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At a time of increasing concerns about physical activity and health, the MA Physical Education programme explores the issues around physical activity and how to support the development of physical literacy from early childhood, through to later life in the home, school and community. Read more
At a time of increasing concerns about physical activity and health, the MA Physical Education programme explores the issues around physical activity and how to support the development of physical literacy from early childhood, through to later life in the home, school and community.

This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is supported by the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy. The programme is designed to be flexible to relate to the broad range of different contexts which all contribute to the development of physical literacy. The team of tutors that contribute to the programme are experts in the field.

Course Overview

In the subject area of Physical Education the need for teachers with higher level knowledge and understanding of the potential and benefits of physical education could not be clearer with growing concerns over childhood and adolescent health and the long-term implications of inactivity. The course explores many aspects of learning in a physical context, personal philosophies of Physical Education, managing the Physical Education curriculum and meeting the needs of all learners to develop Physical Literacy throughout life.

The programme is the only one of its kind in Wales. It has attracted interest from teachers and practitioners from across Wales, the UK, Europe Canada and the United States. As part of their postgraduate studies students have the opportunity to take part in an international exchange programme.

-Flexible postgraduate opportunities throughout Wales
-Part-time and full-time modes of study
-Full-time over two years
-Part-time over four years
-Weekend delivery supported by Moodle
-Accessible locations in South and North Wales
-Modules to suit students' professional practice and needs
-Taught or research based study options
-International exchange opportunities

Key Features

Are you someone who is working with children, young people or adults in relation to education, health, sport or physical activity? Do you want to improve your understanding and expertise to develop the work you do or move on to new opportunities? If so then this programme provides an excellent professional development opportunities and training.

Students will have the opportunity to study some aspects of the course through the medium of Welsh, and submit course work in Welsh. A number of the tutors on the programme can offer tutorial support through the medium of Welsh.

Who is it for?
The degree would be of particular interest to Physical Education and sport professionals, coaches, sports development officers and health professionals who are:
-Inspired to support the development of physical literacy through Play, Physical Education, Sporth, Health, Leisure and Outdoor Activity
-Seeking to gain higher level academic qualifications to enhance their career prospects.
-Inquisitive and critical in their outlook
-Inspired by the potential of Physical Education and sport to offer high quality learning opportunities
-Motivated to challenge their own beliefs and philosophies
-Working as teachers, heads of departments, subject co-ordinators, sports development officers, 5x60 officers, Dragon sports co-ordinators and graduate students

Career Opportunities

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:
-Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
-Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
-Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

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The MA by Research (Physical Education and Physical Activity) is a brand new and exciting opportunity for you to undertake a supervised programme of independent study and practice in a structured and supportive environment within the field of Physical Education, and or Physical Activity. Read more

The MA by Research (Physical Education and Physical Activity) is a brand new and exciting opportunity for you to undertake a supervised programme of independent study and practice in a structured and supportive environment within the field of Physical Education, and or Physical Activity. The Masters by Research sits within the Directorate of Physical Education, within the School of Childhood and Education Sciences, which forms part of the Faculty of Education.

To support your independent study, there are research methods sessions run by the Graduate School throughout the year, and you will also be invited to research theme group meetings and events that are held within the Faculty of Education. There are eight research theme groups that will also support and guide you through your studies. These include: Holistic Early Learning and Development; Curriculum, Creativity and Innovation; Professional Organisational and Leadership Development; Pedagogy and Identity; Ecopedagogy; Autobiography and Narrative; Inclusion, Equalities and Social Justice and Post Secular Values and the Sacred. It is possible to complete the MA by Research either part-time (two years) or full-time (one year).

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/physical-education-and-physical-activity-by-research.aspx

Course detail

The title of the MA by Research (Physical Education and Physical Activity), is intentionally very broad to allow you to specialise in an area in which you are particularly interested.

The project may develop from recent undergraduate work or from an aspect of your current employment which you wish to unpick, extend or challenge, for example in the areas of Physical Education, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Physical Activity, or Primary Physical Education or Coaching.

You will be supported through regular tutorials from your specialist supervisor, as well as by a second supervisor, who will bring knowledge and expertise in research methodologies.

The supervisor's role would be to help you select the appropriate research method, to support you in devising and producing the project and to aid you in setting this this within the critical framework of Physical Education, and or Physical Activity.

Assessment

The programme is assessed through the submission of a piece of academic writing between 25,000 and 30,000 words in length. There are no examinations, including oral examinations. You will meet regularly with first supervisor, virtually or physically and will present your work in progress to the full Supervisory Panel half way through your registration period. Following advice from the Panel you will complete your final dissertation submission.

What can I do next?

The programme leads to the award of an MA by Research, which is a significant qualification in its own right, but you could also continue ultimately on to PhD or EdD programmes. The research writing skills you will gain and your expert knowledge you will develop in your research area, will enhance your employability and can provide invaluable grounding for continuing and extending your careers in Physical Education and Physical Activity settings.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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What is the International Master of Adapted Physical Activity (IMAPA) all about?. IMAPA is a 2 year (120 credits) Master's programme in . Read more

What is the International Master of Adapted Physical Activity (IMAPA) all about?

