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Master of  Sports Coaching

Program code: 5446

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1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Sports Coaching will provide you with the knowledge expected of high performing coaches while expanding and refining your skills in performance coaching.

  • This 18-month coursework and research program is designed for current or aspiring sports coaches with a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching from UQ or an approved degree in the same discipline. See 'Program details' for entry requirements.
  • Expand your expertise in leadership, management, relationship building and the dynamics between athlete and coach. You will gain an understanding of the links between theory, research and your personal coaching practice.
  • Research and complete an empirical project on a topic related to sports coaching. You will have the freedom to investigate areas of specific significance to your previous, current or future coaching practice.
  • Benefit from a program designed by elite coaches, expert academics, and world leading researchers. This unique and engaging program offers the latest and most innovative theory and practice in sports coaching.

Graduate with an internationally recognised qualification that will prepare you for advanced coaching roles with high-performance athletes and sporting teams.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ has been educating students in human movement since 1941 and is one of Australia's leading centres for teaching and research. In the 2015 ERA Outcomes, our School’s research performance in the field of human movement science received the highest possible ranking.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Flexible study options

    Coursework for this program is delivered in online study modules and discussions, and several courses use practical, work-based learning approaches that encourage you to critically reflect on your coaching practice.

  • Alumni
    "This is one of the best learning experiences I have had in my coaching career. The program is delivered in a user-friendly way for full-time professionals and the content is applicable for coaches of all sports. It is an essential qualification for any coach aspiring to be the best in their craft." Liam, Master of Sports Coaching graduate, Australia
  • Research

    Build a career through your research

    During your studies you'll write a thesis on an original research topic. This will not only further your expertise and skills in critical thinking, writing, project management and problem-solving, but also potentially open the doors to a future career in research within industry or academia.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching are well placed to move into high-level coaching roles with high-performance athletes and sporting teams, typically working in roles that include:

  • head coach
  • assistant coach
  • director of coaching
  • high performance coach
  • sports development manager
  • coach educator.

Other graduates use the Master of Sports Coaching to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Fast Facts

    Renowned reputation

    UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is ranked in the world's top five for sport and exercise science by three major international rankings (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, Shanghai World Rankings 2017 and CEOWORLD Magazine 2018).

  • Why study

    Australia's longest-running coaching programs

    UQ's Sports Coaching Programs have been offered since the early 2000s. They are the most recognisable coaching programs in the country, and one of the leaders globally. Many of our graduates have gone on to work with professional and Olympic sports domestically and internationally.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


A graduate certificate in sports coaching from this university; OR an approved degree in the same discipline.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Sports Coaching are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Sports Coaching. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Sports Coaching pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $20,200
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Sports Coaching at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Sports Coaching can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Sports Coaching is 5446. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

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

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Sports Coaching 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.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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