Performance Analysis - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

The university has a unique Centre of Performance Analysis and leads the world in this field. This programme, the first postgraduate degree in Performance Analysis in the world, is designed to meet the growing demand for performance analysis. The programme prepares skilled and experienced analysts with sound scientific principles on which to base their work. The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the theory behind their analyses, to gain experience of elite performance and the coaching process and feedback to enable them to apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of contexts. This programme is unique in its combination of theoretical ideas, practical experience and exposure to the growing spectrum of commercial hardware and software. Opportunities for work experience are also offered and contribute towards the degree.

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

Course Content

The course will provide students with a balance of academic and experiential (Practical Labs) studies, which are focused through ensuring a comprehensive analysis of the research process.

Core modules:

• Research Methods for Sport Studies
• Understanding the Coaching Environment
• Research Issues in Performance Analysis
• Computerised Match Analysis
• Analysis of Technique
• Dissertation Project (12,000 word individual research project).

One module from:

• Independent Study
• Modelling, Profiling and Statistics
• Theoretical & Experimental Sport Biomechanics
• Work Experience.

Employability & Careers

Due to the demands of National Governing Bodies, satellite and terrestrial TV companies, soccer clubs, rugby clubs, Welsh Institute of Sport, the English Institutes (regional centres) of Sport there has been an increase in the range of career opportunities in the field of performance analysis. This programme prepares students for a range of analysis careers in the sports industry, particularly work which takes place with elite performers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an Upper second degree (2.1) and evidence of having studied Performance Analysis.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length: Full-time study a maximum of 24 months. A
ll taught academic modules run in the first academic year, with the remaining time for dissertation. Part-time study a maximum of 60 months. The course is delivered in the purpose built Performance Analysis Laboratory. Where logistically possible most lectures are scheduled for a Monday, however depending on module selection this my not be possible.

The assessment is a rich mixture of practical evidence of absorbing the content, embracing presentations, edited video, experimental essays, reports, and critical reviews.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae, on occasion an interview may be required.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Lucy Holmes:
Tel: 029 2041 7258

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website