The Doctorate in Sports Coaching aims to equip practitioners and related scholars with an appreciation of the symbiotic and synergetic relationship between theory and practice. As opposed to a distinct research focus characteristic of a traditional PhD, the amended emphasis of the DSC lies in practice as both the recipient and generator of research. The DSC arises from a demand for high-level, leading-edge knowledge and skills training, coupled with increasing the use and exploitation of coaching research in practice. It offers a unique opportunity for professional and career development, focusing on applied and experiential learning within a community of practice.
Learning & Teaching
The modules will be taught through a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, directed study and practice, and individual tutorials appropriate to the learning outcomes of the module in question and the general programme of study.
Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is also the Programme Director of the course.
Employability & Careers
This programme aims to provide a contemporary leading-edge academic and professionally relevant Doctorate for the international community of sports coaching practitioners and scholars. Potential career progression routes include sports coaching, coach education, coach development and Higher Education lecturing.
There will be two points of general entry; (i) the doctoral programme (at the beginning of the MSc taught Level 7 component); and (ii) the PG Dip in SC programme (the beginning of the taught Level 8 component).
The criteria for (i) are as follows:
Applicants will be expected to hold a first-class or 2(i) BSc/BA (Hons) in an appropriate sports-related degree. Furthermore, it will be expected that applicants would have achieved a minimum grade of 60% in their final year undergraduate research project. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with considerable relevant (coaching) experience who do not hold an undergraduate degree will also be considered for entry. Each applicant will be required to attend an interview in relation to their suitability.
The criteria for (ii) are as follows;
- An MSc/MA degree in a sport-related area appropriate to the pathway (e.g., Sports Coaching, Sports Pedagogy). A minimum of a Merit is required and a Distinction is preferred;
- A post-graduate degree in an alternative discipline area acceptable to the programme leader. A minimum of a Merit is required and a Distinction is preferred.
- Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience and/or related qualifications in coaching and/or coach education will also be considered for entry;
- Current postgraduate students who wish to forego the dissertation component of their MSc in order to progress directly to the Doctorate in Sports Coaching.
An aspect that makes the DSC distinctive is its practical component and, in particular, the connection between that and new knowledge. Consequently, all entrants to the programme will need to be actively coaching.