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Programme Description

The programme transforms students into professional coaches through the following iconic features:

  1. The internship training opportunities in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and overseas sports organisations will provide an excellent chance for students to have a dialogue with sports leaders, build connections, enrich knowledge and skills, and lay a foundation for their future careers;
  2. Integration of the subject knowledge of sports science, coaching, technology, and life education provides comprehensive training, leading to a wide range of career paths; and
  3. Teaching cutting-edge knowledge by a professional team with leading roles in sports and life education allows students to keep ahead of peers and seize opportunities, striving for success and excellence in the academic field(s) and workplace.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 4 Years (for Year 1 Admissions)
2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)
JS8726 A4B096
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Programme Aims

The programme aims to prepare competent sports science and coaching professionals. It equips students with essential knowledge and technology in sports science, coaching and performance with practical experience. The programme will also address the urgent community and market needs of improving personal performance and health by providing professional guidance and advice through active participation in physical activity, exercise, or sports.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

PILO1: demonstrate the mastery of theory and practice in core and applied areas of sports science and technology behind effective coaching, leadership and performance analysis;
PILO2: apply the knowledge and skills required in sports science and technology to design and implement professional and innovative coaching programme, through the experiential learning experience in real-world context;
PILO3: identify and analyse barriers and issues related to the application of sports science knowledge in sports coaching, as well as strategies on promotion of sports coaching in local, regional and international sports industry, allowing possible career paths in professional sports science and coaching in school, community and commercial settings; and
PILO4: develop transferable lifelong learning and coaching capabilities through active participation in pursuing knowledge in sports science, coaching, technology and life education, as well as promote ethical responsibility and positive values to teach and model good citizenship and sportsmanship through life coaching.

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What Our Students Say

Lau Wing Yu

The curriculum equips me to become a sports coach in the future. The sharing of a retired track athlete who is now a sports coach was particularly impressive. It has inspired me to continue to build my stamina as a long-distance runner and further actualise my potential. 

Lau Wing-yu

Class of 2022

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Science and Coaching

Programme Structure

For Year-1 Admissions

Domain Credit Points (cps)
- Major Core 51
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
- Cross-Faculty Core Course Note(1) 3
- Internship 3
Final Year Project
- Honours Project / Capstone Project 6
Minor(s) / Electives
- Programme Package 9
- Minor / Electives 15
General Education
- GE Foundation Course 22
- GE Breadth Courses
- Experiential Learning on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- University ePortfolio
Language Enhancement 9
Total: 121


For Senior Year Admissions

Domain Credit Points (cps)
- Major Core 27
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
- Internship 3
Final Year Project
- Honours Project / Capstone Project 6
- Programme Package 6
- Electives 9
General Education
- Experiential Learning on Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
- University ePortfolio
Total: 60

Students admitted into this programme starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and/or other parts of Mainland China. Programme may also require students to participate in other non-local learning experience for completion of the programme. While the visits are heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute part of the estimated cost of the visits ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the visits for students admitted to the 2023/24 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the visits as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.
(2) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / North Point Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

List of Major Courses^
No. Course Title
Major Core Courses
1 Introduction to Practical and Theoretical Considerations in Sports Coaching
2 Physical Activity and Health Promotion
3 Sports Management and Development
4 Sports and Exercise for Special Populations
5 Human Anatomy
6 Exercise Programme and Design
7 Exercise Physiology
8 Elite Sports Development
9 Pedagogy and Practice in Sports Coaching
10 *Human Movement Analysis
11 *Sports Performance Analysis
12 *Motor Skill Acquisition, Control and Development
13 *Introduction of Sports Injury and Prevention
14 *Sports Nutrition for High Performance
15 *Life Education and Whole-person Development
16 *Strength and Conditioning
17 *Psychology for Sports and Exercise
18 *Sports Marketing and Event Management
Major Interdisciplinary Course
19 *Life Coaching Through Sports
20 *Internship
Final Year Project
21 *Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal /
*Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
22 *Honours Project II: Research Report /
*Capstone Project II: Project Output

* Courses required for both Year-1 and Senior Year Admissions
^Subject to change and approval


Major Studies

The Major Core Courses aim to introduce students to the knowledge and practical skills in sports science, coaching, and life education. They cover the essential topics including Human Anatomy, Human Movement Analysis, Motor Skills Learning, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Life Coaching, etc.

The Major Interdisciplinary Course aims to equip students as lifelong learners with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to coach life skills through sports.

The Cross-Faculty Core Course (CFCC) will comprise 3 individual components with 1 credit point each and separately assessed with the aim to widen students’ horizon and look beyond Hong Kong. In Component I, lectures with topics related to Basic Law / National Security will be arranged; in Component II, students will have the opportunities to undertake visits in Greater Bay Area; in Component III, a variety of themes which are linked to the University’s development niche areas will be offered by Faculties.



