Start dates:

September: 鶹ԭ Wembley and 鶹ԭ Manchester

Course length:One year (full-time) and two year (part-time) options available

Degree overview

This course equips students with the essential tools to understand and explore the principles of performance analysis that govern the modern game. You will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enhance performance on the pitch and improve player recruitment.

Teaching locations & learning options
鶹ԭ Wembley

This degree is available at 鶹ԭ Wembley, London, which the iconic Wembley Stadium at the heart of its campus. What could be more motivating for a future career in the sports industry than walking into the most famous stadium in the world?Our 鶹ԭ Wembley campus enjoys excellent facilities with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, library and media suites.

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鶹ԭ Manchester

This degree is available at 鶹ԭ Manchester Campus –with bespokelearning facilities dedicated to your course and access to stadium venues across Manchester, students can live, learn and work at the centre of one of Europe’s most progressive sporting cities.

鶹ԭ Manchester Campus

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Degree content

The MSc Performance Analysis in Football course encompasses all that is required of a performance analyst whilst assessing and measuring expectations of this role within an applied football context.Students on this programme have access to world-leading performance analysis tools from , the industry-standard software used by athletes, coaches and clubs across the globe.

The variation of modules captures the appreciation required for an aspiring analyst in relation to what would be expected within a professional sporting environment. Understanding the roles that interlink with the role of a Performance Analyst is just as prevalent as understanding the role of an analyst in isolation.

Did you know – 98% of our postgraduate graduates are either employed or in full-time study and 69% are working or studying in sport!As a postgraduate student studying with us, you can build on your employability opportunities by expanding your knowledge and network!

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From studying at 鶹ԭ, I have benefitted from the excellent lecturers, world class equipment, software and facilities and the incredible opportunities and experiences that have been presented to me

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Modules

Degree modules

The main educational aims of the course are to:

  • Conceptualise the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the football industry.
  • Develop the students’ capacity to critically interrogate theories that inform performance analysis principles and practice in a football context.
  • Develop systematic knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of performance analysis to enhance performance in a football context.
  • Create an environment in which students are able to relate theory to practice, solve problems creatively, apply new and existing skills, and demonstrate awareness of emerging issues within the domain of performance analysis and related disciplines.
  • Equip students with a range of research skills necessary to design and conduct applied research in a football context.
  • To develop the students’ critical evaluation of their own practice and that of performers with the intention to engage in innovative activities linked to enhancing performance of self and performer.
  • Providing opportunities for students to have access to industry standard hardware and software in order to fully integrate a technological approach to performance enhancement strategies.
Applied Football Match Analysis

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the key fundamentals and principles of football match analysis, integrating theory with practice and sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate. The applied element of football match analysis will allow you to gain experience in and an understanding of match analysis, hardware, software and programmes. You will learn what an analyst requires to function effectively and safely in a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific applied performance analysis context. You will learn how to operate contemporary analysis programmes, integrate theory with practice and conduct then deliver performance analysis in the football context.

Football Statistics and Data Analysis

This module will enable you to develop awareness and analysis of the key fundamentals and principles of football statistics and data, integrating theory with practice and sharing knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate. The applied element of football will allow you to gain experience and develop an understanding of data drawn from both competition and training contexts. You will learn which data is needed to function effectively and safely within a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific applied football context. You will learn how to analyse data, integrate theory with practice and work with differing departments within a football club in order to improve practice and performance.

Talent Identification and Recruitment

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the requirements expected within associated roles in relation to Talent Identification and Recruitment. The applied element of Talent Identification and Recruitment will allow you to gain knowledge surrounding the characteristics identified when assessing talent within a football setting and how this then transitions through to recruitment. You will learn what a scout requires to function effectively and safely in a variety of situations, developing reflective skills and identifying which theories are most applicable when working in a specific talent identification and recruitment role. You will learn how to navigate through industry standard recruitment tools to search, identify and select talent within the world of football.

Applied Research Project

This module will advance your research methods and critical thinking skills, and support you in applying these to the sports industry and its associated environments. This module will prepare you for research, reflective, and evidence-based development in future employment, as well as for higher study if applicable.

As part of this module, you will have an opportunity for sustained applied research and practice in the form of an applied project. Therefore, this module creates a space for you to apply competencies developed in your modules to date to a real-life football setting, leading to experiential and reflective learning.

You will direct your efforts towards addressing a topical issue in your area of interest. Your applied research project will allow you to showcase your intellectual articulation and knowledge, by undertaking an applied project, emphasising your knowledge of theory and current practice in your area of interest. By completing this project, and presenting your results, you will establish expertise in an area of academic, personal and professional interest, aiming to influence coaching practice.

Together with other modules in the programme portfolio, this module will give you real-world exposure to coaching issues that require investigation from you in the role of an applied researcher. You will gain a thorough practice-based understanding of project design, conduct and action. As result, you will be able to evidence management and leadership of an applied project, and show potential to change and influence coaching operations – something current and future employers will look for in your knowledge, experience and skills portfolio.

