Northumbria University Newcastle

Sport Performance and Analysis MSc

The first course of its kind, our Sport Performance and Analysis MSc will enable you to integrate the study of high-performance sport with your own experiences as an athlete, coach, practitioner, or someone passionate about elite sport. 

  • This course is aimed at those with an interest in high-performance coaching and analysis.You will study how we need to adopt a holistic approach to high-performance professional practice. One that not only has an emphasis on technical and tactical improvement, but importantly involves understanding individual, collective and organisational goals, developing and maintaining productive relationships, and constructively influencing a range of key stakeholders.The focus of the curriculum will be:
  • How we co-ordinate and contribute to high
  • How we analyse and support competition preparation and execution 
  • How we continually develop ourselves and mobilise others
  • How we enact ethical practice and protect the welfare of people empowered to achieve their potential

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy, social sciences. Work experience in a relevant field and/or a professional qualification may also be considered.

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

  • On completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career within the sport performance industry and supporting athlete development.

  • You will be encouraged to explore a range of career pathways throughout your degree. You will develop an understanding of contemporary ways of working within the sport performance industry by engaging with a range of employers, alumni and external agencies. You will be supported to engage with volunteering opportunities with our industry links. In previous years, we have offered several Newcastle United FC and Sunderland AFC internships. This provides students with the opportunity to gain insight into a professional sports club and make contacts within the field.
  • To further enhance your career prospects, you can access our specials careers guidance and employability advice service. Northumbria also offers a range of self-help resources to help with your career planning, CV writing and interview preparation. This course aims to equip you with the skills that leading employers in this field are looking for. Upon graduation from this masters course, you will be able to begin a choice of careers within the sport performance sector. This could include a performance analyst, sports coach, sports therapist, member of a multi-disciplinary performance team and performance development officer to name but a few.

Course Details

Northumbria University's Sport Performance and Analysis MSc will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods. This will include; lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. This will allow you to learn from both theoretical and pragmatic perspectives. You will be challenged to develop a wider understanding of how to create effective learning environments, training situations and appropriate high-performance cultures.

Most of your sessions will be delivered in small groups where you will have the opportunity to interact with your peers and tutors. You will be expected to use the information gained as a guideline for further research and study during non-contact time. Before seminars, you are encouraged to read specific literature to allow for effective academic debate during the session. You will also have access to performance analysis hardware and software that is used by professional sports organisations. You will gain hands-on experience of its use and application.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Sport Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)
SER PG Project (Core,60 Credits)
Strategic Interactions in Performance Sport (Core,20 Credits)
Sport Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Physiology of Sport Performance (Optional,20 Credits)
Applied Sport Nutrition (Optional,20 Credits)
Performance Analysis and Data Analytics (Core,20 Credits)
Working with Elite Performers (Core,20 Credits)
Sponsorship and Strategic Sport Brand Management (Optional,20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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