A1M097 / C2M029

Master of Social Sciences in Sports Coaching and Management
(1-year Full-time / 2-year Part-time)

Programme Leader: 
Dr. SUN, Fenghua
Enquiry Hotline:
Office: (852) 2948 7153 / (852) 2948 7854
WhatsApp: 6824 1483
WeChat ID: MSocSc_SCM
(852) 2948 7848
Department of Health and Physical Education
D4-2/F-03, The Education University of Hong Kong
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po
New Territories, Hong Kong

MSocSc(SCM) targets students who plan to pursue careers related to sports coaching and management. As a postgraduate programme, applicants are required to have basic knowledge in sports-related subjects or demonstrate outstanding performance at least in one sport before their admission.
MSocSc(SCM) will provide students with advanced knowledge and practical experiences in sports coaching and management to address the urgent community needs of improving personal health by providing trained professionals. It will cover various essential elements, ranging from sports technology, performance analysis, trends and development, basic skills in writing funding proposal, and marketing strategies in sports industry. Graduates are expected to pursue a coaching or management career in different sports populations varying from community clients to professional athletes.
Highlights of MSocSc(SCM)
  • Experiential Learning in Sports Industries
  • Dialogue with CEOs and Senior Managers
  • Highly Business-oriented
  • Full Scholarship for Elite Athletes with Outstanding Performance


The programme aims to:

  1. promote a comprehensive understanding of sports coaching and management;
  2. enhance competence in coaching and management through various elements ranging from sports performance analysis to marketing strategies in sports industry; and
  3. develop leadership in sports coaching and/or management industry.
On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the mastery and application of coaching and management ability in sports industry;
  2. synergize scientific and evidence-based strategies for sports coaching and mangement;
  3. develop leadership in planning and implementing coaching programme and/or policy in sports industry.

The programme comprises 24-credit-points (cps) with 4 core courses (12 cps).
All students need to take 4 core courses (12 cps). Students should further take either 4 elective courses (12 cps), or 1 elective course (3 cps) plus a Master’s thesis (9 cps), to add up to 24 cps for graduation.

One-year Full-time / Two-year Part-time
4 Core Courses
+4 Elective Courses
+1 Elective Course and 1 Thesis

The 4 core courses provide students with knowledge and skills related to sports coaching and management. To strengthen students’ knowledge in different domains, a pool of 6 electives are provided for students to select for completing the programme.
For students who choose to work on the Master’s thesis, they will be assigned with a supervisor who will guide them through a sports coaching and management-related research project.
Course Title Credit Points
Core Courses
- Administration and Management Leadership in Sports 3
- Research Methodology in Sports Coaching and Management 3
- Theory and Practice of Sports Coaching 3
- Experiential Learning in Sports Industry 3
Elective Courses
- Conditioning and Injury Prevention 3
- Current Issues and Trends in Sports Coaching and Management 3
- Mental Preparation and Performance in Sports 3
- Physiology and Nutrition for High Performance 3
- Sports Marketing and Business Management 3
- Sports Policy and Development 3
- Master's Thesis 9
Disclaimer - Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.
The medium of instruction is English
This programme is offered on a self-funded basis. The tuition fee for the whole Programme is HK$120,000, which is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.
  1. Applicants should normally hold a recognized Bachelor's degree in sports or a closely related subject; or local elite athletes or Regional/National elite athletes with a recognized Bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualifications; and
  2. Applicants whose entrance qualification was obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfil one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements (Note 1):
    • IELTS 6.0; or
    • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
    • a TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based test); or
    • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of 430 or above and the test result should be valid within two years); or
    • Other equivalent qualifications.
      Note 1: Regional/National elite athletes who do not meet the English Language Requirements of the University:
      • will be considered for admission on an individual basis; and if selected,
      • will be required to successfully complete an additional English enhancement course offered by the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) of the University during the study period on a self-financing basis in order to meet the graduation requirements.
  3. Eligible applicants may be invited for admission interview. 

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Dr. MA Wai Wing, Ada

Associate Professor & Head of Department
Research interests:
Health Education, Health Promotion, School Health, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Web-based Learning, Life-long Learning, Curriculum Innovations, Assessments, Textiles Education

Dr. SUN Fenghua, Bob

Assistant Professor & Associate Head of Department
Research interests:
• Nutritional and metabolic aspects of exercise
• Exercise, nutrition and body weight control
• Physical activity, nutrition and health promotion

Mr. KAM Wai Keung, Kevin

Senior Lecturer I & Associate Head of Department
Research interests:
Socio-cultural Studies in Sport and Physical Education, Curricular and Pedagogical Studies of Physical Education, Professional Development of PE Teachers, Physical Activity, Fitness and Health Promotion, Outdoor Adventure Education

Prof. CHENG Sheung-Tak

Chair Professor of Psychology and Gerontology
Research interests:
• Successful aging
• Elderly depression and suicide
• Dementia caregivers
• Social network
• Activity therapy

Prof. CHOW Hung Kay Daniel

Chair Professor of Health and Sports Science
Research interests: 
Movement Analysis, Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Sports Health, Christian Education

Prof. CHUNG Wai Yee, Joanne

Peter T C Lee Chair Professor of Health Studies
Research Interests:
• Pain and Symptom Management
• Digital Health
• Infection Control
• Integrative Health

Dr. CHEUNG Pui Yee, Peggy

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
Psychosocial correlates of children's physical activity participation; study of Aerobic Gymnastics; Measurement of heath and fitness;  Children physical activity intervention

Dr. CHOW Chi Ching, Gary

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
Sports recovery;
Postural control and sports;
Rugby Science;
Sports training invention;
Technology in Physical Education;
Generic skills and sports participation

Dr. CHUNG Ming Yan, Louisa

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
• Eat ing behaviour modification,
• teledietetics,
• nutrition education and knowledge transfer,
• physical fitness assessment in the community,
• glycemic index,
• exergaming for health

Dr. LEUNG Ka Man, Carman

Assistant Professor
B.Sci.(University of Hong Kong); M.Soc.Sci. (Hong Kong Baptist University);
MSci. (Boise State University); Ph.D. (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Areas of Teaching
Volleyball; Sport management; teaching and coaching in Physical Education
Research Interests
Older adult, children, environmental correlates to physical activity (especially walking),
light volleyball, sitting light volleyball (adapted physical activity), Physical activity promotion, physical activity measurement

Dr. OR Pui Lai, Peggy

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
Infection control, Healthcare quality, school health, eLearning

Dr. TSE, Choi Yeung Andy

Assistant Professor
Research interests:
Andy’s primary research interest lies on the motor learning and impact of physical activity on psychological, cognitive and physical well-being in children with autism spectrum disorder.  He is also interested in motor development and the effect of free-play on overall quality of life in typically developing children. He recently initiates a new research project on the investigation of free-play participation among school-aged children. His research goal is to propose a lighthouse parenting strategy as a reasonable approach to build success among children.

Mr. CHAN Ching Yat, Roy

Senior Lecturer II
Master of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Master of Exercise Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Education (Hons.), The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Areas of Teaching
Sports and Exercise for Special Populations, Teaching Physical Education to Students with Special Needs, Theory and Practice of Team Ball Games, Theory and Practice of Racquet Games, Current Issues and controversies in Hong Kong School Physical Education
Research Interests
Adapted Physical Education, Physical Fitness of Person with Special Needs

Ms. TAM Sze Man, Simone

Lecturer I
M.A. (Sports Studies), CUHK
PCEd. (Special Education), HKU
Teacher Cert. (P.E.), EdUHK
BSc. (Biochemistry), HKU
Areas of teaching:
Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy in Sports Science Education, Current Issues in Sports Science and Education , Teaching PE to students with Special Needs, Theory and Practice of Individual Physical Activities / Team Games
Research interests:
Fundamental Movement / Motor Performance of Young Children

Ms. WANG Sha

Lecturer I
B.Ed. (Beijing Sports); M.Ed. (Beijing Sports)
Areas of teaching:
Gymnastics, Aerobics, Dance and Tai Chi
Research interests:
Gymnastics and Aerobics

Ms. CHAN Ka Man, Carmen

Lecturer II
  • Certificate of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level Two) (HKSSEP),
  • Bachelor of Health Education (Hons) (EdUHK),
  • MSocSc (Psychology) (Schools and Community Settings) (EdUHK).

