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Sport Performance Analysis MSc

Learn about the course below
October 2018
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£8,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Gethin Rees

From elite performance to the thriving personal fitness market and community-based sport activity, sport is an ever-expanding multi-billion dollar global industry. Our degree primes the very best graduates with the skills to help sports people improve efficiency of performance and reduce risk of injury. In the wake of London 2012, careers in sport and recreation are on the rise. Gain an advantage by training at one of the leading sports education universities in the UK.

Why study MSc Sport Performance Analysis at Middlesex?

Our pioneering programme is designed to prepare you for the certification requirements of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport. You will learn to design evidence-based, sport specific performance analysis interventions based on a needs analysis, and you will gain the practical skills essential for communicating with athletes and coaches.

You will gain experience in the sport and exercise environment through our work placement module. One of our partner organisations is Saracens Rugby Club, whose current players include England internationals Steve Borthwick, Owen Farrell and - our facilities at their nearby Allianz Park stadium boast world-class performance laboratories, rehabilitation units and testing facilities. Through our degree you will build invaluable industry contacts, and our graduates have gone on to work with such organisations as Tottenham Hotspur, the Rugby Football Union and the English Institute of Sport.

Course highlights

  • Based in London, we are surrounded the greatest density of top sports clubs and organisations in the UK.
  • We believe that our graduates should be high achievers both practically and academically. As a result, we actively encourage students to publish their dissertation through peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • The majority of our staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching and sport performance. Able to maintain close links with industry, they can ensure current professional practice informs your studies.
  • Small class sizes allow you to receive the personal attention required to thrive in your studies.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on MSc Sport Performance Analysis?

Our specialist degree covers topics such as notational systems, performance profiling and dynamical systems, whilst utilising industry standard software such as Sportscode, Dartfish and Quintic analysis packages.

You will develop your training skills through increased understanding of techniques and procedures used to assess team/individual performance. Building these skills will give you the ability to excel in high end, applied sport science situations.

The dissertation will allow you to pursue you chosen research area, and you'll receive training on methods and processes with particular relevance to exercise and health to support your research.

What will you gain?

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a wealth of knowledge around performance analysis, and the ability to design and carry out evidence-based, sport-specific performance analysis interventions based on a critical needs analysis.

By completing the course and working with professionals as part of your placement, you will also enhance your reflective and practical skills, which are essential for communicating with coaches and athletes.

  • Modules

    • Performance Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to allow students to critically engage in the process of analysis of sports performance. It also aims to develop students' research skills so they may generate analysis data for appropriate dissemination to both coaches and athletes. Students will gain the ability to critically analyse research in order to design, interpret and synthesise analysis data and literature. Finally, this module aims to prepare students for the certification requirements of ISPAS.

    • Biometric Modelling and Performance Profiling (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the students with the ability to undertake a technical analysis of sports performance. Students will also learn how to design and analyse technique in relation to an applied problem. With experience of a number of different software platforms they will have a good understanding of the different analysis techniques possible and know which software packages are suitable for undertaking different types of technique analysis.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into topic areas related to psychology and performance analysis, and to equip the student to apply this knowledge in planning a research proposal. The module affords students opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in their specialist area, or in health care in general. Students will learn in groups and will explore philosophical, ethical and methodological differences which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation that can inform health care work. Interprofessional workshops will allow the student to develop a research proposal, to consider its adequacy and limitations, and justify the approach taken.

    • Work Placement (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the student s ability to apply and see the application of knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      To support students to undertake research, with a focus appropriate to their programme and area of practice and building upon the research proposal formulated in SES4430.

      To create a peer learning community for students to critically support each other in the research process.

      To provide guidance, additional to that provided by the students supervisors, on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Sport Performance Analysis taught?

The course is taught through lectures, participatory seminars, small group discussions, as well as laboratory and practical clinical sessions.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including by presentations, written assignments, laboratory reports, case studies, learning portfolios, and both written and practical examinations.

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How can the MSc Sport Performance Analysis support your career?

This Sport Performance Analysis programme is for students who would like to develop their skills, acquire a body of knowledge, and gain exposure to the frontiers of the subject. A Sports Performance Analysis degree opens the doors to a number of exciting career paths, with excellent career progression opportunities.

Career opportunities exist for well-qualified sport performance analysts in both professional and amateur sports. Previous graduates in Sport Performance Analysis are currently working in soccer (English Premier League, English Championship, the FA); rugby (Welsh Rugby Union, professional rugby teams in England and Wales); multiple Olympic sports (working for the English Institute of Sport is sports such as cycling, canoe slalom, disability swimming, hockey, judo); squash (England Squash); badminton (England badminton) and regional bodies (Irish Institute of Sport). Work placements typically coincide with the sporting season (August to April for soccer or rugby).

Middlesex University has strong links with employers. Opportunities exist in the field of exercise rehabilitation with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics. Graduates will also be capable of establishing their own consultancy business or progressing to additional study/research including MPhil/PhD.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Alex Parker

    Performance Analyst, Charlton Athletic Football Club | MSc Sport Performance Analysis graduate

    I chose to study at Middlesex University because of its location in London and also because of the knowledge and experience of its lecturers. The course was the next step in my pursuit of becoming a performance analyst at a professional football club.

    Many job specifications for a performance analyst require applicants to hold a postgraduate degree. The course is more specific to the role compared to undergraduate degrees in sport science, which are more general. Job specifications also ask for experience in using sports analysis software, video editing software, Excel and of presenting. All of these elements are covered by the MSc Performance Analysis course

    A real highlight of the course was learning how to use software specific to the industry, such as Dartfish and Focus, to produce an analysis of Barcelona's strengths and weaknesses or a biomechanical analysis of Christiano Ronaldo's knuckle ball free-kick. I also enjoyed Going to the INSHS International Christmas Sports Scientific Conference in Hungary with others on my course.

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