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The sport industry is expected to offer increasing employment opportunities as the industry continues to grow throughout the world. Read more
The sport industry is expected to offer increasing employment opportunities as the industry continues to grow throughout the world. However, alongside this growth has also developed a more competitive labour market and higher expectations of organisations, managers and customers within the sport industry.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The strong specificities of the sport industry (e.g. high media coverage and social resonance, ambiguity of objectives and conflicting logics, multiplicity of stakeholders, uncertainty of outcome, necessary cooperation and co-production between competitors, fans loyalty, volunteerism etc.) require managers with specific skills and expertise, and an in-depth knowledge of sport organisations.

The MSc in Sport Management at the Coventry Business School therefore aims to provide specialist training for sport business managers who are working in the sector or those who are seeking a professional career in the industry. It is also open to graduates in any discipline with no prior work experience and who are looking for the opportunity for employment in any of the many sectors that comprise the sport sector. In this regard, the following objectives have been established:
-To introduce you to a range of concepts and theories that will enable them to critically analyse sports organisations contexts and functions both nationally and internationally
-To explore current trends and key concepts in sport management
-To enable you to further develop analytical and decision-making skills and to encourage reflective practice
-To enable you to recognise, plan and develop appropriate management skills necessary to build contacts in the sport industry and/or gain employment in sport organisations

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

These courses are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, needs of industry and government legislation.

The Sport Management course covers a range of subject areas such as:
-Sport organisation and governance
-Sport legal environment and broadcasting
-Sport finance
-Managing people in sport organisations
-Sport marketing and sponsorship
-Facilities and events operations management

You are also given the opportunity to follow optional topics such as:
-Strategic management
-Entrepreneurship and small business
-Developing skills for business leadership
-Market research

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

The Business School provides a specialist management course designed to suit the needs of the sports industry sector.

The MSc course provides the flexibility to allow you to focus within the sports industry on particular sector(s) or skills which support your professional aspirations. It offers opportunities for work-based research and the opportunity to undertake a company internship to gain invaluable work experience in the industry.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The MSc in Sport Management provides a direct progression route for students studying undergraduate applied management courses in Leisure, Sport and Tourism to study sport management at a higher level. However, graduates of any discipline (e.g. sport science but also general management, sociology, engineering etc.) who wish to work in the sport industry also have the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree that offers a global perspective of managing sports organisations.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The socio-cultural study of sport has become ever more significant. Drawing upon two major areas of study within the socio-cultural study of sport, this degree focuses upon the sociology and ethics (philosophy) of sport, distinguishing this from other socio-cultural related sport programmes. Read more

Course Overview

The socio-cultural study of sport has become ever more significant. Drawing upon two major areas of study within the socio-cultural study of sport, this degree focuses upon the sociology and ethics (philosophy) of sport, distinguishing this from other socio-cultural related sport programmes. The course content is informed by current and innovative research and has been praised for its scope and flexibility in assessment that allows students to pursue and develop individual interests. In most cases students' crafting of these ideas are applied to future career aspirations.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.​

Modules are designed to focus on a range of issues, contexts and approaches to explorations of current issues in sport and physical culture. These include becoming/being disabled, human interface with technology, jock culture, sexuality in sport, female bodies in sport such as boxing, taking risks and cheating in sport.

Core Modules:

Social Issues and Sporting Experience
Research Methods for Sport (Qualitative pathway)
Changing Practice in Sport and Physical Culture
Sport and Morality
Equality and Justice in Sport
Independent Study
Dissertation
In order to qualify for the MA, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.​​​

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Students studying this course will be better prepared to understand the place sport and exercise have within society and apply this to a range of vocational careers in the field. Read more
Students studying this course will be better prepared to understand the place sport and exercise have within society and apply this to a range of vocational careers in the field.

Why Study Sociology of Sport and Exercise with us?

Our MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise is delivered by research-informed teaching staff in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, whose commitment to research-informed teaching makes the course academically rigorous while creating a relaxed learning environment that the students find enjoyable.

Our graduates have successfully gained careers including: teaching in further/higher education institutions; full-time funded doctoral research; local, national and international sports organisations; research and consultancy; physical education teaching; and the health and fitness industry. There are also opportunities to pursue voluntary placements with local employers in the field to supplement your studies.

What will I learn?

