Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development - HKU SPACE: Sports, Exercise & Recreation courses
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Life & Health Sciences Sports, Exercise & Recreation

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development

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Study mode
Start Date
04 Apr 2022 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
9 months
Course Fee
HK$38,175 per programme
How to Apply
Deadline on 25 Mar 2022 (Fri)
3762 0862
2807 2054

The programme aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of the coaching practice and exercise science components that underpin sport coaching and development. The programme will enhance students’ analytical ability, improve their problem-solving skills and encourage innovative solutions to sport coaching problems. It also aims to enable students to develop their coaching expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications and support qualified sport coaches seeking higher level professional recognition.

Duration of Study

Students can complete the programme in 9 months (part-time). Classes will be conducted on weekday evenings.

Teaching Mode

The medium of instruction is English.

The delivery methods are diverse which include face-to-face lectures, discussions and presentations. There are also online tutorials for a wide variety of activities such as debates, discussion and critique of research papers, case study scenarios, and the general discussion of academic and ethical issues that underpin each module.

Programme Intended Learning Outcome

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  1. strategically apply the scientific components of human movement and exercise science to coaching practice;
  2. critically evaluate contemporary sport and recreation issues and integrate these with the changing environment of sport coaching practice;
  3. critically examine sport performance and formulate strategies to develop sport performance in individual athletes;
  4. strategically apply a range of coaching skills to a sport coaching plan designed to develop the sport performance of an athlete/s in a selected sport. 


The programme incorporates a wide variety of assessment methods enabling the way in which student achievement is measured and evaluated to be appropriate to the learning outcomes of each module. Appropriate techniques are chosen to fit the subject and context for the students involved. A wide range of assessment methods is designed and proposed to meet the different needs and learning abilities of our students. Assessment includes individual written assignment, oral presentation and group project. For instance, a poster presentation would demonstrate students’ presentation skills; reflective skills would be better assessed with a reflective report.


To complete the programme, students are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assignments. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Scholarship Opportunity

Students who are elite athletes can apply for the Western Harbour Tunnel Elite Athlete Education Scholarship, the deadline application is 31 May each year.

Application Code 1980-HS191A -


Advanced Exercise Science for Coaching

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Recreation

Advanced Sport Coaching and Athlete Development

Performance Analysis and Development

Strategic Sport Coaching and Development Plan

Applicants should normally hold a recognised Bachelor's degree in sports, physical education, sport coaching or related subject. 

Qualified coaches or high performance athletes with a recognised Bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualifications will also be considered.

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.

Consideration will also be given to mature age applicants who do not fulfil the academic requirement or with other qualifications but who can demonstrate extensive experience in positions requiring related skills. Such applicants shall have to provide evidence of a) English proficiency such as an overall band of 6.0 in the IELTS, or equivalent; and b) evidence of practice in sport coaching or at elite level in sport.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$38,175 per programme

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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.