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MSc Performance Analysis in Football

Global Institute of Sport
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
London, Manchester
MSc Performance Analysis in Football

Program description

MSc Performance Analysis in Football

This programme will give students the necessary tools to understand and explore the performance analysis principles that rule the modern game. You will gain the knowledge of the theory and practice that enables enhanced performance on the pitch as well as in player recruitment.

Students on this programme have access to world-leading performance analysis tools from Hudl, the industry-standard software used by athletes, coaches and clubs across the globe.

Admission requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with a genuine passion and ambition to work in the football and sports industries.

Applicants should have a 2:2 classification in a Performance analysis related degree. Applicants who hold a non-relevant degree subject or who have not previously studied to the level of a 2:2 degree will be considered on the basis of additional relevant experience and/or qualifications.

Applicants should review the coaching entry requirements here and contact if you are unsure about your eligibility for the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements but who have an otherwise strong profile may be asked to provide a coaching or management portfolio and/or complete a brief assignment in a relevant subject area to demonstrate suitable level of academic writing.

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section) or recognised equivalent.

The course would be ideal for students graduating from BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development and BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching.

We have revised our coaching entry requirements for 2021 to account for the difficulty in completing FA coaching qualifications due to COVID-19. Please find our 2021 coaching entry requirements here.

International students

Our access to an International License is currently being reviewed. This means we are unable to accept applications for anyone who requires a student visa to study in the UK as we cannot issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Once the review is finalised and we have a definitive outcome, all students who’ve expressed an interest in studying at UCFB and the Global Institute of Sport will be notified.

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Program content

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. The modules below are planned for delivery on the programme beginning in September 2021, but are still to be confirmed at a validation event beforehand:

  • Applied Football Match Analysis
  • Football Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Talent Identification and Recruitment
  • Applied Research Project
  • Global Sports Leadership
  • Applied Reflective Practice (Option)
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach in Football (Option)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Full-time (one year)

  • Home Students: £10,950
  • International Students: £16,450

Part-time (two years)

  • Home Students: £5,475
  • International Students: £8,225


The main educational aims of the course are to:

  • Conceptualise the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the football industry.
  • Develop the students’ capacity to critically interrogate theories that inform performance analysis principles and practice in a football context.
  • Develop systematic knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of performance analysis to enhance performance in a football context.
  • Create an environment in which students are able to relate theory to practice, solve problems creatively, apply new and existing skills, and demonstrate awareness of emerging issues within the domain of performance analysis and related disciplines.
  • Equip students with a range of research skills necessary to design and conduct applied research in a football context.
  • To develop the students’ critical evaluation of their own practice and that of performers with the intention to engage in innovative activities linked to enhancing performance of self and performer.
  • Providing opportunities for students to have access to industry standard hardware and software in order to fully integrate a technological approach to performance enhancement strategies.

Career opportunities

Any student embarking on the MSc Performance Analysis in Football programme with GIS will have multiple career options to choose from. The varied content allows for students to gain insight from industry perspectives and this is reflected in assessment also. The obvious potential career opportunities from this programme include Performance Analyst, Recruitment Analyst, Football Scout, Talent Identification, Opposition Analyst and Data Analyst. Utilising the knowledge gained within the programme and depending upon student career focus, this could also open opportunities within teaching and learning environments.

At GIS, we are proud that over 92% of our 2017 graduates are in full-time employment within six months and 82% of these graduates work in sport.

UCFB's Global Institute of Sport was also ranked in the top 5 'Best Universities for Employability' in 2021.

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Global Institute of Sport

UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS) offers ground-breaking Master’s degree programmes in the football and sports industry utilising a global network of industry leaders and elite stadium venues in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. GIS also hosts a world-class...

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Global Institute of Sport

14th Floor, 111 Piccadilly
M1 2HY Manchester Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

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