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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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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main areas of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research methods and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

-Provides a vital understanding of both public health principles and the importance of physical activity within a public health context.
-This award represents a flexible approach, via distance learning, to postgraduate study in physical activity and public health at a time and place convenient for the learner, allowing you to learn while you earn.
-Modules are led by specialists and delivered sequentially with weekly activities and tasks which provide opportunities for those working on the physical activity agenda to enhance their critical understanding of the evidence base for action while drawing on their own experiential knowledge for professional development.

Course content

-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics in Public Health (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Working With Communities for Health Improvement (30 credits)
-Physical Activity for Health & Disease Prevention (30 Credits)
-Physical Activity Interventions (30 Credits)
-Masters' Research Project (60 Credits) - with a focus on physical activity

Employment opportunities

Students may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of physical activity related public health roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications. Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
OR
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

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

With the Government's drive to inspire people to be more active and minimise the impact of unhealthy lifestyle choices, the demand for professionals working within the promotion of physical activity and health has increased.

Studying across the generations, you will examine the physical activity of children and how it helps growth and development, and how you can encourage healthy habits through adolescence and into adulthood.

You will also work with individuals and groups to identify inactive and sedentary behaviours and will design and evaluate interventions which will, ultimately, improve the health of the nation.

Whether you are fresh from undergraduate study or a professional wanting to further your career, this course will help you develop the skills to promote healthy lifestyles effectively, reducing the risk of conditions such as obesity, diabetes and improving people's mental health and wellbeing.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/physicalactivityandhealth_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

In the drive to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles, the number of health-related programmes implemented by local authorities, schools, colleges and sports clubs has soared. 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

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

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.

Dr Zoe Rutherford

Principal Lecturer

"I am passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles, and helping to produce physical activity and health graduates who are knowledgeable, confident and employable with transferable skills. I help my students by putting theory into practice through my research, collaboratively and individually and through my work with professional networks."

Dr Rutherford is a Principle Lecturer in Physical Activity & Health. She joined Leeds Beckett in 2013, and completed her PhD, 'School day opportunities for promoting Moderate-to-Vigorous physical activity in primary children', at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011. A consultant and researcher in the measurement and promotion of health and physical activity, Dr Rutherford is currently working with colleagues on the impact of sedentary time on health and interventions to reduce it.

Facilities

- Sports Science Labs
Our state-of-the-art facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, a blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main area of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research method and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

Course content

Core modules:
-Principles of Epidemiology and Basic Statistics
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health
-Physical Activity for Health and Disease Prevention
-Physical Activity Interventions
-Working and Engaging with Communities
-Master's Research Project (with a focus on physical activity)

Other admission requirements

Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
OR
-A minimum score of 600 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 250 in the computer-based test.
OR
-Cambridge Proficiency Grade B

Postgraduate courses: please submit a completed on – line postgraduate application form. We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

We will also require two references, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main area of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research method and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

Course content

Core modules:
-Principles of Epidemiology and Basic Statistics
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health
-Physical Activity for Health and Disease Prevention
-Physical Activity Interventions
-Working and Engaging with Communities
-Master's Research Project (with a focus on physical activity)

Other admission requirements

Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
OR
-A minimum score of 600 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 250 in the computer-based test.
OR
Cambridge Proficiency Grade B

Postgraduate courses: please submit a completed on – line postgraduate application form. We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

We will also require two references, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

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Physical activity, not often taught in traditional postgraduate programmes associated with health promotion, is now recognised as an essential component for understanding public health. Read more
Physical activity, not often taught in traditional postgraduate programmes associated with health promotion, is now recognised as an essential component for understanding public health. Physical inactivity is a major public health concern in developed countries and is associated with the epidemic increases in preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and some cancers. As well as providing grounding in popular aspects of health promotion, this programme provides students with an expert overview of all aspects of physical activity promotion in order to enhance the health of modern society. For careers in physical activity research or promotion, this postgraduate course is a must.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/physical-activity-and-public-health-9043

Course detail

- Description -

Physical activity has recently been described as the ‘best buy’ in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, alongside the Government’s aim to reduce the proportion of sedentary individuals, will require a co-ordinated public health approach from well-informed health professionals. This course enables students to understand the role of physical activity and public health by adopting a multidisciplinary approach to to a sector that is currently of greater social importance.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

There are seven taught modules on the course, all of which are compulsory. Five of the programme modules are 15 credits points whilst Advanced Research Methods for Physical Activity, Sport and Action is a 30 credit point module and the research dissertation is 60 credits.

All modules are assessed through the submission of coursework (defined as any non-examination based assessment) and there is no sessional examination for these modules. Coursework assessments are designed to test both knowledge and skills and vary from essays, literature reviews, project reports, presentations and poster presentations.

- Work placement / study abroad -

Voluntary work placements opportunities are available to students on the course and more information can be obtained by contacting the Course Director.

