1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
22 February 2021
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 14 February 2021 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.


Become a leader in the elite football world. Apply your sports-science expertise to high performance in soccer, AFL, rugby and other football codes.

VU is a top provider of sports education. Our Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) teaches best practice in sport, and helps you to apply your expertise to the football code of your choice.

You'll develop and further your knowledge of these important components:

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

Gain top sports-science knowledge through an ideal mix of theory, practical experience and engagement with industry. Our partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea ensures that you learn the latest technologies and evidence-based practices.

Much of the course is online, making it suitable for both local and international students. You must attend one week in Melbourne, and two exciting weeks in Spain.

Victoria University has been ranked number 12 in the world for sport science (Shanghai Rankings 2018).

Our ground-breaking research, world-class facilities and partnerships with some of the world’s top sporting clubs have rocketed us to this position in 2018–19.

Studying with us means you benefit from all of the opportunities that come with our elite status – learning from academics who are connected with top organisations, researching with national sporting bodies and accessing our cutting-edge sport-science equipment.

Much of this course can be completed online. You must attend two intensive face-to-face programs:

  • Burst mode in Semester 1 – One week, at end of February, in Melbourne (Footscray Park and City Flinders campuses).
  • Residential program in Spain, Semester 2 – Two-week residential program in Madrid, Spain, in September of the first year, with Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea. Includes face-to-face classes at the UEM Campus in Villaviciosa de Odon and the Real Madrid training centre; Santiago Bernabeu stadium tour; and attending a Real Madrid game (subject to availability).

Students studying outside of Australia or students on a temporary visa may apply for this course. You can complete most of the course online in your country of residence.

As you can study from home, you won’t need a student visa to study in Melbourne, and this course doesn’t provide eligibility for a student visa.

You need to complete a one-week residential component in Melbourne and a two-week study tour in Spain. It is your responsibility to get any necessary visas for these components.

To qualify for this course, you’ll need to meet entry requirements, including recognised proof of English-language proficiency (eg an IELTS test result).

VU is the first Australian partner with the world-class Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea – a joint venture between Real Madrid Football Club and the European University of Madrid.

Through this partnership, we offer a two-week intensive training program in Madrid, Spain. You’ll learn from the Real Madrid Football Club and study at the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea.

The Real Madrid Football Club is one of the world’s biggest sports clubs. Our exchange program gives you insight into how it runs its business and elite sport-science programs.

Travel and accommodation costs of the program are built into the course fees.

VU’s Institute for Health & Sport has a strong research focus.

Our research in human movement and sports science was rated 'well above world standard' by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Our Institute for Health & Sport offers brilliant opportunities for sport-science learning and collaborations.

You’ll apply your sports-science methods to real-world research projects in an area of football performance you’re passionate about. Your research will gather and present evidence for football-performance challenges and solutions.

This kind of research prepares you to meet the demands of a high-performance football role.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in football coaching and management

Graduates from the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) can aim for the following roles:

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


Use Job Outlook to find average salaries for sports coaches, instructors and officials in Australia. A masters degree will help you aim for the higher end of the salary scale.

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 prerequisite 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






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.  

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
A minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 14 February 2021 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.

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