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.
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.
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks