MQF Level 7 MSc International Sport Coaching

The MSc in International Sport Coaching is an MQF Level 7 Master’s programme being offered by Learning Works in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). This 180 credit postgraduate course (UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF)) is ideal for aspiring and established coaches looking to develop their skills and practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Study on this new MSc International Sport Coaching, designed and run in conjunction with Learning Works, Malta
  • Course content is informed by the latest research and best practice in sport coaching from LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Includes personalised assignments so you can apply knowledge to your own coaching practice on topics including coaching methods, social relationships in coaching, sport psychology, training programmes, talent development and performance analysis
  • Benefit from the flexibility of both online and face-to-face teaching, through a blended timetable of online learning materials, online live and pre-prepared lessons and two intensive contact weeks in Malta (one each semester)
  • Continue working as a coach in your own context, alongside studying the course
  • Take part in a placement in your own context or with one of LJMU’s sporting partners, and receive mentoring from LJMU staff
  • Learn with a cohort of high-performing coaches and network of LJMU staff, alumni and contacts across the world of sport, including those who work in professional sports such as football, Olympic sports and international coaching contexts

Target Candidates

Graduates of this degree can find employment in one of these established sport professions in:

  • Physical Educators
  • Assistant Coaches
  • Coaches
  • Head Coaches
  • Directors of Coaching
  • Coach Educators
  • Coach Developers
  • Policy Makers
  • Researchers & Lecturers of Coaching
Course Code Duration Credit Value Next Intake FT/PT
LW/S/010 1 Year FT 180 Credits September 2023 FT
LW/S/010 2 Years PT 180 Credits September 2023 PT

Mode of Training

A blended teaching approach will be undertaken including:

  • Online lessons delivered using LJMU’s virtual learning environment Canvas
  • Online asynchronous material (readings, tasks, lectures and discussion boards)
  • Live online synchronous weekly sessions (seminars, workshops and guest lectures)
  • Two one-week intensive blocks of face-to-face teaching in Malta with LJMU staff
  • Online tutorial support


A range of assessment techniques are used including:

  • Coaching as a Social Process module – essay using a narrative style
  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy and Practice module – portfolio 
  • Coach Education and Development module – case study
  • Advanced Training Programmes module – report using a scientific style
  • Psychology for Sport Coaching module – presentation and report
  • Talent Development and Performance Analysis module – presentation
  • Independent Study module – dissertation in a journal format

Awarding Body

Liverpool John Moores


Lecturers will be shortly announced.

Course Structure

This module uses theoretical concepts to explore areas such as coach philosophy and relationships between coaches, athletes and fellow staff. Students will apply concepts to their own sport coaching role.

This module provides a theoretical basis for understanding how learning occurs. It also enables you to use theoretical understandings to analyse and develop learning environments to help you flourish.

This module critically explores coach education and coach development. Underpinned by learning theory, the module enables you to develop yourself and others as coaches through work-related learning in a sport coaching placement. The placement can be in your own context or at one of LJMU’s sporting partners. You will use research skills to enhance and evaluate learning from your work experience.

This module aims to deepen understanding of contemporary scientific theories, principles and methods and their application in the physical development of athletes. You will explore physical training methods and schedules that help individuals achieve their sporting aims.

The module enables you to critically evaluate and integrate contemporary sport psychology research and best practice into your coaching. The modules includes an examination of current sport psychology literature to develop a coherent understanding of issues associated with emotion, motivation, peak performance and motor skill development.

This module aims to develop and extend your knowledge and practical experience of the research process. You will utilise advanced research methods within a sport coaching context and develop a research project in a journal style.

This transdisciplinary module examines talent development systems, processes and models. You will use contemporary research to critically consider how talent and performance can be developed across the participant lifespan.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • A good (2:1 or above) honours degree in a sport related discipline, e.g. Coaching, PE, Sport Science or Sport Development OR
  • Equivalent professional qualifications and substantial industry experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant experience of coaching

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Price Policy:

  • All prices are applicable only for Maltese residents and EU citizens

All applicants must provide a digital copy of the following items, these can be uploaded after payment is complete. This is not required for Webinars:

  • ID Card (both sides) or Passport
  • Police Conduct (not older than 2 months) when the course requires it
  • Recent Photo or selfie
  • Certificates as per eligibility criteria