at least three years’ coaching experience 

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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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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