The Football Science degree is the ideal path for anyone who wants to work in the football industry as part of the backroom team for an elite club or helping develop the next generation of footballers.
Why study BSc Football Science (top-up) at Middlesex University?
As one of the UK's leading universities for sports education, our Football Science degree will prepare you to meet the varied challenges of the football industry. On this top-up degree you will study the full spectrum of football theory – from applied sport science, through to performance analysis, sport nutrition and team management and optionally teaching and coaching
The course is taught in our elite-level sporting facilities at Allianz Park by tutors highly experienced within the commercial football market. We place great emphasis on integrating industry practice into your degree so you graduate with a CV ready for industry. All students spend a minimum of 50 hours on work placement as part of the degree.
Our state-of-the-art facilities at Allianz Park include performance analysis, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and health and fitness suites
Staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching, rehabilitation and sport performance at national and international team-level
After completing the Performance Analysis module you can apply for accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS)
Students benefit from our partnerships with professional sports teams such as Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers
Our partnerships mean we can offer the highest standard of work placement opportunities
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
Did you know?
100% of our Sport and Exercise Science graduates are now in professional careers (Unistats)
What will you study on the BSc Football Science (top-up) degree?
Over the course of the degree you will develop your coaching by learning to apply sport science theory to your practice, studying topics such as applied sport science, performance analysis, injury prevention, media training, sport nutrition, team management and optionally teaching and coaching.
You will have the opportunity to explore an area of your choice through an in-depth research dissertation, while developing advanced sport science and performance analysis skills in our state-of-the-art facilities at Allianz Park. As part of the degree you will also complete 50 hours of placement, with opportunities at a range of sports clubs and local sports development projects.
What will you gain?
An in-depth understanding of the scientific methods of training and performance, which are necessary for carving out a successful career in football. Students who complete the Performance Analysis module of the degree are able to apply for accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). After you graduate you will be equipped for a career coaching – in football or in any other coaching environment – and you will also be ideally prepared for a master’s degree studying performance analysis or coaching science.
Football Coaching Science (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module aims to give the students an insight into the professional world of football and being part of a coaching team. The module will cover team management, pitch side injury, medical and social media training, sport nutrition and session planning for an entire season’s football training to take into account today’s modern fixtures.
Performance Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory
On this module students will enhance their academic knowledge and practical experience of performance analysis in sport. You will learn to design, reliably collect, appropriately analyse and professionally present relevant performance-related data. Using a variety of sporting scenarios and techniques students will gain a good understanding of how performance analysis is used in sport, and the role of the performance analyst.
Upon completion of the module successful students will be able to apply for ISPAS accreditation.
Research Project (30 Credits) - Optional
Students can choose to either undertake either a 30 Credit Research Project in addition to the Advanced Teaching and Coaching module, or the larger 60 Credit Dissertation.
Similar to the dissertation but a smaller project overall, the Research Project module provides an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach, the employment and application of research skills, while facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.
Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
Advanced Teaching and Coaching (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to give students an understanding of the necessary physical education and coaching standards, systems and guidelines required within the administration process of teaching and coaching. Students will develop and extend their knowledge, understanding and confidence in the delivery of a range of physical activities and sports at Key Stage 1-4 (5-16yrs).
The module will also teach students how to create an extensive provision of physical activities and sport teaching and coaching materials that examines and encourages progression and development of teaching and coaching skills. Students will gain an understanding of analysing and developing any physical skills from its simple origin through its most complex and advanced forms.
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Optional
Students can choose to either undertake a 60 Credit Dissertation, or alternatively complete a smaller 30 Credit Research Project in addition to the Advanced Teaching and Coaching module.
The dissertation module provides an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.
Students will select a topic of personal interest on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. They will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.
How is the BSc Football Science (top-up) degree taught?
The degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory and practical sessions to build up your knowledge and skills. You will also take part in group discussions, group work and presentations and supplement all of this with your own guided and independent reading.
There are no exams for students on this course. Instead, the degree is assessed through a series of coursework projects and practical exercises.
What are the entry requirements for the BSc Football Science (top-up) degree?
In order to apply for this top up year, we require you to have completed a two year foundation degree in a relevant subject area
GCSE English, Maths and Science with a minimum of Grade C are required
DBS check required.
For entry to Level 6, we consider the following qualifications:
240 credits from an undergraduate degree
120 ECTS credits
FdA and FdSc
HND (Merit grade overall)
DipHE (Merit grade overall)
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our accreditation of prior learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What sort of careers are available with a degree in Football Science?
Completing this degree will leave you well qualified for a career in football or any other sporting environment as part of the support team either as a performance analyst, sport scientist or coach.
Graduates will be qualified to work as a part of the backroom team in elite sport or within the professional academy system developing the next generation of players. Students will be well prepared for a career as an accredited performance analyst and perfectly placed to continue to postgraduate study.
We encourage and support every student to undertake work placements during their degree. To assist with this, work experience is integrated into the course with 50 hours on placement offered to every student.
After completing the Performance Analysis module students are able to apply for accreditation with the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS).
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.