IMAPA is a 2 year (120 credits) Master's programme in partnership between the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium), the University of Olomouc (UP, Czech Republic), and a number of associate partners across the world. The programme aims at educating students in both a professional orientation (students can choose between education and active lifestyle), and a disciplinary specialization (students choose between biomechanics & exercise physiology, integrity and (dis)ability in sport and motor control-learning & psychology).

IMAPA aims to provide state-of-the-art research and teaching methodology in adapted physical activity (APA) and the social, pedagogical and technical aspects of physical activity adapted to the needs of persons with a disability. The programme combines the expertise of a number of universities throughout the EU and the world, and offers students comprehensive training and expert knowledge in the many aspects of adapted physical activity.

Each year, international expert academics and professionals are invited to conduct teaching and research assignments. The programme promotes the exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners from around the world. The multicultural aspects of the Master's programme are a great asset to the programme itself and to the field of adapted physical activity in general.

International

The first academic year takes place at KU Leuven (Belgium), in the second year the students will follow the first semester at the Palacky University of Olomouc (Czech Republic). The second semester of the second year will be completed at a partner university based on both the interests and specialization areas of the student. As such, IMAPA promotes the international exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners in Europe and from around the world, and therefore guarantees a flexible, custom made programme fine-tuned to the interest(s) of every individual student.

Flexible 

IMAPA is a flexible programme, allowing students to custom design the content of their curriculum depending on the competences they wish to acquire. Students can follow the entire programme as KU Leuven students, or fit a number of selected courses within their home university programme, while remaining registered at their home university.

Objectives

The International Master Programme of Adapted Physical Activity (IMAPA) aims to provide state-of-the-art research and teaching methodology in adapted physical activity (APA) and the social, pedagogical, and technical aspects of physical activity adapted to the needs of persons with a disability. The programme combines the expertise of a number of universities throughout the EU and the world, and offers students comprehensive training and expert knowledge in the many aspects of adapted physical activity. The programme promotes the exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners from around the world.

The professional aim of the programme is to educate competent and critical professionals, who are able to design and evaluate adapted physical activity programmes using an evidence-based approach for people with a disability across the life span. Adapted physical activity is a developing field and graduates will be considered as having the key abilities to advance and develop its scope. To address the wide application of the field, IMAPA offers generic tools to use exercise as an intervention, which can be translated into different contexts. To achieve this professional aim, the programme provides specialization options to emphasize the competence to work in educational or active lifestyle settings, catering for students' special professional interest and potential work outflow.

The disciplinary aim of IMAPA is to educate people to conduct research in order to advance the field of APA. In addition, the programme offers scientific discipline specific specialization (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Control/Learning, Integrity and Dis/ability in Sport). As such, IMAPA provides basic scientific skills that will enable graduates to pursue an academic career or undertake further research or doctoral studies.

The global approach to the studies will ensure a critical outlook at national facilities for people with a disability. Given the multidisciplinary nature of adapted physical activity, students will have gained general problem-solving skills rather than those pertaining to a traditional profession.

Career Perspectives

Professional Outcome

Graduates who successfully completed the course will have acquired the scientific knowledge and critical insights to develop and bring the field of adapted physical activity forward in different national settings. Graduates will have the professional competence to work in a variety of contexts, where they will be able to set up appropriate adapted physical activity programmes and assess the requirements for exercise screening.

Given the wide area of adapted physical activity, as applied in the various countries, graduates will obtain the broad tools to implement and evaluate health, sports and leisure enhancing programs for people with disability.

The most important of these general tools is an evidence-based approach to intervention. Graduates of the IMAPA programme will also have gained sufficient research competence to work in research settings. They will have developed the skills to design innovative research questions in adapted physical activity and to report on scientific findings. Graduates will have gained the analytical ability to highlight the needs of people with a disability in different countries and identify current barriers for implementation of adapted physical activity. Furthermore, they will ensure appropriate intervention programmes and policy statements in the area of exercise and health for people with a disability. Overall, they will have an internationally-oriented spirit and seek out multicultural collaboration. IMAPA graduates will understand the role and meaning of interdisciplinary collaboration and stimulate a multi-professional input in the field. Graduates will be aware of the need of a professional structure and certification in adapted physical activity and have gained the skills to become leaders in their field and take this agenda forward.

Career Options

Students specialized in adapted physical activity at the Master's level often work with persons with an impairment in career domains such as education, coaching, personal training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine or other health care professions. Some seek a research career by acquiring knowledge and expertise in both adapted physical activity and another discipline within kinesiology, and pursue a doctoral degree.



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The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection. Read more

The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase.

You'll experience practical and theoretical modules that are based upon research-informed practice by the route leader, Dr Gary Stidder, who is an established academic and active researcher in the field of physical education.

Our course focuses on an alternative approach to teaching physical education, emphasising physical activities and non-traditional team games alongside the usual competitive team games. It also includes lifestyle activities that have a wide appeal to a broad population of pupils.

