Our Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) programme provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences.
Our research is multidisciplinary, drawing on the full spectrum of natural and social sciences, and is focused on issues of contemporary concern at international, national and local levels. We engage in strong partnerships with leading schools, institutes and universities across the world in the research fields of sport, exercise, education, health and well-being. The broad scope of this research has led to developments in the treatment of eating disorders; improved understanding of the effects of sedentary lifestyles and the benefits of physical activity; academic support to enhance sport coaching; advice to international sport organisations and governments on policies and procedures; guidance and support for elite athletes (both able-bodied and disabled) to achieve their full potential; and the use of exercise in treating health conditions.
Recent research projects have included: the sociology of policing and police-community relations in the 2012 Olympics; levels of BAME representation in football leadership and coaching, and Sport For A Better World? - a social scientific investigation of the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) sector.
We are ranked 1st in the UK for the overall quality of our research, and 1st in the UK for research outputs, impact and research environment (based on GPA x Volume).
The programme is in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research. On completion of the course, a student will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.
The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is a great place to study, boasting access to first-class facilities, the wide-ranging expertise of our teaching staff, and a lively community of around 1500 students and 140 academic, research and support staff. Students within the School have access to the very best facilities - including bespoke training and testing equipment, the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers, and laboratory space within the recently refurbished Clyde Williams building.
At Loughborough you will be part of a university with a unique sporting heritage that attracts athletes, industry leaders and policy makers from around the world. Based on campus is SportPark – home to many of the UK’s sports organisations and governing bodies – and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM), an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation.
Our Social Science Research MSc programmes are designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.
This programme covers a wide range of topics; please visit the website to see a full up to date list of modules.
The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.
The course consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, which means you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools involved are:
This exciting degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the major areas in contemporary media and communications – branding.
The unique programme introduces you to the variety of ways in which brands are developed and used, and helps you to understand how the growth of branding – in business, but also in politics, government, sport and culture – has changed the societies we live in.
What happens when the state starts to use branding techniques to communicate with its citizens?
And how does the rise of digital and social media change the relationship between brands and their publics?
What, for example, are the consequences of understanding political parties, artists or sports teams as ‘brands’?
An introduction to contemporary branding debates
The MA in Brands, Communication and Culture aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the history and development of brands and branding, and their relationship to contemporary forms of communication and culture. Specifically, you should acquire an in-depth knowledge of the social, political and economic backdrop against which branding has become so important, and an understanding of the key themes and debates surrounding its development and use, including the relationship between brands and intellectual property, and the extent to which branding promotes or inhibits openness and transparency within organisations.
You will also improve your ability to think critically and creatively about contemporary communications and cultural practices. When you have completed the programme you will have at your disposal a range of tools that will enable you to analyse contemporary communications, to make judgments about their significance and value and be able to thoughtfully contribute to contemporary communications.
A unique approach to the study of brands
This MA is not a conventional branding or marketing course. Instead it offers a unique approach to the study of brands. This is reflected in the topics taught on our core modules, which include:
The MA Brands, Communication and Culture is taught across two departments: Media & Communications and Sociology. This gives you access to experts in many fields. In addition to the two core courses you will have the opportunity to customize your degree by choosing from a range of modules from different departments to allow you to explore your own interests and make wider connections.
We welcome students who bring to the course a range of experiences and interests in communication, management, politics, design and the cultural industries.
Recent dissertation topics include:
The programme is made up of two core modules (60 credits in total), between two and four options modules (60 credits in total), and a dissertation (60 credits).
The first core module, Branding I, introduces you to contemporary definitions and theories of branding, its history and development, changes in the role of marketing, promotion and design, and their place in the global economy.
The second core module, Branding II, puts greater emphasis on contemporary themes and issues in branding, and their relationship to wider debates in society, economy and culture.
Throughout the core components of the degree, you will examine the wide range of ways in which branding is currently used, in organisations ranging from large corporations to public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations.
For the optional modules, you'll have an opportunity to explore some of the wider contexts for brands and branding by taking up to 60 credits of modules provided elsewhere in Media and Communications or neighbouring departments such as Sociology, Cultural Studies and Anthropology.
Part-time students typically take the two core modules in their first year, and the options modules plus the dissertation in their second year.
The department offers some practice-based options in areas such as:
Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
The programme helps students to develop a high-level understanding of contemporary branding and communications techniques and their social, economic and political contexts. You will be encouraged to develop your critical reasoning skills and your understanding of contemporary cultural and media theory, but also to develop greater visual literacy and a capacity for creative thinking. Assessments are designed to ensure that you are able to apply these skills in practical ways.
