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Master of Sports Coaching

Overview

Develop the knowledge and leadership skills expected in the world of high performance sports coaching. Advance your career and master your craft as an innovative, well-informed sports coach.

Benefit from a unique program, designed by elite coaches, expert academics and world-leading researchers, that offers the most innovative theory and practice in sports coaching.

This 32-unit coursework program is designed for coaches who are accredited through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. Depending on your coaching experience, you may also need a degree.

During the program, you'll broaden your understanding of coaching and the coaching environment, reflect on your own coaching experience and develop your awareness of what coaching is. You'll also develop expertise and knowledge in examining and enhancing both athletic and coaching performance across biophysical (e.g. recovery, program management, rate limiters) and sociocultural (e.g. quality coaching practices, emotional regulation, cultures of excellence) domains.

In the final stages of your program, you'll dedicate part of your studies to writing a thesis on an original research topic related to sports coaching. You'll have the freedom to investigate areas of specific significance to your coaching practice.

Location
External
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5725
AQF
Level 9
Location
External
Fees
A$36384 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
1.5 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
2 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5725
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Join the longest running online sports coaching program in Australia, educating coaches worldwide for 20 years.
  • Enjoy the convenience of flexible, online study and benefit from work-based learning and online collaboration with your peers, program staff and coaches.
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification through a program designed by elite coaches, expert academics, and world-leading researchers.
  • Develop your coaching practice through practical, work-based learning approaches that can be tailored to your individual circumstances.

2 in the world for sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Australia for sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Online study
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Recovery and Nutrition for Elite Athlete
  • Developing the Elite Athlete
  • High Performance Program Management for Coaches
  • Performance Psychology for Coaches

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Coach educator
  • Coaching director
  • Head coach
  • Assistant coach
  • High performance coach
  • Performance director
  • Sports development manager

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

It's possible to complete this degree in 2 years, 1.5 years or 1 year depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

2-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

a bachelor's degree in any discipline plus current coaching qualifications endorsed by a recognised sporting body (e.g. a national sporting organisation) or equivalent plus one year's coaching experience, or

a current coaching qualification endorsed by a recognised sporting body (e.g. a national sporting organisation) or equivalent, plus five years coaching/high performance sporting experience (see below), comprising -

  • 150 contact hours per year; and
  • 450 hours per year in planning, preparation, self-reflection and learning, and continuing professional development.

High performance sporting experience means experience in performance sport contexts that are primarily focused on peak performances at major competitions. These contexts will typically be characterised by intensive preparation over prolonged periods involving extensive intervention and interpersonal contact.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in sports science or health or physical education, or
  • a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching from this university;


You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1-year degree (16 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (or part-time equivalent), you'll need:

  • a bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in sports science, health or physical education.


You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines includes sports science, health or physical education.

Relevant work experience

Coaching experience as per entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

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Additional application information

All of the Sports Coaching courses are offered externally and requires internet access.

Additional application information

All of the Sports Coaching courses are offered externally and requires internet access.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $36,384

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Master of Sports Coaching is 5725

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. 

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

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Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Sports Coaching is 5725.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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