Course essentials

VU course code:
Study mode:
Full Time, Part Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
1.5 years full time or longer for part time

The Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) will provide you with a holistic education in the sport sciences applied to different football codes (e.g. soccer, AFL and rugby).

You'll develop and further your knowledge of:

  • sports science
  • coaching
  • strength and conditioning
  • performance analysis
  • management
  • sport ethics and integrity
  • athlete monitoring
  • elite sport performance.

Applicants please note:

The next application deadline for this course is 27 February 2018. However places in this course are limited and may be exhausted by that date. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being offered a place in this course.

Course delivery

The course has an applied theoretical focus, practical experience and engagement with industry, most notable of which is our partnership with the Universidad Europea de Madrid. This will ensure you can use the latest industry standard technologies and evidence based practices upon graduation.

Burst mode in Semester 1

The semester starts at the end of February with an intensive week (burst mode) in Melbourne (Footscray Park and City Flinders campuses). The final schedule, including dates are announced closer to the time.

Attendance to this burst-mode component is compulsory.

  • The remaining content of the four units in Semester 1 are delivered online.

Residential program in Spain in Semester 2

Following the signing of a unique partnership with the Universidad Europea de Madrid there is a 2 week residential program in Madrid, Spain in September of the first year.

The program includes face-to-face classes at the UEM Campus in Villaviciosa de Odon and at the Real Madrid training center, as well as activities such as the tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and attendance to a Real Madrid game (subject to fixture availability).

International students

International students can apply and enrol in this course, where you would complete a majority of the course online in your country of residence. As such, enrolment in this course does not provide you eligibility for, or require that you obtain a student visa to study in Melbourne.

You would need to undertake a one-week residential component in Melbourne and a two-week study tour program in Spain, in order to complete the course. It will be your responsibility to ensure you are able to obtain an appropriate visa to travel to Spain and Melbourne, to complete these components.

To qualify for this course, you will need to have achieved the entry requirements required of any international student including recognised proof of English language proficiency (such as an IELTS test result).

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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Graduates from the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) may be employed in the following roles:

  • director of sports science
  • high performance manager
  • head of strength and conditioning.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise knowledge and theory with expertise from different sport-related disciplines to shape innovative practice in football science and performance;  
  2. Advise specialist and non-specialist stakeholders exhibiting a variety of interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in an environment with competing pressures, priorities and power dynamics;  
  3. Devise and implement a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone task which exhibits evidence of independent thought in the field of football science;  
  4. Analyse and evaluate current issues in sport to exemplify and guide ethical behaviour and integrity within diverse national and international contexts;  
  5. Formulate and implement plans, in response to contemporary and future sports/football challenges and evaluate outcomes adaption and improvement;  
  6. Exemplify initiative and leadership in the application of the principles of football management in national and international contexts, utilising strategic thinking / planning, personal and interpersonal competencies and work-group skills.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance), students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) core units 
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from the elective options provided. Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
  • 36 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) comprising either: 
  • OPTION 1 Major research project (Minor Thesis unit)
  • OPTION 2 Capstone task (Applied Research Project unit)

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) Elective unit






What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree;
    Completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and four years full-time work experience post-graduation as approved by the College.
  • Mature: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma;
    In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 7 years full-time work experience post-graduation as approved by the College.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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