The programme equips you with the skills necessary to pursue a wide range of careers related to branding and communication in the media and other industries. Students are encouraged to seek work experience and work placements during the programme as time allows. The MA also allows you to pursue further academic research in one or more of the areas covered on the programme.
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This MA programme is dedicated to the study of sport as a tool for international development. It considers the ways in which sport can be used to tackle a range of social welfare issues, and how development has come about through sport policy worldwide.
A particular focus of the course is on the evolving role of sport in the field of international development and this is brought to life by practical work with INGOs. It considers the conceptual and ideological dimensions of this rapidly expanding sector, and looks to evaluate those action-based interventions that aim to address inequalities and ameliorate conflict in seriously divided societies.
The course is led by Dr Thomas Carter, who is a leading authority in this area with his work on labour migration, human trafficking, and governance in sport. Dr Carter heads a group of internationally renowned staff with a variety of research interests, including Professor John Sugden who is internationally renowned for his work in the field of sport for development and peace.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the school was awarded the highest score of any social-scientific sports submission and the university's Football for Peace programme was identified as a national exemplar of research impact in sport. Students have the opportunity to be part of these continued efforts and investigations.
You'll study sport and international development using a critical social science perspective, drawing on sociology, history, geography, politics, anthropology, philosophy and cultural studies in practical, real-world situations. The course is designed to maximise your opportunities to gain professional experience whilst studying.
You will be expected to be working with an NGO or other development organisation as part of your course work for the Evidence Building and Professional-Based Learning modules. This can include working with our partners or an NGO of your choice.
You may also incorporate practical experience in to your Final Project and your option module choice.
During your studies you are able to undertake Football for Peace (F4P) training which leads to a Tier 1 Trainers' qualification. The qualification will enable you to become a volunteer coach on F4P international programmes.
These trips are self-funded and you will therefore be expected to raise funds to cover travel costs.
It may be possible to also study for other qualifications during your course.
During your studies there will be opportunities to attend professional events and conferences and you will be encouraged to take advantage of these for networking.
It may also be possible to incorporate a period of studying abroad.
This degree serves to position graduates in the growing field of sport and international development. It provides the requisite knowledge and skills for employment with international NGOs and other deliverers of sport and development projects. It also allows you to progress to an MPhil or a PhD.
Previous students have secured work as university lecturers, press officers, policy officers and sport development officers in the UK and overseas.
Available at our Glasgow and London campuses
Turn public health theory into social action and create meaningful change at the local, national and international levels with our MSc Public Health. You'll join practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds in this unique and highly relevant programme. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career and improve the lives of people round the world.
Through a blended approach of traditional instruction supported by online study, your programme prepares you to make a positive impact across a broad range of issues in public health- from preventing disease and minimising its consequences to prolonging life and improving health equity. We've designed a variety of assessments - including written assignments, project proposals, small-scale research and systematic reviews - to make sure you get the most out of your studies.
Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow campus or our London campus, you'll learn from GCU staff who embody our commitment to the common good through their close working relationships with local and international communities - and through their contributions to world-class research in the field of public health.
Principles and Theory of Public Health
This module will include an overview of the history of public health and current theoretical frameworks, the principles of epidemiology and health needs assessment and the importance of public health policies and the wider public health workforce in supporting the application of theory to practice.
Health Economics and Development
This module is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand, from an economic perspective: the nature of health care systems internationally; how to assess health care reforms and specific health intervention programmes; and frameworks of health determinants. The module is divided into three main parts; the basic economics of health care systems, evaluation of health care and economic perspectives on health determinants.
Public Health Theory to Social Action
This module will encourage students to undertake activities that will enhance their knowledge on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities. In addition it will provide students with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.
Advanced Epidemiology, Application and Evaluation in Practice
During this module students will further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice.
It particularly aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be used to gather and interpret knowledge which can support the planning and implementation of new social action initiatives and evaluate existing activities.
Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice
This module is designed to develop students' critical and practical understanding of research methods which can be applied to inform practice. It requires students to learn about the evaluation of literature, research design along with data collection and interpretation that relates to the student's field. Students will engage with the critical appraisal of evidence from published research literature, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, structured literature reviewing, research ethics, research design, data collection and relevant data analyses.
This module is available to our campus-based students.
This module is designed to gain first-hand experience of organisations currently delivering a social determinant approach to delivering public health goals. Students spend 15 days working alongside organisation staff to experience specific aspects of Public Health policy research and practice.