All modules will enable you to explore, theoretically and empirically, research topics that interest you. These include: sport and health, sport policy and development, physical education and youth sport, journalism, the media, drugs, and body image.

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester. Throughout the course you will be taught in lead lectures, studentled group discussions and workshops, and weekly one-to-one tutorials.
You will have six hours’ contact time per week, plus additional student tutorials. You will also be expected to engage in up to 20 hours’ private study per week

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves 100% coursework and takes the form of essays, individual presentations, poster presentations, and a research dissertation.

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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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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 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. Read more
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.

Areas of study

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.

Core modules:

Evidence Building in International Development
Sport and International Development: Critical Perspectives
Professional-Based Learning
Contemporary Issues in Sport and International Development
Sport and International Development and Peace
Final Project

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.

Options:

Globalisation, Society and Culture
Events: Theory and Practice
Anthropology, Tourism and Development
Consultancy

Features

Additional qualifications:

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.

Networking opportunities:

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.

Careers and employability

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.

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This course is designed to prepare you for playing a leading role in the growth areas of sport and exercise. It stresses the relationship between theory and its professional application, and aims to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a range of sport and exercise disciplines. Read more
This course is designed to prepare you for playing a leading role in the growth areas of sport and exercise. It stresses the relationship between theory and its professional application, and aims to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a range of sport and exercise disciplines.

Course details

You will be encouraged to develop your own programme of study by selecting topics within modules that have particular relevance to your professional, academic and personal goals. The programme is designed to allow you to focus on your particular discipline interest(s). You will be required to attend University one day per week (Monday) in semesters 1 and 2. Attendance in semester 3 is more flexible and is negotiated between you and your research project supervisor.

What you study

Teaching is informed and underpinned by current research, which can be categorised broadly into five groups: exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology, strength and conditioning, and sociology of sport.

Modules
-Applied Laboratory and Field Skills
-Development of the Sport and Exercise Specialist
-Sport and Exercise Research Project
-Student Independent Learning
-Understanding Research in Sport and Exercise Science

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

You develop the necessary comprehension and critical understanding of theories, techniques and methodologies appropriate to research and advanced scholarship using practical sessions, workshops, laboratories, tutorials, seminars and research projects.

Assessment methods include assignments, data-based evaluation, presentations, laboratory reports, critical reviews, case study and other research reports, original research and examinations.

Employability

Graduates go on to varied careers, including sports management, coaching, consultancy, sports science or strength and conditioning support roles and academia.

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This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the human sciences. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part of an exciting group investigating a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health. Read more

Overview

This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the human sciences. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part of an exciting group investigating a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health. Through this you will gain advanced knowledge, skills, and experience of conducting independent research.

Our MRes research projects, as part of the Sport, Physical Activity and Health Research Centre, often take advantage of the extensive links with community bodies and professional sport organisations. Such collaborations contribute to the students’ subject expertise and broader transferable skills. This programme therefore allows you to develop competencies as an independent learner and researcher in a specific field. The MRes Social Sciences provides a strong foundation for career progression and further study (e.g. PhD). More generally it will develop skills valued by employers such as high-level organisational skills, independent research skills, advanced oral and written communication, collaborative project work, and problem solving.

Course Content

Offered both full-time and part-time, the MRes includes a 90 credit independent research project with three supporting 30 credit modules (e.g., Advanced Research Methods). We adopt a flexible approach allowing you to tailor learning and research to your specific interests. This provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded and critical researcher within the social sciences. In addition, you will conduct high quality research in an area of your interest while being supervised by experts.

Research projects are welcome in the following areas of sport and exercise:
• Physical activity and health
• Psychology
• Physiology
• Biomechanics
• Sports coaching
• Sociology

Fees

2017/18: Full-time UK/EU Students - £4,000
2017/18: Part-time UK/EU Students - £2,000 per academic year

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The Sports History and Culture MA is a flexible course taught by staff in the world leading International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), and will give you a firm understanding of all aspects of modern sport; from its traditional forms to the present day. Read more
The Sports History and Culture MA is a flexible course taught by staff in the world leading International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), and will give you a firm understanding of all aspects of modern sport; from its traditional forms to the present day.

