Sports Coaching

The MEd(Sports Coaching) program has been designed for elite-level coaches and experienced elite athletes seeking to become coaches.

Face-to-face and flexible delivery of units of study by highly respected academics and experts in the field is a feature of the course. Local and overseas students and a range of teaching settings contribute to a unique experience in and beyond the classroom.

By meeting during classes, participants have the opportunity to develop networks across a variety of sports.

The course content builds on students' technical expertise by developing their skills in:

  • communicating ideas clearly to athletes

  • organising training sessions for maximum impact

  • giving and receiving feedback

  • using technology as a coaching tool

  • planning dynamic training programs

  • remaining up-to-date with coaching trends.

Information about the tuition fees and opportunities for further study associated with all Master of Education designations – and their component graduate certificates and graduate diplomas – is published on the MEd home page.


Entry requirements

Applicants to the Sports Coaching designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of two years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level; or
  • Level 2 National Coaching Accreditation Scheme accreditation or equivalent and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of four years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level

Course structure

To accommodate both the time commitment of coaches and the summer and winter schedules of Australian sport, units are delivered in ‘block’ sessions by a range of methods. These include online, lectures, discussions, practical workshops, group work, guest speakers and case studies. Each unit consists of the equivalent of 26 contact hours.

Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:

  • at least four core units; and
  • one capstone unit; and
  • no more than two units from outside the Sports Coaching designation.

Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:

  • at least four core units; and
  • no more than one unit from outside the Sports Coaching designation.

Graduate Certificate candidates are required to complete four units of study, including:

  • at least three core units.

Core/elective units of study

Elective units of study

Capstone units of study

Master’s candidates must enrol in either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).

Units of study outside the designation

Master’s and graduate diploma candidates may complete up to one (graduate diploma) or two (master’s) units from the list of postgraduate units of study offered by the Faculty, published under "Full units of study list" on the Sydney Courses database.