The Internship is a 3-cp compulsory experiential and professional learning component of the programme. Students will work as an intern in an organisation in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, or overseas in the field(s) of sports science and/or coaching. Students can further cultivate skills and knowledge acquired and developed from the Major Core Courses of the programme by working within the sports or sports-related industries. Through this valuable opportunity, students can dialogue with sports leaders, build connections, understand the operations of an organisation, enrich knowledge and skills, and lay a good foundation for future careers.

The Final Year Project comprises (i) Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal and (ii) Honours Project II: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output. It is a credit-bearing component in a dissertation or a deliverable project. It will be an inquiry-oriented learning avenue that enables our students to consolidate, integrate, and reflect on their undergraduate experiences - for transiting to (and even celebrating) their upcoming post-graduation life - related to entering higher degree programmes or the workplace. Students will work on the Final Year Project independently under the guidance of their supervisors.

Year-1 Admissions are required to take 24 credit points (cps) on elective courses. Among 24 cps, students are compulsory to take the course “21st Century Skills and Values Education” (3 cps) and choose two out of three courses (6 cps in total) from the list of Programme Package which is under the elective domain. For the remaining 15 cps, students can choose a wide range of courses offered by the University to suit their career aspirations and interests. Students may also study a Minor (totaling 15 cps) from among the Minor choices available within the University.

Senior Year Admissions are required to take 15 credit points (cps) on elective courses. Among 15 cps, students are compulsory to take the course “21st Century Skills and Values Education” (3 cps) and choose one out of three courses (3 cps) from the list of Programme Package. For the remaining 9 cps, students can choose a wide range of courses offered by the University to suit their career aspirations and interests.

List of Programme Package

No. Course Title
Compulsory Course
1 21st Century Skills and Values Education
Year-1 Admissions: choose 2 out of 3 courses

Senior Year Admissions: choose 1 out of 3 courses
2 Practical Sports Skill Training
3 Mindfulness, Sports and Wellbeing
4 Positive Psychology in Sports

The EdUHK General Education Programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) General Education Breadth Courses, (iii) Experiential Learning and (iv) University ePortfolio.

General Education (GE) Domain Credit Points (cps)
GE Foundation Course 4
GE Breadth Courses
- GE Breadth Learning Strands 1-3 3
- Positive and Values Education Course 3
- GE Interdisciplinary Course 3
Experiential Learning
- Co-curricular and Service Learning Course 3
- Experiential Learning Course (ELC) on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) 3
University ePortfolio 3
Total: 22

General Education Foundation Course (GEFC) is a 4-cp course that will run for the whole academic year and be taken by all first-year students at EdUHK. The General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs) (9 cps) are composed of General Education Breadth Learning Strands (1-3) (GELS) (Level 1-2), Positive and Values Education (PAVE) Course and General Education Interdisciplinary Course (GEIC) (Level 4). Students have to take one from each of the components in order to fulfill the GEBCs (9 cps) requirement. Experiential Learning (EL) is composed of a 3-cp Co-curricular Service Learning Course (CSLC) and a 3-cp Experiential Learning Course (ELC) on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) which will be offered by departments under the GE domain. Students must take one of each component for fulfilling the EL (6 cps) requirement. After the completion of these courses, students have to take University ePortfolio (3 cps) before the final year.

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese (including Putonghua). To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of mandatory credit-bearing and mandatory non-credit bearing language enhancement activities, amounting to no less than 297 hours of taught courses and documented self-access study. This comprises 138 hours of English (including two 3-cp courses), 99 hours of Chinese (including one 3-cp course), and 60 hours of Putonghua, over the four years of the programme. The language enhancement package requires students to make use of the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre (ASLLC) and related facilities available at the Tai Po campus.

Students may be exempted from selected Chinese, English or Putonghua courses in the package if they have fulfilled the exemption criteria of individual courses.

Non-Cantonese-speaking students will be required to study two non-credit bearing Cantonese courses. English-speaking students can study Cantonese and Putonghua courses. The successful completion of these Cantonese and Putonghua courses will be recorded on the student transcript.

Medium of Instruction

The programme will mainly be conducted in English. All Major courses will be taught in English. For some non-Major courses, Putonghua or Cantonese will be adopted as the medium of instruction when the language is considered most effective for teaching.

Career Prospects

Students are prepared for a wide range of careers in the sports industries, including the commercial sector (e.g. sports coach, sports and recreation officer, occupational health & safety consultant, personal trainer, sports event manager, sports marketing consultant, etc.) and public sector (e.g. LCSD assistant leisure services manager, sports science officer, strength and conditioning coach, camp manager, etc.). Graduates may choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Physical Education)) or undertake further studies locally (e.g. Master of Social Sciences in Sports Coaching and Management offered by the EdUHK) or overseas.


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

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, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.