• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

Sports coaching and sports science have become vital components of sports performance. Elite athletes and teams surround themselves with professionals from a range of disciplines to ensure no stone is left unturned in their quest for success. Working in sport requires a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, interpersonal skills and an understanding of the sporting environment. The sports industry is a competitive field and employment opportunities are dependent on a practitioner’s knowledge and experience.

This programme of study is designed to build on the technical underpinnings of an undergraduate degree in a related field and provide the applied experience that employers demand. The course will help you to develop problem solving skills and the creativity necessary to thrive in a competitive sporting environment.

Part-time or full-time study is available, with flexible delivery to allow applicants to combine work with study. Bucks New University has strong links to sporting organisations who play a large part in this course.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

The Human Performance Laboratory at Bucks New University is central to this qualification, and you will be given the opportunity to contribute to various aspects of the facilities services. Through the delivery of an expanding sports science support service, as an MSc Sports Performance student, you will interact with clients, technical personnel and suppliers. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in marketing and expansion of the current service.

The University has strong links with local and national sporting organisations including the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, Wycombe Wanderers F.C., local football academies and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The teaching staff have many years applied experience in elite sports including The British Rowing Team, The English Institute of Sport, British Swimming, British Sailing, and Reading Ladies FC. And Reading Rockets Basketball team.

What are the course entry requirements?

Potential students will normally hold a minimum of a second class honours undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science or a related subject, including discipline specific awards (e.g. physiology, strength and conditioning etc).

Applications from athletes, coaches and support staff who have extensive experience of the competitive sport environment are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Research Project & Research Methods
  • Placement / Student Enterprise
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports & Exercise Science
  • Applied Sport Science Support
  • Working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,500

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £13,000

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,800

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £14,300

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

No matter the sport or your role in it, you’ll need technical skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team. We’ve designed this course to prepare you for life working with athletes and teams at any level. You could consider a career in:

  • Coaching
  • Sports development
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports academy support
  • Teaching

Other career routes include further research with a PhD, or internships with organisations like national governing bodies.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.