Degree available as a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) option.

Degree overview

This programme 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 football coaching and analysis.

MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

 

England training

Degree content

This Masters degree provides an inclusive, current and versatile curriculum of study which reflects the needs of the football industry for postgraduate students either full or part time. The course looks to support the continuing professional development of football coaches and those working in football or a closely related field.

Students will utilise their advanced knowledge and understanding of football coaching to help them deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, problems, and communicate their conclusions clearly.

The majority of classes for this programme will be taught in the state-of-the-art facilities at Belle Vue Sports Village in order to allow a combination of practical and theoretical learning. All UCFB Etihad Campus students have access to the array of first-class UCFB facilities in the Etihad Stadium and surrounding Etihad Campus.

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Degree specification documents and information

Graduates of the MSc Football Coaching & Analysis degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

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Please click here to download the MSc Football Coaching & Analysis programme specification documentation.

Jemma Entwistle, Blackburn Rovers

My favourite aspect to working in sport is that every day is different. The people that you meet, the players that you meet and the impact you get to have on their journeys, for me it’s really valuable to know that you can look back and think you had an impact on them.

Jemma EntwistleUCFB graduate and Girls’ Regional Talent Club Coach at Blackburn Rovers

Modules

Our MSc Football Coaching & Analysis modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the football industry.

Degree modules

Semester 1

The Football Coaching Process

The aim of the module is to critically analyse the football coaching process at different stages of the game, from participation level, to player development through to elite coaching. Drawing on the students own coaching context, the student will explore the efficiency of their own coaching performance and the subsequent impact it has on intervention planning.

It aims to provide the student with a higher order knowledge base, to make effective decisions about the coaching process they use and critically reflect within their own context. The module will help students construct an effective coaching environment for their own context through exploring coaching dilemma’s, such as issues surrounding player development against winning and encompassing a holistic approach to coaching.

Students will be required to design their own Game Model of performance within their context and integrate aspects of effective session planning, tactical periodization and the use of global training systems.

Coaching: From Philosophy to Practice

The module will explore coaching philosophy and how personal values and beliefs make up and may affect coaching philosophy in practice.

Furthermore, it will examine the effects our own values and beliefs have on our coaching philosophy and how these translate into specific behaviours and actions. The module will also explore factors that influence self-awareness and discuss in relation to personal philosophy and coaching behaviours.

The module will also focus on leadership behaviour as well as pedagogical tools for effective leadership and mentoring.

Applied Football Match Analysis

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key fundamentals and principles of football match analysis, integrating theory with practice and sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate.

The applied element of football match analysis will allow you to gain experience in and an understanding of match analysis, hardware, software and programmes. You will learn what an analyst requires to function effectively and safely in a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific applied performance analysis context.

You will learn how to operate contemporary analysis programmes, integrate theory with practice and conduct then deliver performance analysis in the football context.

Football Consultancy Project

The Consultancy Project offers students the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge developed within the MSc programme in a relevant, practical work context environment.

The work-based placement enables the student to apply techniques of reflective learning to the work experience in order to ensure that learning is based upon a sound theoretical basis and a robust practical application.

The responsibility for finding a work-based placement that is suitable is solely in the hands of the student, although workshops are available to facilitate the search process and you will have a supervisor appointed to monitor student progress.

Semester 2

Football Statistics & Data Analysis

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key fundamentals and principles of football statistics and data, integrating theory with practice and sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate.

The applied element of football will allow you to gain experience in and an understanding of data drawn from both competition and training contexts. You will learn which data is needed to function effectively and safely within a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific applied football context.

You will learn how to analyse data, integrate theory with practice and work with differing departments within a football club in order to improve practice and performance.

Football Consultancy Project

The Consultancy Project offers students the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge developed within the MSc programme in a relevant, practical work context environment.

The work-based placement enables the student to apply techniques of reflective learning to the work experience in order to ensure that learning is based upon a sound theoretical basis and a robust practical application. The responsibility for finding a work-based placement that is suitable is solely in the hands of the student, although workshops are available to facilitate the search process and you will have a supervisor appointed to monitor student progress.

Analysis of Football Coaching Practice

In this module, you will work on a real-life case study from your own coaching context, creating a fully considered and justified player or team development plan based upon a clear rationale and needs analysis.

As a practising coach, you will be expected to draw upon previous knowledge and skills gained and imbed new theoretical knowledge drawn from other modules. As part of the module, you will be expected to integrate theory into practice in the development of the player(s) or team.

You will then implement your plan to demonstrate the competency that you have achieved in applying appropriate theory into practice and the evaluation of and impact of decisions made. Furthermore, critically analysing your own coaching practice and methods employed throughout.

Dissertation and Research Methods

The individual research project focuses on producing an in depth piece of work which has theoretical/ practical/ industrial/commercial relevance to the sports industry. Ideally, this will be a piece of industry sponsored work to produce a commercial output for the sponsor.

The work need not be sports-related but may be applied in the area of sports. In other words, a project may take the best practice from another industry and apply it in the sports industry. The sponsor will be viewed and treated like a client and this the client will have certain requirements.

Thus, the research proposal will have to meet both client and academic requirements for it to be approved. It also provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced scholarship skills.

This combined research methods and dissertation module provides subject-specific methods training in preparation for the completion of a dissertation within the domains of sports management, marketing, entrepreneurship and leisure management.

The research topic that you select must align with the title of the programme on which you are enrolled. The module begins with a series of taught research methods sessions, during which a research proposal is produced. This proposal then guides the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 12,000-word research report (dissertation) is produced.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport related degree. Applicants who hold a sport-related degree classification of 2:2 or below or, a non-sport related degree, or significant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports coaching and/or sports management experience.

All applicants will be interviewed. Recognition of Prior Learning Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Admissions procedures prospective students may contact the course leader for further information about the course and guidance as to their suitability for the course. Online and postal applications are accepted, upon which, candidates demonstrating a suitable academic and experiential profile will be invited for interview.

Some candidates may be required to provide a coaching or management portfolio and/or complete a brief assignment in a relevant subject area to demonstrate suitable level of academic writing.

The course would be ideal for students graduating from BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management and BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com. You can also study one of our Online postgraduate degrees.

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 FA Level 2 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 programme please complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to mastersenquiries@ucfb.com.

Application documents

Relevant documents for EU, UK and international 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 football team such as a coaching, match and performance analyst or operations manager at multidisciplinary teams.

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

At UCFB we bridge the gap between education and business, allowing a unique approach to education. We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a three year journey of professional and personal development.

This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure our students graduate as well-rounded, empowered professionals.

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Fees

UK/EU students

UK/EU tuition fees 2019

£9,950 MSc fee
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International students

International tuition fees 2019

£14,950 MSc fee
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Part time option

For part-time courses the tuition fee will be split accordingly per year i.e 50% in year 1 and 50% in year 2 (for a two year programme) as per below table.

Full-time Part-time (two years)
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
£9,950 £14,950 £4,975 £7,475

 

Additional costs

In some instances, optional Employment & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Students will be required to purchase UCFB branded kit for their studies, which costs £120-150. UCFB students may also be asked for an additional contribution fee of £10-20 for trips

Scholarships

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