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).
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.
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.
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.
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MA Youth Sport and Physical Education will help you to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that underpin a rewarding career in youth sports. As a graduate from this programme you will be able to use research to confidently critique dominant practices in youth sport and physical education, helping young people to achieve their full potential.
Throughout the course you will develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning; critically analysing relevant youth sport policies and considering the social, cultural and ethical issues that impact on policy and practice within physical education. You will also study research methods and methods for monitoring and evaluation which can help to support your own professional practice.
The curriculum is underpinned by research informed teaching. The teaching team are research active and have worked with young people in coaching and physical education roles. You will be involved in critically evaluating current practice and will be supported to synthesise information from a range of sources, becoming an evidence informed practitioner.
Work on scenarios and case studies ensure an engaging curriculum, while optional units in professional practice and wellbeing in youth sport will aid your understanding of the context in which youth sport and physical education is delivered. Other optional units allow you to specialise further, studying topics that are aligned with your personal career ambitions or interests. Your final research project, which will aim to build on existing academic knowledge in an area selected by you, can act as a springboard into your first role after graduation.
Graduates will be well prepared for a range of roles in youth sport development, physical education, coaching and policy-making.
This youth sport and physical education programme is well suited to students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants should be passionate about youth sport and aspiring to make a difference in the lives of young people through physical activity.
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Students on this course will have access to learning resources including a 24 hour library, dedicated research spaces and high-spec learning resource centres.
Graduates from Solent’s youth sport and physical education master’s programme will be well prepared for roles in youth sports development, coaching, teaching, sports policy-making and academic research.
You will benefit from a range of industry links and partnerships throughout the course. These include connections with local schools, the Saints Foundation, EduMove and Isle of Wight Public Health.
You will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements, although this is not a requirement of the course.
The course team have a number of partnerships and arrangements with local schools, the Saints Foundation and other relevant local organisations.
If you are currently working in youth sport, you can use this experience to enhance your own academic development and better understand the link between theory and workplace practices.