Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services.
Drawing on current research and practice, this fascinating programme introduces you to the issues that relate to both individual and group performance, then encourages you to develop techniques to minimise the influence of limitations, such as anxiety and distraction.
Striking a balance between psychological methods and the wider professional skills needed to apply them, the courses you’ll undertake will also give you the knowledge and tools you’ll need to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature, and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.
Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading.
You will complete a series of seven courses:
To graduate with the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.
This qualification could lead to a career that capitalises on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology in a number of fields. Recent graduates have taken up roles in areas as diverse as sports psychology, private consultancy in sports, business and the performing arts, outdoor and adventure training, and higher and tertiary education.
You may instead choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or use the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management in an unrelated career role.
Studying the Master of Health, Sport & Human Performance (MHSHP), you'll explore how psychological or physiological factors influence movement and performance in sport and exercise. Throughout your course of study you'll receive opportunities to get involved in real world research to make a difference in people’s lives, as well as connect with elite athletes and teams.
The University of Waikato's Health, Sport and Human Performance Department boasts world-renowned active researchers and lecturers who have international expertise and reputations. Also, our research group on the Critical Studies of Sport and Physical Culture is one of the most highly regarded in the world, particularly in the study of action and adventure sports.
You will work in our high-tech laboratories at the Cambridge Avantidrome or the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga, and will benefit from our collaborative relationships established with local organisations. These partnerships bring about opportunities for you to connect with elite athletes and teams for research including; Waikato Chiefs, BoP Magic, Cycling NZ and community organisations such as Parafed, Disabilities Waikato and Sport Waikato.
The MHSHP is a flexible degree, giving you the option to tailor the programme to meet your needs. Our staff hold the expertise to supervise a diverse range of projects, and you have the option of completing your degree over one year full-time, or part time while working.
At masters level you can study a range of papers. The MHSHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers. You are required to choose one or more option(s) from the below. You can also pursue an area of interest in greater depth by undertaking a research project or thesis, under one of our expert supervisors. You are required to take a research methods paper and we recommend the school-based paper: SPLS501-16A Researching sport and leisure.
This qualification can be started at the University of Waikato Tauranga.
The MHSHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.
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As Mark Rothko said “Art is an adventure into the unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.”
The PGCE Secondary (Art and Design) course reflects this philosophy through a rigorous, imaginative, innovative and intensive nine-month course and prepares graduates for the challenges and rewards of teaching art and design within the secondary sector in the artist/teacher model.
You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. Graduates have gone on to teach in schools in England and Wales, while others have secured teaching jobs in schools in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Oman, China, Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia.
The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway (and towards London) and your teaching practices will be across two contrasting placements.
All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.
PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.
You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.
The course is for people who want to become qualified teachers.
• Professional Studies
Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.
• Curriculum Studies
This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.
• Enhanced Studies
The module enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth through a research project based in a school.
Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place at university on the Canterbury Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity. There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.
Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.
Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.
You will be assessed in two main ways via academic assignments and assessment of your teaching.
You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to your chosen subject options.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to teach in schools as a qualified teacher.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.
Are you an independent professional who is motivated to make a meaningful difference in your organisation? The MA/MSc Applied Professional and Innovative Practice is for you.
Designed for professionals who work full-time, part-time or in voluntary positions, this master's programme allows you to demonstrate leadership skills, advance your practices and develop new initiatives that contribute positive change at your place of employment.
GCU can partner with you and your employer to customise a course of study that reflects your interests and needs.
Ultimately, you will either learn a new set of skills to deliver a new service, becoming 'Fit for a New Role', or find a way to make sure your workforce and practices are effective and efficient, becoming 'Fit for Practice'.
Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to innovate with the goal of serving the common good in an academic environment with a shared belief in global engagement and social responsibility.
There are no exams in this degreeprogramme. All the assessments arework based assignments that seek tounderstand the theory that underpins thepractices or seeks to enhance practicebased on an understanding of theory.
The MA/MSc Applied Professional and Innovative Practice prepares you to take your career to the next level or embark on a new professional adventure – with the benefit of GCU's global reputation for excellence in academics. You may also choose to advance and broaden your skills by incorporating master's level modules from the wider university, opening doors to new career opportunities in the UK and abroad.