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What makes Applied Sports Performance Analysis MSc at Worcester special?

The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts. In particular, you will find that you will be engaged in a wide range of applied activities and scenarios.You will learn to think creatively, solve problems, and utilise the knowledge you have gained as you progress through your studies. The development of applied skills in performance analysis forms the core of this programme, with a significant part of the programme being vocationally based.

This course is delivered through flexible and distributed learning which means that instead of meeting in a traditional face-to-face classroom over the course of this semester, a majority of our class time will be spent participating in small group, on-line discussions and activities. These weekly, on-line discussions and activities require you to engage with both tutors and peers to support and guide your learning. The online activities are supplemented by three blocks of one-week intensive teaching here at UW (currently delivered in September, January and June). The remainder of the modules can be accessed, studied and assessed from anywhere in the World. This means you are not tied to one location, reflecting the demands of the modern day performance analyst.

Key features

  • Full or part-time options, with a flexible modular scheme so that you can study at your own pace
  • Heavy emphasis on development and application of the applied skills of a performance analyst
  • Strong links to professional sports clubs and organisations
  • Flexible approach to teaching and learning (amalgamation of online and face-to-face learning environments)
  • Excellent facilities, including two performance analysis laboratories, Motion & Performance Centre, McClelland Health & Wellbeing Centre, 2,000-seat sports arena, two indoor sports centres, floodlit 3G astro, floodlit synthetic pitch, exercise physiology suite (BASES accredited), sports science laboratories, gymnasia and dance studio

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

You will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree. Those who hold a sport-related degree classification of either 2:2 (or below) or a non-sport-related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate relevant experience/knowledge. All applicants shall be interviewed. International students require IELTS of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

MSPO4151 Research Methods in Performance Analysis

(30 Credits)

Semester 1, Intensive week (September). Assessment submissions in October & December.

MSPO4152 Analysing Sport Performance

(15 Credits)

Semester 1, Online delivery, Assessment submissions in November & March.

MSPO4154 The Role of the Analyst

(15 Credits)

Semester 1, Online delivery, Assessment submissions in November & February.

MSPO4153 Contemporary Issues in Performance Analysis

(15 Credits)

Semester 2, Intensive week (January). Assessment submissions in March.

MSPO4155 Work-Based Project

(30 Credits)

Semester 2, Online delivery, Assessment submissions in June.

MSPO4157 Skill Aquisition & Player Learning

(15 Credits)

Semester 2, Intensive week (June). Assessment submissions in July.

MSPO4150 Dissertation

(60 Credits)

Semester 1 or semester 2, Assessment submissions in May or October.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?


This course is delivered through a blended learning approach and as such there are modules taught at UW and remotely. There are three intensive blocks that are taught in person at UW – each block represents a different module and students are required to attend these. The remote aspects of the course are taught using the Virtual Classroom facility available via Blackboard> These sessions are delivered live for those that are able to attend but are also recorded, enabling all students to access the materials whether their availability allows or not.

Students are taught through a combination of face to face and online modes of teaching in the form of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, directed learning tasks and laboratory practical sessions. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. In addition, tutorials are available each week in person, via skype or telephone.

Students gradually required to take control of their learning in a more independent manner as they progress throughout their course. A period of professional work based learning is included within the course whereby students are required to apply their knowledge and skills to an applied setting. The course culminates with a Masters level Dissertation during the final year of study.

Study options

Delivered via distance learning and two intensive study weeks with both full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Contact time

For intensive study weeks students are expected to have 5 x 8 hours of contact time per module (3 in total). While studying on distance learning modules, students are expected to have approximately 2 hours of contact time (via virtual learning) per module, per week.

In addition, students attend one complete study day (8 hours) prior to their period of professional practice, and are able to access 8 hours of tutorial support during the course of their dissertation study.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 2 hours of personal self-study per module per week. Typically, this will involve online study tasks, reading journal articles and completing formative assignments. The Dissertation requires substantial independent work and can be expected to require 600 hours of study. In addition students are required to undertake 100 hours of placement activities as part of their Work-Based Project.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-6 years part-time


Given the importance of planning ahead, indicative timings of intensive teaching blocks are normally available at time of application / interview. Online tasks for distance learning elements of the course are normally released on a weekly basis, but students are normally able to work on these at times convenient to them.

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course and have experience of both research and applied practice and consultancy in Applied Sports Performance Analysis; the team includes a range of expert lectures (details of which can be found on the course handbook and on the Institute web pages).


Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

During the duration of your studies you can expect:

1 x dissertation of 6000 words along with proposal presentation (10 minutes).
5 x written assignments of 1500-3000 words.
1 x case study (1500 words)
2 x presentation (10 - 15 minutes)
1 x career review (2000 words)

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  


Where could it take you?

University of Worcester graduates in the field of performance analysis have continued to study higher level qualifications at both UW and other institutions across the UK. Many have found employment within professional sports clubs and some have extended their internship into a part-time paid role.

The success of students studying on this programme has primarily been based within elite sport but has also been as diverse as local authority organisations (performance analyst role). The course has a strong record of helping students gain employment upon completion of studies.

Upon successful completion of the Masters Programme, students have gained first employment, promotion within their own organisation, gained international employment or move to a senior management position in other organisations. The Masters also provides a platform to other research/higher degrees in sport and promotion in other professional organisations. The completion of the Masters may also provide students with the ability to enhance their current working practices.

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    Case study

    Matthew Lewis

    My journey as a performance analyst began during my undergraduate degree in Sport Coaching at the University of Worcester. I enjoyed the experience so much that I went back for postgraduate study where I specialised in performance analysis.

    The industry links of the staff ensured that there were many opportunities for me to gain applied experience within the performance analysis industry, as well as ensuring that what we were taught was relevant to what analysts did. The placement opportunities gave me a real taste for the life as a performance analyst as well as helping me grow and develop – improving my knowledge and understanding of not only the theory but practices of analysts too. Staff were always willing to help and support me along the way. Studying as a distance learner allowed me to be located at a football club without the necessity to travel to Worcester for all of my lectures and tutorials. The staff are incredibly helpful and go above and beyond to support me as the student, creating time for online tutorials, telephone calls and replying to my emails to ensure I feel comfortable with the tasks in hand. The facilities and resources are of the highest quality. The two performance analysis labs are fully equipped with the latest hardware and software and provide a great space to work in.

    I would certainly recommend the MSc programmes at the University of Worcester, especially completing academic study alongside an applied placement opportunity. Being able to apply theoretical knowledge to practical activity is so beneficial and increases the chances of obtaining full time employment. This provides a real edge on other courses at other institutions. I feel there wouldn’t have been a better place to learn and develop skills, not only academically, but ‘in the real world’.

    I am forever thankful for the opportunities I have been given at the University of Worcester.

    Matthew Lewis Assistant
    1st Team Performance Analyst
    Derby County Football Club


How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Funded roles

The University works with a number of sports clubs and organisations to offer paid roles in performance analysis and funded places on the course. These are advertised periodically in the months of May and June.


How do you apply?

Apply for enrolment

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

John Francis
01905 545590