You will have access to excellent resources and gain 120 days of practical experience in two of around 250 schools with whom we have partnerships.

Course structure

All teaching takes place at the School of Sport and Service Management, based in Eastbourne, where there are extensive sports facilities such as six badminton court-sized sports halls, two gymnasiums, plus a fitness suite, Astro turf pitch and swimming pool.

When studying with us at the university, you’ll experience and learn how to teach practical physical education through The A-list of physical activities. These include physical activities considered to be less conventional compared to more established types of activities. The A-list includes the following non-conventional physical activities: 

  • Alternative – Physical activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms and are considered to be non-traditional in a UK context such as tchouckball, kinball and korfball.
  • Adapted – Physical activities suited to pupils with additional learning needs but that can also be practiced by all pupils within secondary schools such as boccia, goalball and new age kurling.
  • Artistic – Physical activities related to cultural and artistic forms of dance.
  • Aesthetic – Physical activities that are creative and involve a combination of movements requiring precision, fluency and control such as urban gymnastics, cheerleading and trampolining.
  • Aquatic – Physical activities that take place in or on the water such as swimming, synchronised swimming, water aerobic dancing, water polo, life-saving and personal survival.
  • Athletic – Physical activities that require physical skill, agility and stamina such as street surfing.
  • Adventurous – Physical activities that require precise problem-solving and decision making skills such as orienteering and climbing.
  • Aerobic – Physical activities that are sustained and require low to high intensity such as jogging, rowing and cycling.
  • Anaerobic – Physical activities that are non-endurance activities involving speed strength and power such as sprinting, jumping, and throwing.

The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. You will benefit from undertaking two placements in two schools or colleges, spending two-thirds of your year teaching, under supervision. You'll also have the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the Peer Observation programme.

Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time, enabling you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

You will have the opportunity to organise group activities which reflect contemporary expectations of physical education teachers and the individual needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds. 

The campus is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision. 

Activities which you may take part in or organise yourself include:

  • inclusive festivals, in which you prepare a series of activities for pupils with moderate, profound and multiple learning difficulties. Activities will include boccia, new age kurling, goalball, parachute games and dance
  • outdoor adventure days allow you to facilitate a day of on-site outdoor and adventurous activities for pupils
  • active student volunteer programmes give you the opportunity to provide out-of-school-hours activities for local primary school pupils. The activities include swimming, lifestyle activities, trampolining and gymnastics. 

Placements

Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of this course, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school. 

Your school-based training will include observing teachers, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.

You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.

Careers and employability

Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent secondary-school teachers.

As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Most students gain employment in schools across the UK very soon after they have completed the course and achieved the teaching qualifications. Many former students have subsequently become curriculum leaders and senior managers in schools.

Students on this course can choose to progress to one of our Education MAs after completing the PGCE.

If you are considering whether a career in teaching is for you, and you are a UK resident, the Department for Education’s School Experience Programme (SEP) offers 1 to 10 days’ classroom experience in a secondary school. For details, please check: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience.aspx



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This course will help you to better understand and promote physical education as a lifelong process that can benefit individuals, communities and society as a whole. Read more

This course will help you to better understand and promote physical education as a lifelong process that can benefit individuals, communities and society as a whole. It aims to develop professionals who are capable of making a valuable contribution to the experiences of young people within physical education.

You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary curriculum practice, enhance your knowledge and experience, and engage with different pedagogical models in the teaching of physical education and school sport.

If you are working in schools as a teacher or teaching assistant, are employed in a youth sport role or are a recent graduate, this course provides a strong academic base to enhance your professional development or develop your career your career prospects. It is also an ideal stepping stone should you want to train to be a physical education teacher or have ambitions to progress your studies and expertise to PhD level.

Teaching and learning

You will study three core modules, two elective modules, one research module and a major independent research study/dissertation. For your dissertation you are encouraged to research in detail an area of physical education that is of particular interest to you, providing the opportunity to focus on your career path.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

Studying a postgraduate course in physical education can enhance your job prospects in teaching allowing you to take control of your career.

The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University has an excellent reputation of delivering quality sport and physical education courses for more than 75 years.

COURSE DELIVERY

You can study this course full-time for one year or part-time over two years. To suit your full-time work schedule we offer the part-time option mostly in the evenings between 5pm-7pm.

PG Cert

Core modules

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice in Physical Education & Youth Sport
  • Understanding Young People's Experiences of Physical Education & Sport

Option modules

  • Diversity & Discrimination
  • Innovations in Physical Education
  • Health Promotion in Children & Families
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Research Methods
  • Student Negotiated Learning

PG Dip

Core modules

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice in Physical Education & Youth Sport
  • Understanding Young People's Experiences of Physical Education & Sport

Option modules

  • Diversity & Discrimination
  • Innovations in Physical Education
  • Health Promotion in Children & Families
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Research Methods
  • Student Negotiated Learning

MA

Core modules

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice in Physical Education & Youth Sport
  • Understanding Young People's Experiences of Physical Education & Sport
  • Diversity & Discrimination
  • Research Methods
  • Major Independent Study

Option modules

  • Outdoor & Adventurous Education
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Innovations in Physical Education
  • Health Promotion in Children & Families
  • Student Negotiated Learning
  • Management of Human Resources in Sport

Job prospects

There is an increasing need for highly qualified physical education specialists to work with children and young people within schools and the wider community. As well as being able to pursue or enhance a career in physical education, your expertise will leave you well placed to take up opportunities in sports club administration, with governing bodies, in community sport and in higher education.

