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Master of  Sports Coaching

Program code: 5447

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2 years part-time (recommended) or 1 year full-time (upon approval)


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 one-year coursework program is designed for current or aspiring coaches with an approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline looking to upgrade their qualifications. See 'Program details' for entry requirements.
  • Expand your expertise in leadership, management, relationship building and the dynamics between athlete and coach. Gain an understanding of the links between theory, research and your personal coaching practice.
  • Study both athletic performance and coaching performance across bio-physical (e.g. recovery, nutrition, rate limiters) and socio-cultural (e.g. quality coaching practices, emotional regulation, cultures of excellence) areas.
  • 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 of 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

    The Master of Sports Coaching is available on an external basis. Coursework 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
  • 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).

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.

  • 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
    2 years part-time (recommended) or 1 year full-time (upon approval)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor honours 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

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Master of Sports Coaching for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

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 5447. 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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