Why is sport so important in today's world? How can sport help us understand society and different cultures? What kinds of sources are available to the historian of sport and how can they be used? What role has sport played in the past and what role is it likely to play in the future? These are the kinds of questions you will analyse in this course. The programme offers you an interactive way to develop your knowledge and understanding of sport and history. It is taken as an e-based distance learning course, and you will be invited to attend seminars and conferences, should you be able to attend.

The distance learning route means that you will access study materials designed to support your coursework, in your own time and at your own pace using Blackboard (DMU's web based, virtual learning environment), and other online reading resources. There is a weekly lecture and/or activity, plus suggested additional reading. You will have a personal tutor and also deal with module leaders for each section of the course. There is provision for chat rooms in which you can discuss aspects of the course with your fellow students. We actively encourage you to attend our optional seminar series and other ICSHC events. In terms equipment all you need is a connection to the internet (to send and receive email) and a word processor capable of reading and writing Rich Text Format documents such as Microsoft Word, Appleworks or Star Office.

Our staff are among the leading names in the field of sport history. Their expertise will provide you with a challenging and rewarding intellectual experience leading to a valuable qualification. We have a wide range of sporting and cultural partnerships, including the Musée National du Sport in France, the National Football Museum in Manchester, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester City FC and many more.

The ICSHC team also have a wide international network of academic partners. The ICSHC recently worked in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on the major 30-part series on the history of sport in Britain. 'Sport and the British', which was narrated by the BBC's Clare Balding, was made in partnership with the ICSHC and was a flagship historical series for BBC Radio 4 in the Olympic year of 2012.

Many of our students have used their studies to develop careers in sports writing, sport development, management, the media and teaching. Others have gone on to undertake PhD research and pursue academic careers. A number have used their studies to publish work. We currently have a student on a six-month paid internship with the history management team at Adidas headquarters in Germany, while he completes the MA.

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The MA in Contemporary Sociology provides you with an up-to-date, advanced training in Sociology, focusing in particular on contemporary theories, themes and debates. Read more
The MA in Contemporary Sociology provides you with an up-to-date, advanced training in Sociology, focusing in particular on contemporary theories, themes and debates. There is an opportunity to take one of the following specialist routes: Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Sport and society, Health, Risk and society.

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The M.H.K. program offers concentration in either Applied Human Performance (sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics and ergonomics, exercise physiology, motor learning and control, lifespan development) or Sport Management (leadership, organizational behaviour, community development, sport finance and economics, sport and the law, sport sociology, sport history, sport marketing).

The program is uniquely structured to offer both a research thesis stream, and an internship stream. The internship stream provides students with hands-on work experience to complement their coursework.

Our program is well established with 21 graduate faculty members supervising 80 M.H.K. students. There are several well funded laboratories and research groups supporting student research.

Program Description

The program focuses on the application of movement science in sport, the workplace, and activities of daily living. Students pursue course work, thesis research, and internships that examine the basic and applied principles of human biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, lifespan development, motor learning and control, neuromuscular physiology, and sport and exercise psychology.

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During this course we introduce you to social research methods and strategies, and the supporting theories and philosophies. You can also develop areas of specialist interests and integrate these into your methodological training. Read more

During this course we introduce you to social research methods and strategies, and the supporting theories and philosophies. You can also develop areas of specialist interests and integrate these into your methodological training. On a number of the modules, you meet and discuss research issues with students from our other MRes courses and doctoral level researchers.

This course is for you if you have a first degree in any discipline within social sciences and plan to

  • work in areas of social policy and sociology
  • carry out research in these and related subject areas such as health, crime and policing, leisure and education policy, town planning or environmental studies.

If you are already working in the field, you and your current employer may see this course as a professional development opportunity, giving you the skills to further your career and current practice.

Our staff are currently involved in research areas including

  • labour market and occupational studies
  • public health
  • discourse and identities
  • European, international and comparative politics and policy
  • social statistics
  • policing studies
  • criminology
  • urban studies
  • labour history
  • drug use and rehabilitation
  • housing studies
  • environment and sustainability
  • visual ethnography
  • education and social class
  • poverty and inclusion
  • ethnicity and religion
  • media and impact on diversity and equality
  • social activism
  • sexualities and gender
  • teenage pregnancy and parenting
  • youth studies, youth work and volunteering
  • work and family life
  • charities, volunteering and the non-profit sector.

