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

You will study how we need to adopt a holistic view of high-performance improvement. One that not only has an emphasis on technical and tactical improvement, but also involves an analysis of coach/practitioner and athlete/team behaviour and interactions. The focus of the curriculum will be:

  • How we achieve quality training environments
  • Competition preparation and execution
  • How to develop effective support structures
  • Building an effective performance culture
  • Develop effective relationships within the performance team

The Sport Performance and Analysis MSc aims to combine your current knowledge and understanding, practical experiences of training and coaching environments. It will also aim to equip you with solid academic knowledge, key practitioner and research skills that effectively prepare you for a career in improving the high-performance sport.

Throughout each semester, you will develop a critical understanding of relevant theoretical and vocational issues. This will provide a basis for entry into further professional development within this area of industry. This programme has an applied focus and is guided by the key professional competencies outlined for elite performance support by UK Coaching.

A key feature of our Sport Performance and Analysis masters is the opportunities for volunteering within the university sports department. A focus on professional skills and vocational practice throughout this course will help improve your employability by gaining hands-on experience.

This course is aimed at those with an interest in performance coaching and analysis. You will cover topics such as performance analysis, data analytics, athlete welfare, management and working with elite performers.

At the start of Semester One, you will be informed of the options for Semester Two. You will be encouraged to discuss your choice of optional modules with your personal tutor. Information concerning the modules will also be made available on the eLP. You will choose one of the following options:

  • Physiology of Sports Performance
  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Sponsorship & Strategic Sport Brand Management 

You will benefit from the department's unique internal and external sporting partners to provide authentic learning opportunities and experiences. The department has links with several elite sport clubs that complement Northumbria's outstanding facilities, staff and resources. Examples of organisations we have worked with in the past include; Newcastle United Football Club, the Lawn Tennis Association, Sunderland United Football Club and British Cycling.

Within many of the modules, you will have the opportunity to address real-life problem scenarios. They will often involve links we have with high-performance sport and have been developed in consultation with industry-based employers. You will demonstrate an awareness of the role ethical practice plays in performance sport. You will be encouraged to develop further knowledge by gaining continuing professional development with and from experts in the industry.


Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 Year Full-Time

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

City Campus, Northumbria University


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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

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.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit    

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*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC

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Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP7000 -

Sport Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a range of research approaches and data analysis methods applicable to your subject of study as well as a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how these approaches can be applied in the planning of a methodologically-rigorous and ethically-sound research study.

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SP7006 -

SER PG Project (Core,60 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

SP7008 -

Strategic Interactions in Performance Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module focuses on the complex social and interactional nature of sports work across a range of professional roles (e.g., sport coach, video analyst, strength and conditioning specialist, sport scientist etc.). You will explore key challenges and opportunities facing sport professionals who are tasked with leading, influencing and supporting diverse webs of stakeholders that span highly dynamic organisational contexts. This module will help you to critically reflect upon and develop the intrapersonal, interpersonal and analytical skills necessary to negotiate the demands and dilemmas inherent in contemporary sports work. You will engage in inquiry, interpretation and explanation of your own strategic interactions and those of other people, as well as their complex situated interrelationships, and you will learn to locate and apply your knowledge through socio-pedagogical theorising at the forefront of academic and professional practice in sport.

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SP7009 -

Sport Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

On Sport Professional Practice you will engage in activities that further your professional development, and enhance your employability as a Northumbria graduate. You will be challenged to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning on your degree programme to real-world contexts. You will select and complete a range of activities aimed at furthering your skills and experience as a practitioner. You will be challenged to develop your own philosophy of support, and to use reflective practice to help your continued professional development.

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SP7010 -

Physiology of Sport Performance (Optional,20 Credits)

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of sport performance and will apply this knowledge to conduct an assessment and report for a real athlete/client. You will study the physiology of training from an assessment and adaptation perspective, in order to understand how exercise interventions can be designed to target specific physiological adaptation, and how these adaptations can be quantified through appropriate physiological assessment. You will also study the long-term planning process and how knowledge of adaptation can be applied to the prescription of training.

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SP7013 -

Applied Sport Nutrition (Optional,20 Credits)

The focus of this module will be on sport and exercise nutrition interventions that aim to improve athlete performance and wellbeing. You will learn what the current guidelines are, and critically review the underlying evidence base for these guidelines. Then you will apply your knowledge to adapt the recommendations for different situational (e.g. time of season, competition schedule, environment, and travelling) or personal contexts (e.g. demographic, other lifestyle commitments, special dietary requirements, and ethical and cultural beliefs). The module will take a food first approach but discuss ergogenic aids and supplements for individual needs where appropriate in the context of current anti-doping advice.

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SP7018 -

Performance Analysis and Data Analytics (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of performance analysis in sport and gain experience in designing, analysing and presenting sports performance reports. The module will cover topics such as; opponent analysis, data mining and player performance. The principles behind these processes and the techniques used to investigate these areas will be covered. You will get hands on experience using a range of technologies to understand the process behind analysis of performance and data analytics. You will learn what it is like to work in the applied performance analysis field with guest lectures from current performance analysts at a range of sporting organisations. You will be able to, by the end of the module, understand how to collect, analyse and present objective and reliable performance analysis data which can then be used to infer about individual’s and teams’ sporting performances.

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SP7019 -

Working with Elite Performers (Core,20 Credits)

The module “Working with elite performers” aims to support coaches and practitioners who aspire to or already work with athletes of high potential to reach their goals. This module connects the latest in research and theoretical developments with applied practice and reflection and is designed to dovetail harmoniously with your current coaching and applied sports science practice. You can shape the module to suit your current or aspirational needs and will enjoy the benefits of accessing our world class learning facilities throughout your degree. Your learning will be supported by academics who are active researchers and practitioners in this area, alongside tutors, who are, or have been active Coaches, Coach Educators and Trainers for National and International federations. You will undertake research yourselves to develop key skills and deepen your overall learning experiences. These skills can then be applied in your own context to support the performance improvements which are desired.

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SP7023 -

Sponsorship and Strategic Sport Brand Management (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop knowledge of the key principles and practice relating to strategic sport brand management and sponsorship, presenting an innovative approach that helps you build a framework for the initiation, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of partnerships and communications strategies. The module is underpinned by global examples and case studies to demonstrate the importance and intricacies of sports brands and partnerships from an international perspective, exposing you to many of the modes of practice used to affect the perception of value and behaviour through directed communication in the context of sport. Students will be encouraged to appraise the breadth of current and emerging digital communication platforms, understanding their role in reaching consumers, and they will develop a critical understanding of the essential role sustainability plays in creating successful sports brands.

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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