  • PE Teacher
  • Sports Club Administrator
  • Community Sport Officer
  • Healthy Lifestyles Coach


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Sport and Physical Activity is fun, good for us and can change lives. It is a huge global industry that is set to grow further as governments increasingly recognise the role of sport in supporting health and wellbeing and creating vibrant communities. Read more
Sport and Physical Activity is fun, good for us and can change lives. It is a huge global industry that is set to grow further as governments increasingly recognise the role of sport in supporting health and wellbeing and creating vibrant communities.

To deliver this, the sector needs an innovative and dynamic workforce. This course will support you as a current or future leader to develop skills in the management and development of Sport and Physical Activity.

You will have the opportunity to review and analyse examples of best practice, develop sustainable sport participation programmes and research a Sport and Physical Activity topic area of your choice.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-management-of-sport-and-physical-activity

Course detail

• Gain an advanced understanding of the management and leadership of sport and physical activities and interventions aimed at making a positive impact upon individuals and communities locally and worldwide
• Study using range of learning activities, including lectures, seminars, online learning, action learning and tutorials, and from a team who have a wide range of expertise and experience in specific subject areas such as leisure, sport
• Explore ways to develop new, creative and innovative ideas to motivate people to participate in sport and physical activities while gaining the necessary personal competencies, applied practical skill-sets and subject expertise to become a theoretically informed and reflective practitioner
• Develop the ability to implement a wide range of programmes and interventions, as well as being able to manage people and organisations to achieve sport and physical activity outcomes both nationally and internationally.
• Benefit from our links with industry and the Government as you gain considerable experience of working with employers to investigate and analyse real industry problems and develop potential solutions for them (including a semester long research project).

Modules

• Sport and Physical Activity Leadership
• Managing Sport and Physical Activity
• Applied Leadership and Management of Sport and Physical Activity
• The Structure of Sport and Physical Activity
• Research Methods for Sport and Physical Activity
• Comparative Sports Policy
• Sport and Physical Activity Research Project

Assessment

You will undertake a variety of assessments, including:

• Written Reports and Essays
• Verbal Presentations
• Online Reflective Journals
• Case Studies
• Phase Tests
• Applied assessments relating to managing the design, planning, delivery of a sport and physical activity intervention.

Assessment activities will be based on tasks that provide the opportunity to demonstrate both vocational skills and subject knowledge.

As you progress through the units, the assessment criteria will emphasise the expectation that you demonstrate theory driven understanding of sport and physical activity management issues and practices. This is reflective of the higher levels of cognition required to study at master's level.

Careers

Your employability is supported in the following ways:

1. Professional Accreditation – The course was written to meet the professional standards Job Band B (Middle Management and Aspiring) as identified by CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. The University will support you in becoming a Student Member of CIMSPA and provide information regarding CIMSPA events and conferences which will support your employment opportunities.

2. Current and Future Industry Knowledge – The units, the resources and the teaching and learning will support the development of current industry knowledge and evaluate future industry direction.

3. Applied Industry Experience – The course provides the opportunity to test and apply industry experience.. There are also additional opportunities to gain applied industry experience by students involving themselves with the University of Bedfordshire Student Led Sports Company.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Why this course?. This is a Masters level course which looks at global physical activity for health. Background. Lack of physical activity is fuelling an increasing burden of morbidity and premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCD) like. Read more

Why this course?

This is a Masters level course which looks at global physical activity for health.

Background

Lack of physical activity is fuelling an increasing burden of morbidity and premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCD) like:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • some cancers

The World Health Organisation has adopted targets to prevent and control these diseases. International action is likely and there's expected to be an increasing demand for academic expertise in this area.

What you'll learn

We'll provide you with a comprehensive introduction to physical activity, and its role in the prevention and control of NCD's. 

This course is suitable if you have a relevant background and training in areas like:

  • medicine
  • physiology
  • exercise science
  • nutrition

It's also a good option if you have a particular interest in the subject but don't have undergraduate training.

By the end of the course you'll have a high level of understanding and skill within the following areas:

  • measurement and analysis of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. This is within a variety of contexts and for a range of purposes, including research, clinical practicepublic health surveillance
  • patterns of, and variations in, levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in various population groups (national, clinical, specialist) world-wide
  • developing and influencing recommendations for physical activity and sedentary behaviour levels in various populations (national, clinical, specialist populations)
  • the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health/disease within various populations (national, clinical, specialist populations)
  • sources of physical activity and sedentary behaviour (physiological, psychological, social and cultural)
  • developing, implementing and evaluating clinical and/or public health interventions to change physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • identifying, appraising and synthesising research evidence
  • planning, conducting, analysing and reporting/disseminating research

Possible specialisations

You can specialise in:

  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • child & adolescent health
  • health policy

These are not compulsory and we're open to discussing other options.

