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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Sports Coaching

Expand your expertise in leadership, management, relationship building and the dynamics between athlete and coach.

Benefit from a program designed by elite coaches, expert academics and world leading researchers in this unique and engaging program, offering the latest and most innovative theory and practice in sports coaching.

This 16 unit coursework program is designed for current or aspiring coaches with an approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline, looking to upgrade their qualifications.

During the program, you'll engage in learning experiences that promote and encourage extensive analysis and critical reflection on your current coaching practices and contexts. You'll also develop expertise and knowledge in examining and enhancing both athletic and coaching performance across bio-physical (e.g. recovery, program management, rate limiters) and socio-cultural (e.g. quality coaching practices, emotional regulation, and cultures of excellence) domains.

Several courses you'll undertake use practical, work-based learning approaches that will allow you to apply your studies directly to your coaching practice. Authentic, directly relevant, and highly individualised content and learning experiences can be tailored to your individual circumstances.

You'll graduate with an internationally recognised qualification that will prepare you for advanced coaching roles with high-performance athletes and sporting teams.

Program highlights

  • Enjoy the convenience of flexible, online study and collaboration with your peers, program staff and coaches.
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification through a program designed by elite coaches, expert academics, and world-leading researchers.
  • Develop your coaching practice through practical, work-based learning approaches that can be tailored to your individual circumstances.
  • Join the school ranked first in Australia and second in the world for Human Movement and Sport Sciences.

Campus Information


Gatton, UQ’s rural campus, is located in the Lockyer Valley, 87 kilometres west of Brisbane’s city centre, and halfway between Ipswich and Toowoomba. On this sprawling campus, which dates back to 1897, you’ll find world-class teaching and research facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment. It’s also a working farm, with more than 1000 hectares of dairy, pig, crop and grazing units, as well as post-harvest facilities and greenhouses. Gatton’s agricultural learning facilities sit against a backdrop of historical homesteads, sporting amenities, and community fruit and vegetable gardens.


  • Feb Deadline: Nov
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agricultural economist
  • Extension and inspection officer
  • Land information systems officer

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

2-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 2 years full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree in any discipline plus current coaching qualifications endorsed by a recognised sporting body (e.g. a national sporting organisation) or equivalent plus one year's coaching experience. You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification, or

a current coaching qualification endorsed by a recognised sporting body (e.g. a national sporting organisation) or equivalent, plus five years coaching/high performance sporting experience (see below), comprising -

  • 150 contact hours per year; and
  • 450 hours per year in planning, preparation, self-reflection and learning, and continuing professional development.

High performance sporting experience means experience in performance sport contexts that are primarily focused on peak performances at major competitions. These contexts will typically be characterised by intensive preparation over prolonged periods involving extensive intervention and interpersonal contact.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

  • Relevant disciplines includes sports science, health or physical education.

Relevant work experience

  • Coaching experience as per entry requirements