MRes Coach Education

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UKPASS Code:P050636
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016
Department:Department of Sport and Physical Activity
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Experience a unique, highly flexible research programme in coach education, tailored largely to your own interests;
  • Gain a strong foundation for working at an advanced level within the sporting arena or for a career in research or academia;
  • Become part of a vibrant research community and receive support and supervision from research-active experts in coach education.

This Masters by Research (MRes) programme combines taught modules and independent study to offer students in coach education the opportunity to develop specialist, in-depth knowledge within a sporting context. This might include, for example, coaching pedagogy, skill acquisition, notational analysis, or coach development and learning.

You will be immersed in research training and develop a research proposal prior to undertaking in-depth and extended research in a specific area of coach education of your choice. The course will also hone your communication, critical analysis and presentation skills and you will gain experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex material within a variety of sporting contexts.

If you are looking for a unique and student-driven research experience, tailored largely to your own interests, then this MRes award is for you. The programme is ideal for self-motivated and committed students in the broad area of coach education who desire a high level of flexibility.

Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Course in Depth

What will I study?

This programme gives you the opportunity to undertake a high-quality research project in a relevant subject of your own choosing. This is underpinned by training in research methods appropriate to Masters level and supported by the opportunity to present your work at relevant conferences.

How will I study?

The course is designed to allow considerable flexibility with a focus on independent and student-driven study.

Modules equipping you with research skills and training require attendance at face-to-face sessions. You will receive assistance and guidance with the planning and inception of a Masters level thesis which is the culmination of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will have the opportunity to discuss relevant learning outcomes of all modules with your individually assigned supervisory team/supervisor. You will be given clear guidance to determine how to meet the module objectives through designated summative assessments. A range of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, practical examinations and vivas.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who has expertise in your chosen field of research. Your supervisor will therefore be ideally placed to support you in developing knowledge and skills specific to your chosen dissertation topic.

The taught modules on the programme are run by a team of experienced academic and professional staff who have a range of methodological and research skills. The department also runs regular research conferences and hosts lectures by visiting speakers to which students will be invited.

A Great Study Environment

MRes Coach EducationThe Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry and psychology laboratories, as well as a sports therapy clinic and a sport and exercise rehabilitation centre.

There are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. A new sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.


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SPT4001 Research Methodologies (20 credits)

Research Methodologies offers you the opportunity to undertake a thorough critical evaluation of research methodologies directly relating to your proposed area of study. You will work directly with the proposed Dissertation supervisor, specific to your field of interest, to critique appropriate research methodologies.

SPT4002 Research Proposal (20 credits)

Research Proposal allows you to critically evaluate the literature toward a specific research aim(s) and provides an evidence-based rationale.

SPT4003 Research Disseminiation (20 credits)

Research Disseminiation encourages you to disseminate your work to an audience beyond that of a thesis. Dissemination is seen as a crucial part of the research process, and further develops your written and oral skills.

SPT4004 Dissertation (120 credits)

Dissertation involves undertaking independent research into your chosen topic. You will develop an appropriate methodological approach, engage with all elements of the research process, conduct guided independent inquiry, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues specific to your research.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class Honours degree. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second and demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion.

A sufficient command of the English language is required to complete the programme satisfactorily and to prepare and defend your thesis. Applicants whose first language is not English, or who originate from countries whose national language is not English, are required to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Each applicant will be required to submit a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words detailing the focus of their MRes studies and demonstrating their enthusiasm and commitment towards the proposed subject.

A formal registration interview/viva will be held for each candidate. The interview will be conducted by at least two members of staff, including the likely MRes supervisor.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

An MRes qualification will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects.

Alternatively, you may wish to use the MRes award as a stepping stone to an academic career within Further or Higher Education, or work within specific sporting environments, such as in professional football, or with professional organisations.

The skills and experience acquired through the MRes programme also provide essential preparation for progressing to higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MRes are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at

The financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17 includes Postgraduate Loans worth up to £10,000 for full-time study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

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