Areas of teaching:
Physical Fitness Education, Child and Adolescent Health Education
Research interests:
Physical health & mental health, karate-do

Dr HA Chui Wai Sophia

Lecturer II
Academic Qualifications:
  • BA (Physical Education and Recreation Management, HKBU)
  • MA (Gender Studies, CUHK)
  • PhD (Orthopaedics and Traumatology, CUHK)

Professional Qualifications:
  • Level I Swimming Teacher, Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association
  • Examination Leader, The Hong Kong Life Saving Association
  • Level I Shuttlecock Coach, Hong Kong Shuttlecock Association

 Areas of teaching:
  • Sport injuries
  • Sport management
  • Health promotion
  • Curriculum planning and pedagogy in sports science

Research interests:
  • Sport biomechanics
  • Sport injuries
  • Mechanisms of motor development and motor learning
  • Gait analysis

Professor Aaron COUTTS

Status and Qualification:
Distinguished Professor in Sport & Exercise Science, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Australia

Appointment Period:
15 November 2018 to 14 November 2020

Professor Andrew G. CRESSWELL

Status and Qualification:
Head of School
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
The University of Queensland, Australia

Appointment Period:
15 November 2018 to 14 November 2020

Prof Richard Irving TINNING

(Emeritus Professor of Pedagogy)
Status and Qualification:
Professor of Pedagogy & Physical Education, School of Human Movement Studies,
University of Queensland, Australia
Professor of Physical Education, School of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Appointment Period:
1 November 2019 to 31 October 2021

Prof SUN Yanlin

Status and Qualification:
Professor and Dean in School of Physical Education and Educational Science, Tianjin University of Sport, China

Appointment Period:
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021

Prof Thomas WONG Kwok Shing

Status and Qualification:
RN, GRNC, Dip T (N Ed.), B Ed (Soc.), GD Instr. Uses Comp, MSc (IT), PhD, JP
President, Ginger Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy Limited
Kyorin Chair Professor, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
Distinguished Professor, Guangzhou Medical University

Appointment Period:
1 June 2019 to 31 May 2021

Dr Wayne Grant COTTON

Status and Qualification:
Director of Teacher Education
The University of Sydney, Australia

Appointment Period:
1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020

Dr LI Chung

Status and Qualifications:
Justice of Peace of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
(until 2014)

Appointment Period:
1 October 2019 to 31 September 2021

Prof Jeffrey WILKS

Status and Qualifications:
Psychologist (National Registration - Australia)
Health Psychologist (completing Specialist Registration)
Legal Practitioner (Admitted - New South Wales Supreme Court)

Appointment Period:
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021

Dr. CHAN Louis Yik Si

Status and Qualifications:
Director, Hong Kong Reproductive Medicine Centre
Honorary Assistant Professor Health Administration School of Public Health, CUHK

Appointment Period:
1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021

Dr TSANG Fan Kwong

Status and Qualifications:
Specialist in Psychiatry in private practice

Appointment Period:
1 November 2018 to 31 October 2020

Ms. Patricia CHING

Status and Qualifications:
Senior Nurse Adviser of Infection Control at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

Appointment Period:
1 November 2018 to 31 October 2020

Dr CHOW Pui Yu Lina

Status and Qualifications:
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(until August 2013)

Appointment Period:
25 August 2018 to 24 August 2020

Dr CRUZ Alberto

Status and Qualifications:
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(until Jun 2018)

Appointment Period:
1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020

Dr. Eric TSANG Cheuk Kuen

Status and Qualifications:
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
The Education University of Hong Kong
(Until 2013)

Appointment Period:
1 November 2018 to 31 October 2020