Global Sports Leadership

Leadership is a fundamental element of both sport and business operating in a dynamic global arena. On this module you will review and conceptualise different approaches to leadership from both an applied and theoretical perspective to allow you to analyse critical incidents in order to judge organisational leadership performance. You will be able to apply leadership theory to examples from industry professionals who have experience of leading teams in a sporting setting. Cross-cultural leadership underpins many of the behaviours and skills discussed within the leadership framework, alongside diversity and inclusion, strategic leadership, communication and reflection. The module allows you to take responsibility for your own leadership development and effectiveness through the development of an e-portfolio and skills audit, alongside exposure to sports leaders from the global network of partners contributing to the live case studies.

Applied Reflective Practice

This module will explore the process of reflection, its role in the development of knowledge and practical expertise and its subsequent impact on practice. You will examine and critically evaluate the key factors associated with a sound reflective process and what it is to be an effective reflective practitioner. In addition, you will review reflective processes and will develop a model of reflection, informed by a critical evaluation of existing models and current literature in this and other relevant fields.

An Interdisciplinary Approach in Football

This module will enable you to develop awareness and understanding of the requirements and interactions behind the scenes within a football setting. The applied element of The Interdisciplinary Approach in Football will allow you to assess your role as a Performance Analyst and integral part this plays within the wider context of working within a professional football environment. You will learn how an analyst interacts with other disciplines and how these differing roles all work together for the benefit of improvement within a club setting. Theoretical underpinning will establish the importance of all the interdisciplinary cogs working together to achieve a shared goal. You will hear from industry professionals working within these differing sectors to share their experiences of how they interact with Performance Analysts and the mutual benefits this can provide.

Degree specification documents and information

鶹ԭ is an embedded college of the University of East London. All 鶹ԭ graduates will receive a degree from the University of East London.

Click here for the course specification for this degree

Entry requirements overview

Entry requirements
Standard entry requirements
  • Undergraduate degree - minimum 2:2 (ideally a 2:1) or international equivalent
  • English language qualifications: Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each section) or recognised equivalent.

Offers to applicants currently studying an undergraduate degree will be conditional on them going on to achieve the entry requirements on completion of their degree.

Flexible entry requirements

Applications that do not meet the standard entry requirements but demonstrate relevant education and/or work and/or life experience in the course subject area are welcomed.

Eligibility will be assessed on the basis of the information provided in the application – in particular the personal statement.

For more information, please contact admissions@ucfb.com.

Applications

We strongly encourage you to submit your Masters application well before our 2 September2024 priority application deadlineٴ allow sufficient time for assessment of application, ensure availability on the course and enrolment in time for the beginning of your studies. Applications received after this date will only be considered on a case by case basis.

How to apply

To apply for this degree, please click here and follow the instructions to complete your application via our Learner Portal.

Application documents
  • Application form
  • Evidence of highest academic and/or professional qualifications
  • Evidence of relevant experience, where required
  • 500 word personal statement

Applications made through the flexible entry route may require a course leader review. The course leader will determine whether a professional reference or task is required.

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Scholarships

鶹ԭ is proud to offer an extensive suite of scholarships to support outstanding students as they embark on their postgraduate study. From scholarships to aid our elite athletes, to attracting aspiring sports leaders, and scholarships which support inclusivity and diversity within the sporting industry, our scholarships are there to support students who want to make a meaningful difference to the future of the sporting world.

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Career prospects

Any student embarking on the MSc Performance Analysis in Football course with 鶹ԭ will have multiple career options to choose from. The varied content allows for students to gain insight from industry perspectives and this is reflected in assessment also. The obvious potential career opportunities from this programme include Performance Analyst, Recruitment Analyst, Football Scout, Talent Identification, Opposition Analyst and Data Analyst. Utilising the knowledge gained within the programme and depending upon student career focus, this could also open opportunities within teaching and learning environments.

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Fees

Home students
£11,950
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These discounts are open to any 鶹ԭ, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at postgraduate level with 鶹ԭ.

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We're pleased to offer all 鶹ԭ and GIS businesspartners15% fee tuition discount on all Undergraduate, Postgraduatedzܰ.

Additional information about fees

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Part-time option

For part-time courses the tuition fee will be split accordingly per year i.e 75 credits in year 1 and 105 credits in year 2 (for a two year programme) as per below table.

Total fee 75 credits 105 credits
Home students £11,950.00 £4,979.50 £6,970.50
International students £17,950.00 £7,479.50 £10,470.50

*International students require a visa to study on campus

Additional costs

In some instances, optional activities provided by GIS may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Looking to study online with access to global campuses?

The Global Institute of Sport (GIS) offers this degree with online learning options, click the link to learn for more information about studying with GIS.

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