Applied Sports Performance Analysis MSc

1. Overview

The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis course is aimed at individuals who wish to gain or develop skills to monitor and record sporting performances as well as liaise with coaches and athletes in the training and competition environments to improve their performance.

Individuals with skills in analysis and evaluation of sporting performance are in high demand in order to maximise athlete potential and to minimise risk of injury. The main driver for this is an increased number of people engaging in performance sporting activities and increased media coverage of sport, along with a greater range of technology available to support athletes and coaches.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to collect, analyse and effectively present data relating to a range of different sports performance parameters.

Download a PDF of this course

MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis - Course Leaflet (PDF 445KB)

2. What you will study

Please note that some of the above modules are subject to validation.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, interactive workshops and tutorials, practical classes and individual projects.

4. Entry Requirements

Applicants normally possess a bachelor's degree with honours in a quantitative science subject, such as sport science or computer science, with a classification of 2:1 or above. Knowledge and experience of the research process is also essential. A BSc (Hons) degree with 2:2 in a quantitative science subject will also be considered if the applicant demonstrates relevant employment experience.

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Placements with professional sports clubs and organisations are one of the key options within the course. Our placement providers include Aberdeen Football Club, ALTIS Aberdeen Athletics, basketballscotland and Cricket Scotland.

6. Student Funding

Students on this course are self-funded.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £7,160 .

International Students

  • £11,120 .

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

  • £6,950 .

International Students

  • £10,800 .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £6,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

This course provides a route to employment as a Performance Analyst or Sports Scientist with high-level sports clubs and organisations. Here are some comments from placement providers:

“Elite football teams are constantly looking for any competitive edge they can make, which will improve performance on the field. Due to this there has been a steady increase in job opportunities for performance analysts. It is critical that graduates understand evidence based interventions and methods whilst also gaining practical skills which allow them to interact effectively with coaches and players. The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis course at the Robert Gordon University balances the theoretical knowledge but also gives the practical skills needed to succeed in a very competitive and rewarding environment.”
Greig Thomson, Head Performance Analyst, Aberdeen Football Club

“Performance Analysis is crucial to remain ahead in high performance sport. Getting essential data to both coaching staff and players at the key time is a major asset in performance sport. At basketballscotland, our sport demands real-time team and player analysis, in addition to background data on opponents strengths and weaknesses. We would welcome individuals with the skills, knowledge and ability to convey this essential information in to our performance programme.”
Barry Lang, Head of Basketball, basketballscotland

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Start Date

September 2017

Course Length

1 Year

Mode of Attendance

Full-time on campus

Academic School
School of Health Sciences
More Information:
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Endorsed By
Basketball Scotland
Endorsed By
Scottish Football Association

"We fully endorse the course at RGU and look forward to supporting opportunities for students and graduates."

Stewart Regan - Chief Executive, SFAApplied Sports Performance Analysis MSc