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Applied Sports Performance Analysis MSc

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.

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

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 fortnightly, 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 two blocks of one-week intensive teaching here at UW (currently delivered in September and January). 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.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,609 are now available for UK students. For more information visit our postgraduate loans page


How to apply

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

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.

Study options

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

Get in touch

Kelvin Beeching,
Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis
Tel: 01905 542481


The employability of students is of significant importance and is a key aspect in the design of this course. Given that the majority of jobs in Performance Analysis ask for a MSc as standard, completing this course shall be a meaningful addition to your CV. The course has been derived with employers and with the role of the modern performance analyst in mind and so the course reflects that from the content of the modules to the design of the assessments.

The course has a strong vocational strand, which is developed through an extended professional placement module and the use of applied case studies which are designed to develop problem solving skills, utilising a variety of theories, concepts and disciplines in an inter-disciplinary way. They involve both they critical analysis of situations and the development of practical solutions. Employability shall be further enhanced through an emphasis during Worcester Weeks. This shall include talks from industry leaders, networking opportunities with current analysts, mock interviews and CV workshops

Example destinations of UW Graduates working in the field of performance analysis include:        

  • Aston Villa FC       
  • Birmingham City FC
  • Derby County FC
  • Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball
  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Queens Park Rangers FC
  • The Football Association
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Worcester Warriors RFC           
Course content


Analysing Sport Performance
This module allows you to critically engage in the process of analysis of sports performance. You shall devise measures of performance and generate and analyse data for appropriate dissemination to both coaches and athletes utilising a range of pertinent software.

Contemporary Issues in Performance Analysis
You’ll examine the key concepts and development of theoretical aspects of performance analysis. You will be encouraged to explore key concepts and contemporary issues (including data analytics (statistics); skill acquisition and coaching science) in a variety of sporting activities.

Research Methods
This module explores current investigative techniques that can be used to undertake valid and reliable research in performance analysis. Critical appreciation of the investigative process is essential to critique and interpret existing literature, and to enable you to design your own research procedures that are required for the Dissertation.

Personal Development Profiling
You shall evaluate current theoretical perspectives pertaining to development activities relevant to you applied performance analysis work place; analyse the benefits and drawbacks in the light of the reading you have undertaken and evaluate your learning by reflecting on your professional practice.

Work Based-Learning 1 & 2
This module allows you to specialise and focus your studies on aspects of your role as a performance analyst. You shall identify a challenge and conduct a Work Based Project in an attempt to implement change and refine workflows and processes as necessary (this is in liaison with the module tutor and the workplace).

Through critical evaluation of research articles at the forefront of the discipline of Performance Analysis, you will design, justify and implement a Masters Level research project.

Elective modules





Assessments will test your theoretical knowledge and application of that knowledge to practical situations. A wide variety of assessment methods are used including: oral presentation and defence, written assignments, data handling assignments, work-based projects, critical reviews and scientific-style journal article.

In addition to summative assessment tasks, a range of formative tasks (which will include online group discussions and tutorials) will provide the opportunity for you to receive feedback on your progress. 

Student views

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

Fees and finance

Fees and finance

Course fees for 2018/19 (for Home and EU Students)
Full-time students: £6,700

For more details, please visit our course fees 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.

Postgraduate loans
As a postgraduate student, you are eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help fund your living expenses and/or tuition fees.