• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


From grassroots initiatives developing the next generation of athletes to training elite sportspeople on the world stage – sports development and coaching requires well qualified graduates who truly understand the challenges and ever evolving nature of the field.

Please note: This is one of the specialist routes within the sports portfolio at Abertay. You’ll make your choice of specialist route at the end of stage two of the Sport and Exercise (Hons) programme.

Study the sciences that underpin sport – physiology, psychology and biomechanics – and gain a comprehensive understanding of social policy and sport development as you progress through this endlessly fascinating and hands-on degree.

Sport is an expansive industry, which is why this Sports Development and Coaching programme at Abertay University has been designed to reflect this diverse and changing employment market to incorporate scientific support, coaching, service provision, duty of care, as well as personal and community development. 

Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real life applications – including volunteering with the Active Schools programme – and work towards National Governing Body or industry qualifications. 


There are many career opportunities available for well qualified graduates from this route, including: 

  • Sports development officers in local authorities or individual sports 
  • Physical activity development officers/coordinators 
  • Sports administrators 
  • Community coach 

You'll also find job opportunities in complementary occupations where leadership, motivation and communication are valued including police officers, firefighters, journalists, marketing executives, public relations officers, and youth workers. 

If you're interested in teaching as a career, this programme meets the requirements for entry onto PGCE courses. This degree will also provide appropriate underpinnings for further study at MSc or PhD level. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Coaching and Learning 
  • Public Health and Physical Activity
  • Managing Sport Policy and Development 
  • Research Methods 
  • Sport Research Project 
  • Social Issues in Sporting Contexts

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  All applicants must have a pass in maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International

                                    13800 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 13800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                  • EU/EEA

                                    1820 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                  English, Welsh and Northern Irish Students: 9,250 GBP

                                  Living costs for Dundee

                                  • 787 - 1500 GBP/month
                                    Living Costs

                                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                  • If you're a Scottish or EU domiciled undergraduate student studying full-time at a Scottish University, then the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay your undergraduate tuition fees providing you are not repeating a period of study, or currently hold a first degree qualification.
                                  • If you're a student from England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can apply to Student Finance Online Services for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. The loan is not means tested.
                                  • If you're an international student from outside of the EU, then you're likely to pay overseas tuition fee rates and will not be entitled to help with tuition fees. 

                                  Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

                                  The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

                                  Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.