PhD

This course is a good route into a three year PhD in Physical Activity and NCDs.

The Physical Activity for Health Group

The Physical Activity for Health Group is a team of:

  • academics
  • teaching staff
  • post-doctoral students
  • research students 

Expertise

The group's expertise lies in physical activity for health, with a global perspective on the subject. 

Research

Research looks at the development and testing of things that encourage people to take part in more physical activity. 

Location

You'll find the group within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health.

Learning & teaching

You'll attend six classes throughout the year and undertake one research project module. It's designed to offer an intensive immersion in the subject of physical activity for health if you've not studied it before.

You'll attend lectures along with tutorials, workshops, and seminars.

Assessment

You'll be assessed in a variety of methods including written assignments, reading, group work and online participation.

Careers

Research

This course is primarily designed for honours graduates who are interested in beginning a career in research with the opportunity to apply for PhD study upon completion of the course.

Career development

If you're coming from an existing post in health/NCD units, this course will offer an immersive conversion course in physical activity for health, for career development. 

Career change

If you're not currently working in this area, this course will offer a specialist qualification that will be useful when applying for jobs in health/NCD units at home and overseas.



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This degree is particularly suitable for PE teachers, in all phases of education, and sport related professionals at any stage of their career. Read more
This degree is particularly suitable for PE teachers, in all phases of education, and sport related professionals at any stage of their career.

The MA in Education: Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education is aimed at Physical Education teachers and Sports Professionals at any stage of their careers. It can be of great benefit to those in senior and middle leadership roles (and those aspiring to leadership positions) in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors, and in other educational establishments.

The programme will offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading professional practice and enable you to make a positive difference to the quality of learning and teaching within your educational setting.

Integral to this Master's programme is the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research enquiry into an aspect of practice as part of an intellectually challenging learning experience that relates theory to practice leading to the development of knowledge and skills relevant to practice and supporting career progression.

Why St Mary's?

Building on its long tradition of excellence in both teacher education and physical and sport education, St Mary's provides a flexible approach to this professional Master's degree.

This programme offers three distinct pathways: Pedagogy, Coaching and Sociology of Sport. These pathways meet the needs of a diverse range of Physical Education teachers and Sport professionals.

The MA in Education: Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education is offered part-time or full-time as a taught programme at St Mary’s University or a blended programme, designed to meet the needs of practitioners in Physical Education and Sport.

Staff involved in the programme all have considerable experience and expertise in their field of expertise. They are research active and involved in consultancy and in service training in the fields of physical education and sport, the leadership of innovative practice.

Course Content

This programme consists of five modules, with a choice of specialist modules allowing students to focus on an area of interest.

Core Modules
› Physical Education and Sport Leadership: Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Pedagogy
› Research Methods for Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sport
› Academic Paper and Conference Presentation

Optional Module One
› Pedagogy: Educational Context and Issues within Teaching and Learning
› Coaching and Mentoring; Pedagogy through Physical Education and Sport
› Sociology of Physical Education and Sport: Policy and Politics in Physical Education and Sport

Optional Module Two
› Pedagogy and Learning in Physical Education and Sport: Theory through Reflective research
› Coaching and Mentoring: Early Years to Adolescence, Physical Activity and Human Behaviour
› Sociology: Social Theory in Physical Education and Sport

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

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Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education course will extend your knowledge, understanding and teaching skills to deliver high-quality physical education in a primary school setting. Read more

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education course will extend your knowledge, understanding and teaching skills to deliver high-quality physical education in a primary school setting.

Our course, which is delivered on a part-time basis will:

  • support you to think critically about your knowledge, understanding and teaching skills to enhance delivery of quality physical education
  • help you support the ongoing development of physical education within your primary school, local cluster or education authority
  • enhance your ability to critically reflect in an informed way on your own practice in primary physical education

This course has received GTC Scotland’s Professional Recognition award which aims to support teachers to engage in high-quality professional learning and recognises accomplished teaching practice. GTC Scotland accredits a professional learning course after assessing that it meets the standards expected of the award of Professional Recognition. The course does not include qualified teacher status.

Course Details

You will study the following three modules run over the three trimesters within one academic year:

  • Pedagogy of Primary Physical Education
  • Developing Quality Physical Education
  • Aspects of Learning in Primary Physical Education

Upon successful completion of all three modules you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

Modules

  • Pedagogy of Primary Physical Education gives you the opportunity to critically reflect on your current practice. It explores sport education, teaching games for understanding and current national and international trends within primary physical education.
  • Developing Quality Physical Education will develop your knowledge and understanding of developing quality physical education and enhance your teaching skills in delivering primary physical education.
  • Aspects of Learning in Primary Physical Education will consider the significant aspects of learning within physical education, supporting your understanding of these and how they can be used to provide a broad range of relevant and realistic learning experiences.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be introduced to a range of learning environments. These include: An online induction to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to familiarise yourself with the online activities embedded within the modules.

