Master of Sports Coaching - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete

This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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Please note: This program has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants.

The Sports Coaching courses provide expertise to prepare coaches for elite level coaching at both the junior and professional levels through the development of a range of skills, particularly related to leadership and management roles. There is strong demand for well qualified coaches in a wide variety of sports. The Graduate Certificate/Master of Sports Coaching emphasises advanced studies in the scientific, management and leadership aspects of sports coaching.

 Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will be able to perform the roles required of an elite level coach at both the junior and professional levels.


  • Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will have advanced knowledge of the:
  • theory and practice of management related to sports coaching, including the pedagogical approaches to sports coaching, training methodologies and coaching practices, motor skill acquisition and the role of sports medicine in coaching
  • theories and practice of leadership in a sports coaching setting
  • scientific principles of sport nutrition
  • psychological theories that underpin sports coaching
  • research methodologies relevant to addressing questions related to sports coaching
  • ways in which different research practices can advance the body of knowledge in sports coaching.

Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will have the cognitive, communication, technical and creative skills to:


  • critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the scientific knowledge and theoretical approaches that underpin the coaching of elite athletes
  • generate research questions based on critical evaluation of the current literature relevant to sports coaching and critical reflection on professional practice
  • investigate and evaluate research problems related to sports coaching
  • contribute to the development of further evidence and future theoretical and practical developments in the area of sports coaching


  • effectively lead and manage all relevant stakeholders in a range of sports coaching scenarios in culturally diverse environments
  • communicate effectively and respectfully with athletes, coaches, parents, administrators and officials
  • identify opportunities for communicating, and communicate effectively relevant specialist knowledge/research conclusions, professional decisions at conferences, special interest groups and/ or research networks


  • critically evaluate the application of a range of skills in sports coaching scenarios
  • identify legal issues, national and international professional standards relevant to sports coaching, including risk assessment procedures and health and safety regulations

Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will be able to:


  • demonstrate an objective and analytical attitude in the application of theories and practices related to sports coaching
  • integrate and apply evidence-based approaches to a range of sports coaching scenarios
  • demonstrate and promote the appropriate application of new knowledge and innovations in sports coaching
  • influence the directions of further research and innovation in sports coaching settings

Graduates will have opportunities in careers such as high performance coach, director of coaching, coach educator or sports development officer in addition to leadership and management roles in sports associations.

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Sports Coaching, applicants must:

·         hold a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching from Griffith University (or  from another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). Students admitted via this pathway may be eligible for up to 40 credit points of advanced standing as determined by the Program Director in accordance with University Policy; OR

·         hold a suitable bachelor degree in a related field (e.g. Exercise Science, Human Movement, Physical Education) AND provide documented evidence of at least three years sports coaching experience. Applicants who only hold Strength and Conditioning and/or Personal Training qualifications do not meet this requirement.

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 88 (no score less than 21)
  • OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Because of the theoretical nature of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching and the Master of Sports Coaching , the entry requirement of a Bachelor degree needs to be in a related field to sports coaching, i.e. Exercise Science. Human Movement, Physical Education/.

Students are recommended to start with the Graduate Certificate level units: PES721; PES720; EDN723; PES722.

PES729 Sports Psychology for Coaches should be completed as the final unit in the course.

To qualify for the award of Master of Sports Coaching students must complete twelve units.

From 2016 the maximum period for completing this program is 4 years.

The Graduate Diploma of Sports Coaching is an EXIT POINT only from the Masters of Sports Coaching and offers additional industry relevant units for those students who do not wish to pursue a research pathway.

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Sports Coaching (GDipSportCoach), a student must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for core units

Students who exit with the Graduate Diploma will not be eligible for re-admission to complete the Master of Sports Coaching.

Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services for information about exiting with this program.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sports Coaching Pedagogy
EDN723 GRF - Sess 2 -
Leadership for Sports Coaches
EDN724 GRF Sess 1 - -
Planning Training Programs for Elite Athletes
PES721 GRF Sess 1 - -
Performance Analysis for Sports Coaches
PES722 GRF - Sess 2 -
Management Skills for Sports Coaches
PES727 GRF Sess 1 - -
Sports Nutrition for Coaches
PES728 GRF - Sess 2 -
Sports Psychology for Coaches
PES729 GRF - Sess 2 -
Sports Medicine for Coaches
PES720 GRF Sess 1 - -
Foundations of Human Research Inquiry
HSV701 GRF Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics
HSV733 GRF - Sess 2 -
Research Evidence and Practice
NRS721 GRF - Sess 2 -
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
PES732 GRF Sess 1 - -

All credit applications will be assessed according to Griffith University policy and students should contact the Griffith (OUA) Services for further information.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

Students who have been accepted into the Master of Sports Coaching or the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016.

This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Griffith_Master_Sports_Coaching_Transition_2013 (PDF, 351 KB)

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