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About the course

Designed specifically for those already working in a professional football environment, this master’s degree will enable you to develop and enhance your existing knowledge and skills in monitoring, analysing and implementing programmes of support to elite football players.

You’ll engage with, and gain an understanding across, areas such as talent identification and recruitment, training and competition demands and team leadership and management dynamics. This will help to enhance your experience and knowledge with the application of a multidisciplinary age-appropriate programme for the development of academy through to professional players. In addition, your supervisory and people management skills will be enhanced to gain greater insight into leadership and provide further career opportunities.

As part of the course you’ll also be eligible to enrol onto BASES Supervised Experience, the recognised path to full BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and Chartered Scientist status. If appropriate, some students with prior experience may choose to receive guidance and support in the application for direct entry to accreditation.

You’ll receive high quality teaching, learning and sport science provision from professionals with backgrounds in academia and football. The course is also informed by extensive links with key industry partners, such as the Football Association, BASES, the Premier League, various professional Football League clubs and leading wearable technology companies. In addition the course will draw on the expertise of current practitioners who, through our renowned guest lecture and seminar programme, add vital applied insights from the world of football.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Students will be equipped with the skills to educate and advise players and coaches on improving training principles and optimising player performance.

What does this course lead to?

As a practicing professional working in football, this course will provide you with the skills to help you develop your current role to work towards promotion or enhancement. Enrolling onto the BASES Supervised Experience route will also allow you to progress towards full accredited status.

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically for those currently working in the professional football industry in the UK, Europe and further afield in sport science support, player development and performance departments.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,700
International full-time fees: £14,300
UK and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,350 per year
International and EU part-time fees: Students from outside the UK are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU full-time tuition fees the same as UK full-time tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase compulsory kit/clothing. This is at a cost of approximately £105.
  • Students are also required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and costs £55. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Relevant undergraduate sport science or related degree.
  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without an undergraduate degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. 
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview
  • Applicants must be currently working in a professional football environment
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Please use the links below to apply online:



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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

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What you'll study

Core modules

  • Supervised Experience
  • Independent Project
  • Training and Competitive Demands
  • Talent Identification and Recruitment
  • Team Leadership and Management
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Play


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Adam Hawkey academic profile Adam Hawkey Head of Subject View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Course Leader View profile
Dominic Cunliffe academic profile Dominic Cunliffe Senior Lecturer View profile
Rory Magrath academic profile Rory Magrath Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students on this course will have full use of the many specialist health and sport science laboratories here at Solent. These include the BASES-accredited physiology lab, biomechanics lab and psychology laboratory, as well as the high performance gym.

Our brand new sports complex, will support our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex will comprise two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high performance gym, health and fitness and personal training teaching teams, and sport and exercise therapy clinical space.

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Students also have access to our 24/7 library, flexible working spaces, WiFi and learning zones.

Students studying on this course will be eligible to enrol on BASES Supervised Experience, the recognised route to BASES professional accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist.

Your future

As a practicing professional working in football, this course will allow you to develop your current role to work towards promotion or enhancement. Enrolling onto the BASES Supervised Experience route will also allow you to progress towards full accredited status.

Industry links

The course team has close connections with a number of professional football clubs in the UK and overseas, as well as professional bodies within the sport. The team also has strong links with professional bodies and industry experts in other sports, as well as with governing and regulatory bodies.

A number of football clubs, including Southampton FC, Reading FC and Swindon Town FC have carried out player testing using our industry-standard facilities. A number of players from the Premier League through to League Two have used our facilities for individual testing, rehabilitation and performance programmes.

Students on our football degrees have had the opportunity to take part in organised visits to Tottenham Hotspur FC, Brighton and Hove Albion FC, Fulham FC, Reading FC, and Eastleigh FC.

Students have also previously found placements at clubs including Southampton FC, Swindon Town FC, Reading FC, Eastleigh FC and Aldershot Town FC. And a number of our alumni are currently employed at Premier League and Football League clubs.

The course team itself blends highly skilled academics with experienced and qualified football practitioners able to bring context through real life experiences. Staff include former and current high-level sport science and coaching staff from various Premier League clubs, international set-ups and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.


The Supervised Experience unit involves a mandatory placement. As all students on this course will already be working in a professional environment, it is expected that this element will be undertaken within their current club.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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