A range of activities will be used to encourage interaction with your fellow students and our course tutors, including:

  • discussion boards
  • creating a PG Cert PPE blog
  • creating an e-portfolio
  • chat rooms

You will be assessed using a combination of the following methods:

  • short activities
  • assignments
  • self-assessment questions

There are no formal exams; you are assessed on the coursework of each module and are normally expected to demonstrate your overall competence in the area covered by one module before proceeding to the next.



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The Government has targeted the presence of a Physical Education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy life styles. Read more
The Government has targeted the presence of a Physical Education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy life styles.

The PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS is a school-led programme which combines on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.

You will train to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. The training experience is designed to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme, you will study all of the National Curriculum subjects and you will specialise in Physical Education in great depth. You will qualify as a Primary teacher who will also be able to bring a passion for Physical Education and excellent Physical Education subject knowledge to a first teaching post.

Successful completion of this PGCE will lay the foundations for you to become a leader in Physical Education, generating enthusiasm for Physical Education amongst children, and modelling and leading others in the development of enriching, engaging and challenging lessons.

What will I study?

The programme consists of four main elements.

- Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development;

- Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences;

- Specialism – choosing Physical Education as your specialism will allow you to enhance and deepen your own knowledge of the subject, undertake action research projects in school, and further your knowledge and understanding of how Physical Education is taught and led in school. You will also develop a clear understanding of the needs of children who do not always have the love of physical education you may have, gaining an understanding of how to teach them effectively and give them the confidence to progress;

- Weekend Conferences – six weekend conferences provide an opportunity for deeper study of aspects of Primary Physical Education, including international and historical perspectives and research from the forefront of the subject.

How will I study?

A combination of seminars, tutorials and weekend conferences, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all Primary National Curriculum subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of technology, to support your own learning.

You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Over the length of the PGCE, you will progress from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom. There are also frequent opportunities to observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.

Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences that are closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher and assume greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. You will also complete rigorous subject knowledge audits and checks to ensure you have outstanding subject knowledge.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by expert practitioners including teachers who are specialists in Physical Education and primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain a recommendation for QTS and progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher in a primary school.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post. You will have an ability to teach in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in primary schools, a strong knowledge of primary education, excellent Physical Education subject knowledge and pedagogy, as well as outstanding classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. In addition, you will have a deep knowledge of Physical Education and be well placed to take a leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, together with an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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Help people and communities lead healthier and happier lives by developing the expertise to promote active lifestyle choices. Regular physical activity is one of the greatest investments we can make to improve our wellbeing. Read more

Help people and communities lead healthier and happier lives by developing the expertise to promote active lifestyle choices.

Regular physical activity is one of the greatest investments we can make to improve our wellbeing. Governments recognise this, and the drive to inspire people to be more active and minimise the impact of unhealthy lifestyle choices on health services and society in general has seen the demand for suitably trained professionals soar.

You will examine the importance of physical activity across the lifespan, and you will develop the skills to encourage healthy habits from childhood through to adolescence and into adulthood and older age.

You will work with people of all ages to identify health risks related to sedentary behaviours, and you will design and evaluate interventions to improve quality of life and reduce the risks of obesity, diabetes, mental ill-health and other conditions.

Course Benefits

You will benefit from being taught by a highly skilled and research-active teaching team who are world-leading in their field and have vast experience in sport, physical activity, nutrition, education, and health.

Our team of academics include Professor Jim McKenna, the Head of the Active Lifestyles Centre and Professor Paul Gately, who founded the weight management organisation MoreLife in 1999. Both have contributed to seminal government reports and guidance, including the 2007 Physical Activity Guidelines and the International Obesity Task Force and World Health Organization's report on childhood obesity, and both continue to consult to many government agencies, health organisations and corporations throughout the world.

Other staff members work closely with the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Public Health England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the NHS, and you will be able to engage and forge contacts with industry professionals during guest lectures.

You will also gain student membership of the Royal Society for Public Health, giving you access to additional continued professional development, the very latest industry information and links to employers.

PG Cert

Core modules:

  • Public Health Intervention & Evaluation
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity & Health
  • Measurement in Physical Activity & Health

PG Dip

Core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Public Health Intervention & Evaluation
  • Positive Development & Health Maintenance Through Physical Activity
  • Measurement in Physical Activity & Health
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity & Health

Option modules:

  • Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Psychology of Exercise & Health
  • Sport & Exercise Nutrition

MSc

Core modules:

  • Public Health Intervention & Evaluation
  • Positive Development & Health Maintenance Through Physical Activity
  • Measurement in Physical Activity & Health
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity & Health
  • Research Methods
  • Major Independent Study

Option modules:

  • Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Psychology of Exercise & Health
  • Sport & Exercise Nutrition

Job prospects

In the drive to encourage people to be more active, the number of health-related programmes implemented by local authorities, schools, colleges and sports clubs has increased significantly. In turn, this has created a host of career opportunities in private healthcare, the NHS, local government, education and with sports bodies and organisations.

