University of Portsmouth

MSc Sports Performance

Whether you’re interested in analysing and optimising sports performance through individual and community engagement, or at international and elite-level, this course will give you the skills you need and will deepen your knowledge of the physiology, psychology, performance analysis and biomechanics of sport.

Sports science at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 3rd of all post-1992 universities for research quality

On this MSc course, you'll learn the biomechanics, physiology and psychology that underpins performance enhancement. You'll develop applied techniques, practical skills and research expertise which show how scientific support can be integrated into the world of top-level sport.

The UK is Europe’s leading market for sport and sports tech with sport and physical activity contributing £39 billion to the UK’s economy. The global sports market is expected to reach $707.84 billion in 2026. The UK’s globally renowned sporting events provide many career opportunities and we’ll provide the expertise and support that will enable you to pursue a career in sports performance with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics, or develop your own professional practice.

During your studies, you can choose to work toward British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist.


Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0

Career Prospects

When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career in areas such as teaching, sports development, science support and the health and fitness sectors. During your studies, you can also choose to work toward BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist, and you'll have the theoretical basis for further academic research.

What can you do with a Sports Performance degree?

Our previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • national governing bodies
  • sports agencies
  • local authorities
  • UK Sport
  • NHS
  • primary care trusts
  • county sports partnership

What jobs can you do with a Sports Performance degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • high-performance sports coach
  • personal trainer
  • exercise specialist
  • corporate fitness manager
  • university or college lecturer
  • sports facility manager
  • PhD study
  • clinical trials manager
  • sports scientist - such as biomechanist, psychologist, physiologist or performance analyst
  • performance pathway scientist
  • sports projects officer
  • sport science laboratory technician
  • research assistant

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the sports industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.


Modules studied

All modules on this MSc Sports Performance are core.

  • Applied Sports Physiology – 30 credits
  • Applied Performance Analysis – 30 credits
  • Applied Sports Biomechanics – 30 credits
  • Applied Sports Psychology – 30 credits
  • MSc Research Development and Practice – 60 credits

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