This degree is launching in September 2020.

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

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.


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Degree specification documents and information

From September 2021, Global Institute of Sport is an embedded college of the University of East London. All graduates that begin their degrees with GIS from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London.

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. While at present we cannot confirm specific details of our new modules before they have been confirmed at a validation event, we are able to confirm that the new curriculum will:

  • Be enhanced to align you with the future needs of the global sports industry
  • Support you to develop skills that reflect the highest standards required to enter and develop a career within the sports industry
  • Provide the knowledge to enable you to develop leadership skills to enhance your future employability
  • Enable you to learn and apply knowledge from high profile global industry leaders to enhance your global insight and develop cultural awareness

The structure of the advertised programme may therefore change prior to it beginning in September 2021, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment.

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


Semester 1
Applying Football Principles - Tactics & Strategies

This module will teach students how to critically analyse the tactics and strategies of association football exploring the different moments of the game and principles of play. In order to develop advanced tactical knowledge students will explore different styles and systems of play and associated tactics and strategies. Drawing on the student’s own coaching experience and context the student will explore the efficiency of their own coaching practice and subsequently explore any knowledge gaps for further development. The module will help students design their own ‘game model’ of performance and integrate tactical periodisation into the effective planning for team performance encompassing a holistic approach to practice. Students will be expected to critically explore the challenges faced in implementing a game model approach within their own context.

Applied Reflective Practice: Philosophy in the Coaching Process

This module will explore personal coaching philosophies, the impacts this has on coaching practice and the challenges faced in demonstrating these in current coaching environments. Students will examine how their personal coaching philosophies have developed as well as how these are demonstrated in practice. In addition, students will propose any areas of personal and professional development needed to be undertaken in the progression of their coaching careers.

Semester 2
Analysis of Football Coaching Practice

This module will work on a real-life case study from your own coaching context, creating a fully considered and justified coaching development plan. As a practising coach, you will be expected to draw upon previous knowledge and skills gained and embed 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 and impact of decisions made. Furthermore, you will critically analyse your own coaching practice and methods employed throughout.

Match and Performance Analysis in Football

This module will enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and application of complex concepts within match and performance analysis in football. You will acquire a detailed awareness of contemporary theory, technology and industry expertise which is applied within football contexts to enhance knowledge, inform decision making interventions and improve performance.

Semester 3
Applied Professional Coaching Project

The applied professional coaching project offers students the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge developed within the Master’s programme in a relevant, practical work context environment. The coaching placement learning enables the student to apply techniques of reflective learning in order to ensure that learning is based upon a sound theoretical basis and a robust practical application. Although the initial responsibility for finding a suitable placement is in the hands of the student, students will be supported and guided in finding a placement. Workshops are available to facilitate the search process and the student will have a supervisor appointed to monitor student progress.

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 for further information on Short Term Study Visas.

We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing FA coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here.

How to apply

To apply for this programme please complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to

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


September 2021

Tuition fees

£10,950 MA fee
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Available tuition fee discount
UCFB Alumni

If you’d like to extend your time with us and study at UCFB's Global Institute of Sport, we’re pleased to offer all UCFB graduates:

GIS Alumni

If you’d like to extend your time with us, we’re pleased to offer all GIS graduates:

UCFB and GIS business partners

We're pleased to offer all UCFB and GIS business partners 15% fee tuition discount on all Undergraduate, Master's and Executive Education programmes and 25% off our Professional Qualifications

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)
£10,950 £10,950 £5,475 £5,475