Physical Education and Sports Studies MA/MSc

2 years, part-time Blended/Distance Learning

Overview

"The learning aims, outcomes, structure and syllabus of the course are well thought out and are vocationally relevant."
External Examiner

Informed by the research of Newman's academic team, the MA/MSc in Physical Education and Sports Studies combines developing a scientific and enquiring approach which leads to high-level research skills, with conducting original research and critically evaluating the research of others, alongside modules that are of practical relevance to a range of sports related careers.

This course provides the opportunity to understand the importance of sport and exercise to the well-being of individuals and society as a whole, and examine barriers to participation in sport and exercise. You will be able to utilise this knowledge to develop policies and strategies to engage a broad cross section of society and sport. Finally, you may decide to examine the teaching of sport and exercise at an advanced level and how surrounding factors influence it.

Attendance

The course is delivered through a combination of on-line materials, with face-to-face taught and practical sessions, based at Newman, taking place over an average of 8 days per year, with the majority being at weekends. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to question existing practice in the area, develop your own thoughts and propose new hypotheses and approaches.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a range of methods including on-line discussions, video presentations and short answer questions, along with more traditional essays, reports and practical assessments. The culmination of the course is a dissertation based on original research conducted in an area of interest to you using the research skills acquired throughout the course. You will receive support from a supervisor throughout the dissertation process.

Special Features

The course builds on Newman’s highly successful undergraduate programmes in Sports Studies. Graduates of this course are expected to have the skills and attributes to be successful in a range of careers including sports development, sports policy, applied sports science and sport for health programmes. It is also envisaged that those involved in education will develop a wide range of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable to their work. Those choosing to enter the workplace after completing this course are expected to take up senior positions within a wide range of organisations including sports governing bodies, Local Authorities and professional sports clubs.

Research Areas

Teaching staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise, and this was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise when the subject area was awarded a 2* rating of international recognition in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Research is fundamental to the mission of Newman University. The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester).

Other Courses of Interest

MA Education

Entry requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:1 or above) and equivalent previous experience

Employability

Fees

2014/15: Home/EU £5,000 (£2,500 per year)

2014/15: International £5,000 (£2,500 per year)

Course structure

Physical Education and Sports Studies

Module Information
The course is designed around three pathways, Physical Education, Sports Science and Contemporary Social Issues, which will allow you to undertake a broad range of modules whilst allowing your specialist interests to be considered:

The Physical Education pathway includes modules in the following disciplines:

  • Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition and Obesity
  • Current Issues in Physical Education Pedagogy
  • Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport and Physical Education
  • Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education.

The Sports Science pathway includes modules in the following disciplines:

  • Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition and Obesity
  • Current Issues and Future Directions in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology: Analysis and Application
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation.

And finally, the Contemporary Social Issues pathway includes modules in the following disciplines:

  • Current Issues in Physical Education Pedagogy
  • Current Issues and Future Directions in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport and Physical Education
  • Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education.

You will also be able to choose optional modules where you can apply the knowledge and skills gained within a working environment or examine physical activity, health and well-being in more detail.

These modules are subject to change.
 

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