You study a range of research methodologies throughout the course including • interview-based narrative and biographical research • case study and ethnography • media analysis • surveying and sampling • statistical analysis of large data sets. You critique current developments in research methodology then design and conduct your own pieces of original research.

The MRes includes a research-based dissertation, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD. Several recent MRes students have gone onto doctoral level study, in fields such as education and inequality, and activism and sport.

For an informal discussion about this course, please contact Dr Bob Jeffery by e-mail at

This course is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

You can take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Sociology, Planning and Policy.

Course design

You need 180 credits for the MRes

You choose up to 120 credits from the following modules:

  • qualitative methodologies and interviewing skills
  • qualitative research designs and ethnography
  • discourse and linguistic theory and analysis
  • survey design
  • introduction to survey analysis
  • multivariate statistical analysis
  • philosophies of research and design
  • research philosophies in today's sociology

You may choose to substitute 30 credits from another course within our MRes programme.

To gain the MRes you must present a 60-credit research-based dissertation in an area of your choice. This piece of work is supervised by our staff and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learned and your understanding of the research process and philosophies.

Assessment

  • essays
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • research proposals

Employability

This course gives you the skills needed to carry out independent research. You learn to consider the research problems and associated ethical issues, select a suitable approach, and design and conduct your study. The skills and knowledge you gain are in great demand by many organisations. The Economic and Social Research Council have noted that there is a significant lack of the high-level skills in statistical analysis provided by this course.

Our previous graduates have begun various careers including

  • staff nurse for BMI General Healthcare – Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield
  • research administrator – Graduate Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • high executive officer – Department for Education and Employment, Sheffield
  • trainee probation officer – National Probation Service, Nottingham
  • research fellow and lecturer – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Others have moved into PhD research.



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The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. Read more

Master of Arts in Kinesiology

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. In particular, students pursue studies in areas such as exercise and sport psychology, the sociology of health, physical activity, and/or sport, and sport history. The MA program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The MA program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Our former students have gone on to pursue training in doctoral and post-doctoral degrees as well as to pursue careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching.

What makes the program unique?

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The School offers competitive financial packages to highly qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and entrance scholarships.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Kinesiology
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education
- School: School of Kinesiology

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This exciting degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the major areas in contemporary media and communications – branding- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-brands-communication-culture/. Read more
This exciting degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the major areas in contemporary media and communications – branding- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-brands-communication-culture/

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 role of brands in and beyond markets
The rise of consumer culture
Critical perspectives on brand management and governance
Intellectual property
Immaterial labour and the rise of ‘branded workers’
Gender, colonial history and branding
Attachment, identity and emotions in branding
Ethics and transparency
The emergence of brand experiences and ‘staging’ of brands
Fair trade and accountability
Branded spaces and communities
Social media and open source cultures
Geodemographics and new forms of social classification
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:

Branding post-capitalism? An investigation of crowdfunding platforms
Trespassed City: Mapping London’s privately owned public spaces
The rise of co-working spaces
Craft Entrepreneurs: an inquiry into the rise of artisanal production in post-industrial cities
Hashtags in photo sharing social media apps
Consumer culture in contemporary Shanghai
Branding of NGOs
Sustainable brand strategies - good for the environment or just a selling strategy?
Fashion bloggers and cultural capital
Medical tourism and branded healthcare
Intellectual property in the fashion industry
Branding London's districts

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Kat Jungnickel.

Overview

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.

Vocational elements

The department offers some practice-based options in areas such as:

Media Futures
Online Journalism
Campaign Skills
Media Law and Ethics
Design Methods
Processes for Innovation

Assessment

The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Skills

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.

Careers

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. Regular seminars with visiting speakers will enable you to gain an understanding of how your degree can be used in a professional context. The MA also allows you to pursue further academic research in one or more of the areas covered on the programme.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. Read more
Occupational therapy practice is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of individuals with a very broad range of physical, mental health or social needs. As an occupational therapist you will work with clients to improve function and enable them to fulfil the demands of their daily lives with greater satisfaction. You will work with people of all ages from all walks of life, in hospital, in the community, in their place of employment or in their home, and have the opportunity to work in a very wide variety of professional practice areas.

The fundamental aim of the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme is to enable you to graduate with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. The Degree does not provide eligibility to practice in any other country although the degree is WFOT recognised.