  • Intervention & Evaluation Officer
  • Health Improvement Officer
  • Senior Health Trainer
  • Business Development Manager


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This interdisciplinary course, delivered in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors. Read more
This interdisciplinary course, delivered in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors.

You will have the opportunity to work with academic experts, practitioners and other professionals to further your understanding of the complex links between sport, physical activity and mental health and develop expertise in the design and evaluation of programmes intended to promote mental health and wellbeing. You will also examine how mental health may be compromised, as well as enhanced, by participating and working in community and professional sport.

The programme is suitable for graduates as well as current practitioners, professionals and policy makers, who have an interest in sport, physical activity and mental health or health and wellbeing more broadly. The course will also be highly relevant for those working in community and professional sport, including coaches, current and former athletes, safeguarding and welfare officers, and support staff.

What will I study?

This programme enables you to study the prevalence and determinants of mental health and illness and their association with various forms of inequality. You will analyse how sport and physical activity are commonly used to address mental health and illness, become familiar with how sport and physical activity programmes are designed and evaluated, and explore how these programmes emerge out of local, national and international policy processes and priorities.

Optional modules provide you with the opportunity to study how mental health can be compromised and enhanced at community and/or professional levels of sport and physical activity, in addition to investigating how the mental health needs of different populations can be addressed.

Following an introduction to major research methodologies, methods and approaches, undertaking an independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of project and people management, how organisations address mental health and illness, and the ethical dilemmas involved in researching mental health in sport and physical activity contexts.

You will be encouraged to inform this project with any insight derived from relevant work experience in sport, physical activity and mental health settings. If you wish to undertake applied work experience to inform your studies, you will be supported to do so by engaging with key partners including Everton in the Community.

How will I study?

The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, including lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and discussions, tutorials, applied work experience, and practitioner-oriented mentoring.

You will typically be required to attend one afternoon/early evening session per week and engage in supported activity (e.g. tutorials) as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (including essays, policy briefings and reports, and programme evaluations), individual presentations and a research dissertation.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by academic staff who possess expertise in a variety of disciplines allied to sport, physical activity and mental health, including sociology, psychology, psychiatry, physiology, policy analysis, and performing arts.

Practitioners and professionals who work in sport, physical activity and mental health, in addition to other guest speakers involved in teaching and research, will also regularly contribute to the delivery of the programme.

What are my career prospects?

You will graduate well placed to pursue a variety of career paths, including working in community and professional sport as a mental health practitioner, programme manager/worker, policy maker, coach, administrator, safeguarding and welfare officer, or as part of a sports science support team.

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in research, youth and social work, or in the sport, leisure and business management sectors. The course also provides ideal preparation to progress onto doctoral study in sport and physical activity.

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This intellectually demanding professional development MA is designed to support you in becoming a more reflective teacher or youth/ community/performance sports coach, using intensive, compressed teaching time combined with flexible off-site guided learning to fit around your work in a school or youth sport setting. Read more
This intellectually demanding professional development MA is designed to support you in becoming a more reflective teacher or youth/ community/performance sports coach, using intensive, compressed teaching time combined with flexible off-site guided learning to fit around your work in a school or youth sport setting.

It is research-led and research-informed, taught by world-leading academics, grounding the theoretical study of physical education and sport pedagogy in your practical workplace experience.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/sport-pedagogy#about

Course detail

• Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current physical education policy
• Explore opportunities to contribute in an enterprising and creative way to the field and practice of physical education and sport pedagogy
• Develop a high level of understanding of physical education practice and policy providing you with a basis for life-long learning and successful career development in your chosen professional area of physical education and sport pedagogy
• Gain from studying with staff with impressive backgrounds with nationally and internationally recognised research interests, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities
• Benefit from a course designed to prepare you to work in a range of sport or education contexts, including physical education teaching; sports coaching (elite, performance, development and/or community); physical education teacher education; sport development or educational research and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Advanced Pedagogy
• Research Methods in Sport
• Occupational socialisation: critical perspectives on PETE
• Sport Pedagogy and Policy: theory in action
• Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Dissertation

Assessment

The programme’s assessment strategy underscores the course team’s concern with the sorts of critical investigations which are increasingly required to understand physical education and sport pedagogy. It places a premium upon research competency and independent critical thinking.

The assessment reflects the pedagogical importance of communication skills and requires students to communicate effectively orally, in writing and using technology. Students will be expected to engage in self and peer feedback in formative and presentation assessments.

Assessment types include:

• essays, reports, projects, dissertation (approx. 85%)
• oral and poster presentations (approx. 15%)

Careers

The course is designed around compressed, intensive contact days at the University and flexible off-site guided learning. This design allows you to gain the necessary experience to apply the theoretical concepts you are examining during your studies in an applied and contextualised manner while also allowing you to gain appropriate experience.

