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Performance Analysis in Sport


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


Full time
MSc (12months full-time)
PgDip (12 months full-time)
Pg Cert (12 months full-time)

Part time
MSc (three years or two years part-time) 
PgDip (two years part-time)
PgCert (one year part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,296 per 30 credit module (UK/EU); £2,385 per 30 credit module (International)

UK - £7,776

International - £14,310

In Brief:

  • Opportunities to work across a variety of sports as a Performance Analyst
  • You will utilise industry standard Performance Analysis equipment and be taught by industry professionals
  • Vastly growing sector with a need for highly qualified personnel
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity

Course Summary

Throughout this course you will study the discipline of Performance Analysis in Sport and gain an understanding of how this vastly growing sector interacts with a multitude of Sports Science disciplines.

As a student on this programme you will have access to industry standard Performance Analysis equipment and you will learn how this exciting discipline is used across sports to enhance performance (Performance Analysis Module). You will generate an understanding of how Performance Analysis can be utilised in relation to sports injuries and how this can be measured (Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement Module).

You will also have the opportunity to conduct some primary research that could lead to publications, which may inform future Performance Analysis practice (Research Project Module).

Course Details

This is the only Performance Analysis master's degree in the North West of England. The online theoretical content will provide the basis for the ‘on campus’ sessions, in order to put your learning into practice and provide some context to the theories.

Course Structure

The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

The full-time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst  giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: completion of one module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: completion of two modules
  • Masters: completion of two modules plus a dissertation

In order to achieve an award of MSc Performance Analysis in Sport you must successfully complete the modules Performance Analysis and Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.


Semesters 1 and 2

You will develop the knowledge and expertise to actively practice the discipline of Performance Analysis within an elite setting. You will utilise industry standard equipment to assess, monitor, review and improve performance in athletes/teams. You will use multiple methods to increase performance productivity in your clients.                        

Semesters 1 and 2

You will develop the ability to critically evaluate the scientific principles and theories of athletic screening and a clear understanding of the science behind performance measurement and appropriate interpretation of those measurements and learn to apply them in a real world context. You will experience carrying out a systematic and structured group/individual project. This will further develop your critical evaluation and research skills in relation to your own professional practice and includes dissemination of research and good practice.                                  

Semester 3

You will undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice; this is a substantial, independent, research project.              


Year 1  

Postgraduate Certificate: Performance Analysis (60 credits)      

Year 2

Postgraduate Diploma: Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement (60 credits)

Year 3  

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

BSc/BA (Hons) graduates with an appropriate sports or exercise related subject area (Sports Science, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Coaching). Prospective students will normally be required to have achieved a 2.1 Honours degree, but consideration will be given to students with a 2.2 Honours degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

APEL: Performance Analysis practitioners with lower formal academic qualification will be assessed on suitability to enrol on this programme based on experience and vocational qualifications and via interview.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including practicing performance analysts, sports scientist graduates, sports coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and physical education teachers.

This course has been developed to be accessible to individuals already working within the field of performance analysis, or those that are aiming to work towards full-time employment within the field. It would be advantageous (but not essential)  to have access to athletes so that you can effectively evaluate their training and performance, and implement appropriate interventions as this forms part of the assessments for some modules.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,296 per 30 credit module (UK/EU); £2,385 per 30 credit module (International)
Full-time International£14,310

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:  

  • Workshops (three days per module, per semester). These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related sessions that employ a variety of teaching and learning methods. As the course progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.  
  • Individual scholarly activity.
  • Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.  
  • Distance learning resources.
  • Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. 
  • Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course. 
  • Personal tutor and peer support, to provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the module. They include:

  • Case studies (written and oral presentations)
  • Viva vocé
  • Literature review
  • Practical assessments
  • Journal articles (research reports written in the format of a journal article)
  • Research proposal
  • Consultancy Pitch Presentation
  • Report Writing

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Danielle Prescott
Programme Leader for the MSc Performance Analysis. She has worked with a number of teams within Rugby and Football as a Performance Analyst.  As well as her position as a lecturer at the university, she is also a recruitment scout for League 1 Football Team Shrewsbury Town FC. Her professional profile includes working with Bolton Wanderers FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Irish Exiles RFU and Fleetwood Town FC.

Dr Paul Comfort
Programme Leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning. He co-ordinated the Strength and Conditioning for England Mens Lacrosse from 2009-2012, and works with Salford Red Devils rugby league football club and Sale Sharks rugby union. Paul is also widely published in the area of strength and conditioning and co-editor of the text Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention.

Dr Lee Herrington
Programme Leader for the MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation. Lee has worked with Wigan rugby league, Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain swimming team and is a consultant physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport. He has published extensively with a focus on knee and shoulder injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Dr Paul Jones
Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. Paul also works within paralympic sports and his research focuses on lower limb injury prevention and the enhancement of athletic performance.

Dr John McMahon
Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. He has worked with Sedgely Park rugby union, Bury FC Academy and currently works with Manchester Thunder Netball team. John’s research interests focus on muscle and tendon mechanics and their application to performance and injury prevention.

Dr Steve Atkins
Director of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy


With the skills you'll learn in this course, you could take a lead role in Performance Analysis and make a difference to the performance of your clients. This course could help significantly increase your chances of getting a high profile role in top-flight sport.

Links with Industry

This programme has strong links with several premiership and football league clubs, as well as local rugby and basketball teams.

As part of this programme you would be expected to assess athlete performance and put forward suggestions for improvement. Upon successful completion of this programme you will be equipped with the required skills to apply for ISPAS (International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport) accreditation.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.


You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains our vast array of Performance Analysis softwares and almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment including:

  • Quintic Biomechanics
  • SportsCode Gamebreaker
  • Dartfish 
  • Dartfish Easy Tag (Ipads)
  • FT700 Ballistic Measurement System
  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system
  • KinCom and Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometers for muscle strength testing
  • Portable Kistler force plate
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood flow
  • We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates
  • There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats and timing gates

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