Students select a relevant organisation allowing them to explore, organise and administer an educational placement in an area/organisation of their choosing in terms of specialty and/ or geographical location. The student will consider a person centred approach as well as the key strategic local, national and international imperatives. Students will take responsibility for their learning by setting personal and professional learning outcomes for their placement. The module allows students to demonstrate reflection and reasoning in relation to a specific aspect of Public Health. Longer placements are possible if attached to their chosen dissertation.
Examples of recent placements include spending time at the National Institute of Health and Social Care Excellence; Social Action for Health (a voluntary agency in the East End of London - http://www.safh.org.uk; Health Action Partnership International (a charity advocating for change at a national and global level) and the Centre for Health in Valencia, Spain.
This module requires students to undertake an independent research project, in the form of a critical literature review, on an area of interest that also contributes to the body of knowledge in their profession.
Modules are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self-directed study.
All modules provide opportunities for you to receive feedback on your academic work. The length and nature of assessments is dependent on module specific learning outcomes. Examples of assessment activities within the programme include written assignments on a given public health perspective, open book examinations, project plans, research proposals and a small scale research study or systematic review.
Modules will have either one larger summative assessment at the end of the module or two smaller assessments, spaced throughout the module. A Pass mark is awarded at 50% or above, and students must gain Pass marks in all modules.
Whether you choose a future in academia or pursue a career in the private, public or third sector, you'll be ready to compete for top positions in the UK and beyond. Our recent graduates contribute in a variety of fields including health improvement and health protection, hold roles in teaching and research and serve in public health teams round the world.
Sport and Exercise at Winchester equips you to develop your expertise in a specific aspect of sport and exercise. It offers bespoke postgraduate provision from a wide range of sport and exercise-focused backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to tailor your programme of study to your own specific areas of interest.
You have the opportunity to focus on physiology, biomechanics, coaching, sociology, strength and conditioning, business, exercise and health, or medicine. You are supported in making this choice, and your specialism is reflected in the title of the degree you are awarded. The programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake a substantial year-long research project of your choice under the guidance of expert staff from the Department of Sport and Exercise.
You study core modules including Research Methods, Research in Practice, Sport and Exercise Industry Skills and Theory and Practice in Sport and Exercise, along with the extended research project. You are also encouraged to actively participate in seminar and workshop sessions and to develop your ability to reflect critically on your own experiences and share these reflections with others. The tutors support you in your enjoyment of autonomous learning, and foster your passion for the subject and the process of learning.
Graduates progress to a wide range of professions, including academia. A particularly strong route is going onto a Doctoral reserach programme (PhD) or obtaining professional qualifications in the sport and exercise sciences (BASES). Other avenues include coaching, teaching, and working in the sports business industry.
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Teaching takes place:
A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including seminar and workshop sessions interspersed with more formal lecture-style presentations from teaching staff and guest lecturers. Fostering critical self-reflection, and the ability to share these reflections with others, is central to learning on the programme. It encourages active participation, autonomous learning and passion for the subject and the process of learning. Students draw on their own experiences in a variety of ways throughout the programme.
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A wide variety of assessment types are used. These include written assignments (including essays and case studies); presentations (including oral and poster presentations); portfolios (a flexible combination of assessment types which usually include providing evidence of acquired skills/competencies and critical reflection on personal development); projects; and research proposals. Students also complete a substantial independent research project.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.
Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
The aim of this Master Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills so that they may enter the workforce as multi-skilled executives within the field of Administration and Management of Professional Sports Clubs. A large variety of topics are covered in the program, providing a comprehensive overview of the sector: strategic marketing, operational marketing, accounting, sociology, economics, law, management of training centers, security management, etc. The AMPSC Master is taught entirely in English by visiting European and international professors and professionals as well as our faculty team of specialists.
The program courses are composed of a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Mobility opportunities are proposed during the internship period that takes place during the Master Year 2, Semester 2.
The program prepares students for a broad range of executive positions in Professional Sports Clubs and Professional Sport Organizations.
Graduates may also pursue research opportunities if they wish to continue their studies with a PhD program.
The Sport Management program serves the needs and schedules of today's busy students. The curriculum consists of 36 units and classes meet one evening per week from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., allowing students to complete their master’s degree in just 23 months.
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Several departments on campus, including the Koret Health and Recreation Center and the USF Athletic Department, offer a limited number of graduate assistantships. When assistantships become available, job postings are sent to the Sport Management office, who will then share the posting with all students currently enrolled in the program.
We award a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students. These scholarships are a one-time award and are used to cover tuition costs in a student's first or second semester of our program. These scholarships do not require a separate application; all applicants are considered during the admission decision process
You can request more information about our scholarship opportunities here