The course is designed to prepare you for work in sport or education sectors. Within these sectors we apply knowledge to a variety of contexts including physical education teaching; sports coaching (elite, performance, development and/or community); physical education teacher education; sport development; educational research

This course will provide the advanced knowledge and research training required for direct access to higher degrees by research (MPhil/ PhD).

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This programme focuses on the promotion and maintenance of diet and activity-related public health and wellbeing. There is a clear consensus that new professional and scientific needs are emerging in this field. Read more
This programme focuses on the promotion and maintenance of diet and activity-related public health and wellbeing. There is a clear consensus that new professional and scientific needs are emerging in this field. This programme is one of the first to recognise this need and as such will contribute substantially towards higher level qualifications in this emerging area.

There is now considerable demand for multi-skilled individuals with knowledge and understanding of research, policy and practice in both nutrition and physical activity. This programme equips you with such skills, as well as providing unique insight into the fascinating interactions between physical activity, nutrition and health through blending epidemiology, psychology and policy-relevant research.

The programme is specifically designed for qualified dieticians, physical activity specialists, and other health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who want to advance in the important area of nutrition-related and physical activity-related public health. It is also suitable for newly-qualified graduates seeking to develop a career in this area.

The results of the latest Research Exercise Framework rate the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences as the leading UK centre of research excellence within the field of physical activity, nutrition and health research. In addition, 100 per cent of its evidence research impact was judged to be of the highest level.

Programme structure

Work is assessed through written assignments, presentations, written reports or research proposals. There are no formal examinations. All units are compulsory, along with a research dissertation. Part-time students will be guided in their choice of units for each year of study.

Core units
-Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour
-Nutrition, Disease and Public Health
-Physical Activity, Disease and Public Health
-Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions: Conception and Design
-Research Methods
-Practical Research Methods

Dissertation
During the final term, you complete an original research investigation and dissertation (10,000-15,000 words) on an approved public health-based topic, incorporating nutrition or physical activity or a combination of the two.

Careers

This programme is designed for students who want to pursue careers in research, public health policy, public health consultancy and the implementation of programmes for promoting health within the public, private or non-profit sectors. The programme also targets professional development by enhancing the practice and delivery of working professionals, such as physiotherapists, nurses or teachers.

Most students go on to become public health project officers, researchers, health promotion specialists, lifestyle managers, nutrition or physical activity project coordinators, or public health and policy consultants.

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Your interest in how physical activity, nutrition, health psychology, and professional communication skills can help promote health and treat various clinical conditions could lead you to a multitude of career options. Read more

Course Summary

Your interest in how physical activity, nutrition, health psychology, and professional communication skills can help promote health and treat various clinical conditions could lead you to a multitude of career options.

In addition to developing a firm understanding of the links between physical activity, nutrition and health, this course offers invaluable opportunities to further career prospects during placement and research project units – including the development of practical skills and links with NHS organisations, researchers and clinicians in high-interest areas such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer.

With relevant experience, we will also support you in registering as an Associate Nutritionist or converting to full registration as a Nutritionist/Public Health Nutritionist.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/physical-activity,-nutrition-and-health-promotion#about

Course detail

• Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current public health policy
• Explore potential career opportunities in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education with this MSc that will also allow you to apply for membership of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
• Develop high-level professional standards; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, the ability to apply scientific knowledge to public health settings, and the research skills that will help you access careers in public health, the health and fitness industry or academia
• Gain the opportunity to practise your skills on work placement, or if already in post or accredited, the opportunity to specialise and develop your expertise in physical activity and nutrition
• Benefit from access to a wide range of careers in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education, roles in charities whose aims are to improve the nation’s health and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Research Methods
• Professional Skills for Health Care Providers
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health
• Metabolic Health
• Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion Dissertation
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*
• Exercise Testing and Diagnosis*
• Laboratory Skills*
• Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation*

*denotes options

Assessment

The assessments of this course aim to enhance your learning experience rather than simply provide academic benchmarks. The assessments will be carried out using: oral presentations, case study reports, critical reviews of literature, individual reports, practical assessments, a portfolio of experience, end of unit examinations and laboratory reports.

The assessment methods relate closely to the learning outcomes of the course and individual units, while allowing you scope for creativity in fulfilling them. For example, by self-selection of case study examples to present within a written report within a particular health context.

Assessments will in many cases be vocationally ‘sensitive’ and designed to promote awareness of contextual health policies and to promote engagement with real-life community or clinically-based physical activity and/or nutritionally based research or interventions.

• Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
• Exams and tests (5%)

Careers

In order to develop as a health / physical activity and nutrition professional you will be encouraged to develop the following skills:

• Reflection and the learning process, in order to identify personal and professional goals for continuing professional development and lifelong learning

• Communication skills sufficient to communicate safely and effectively as a professional with patients, carers and colleagues

Opportunities for career development within the health sector and health and fitness sector have been expanding in recent years. In the light of an increasing recognition of the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease within government health reports there are significant opportunities for graduates with an MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health within Primary Care, for example.

Other opportunities exist within organisations or charities with objectives to improve health requiring research expertise and knowledge of health promotion and lifestyle factors.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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