Career options

Careers: Health promotion professionals; sports development; pharmaceutical sector; further postgraduate study (e.g. PhD); biomedical research; and general health and fitness industry.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. This exciting new MSc will enhance knowledge and understanding of this field, and will contribute to building workforce capacity in this area. Read more

Programme description

Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. This exciting new MSc will enhance knowledge and understanding of this field, and will contribute to building workforce capacity in this area.

The programme draws on the health sciences of psychology, physiology and epidemiology, and on both research and practice to provide you with a thorough knowledge and awareness of the role of physical activity in improving and maintaining health.

The programme is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level for recent graduates and the existing national and international workforce.

Programme structure

The programme combines compulsory and optional courses, which will make use of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and some laboratory and field practicals.

Assessment will involve a combination of essays, reports, case studies, examinations, oral presentations and practical demonstrations.

The MSc will culminate in a supervised dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

-Assessment of Physical Activity and Body Composition
-Physical Activity for Health
-Physical Activity For Health Across the Lifespan
-Psychology of Physical Activity
-Research Process
-Understanding Research Concepts

Students will also choose 40 credits of optional courses selected from across the university, subject to availability and suitability for the programme. Example optional courses include:

-Child and Adolescent Development
-Sport Development and Social Policy in Sport Management
-Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy
-3-14 PE: Setting the Context

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a successful career in health promotion, primary care trusts, the health and fitness industry, physical activity development, or physical activity and health consultancy.

You could also go on to teach in further and higher education or progress to postgraduate research.

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Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. This exciting new MSc will enhance knowledge and understanding of this field, and will contribute to building workforce capacity in this area. Read more

Programme description

Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. This exciting new MSc will enhance knowledge and understanding of this field, and will contribute to building workforce capacity in this area.

The programme draws on the health sciences of psychology, physiology and epidemiology, and on both research and practice to provide you with a thorough knowledge and awareness of the role of physical activity in improving and maintaining health.

The programme is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level for recent graduates and the existing national and international workforce.

Programme structure

The programme combines compulsory and optional courses, which will make use of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and some laboratory and field practicals.

Assessment will involve a combination of essays, reports, case studies, examinations, oral presentations and practical demonstrations.

The MSc will culminate in a supervised dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Assessment of Physical Activity and Body Composition
Physical Activity for Health
Physical Activity For Health Across the Lifespan
Psychology of Physical Activity
Research Process
Understanding Research Concepts

Students will also choose 40 credits of optional courses selected from across the university, subject to availability and suitability for the programme. Example optional courses include:

Child and Adolescent Development
Sport Development and Social Policy in Sport Management
Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy
3-14 PE: Setting the Context

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a successful career in health promotion, primary care trusts, the health and fitness industry, physical activity development, or physical activity and health consultancy.

You could also go on to teach in further and higher education or progress to postgraduate research.

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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

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected sport and physical activity research centres. During your studies you are trained in research methods and complete a high level research project. Read more
Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected sport and physical activity research centres. During your studies you are trained in research methods and complete a high level research project. We encourage and support you to present your findings at national and international conferences to help launch your academic career.

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected centres. Across our Sport Industry Research Centre, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Centre for Sports Engineering Research we focus on cutting edge applied research in sport and physical activity.

On this course you are part of a vibrant community of postgraduates, working closely with experienced academics to develop your knowledge and expertise.

We support a wide range of research opportunities and help you work towards your research degree by offering
-Supervision by active researchers in your chosen area.
-Access to excellent facilities and learning resources.
-Part time teaching and tutorial work to broaden your experience.
-Lively debate and discussion with your peers.

You have the opportunity to choose from a range of research topics and are encouraged to circulate your research by publishing papers and attending conferences with other staff and students.

To gain an MPhil you critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods. During the PhD stage you continue this research work with the aim of making an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your subject area. You present your work in a thesis, then explain and defend it during an oral viva voce examination.

Our main areas of sport and physical activity expertise are reflected in our research programmes. These include:
-The economics of sport.
-Physical activity for health.
-Elite sport.
-Exercise physiology.
-Event impact.
-Performance management.
-Sports engineering.
-Biomechanics.
-Programme evaluation.
-Equipment mechanics.
-Sports participation.
-Workplace wellness.
-Psychology.
-Volunteers in sport.
-Sport analytics.
-Strategic planning.

In addition to well respected research profiles, many members of our academic team have extensive experience of applied work as consultants with elite sports, governing bodies and healthcare organisations in the UK and internationally.

A number of the team also have honorary academic appointments with universities in several European countries, and we have extensive collaborations with universities in Europe, North American, Australia, East Asia and the Middle East.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--sport-and-physical-activity

Course structure

MPhil
Full time – 18 months to 24 months.
Part time – 30 months to 36 months.

Starts September, January or May.

