BA (Hons) in Professional Golf


Program Description

What is special about this course?

This degree, unique in Scotland, is part of a partnership between the university and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Based in Dornoch, close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the BA (Hons) Professional Golf is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry and offers the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on coaching and performance.

This degree is recognised by the PGA and graduates gain membership of the PGA (subject to application).

Scotland's golf industry is worth £1 billion and annually directly contributes £496 million to its gross domestic product (GDP). Estimates suggest that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.

This degree will incorporate themes relevant to the varied demands of the industry and, in particular, those met by professional coaches. These themes will develop from year one, through to the honours year and encompass coaching, equipment technology, sports science and business.

You will work alongside our BA (Hons) Golf Management students.

Special features

The course is unique due to its proximity and close working relationship with Royal Dornoch Golf Club, rated Number 5 in the world in 2016 by Golf Digest. The club is also supportive of our students' development offering coaching opportunities, hosting golf events and providing placement opportunities.

  • Graduates can gain PGA membership (subject to application)
  • You will study in a unique location – playing opportunities include Royal Dornoch Golf Club
  • You will access dedicated on-site specialist teaching facilities and equipment, including Trackman and SAM Puttlab
  • Benefit from PGA qualified and golf business teaching staff
  • Get the opportunity to improve and develop personal golf-related skills and performance
  • Participate in professional industry-based placements on an annual basis
  • You will become a member of the University of the Highlands and Islands Golf Club (UHIGC) currently hosted by Royal Dornoch Golf Club
  • Be involved in events throughout the academic year with the university golf team in British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sport (SSS)
  • Have institutional support for applications for individual R&A bursaries which financially support elite golfers in tertiary education
  • Volunteer coaching in the Highland region is also well-established and there is an excellent and supportive working relationship with Clubgolf as well as with local schools and clubs


We offer modern student accommodation in Dornoch ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • There is also a current golf handicap requirement of 6.4 or lower for men, and 8.4 or lower for women
  • You may be able to enter year two of the degree if you have an HNC in a relevant subject, or year three if you have an HND in a relevant subject
  • Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course


Year 1 - CertHE

In the first year, you will be introduced to general concepts in the golf industry and professional sport.

Core modules are:

  • Activity Performance and Skills Acquisition
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Equipment Technology for Golf
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Leadership
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
  • Preparing for Work-based and Placement Learning
Year 2 - DipHE

You will continue to build on and develop the concepts from year one and begin to evaluate their application in practice. New topics will also be introduced.

Core modules are:

  • Applied Coaching and Leadership
  • Event Planning and Organisation
  • Golf Equipment and Analysis
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Retailing
  • Work Placement: Team-working and Communication
Year 3 - BA

In the third year, academic skills will be further developed alongside practical and industry-specific skill sets.

Core modules are:

  • Design, Manage and Evaluate Human Fitness and Physical Performance
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Effectiveness
  • Research Skills
  • Small Business Planning
  • Sports and Exercise Science: A Critical Analysis
  • Work Placement: Industry-specific skills
Year 4 - BA (Hons)

The Honours year is used to deepen your understanding and consolidate the themes carried throughout the programme.

Core modules are:

  • Niche Professional: A Business Analysis
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Work Placement: Professional Practice

Option modules include:

  • Advanced Applications of Coaching and Instruction
  • Legal Issues in Sport and Fitness

You will also complete a dissertation (double-credits), or research and present a plan for a new business venture.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in the golf industry and beyond. Opportunities may include:

  • PGA professional
  • Golf coaching and development
  • Golf facility operations
  • Golf education
  • Sports science
  • Sports retail
  • Events management and operations

Last updated Jul 2020

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