This degree is launching in September 2020.

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

*Subject to validation.

Degree overview

The MA Football Coaching qualification is designed for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Football Coaching practices. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football coaching including areas such as coaching philosophy, tactics and strategies, reflective practice and performance analysis. It is ideal for current professionals working within the Football industry who prefer a more flexible mode of delivery instead of a purely campus based programme.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home or workplace, programme 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 programme 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 Master’s degree qualification around their busy lifestyle.

This programme is a Blended degree, meaning the majority of your studies will take place online through UCFB’s dedicated Online Hub. However, there will be the opportunity to learn on-campus at either UCFB Wembley, London or UCFB Etihad Campus, Manchester, for ten days, in January and June of your programme studies.

UCFB will be looking to deliver the on-campus elements of this blended degree at UCFB’s global study hub locations from 2021.

Degree specification documents and information

Graduates of the MA Football Coaching (Blended) degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

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The programme specification for this degree will be available as soon as the degree is validated.

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 Female Development Officer at Manchester United Foundation

Modules

This programme is currently subject to validation. The modules will be announced as soon as the degree is validated.

Planned modules will cover subject areas such as coaching philosophy, tactics and strategies, reflective practice and performance analysis.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

The standard entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a 2:1 honours degree or a recognised overseas equivalent. Applicants may be accepted with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) provided that they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile with 50% or above in their dissertation module. Or have professional qualifications of level 2 and above.

Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements such as UEFA B licence with 10 years or more experience in a professional coaching environment.

Candidates are required to hold a FA Level 1 certificate in coaching football additionally, it would be advantageous for candidates to already hold a FA level 2 or equivalent.

All applicants are provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds. 

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an IELTS of 6.0 (5.5) or equivalent.

International students can study this blended degree programme. They would just need to secure a Short Term Study Visa for the on-campus elements of the blended degree. Please contact compliance@ucfb.com for further information on Short Term Study Visas.

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.

Career prospects

The multi-faceted world of football requires modern football coaches to have highly developed skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of football coaching. The programme has been developed for those who have graduated from coaching or relevant degree programmes or coaches currently coaching within the game who want to develop their knowledge and skill set further or form part of their CPD. The broad, applied elements of this degree provide students with the skills and experience to progress and work either domestically or abroad in a multi-billion-pound global industry. UCFB’s ability to provide further Employability and Enrichment opportunities engages students in career development allowing students to find their place in the football industry.

82% of UCFB’s 2017 Master’s graduates are working in the football and sports industry within six months of graduating.

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 journey of professional and personal development.

As an online student you’ll have access to best-in-class industry guest speakers whose sessions will be uploaded the UCFB Online Hub. There may also be the opportunity to visit one of UCFB’s iconic campuses to chat with guest speakers face-to-face. Students may also be able to add additional qualifications and attend unique events such as the Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference at St. George’s Park.

You also have the optional opportunity to attend Orientation Week at UCFB Wembley to experience the home of football, Wembley Stadium.

Global Insight Series

The UCFB Global Insight Series is a thought leadership series, exclusively collated and made available for all UCFB on-campus and online students. The UCFB Global Insight Series provides unprecedented access to UCFB’s elite sports network; including interviews with LMA managers and other UCFB guest speakers, and content from UCFB’s Global Sports Summits at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Employer endorsement

We have worked with UCFB and its students since 2012, taking them to the US and Canada on work placements throughout the summer. The students’ fantastic approach to coaching and their ability to enjoy new and different cultures has made them stand out. Their delivery on the field and their enthusiasm and personalities have made them a great fit with Challenger Sports.

Been BeerSenior Recruitment Manager at Challenger Sports USA
UCFB graduate and Women’s First Team Analyst at Leicester City Amy Lomas

UCFB Master’s graduate Amy Lomas worked with Premier League side Norwich City as a Performance Analyst alongside her studies and has gone on to take a role as Leicester City Women’s First Team Analyst upon graduating.

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 Amy Lomas
UCFB graduate and Advanced Centre Coach at MK Dons Wesley McGrath

Upon completing his Master’s degree with UCFB in 2019, Wesley McGrath is now a coach, scout and analyst for his own company, WM32Football, as well as an Advanced Centre Coach at MK Dons.

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Wesley McGrath

Fees

September 2020

Tuition fees

£9,950 MA fee
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Additional costs
Employability & Enrichment

If Online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking opportunities such as the UCFB Global Sports Summits, Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference, Careers Fair, Leadership Challenge or Graduation, then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.

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 (one year) Part-time (two years)
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
£9,950 £9,950 £4,975 £4,975