This course can be developed into a PhD, for more details, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--sport-and-physical-activity

If you are receiving funding from external sources, you may be expected to meet different timescales as stipulated by your funding body.

Research training
When you begin your research, we allocate you a director of studies and one or two supervisors. Regular meetings between you and your supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress. As part of you personal, academic and professional development you undertake a training needs analysis. This identifies a bespoke programme of training you engage with during your studies such as:
-Research methods training.
-Computer software courses.
-Research seminars.
-Scientific writing courses.

Assessment
-Thesis followed by viva voce examination.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

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With current obesity and diabetes epidemics resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles, the need for Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) is now greater than ever before. Read more

Why take this course?

With current obesity and diabetes epidemics resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles, the need for Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) is now greater than ever before.

This innovative course is, therefore, designed to inform you in the clinical aspects of exercise, providing a qualification that will enable you to apply theory to practice.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop lab and field-based skills alongside the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style
Become proficient in diagnostic techniques and the delivery of effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients
Use specialist facilities and benefit from our strong links with the School of Health Sciences and the National Health Service

What opportunities might it lead to?

The programme will provide opportunities for you to work toward the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exercise Specialist certification and units aligned to Level Four National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness.


Some of our graduates have pursued the following careers:

Health and Well-Being Physiologist
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Referral Coordinator
PhD Research

Module Details

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode. Our course draws on the strengths and thriving research expertise in the faculty.

Here are the units you will study:

Applied Research Methods: This prepares you for your Research Project by covering research design, discussing different investigation strategies and identifying appropriate statistical analyses.
Clinical Physiology: This unit develops a critical understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic lifestyle diseases and the application and interpretation of diagnostic procedures for these diseases.
Exercise Rehabilitation: On this unit you will gain experience of working in clinical exercise settings, such as cardiac rehabilitation, to allow you to apply your knowledge in a professional environment, where you will develop skills in risk stratification and leading safe and effective physical activities.
Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity: This unit covers the emerging field of psychology in physical activity and exercise settings. You will study topics relevant to understanding how psychological theory can influence the promotion and prescription of exercise and physical activity to optimise health and wellbeing.
Research Project: The unit will also guide you through the submission of a research proposal and the submission of research in the form of a manuscript. Your project will enable you to carry out a research study in the area of clinical exercise.

Programme Assessment

Your learning experience will be research-informed, and will be delivered by enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will encourage and assist you to achieve your full potential. Teaching is largely based around seminar, practical and workshop sessions.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-assessment and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

practical assessment
research reports
applied essays
case studies
project report
poster presentation

Student Destinations

The demand for qualified clinical exercise specialists (CES) is high. The duties performed by a CES are linked closely to treating patients with a chronic disease in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. The knowledge and skills you will gain from this course will be valued in a wide range of clinical settings.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

GP exercise referral coordinator
NHS trainee clinical scientist
health advisor
cardiopulmonary exercise testing research technician
health and wellbeing physiologist
mental health exercise instructor
NHS physical activities adviser
private exercise physiologist

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The health and fitness industry has witnessed an explosion in recent years as more and more people realise the importance of exercise. Read more
The health and fitness industry has witnessed an explosion in recent years as more and more people realise the importance of exercise. With this comes new challenges for professionals who must consider the wide range of long-term medical conditions which could impact their clients or patients. Our degree is the only masters in the country to focus purely on how to prescribe safe and effective physical activity, exercise and sporting participation to those living with the 18 most common chronic diseases in the UK.


Why study MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations at Middlesex?

Our postgraduate degree promotes cutting edge professional practice, giving students the opportunity to undertake leading research and acquire the latest knowledge of effective practice prescription for special populations, under the supervision of highly experienced experts.

The course has been designed specifically for qualified graduates and health and fitness professionals, so understands that you will bring experience and working knowledge with you. We help you put this into context and develop it. During the course you will learn how to justify your professional decisions with evidence-based practice, and develop your professional understanding and accountability.

You might already have a Level 3 GP referral qualification, a Level 4 individual condition qualification or a BSc degree, but this Level 7 degree takes that knowledge to the highest level. At the end of the degree you will have a comprehensive understanding of 18 of the most commonly presented conditions and how to manage them singly or as comorbidities through exercise prescription.

Course highlights:

This is the only masters degree in the UK to focus purely on the prescription of safe and effective physical activity across the most common chronic diseases
Workshops replicate a range of working environments, from fully equipped gyms to clients' own homes
Learn to understand the underlying pathologies of the most common chronic diseases
Look in great depth at a specific condition that interests you through an individual research project
Once you complete the course you will be one of the highest qualified specialist trainers in the health and fitness industry
You learn using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, at a university recognised as one of the best in the country for sport and exercise science and rehabilitation
The course allows you to build a sound foundation of individual research interests which can then be taken to PhD level.

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