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Integrated Masters course

Physical Education and Sports Coaching MArt

Combine Undergraduate and Postgraduate study into a single 4-year course with our integrated Masters programme.

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The programme balances practice with theory and stresses the importance of a value-led approach to physical education and coaching. The programme will place you at the cutting edge of knowledge and practice and will ensure you are well prepared for a career in physical education and sports coaching.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C6C9
  • Duration – 4 years full-time | 8 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Course overview

Our research-informed curriculum uses innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment to create an excellent student experience. This course will encourage you to use your knowledge and skills in both practical and vocational settings.

Your experience on the course will reflect the technology-rich environment of modern sport. On this course you will:

  • Develop as student through a process of reflection and engagement with authentic, professional activities. 
  • Use high-specification specialist equipment used in the monitoring and evaluation of athletes, exercisers, and students.
  • Have access to online lectures, webinars, electronic feedback and audio/video feedback.
  • Benefit from learning with students from across the school.
  • Apply your learning to practical, professional environments giving you valuable experience of the workplace before you graduate.

Course structure

Level 1


  • Fundamentals of Practice in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of sport and exercise physiology (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to research methods in sport and exercise (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of sport and exercise biomechanics (20 credits)
  • Fundamental sociological issues in sport, culture and society (20 credits)

Level 2


  • Research design and analysis (20 credits)
  • Applied research methods and design (20 credits)
  • Theory and research in sport and exercise psychology (20 credits)
  • Key pedagogical behaviours of sport educators (20 credits)
  • Social justice in sport: Ethical perspectives (20 credits)
  • Pedagogical processes in physical education and sports coaching (20 credits)

Level 3


  • Research paper (40 credits)
  • Applied sport and exercise psychology (20 credits)
  • Teaching and coaching for lifelong participation (20 credits)
  • Contemporary issues in physical education and sports coaching (20 credits)
  • Social justice in sport: Sociological perspectives (20 credits)

Level 4


  • Advanced research methods and dissemination (40 credits)
  • Placement in sport, exercise or physical education (40 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary working in sport, exercise and physical education (20 credits)
  • Controversy, debate and current opinion in sport, exercise and physical education (20 credits)

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 UCAS Points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Additional Requirements

All applicants to the Physical Education & Sports Coaching MArt degree programme must have Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance to be accepted and enroll on the course.

Teaching & assessment


Year 1 is aimed at providing all students with the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to be successful within the programme. In Year 2 and 3 you will also have the opportunity to engage in specialist modules in the field of physical education and sports coaching such as pedagogical behaviours and processes and contemporary issues in these areas. In Year 4 you will take part in a placement module that will provide you with hands-on experience with one of the school’s community partners (e.g. professional sports clubs and schools). You will also conduct your own Master’s level research project and learn about the cutting-edge of research in physical education and sports coaching.

This course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, practical field-based work, laboratory experience and research. You can be expected to be assessed using a range of assessments that include coursework, group presentations, and online multiple-choice exams.


The School of Sport includes staff who are Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) demonstrating sustained excellence to teaching, learning and assessment, resulting in research-informed contemporary practice. This puts us at the forefront of numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives, which have embedded technology enhanced learning into the curriculum. As a result, you will benefit from our use of video feedback in coach development, flipped classrooms, e-polling, engaging students through tablet technology, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations.

The school also benefits from staff with professional accreditation from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and the British Psychological Society (BPS).


To improve the quality of the student learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. regular opportunities to receive feedback on your practical and academic development that does not count toward final degree marks. To facilitate the development of assessment literacy and reduce student confusion and anxiety, assessment modality has been streamlined alongside reducing the range of learning outcomes and assessment criteria employed.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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Research opportunities

The School of Sport offers a vibrant research culture for students. The School of Sport includes staff with a wide range of interests in the area of sport and exercise science, therapy, and physical education and coaching. This includes research in the areas of the sociology of sport, strength, conditioning, and injury management, and cerebrovascular physiology. Students will also be taught by staff members who conduct research at the forefront of the study of sport and exercise. This means that students are able to learn about the most up-to-date issues in their areas of interest on our programmes.

We also have one of the largest groups of researchers in the world dedicated to studying the effects of perfectionism in sport, dance, and exercise. The research of this group has been funded by a range of organisations including the Wellcome Trust, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the European Union. Over the last five years, the group has produced over 100 peer-reviewed publications in leading international journals and over 120 national or international presentations on this topic. We are proud to say that much of the research in the School of Sport was identified as “internationally excellent” and “world-leading” in the last assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (REF 2014).

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