HCPC approved and COT/WFOT accredited

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/occupational-therapy-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Graduates from this programme will be fit for purpose, practice, and award in the UK. We enable you to develop a profound understanding of the potential for occupational therapy to promote the health and wellbeing of the population. Skills acquired will be evidenced based, innovative and give you the capacity to make a significant contribution to the profession, specifically contribute to excellence in client care and the professional knowledge base. On successful completion of the degree and 1000 hours of clinical practice education you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a registered Occupational Therapist in the UK.

- Many of our graduates go on to further educational development at PhD/DPhil and professional doctorate level. We are mindful of the anticipated transformation of practice over the next 20 years as well as the changes to demographics and the political innovation resulting in the widening participation agenda. We therefore aim to attract graduate students, who are academically able, demonstrate appropriate values of self-determination, motivation and critical awareness of learning needs and show potential for leading leadership, innovation and research.

- Based in Oxford, the environment for learning is rich with diversity, culture, specialist health and social care resources, academic resources as well as close commuting links to London.

- Our programme is staffed by occupational therapists expert in diverse clinical specialities, and supported by occupational therapy practice educators from all areas of mainstream and specialist practice. Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and have reputations for excellence with established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- This course benefits from shared and inter-professional education opportunities, in addition to profession specific ones, to develop the professional qualities and attributes for current and future health and social care practice.

- Our ongoing investment in a new technology infrastructure is enabling the teaching team to exploit successful technology-enriched learning throughout the programme. We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills and communication suites and resources. We run a weekly Hand Therapy clinic and a monthly Community Occupational Therapy Assessment Clinic for the public. Students are invited to observe other qualified OT's working in these clinics.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, inter-professional education and collaborative practice.

- Established in 1938, we are the oldest School of Occupational Therapy in England, and have one of the best occupational therapy library collections in the country.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

MSc in Occupational Therapy is taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.

Pre-registration Masters students will be taught alongside the undergraduate students in all occupational therapy specific modules. These will be identified with different module numbers and names to those of the undergraduate programme. This dual level teaching in classroom will provide you with the opportunity to learn the core skills and specific attributes of occupational therapy alongside the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy students.

However, the pre-registration Masters students are provided with an enhanced level 7 learning experience with module specific tutorials to explore a more critical and evidence based approach to the subject matter and thus develop professional competence in academic, research and digital literacy, critical thinking and personal self-awareness.

Our approach will require you to actively engage in these Masters level tutorials and become self-directed, innovative, creative and critical learners. Teaching will assist you to construct knowledge through the analysis, synthesis and conceptualisation of your learning experiences, thus developing a lifelong approach to learning. This supports employability in a marketplace that demands adaptability, continuous development and leadership.

You will have the opportunity for face-to-face and virtual learning activities. Our inter-professional module is taken alongside other health and social care pre-registration master's level students, enabling you to prepare for the interdisciplinary work you will encounter in the health and social care environment.

Working at master’s level, you will focus on developing your knowledge in occupational therapy, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

This master's degree will:
- Enable you to be a reflective, proactive, innovative and adaptable occupational therapy practitioner, with the ability to critique research and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence in a wide variety of practice settings.

- Develop a critical understanding of the theory of occupation and teach you to challenge existing models and approaches used in occupational therapy from an informed perspective.

- Provide opportunities to develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a team in the context of social, technological, administrative and policy changes.

How this course helps you develop

This course is mapped against the University's postgraduate attributes so that all occupational therapy graduates are equipped with the skills of academic literacy, digital and information literacy, global citizenship, research literacy, critical self awareness and personal literacy. These attributes are in addition to the NHS core values of respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, and aspiring to improve the lives of others where everyone counts and we work together for patients.

Careers

The majority of graduates from the occupational therapy degrees work as qualified and registered occupational therapists, but there are increasing opportunities to work in non-specified professional roles in mental health and community settings. There are also increasing numbers of employment roles that are not explicitly described or advertised as an ‘occupational therapist’ but match the skills specification of an occupational therapist. This is due to the changing nature of health and social care practice and the new and emerging roles and opportunities for occupational therapy.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Centre for Rehabilitation within the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has strong leadership in the director, Professor Helen Dawes. The Centre brings together research, education and care. It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the Movement Science Group, along with clinical expertise, rehabilitation, knowledge and care of adults and children with neurological conditions. Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects.

Examples of ongoing research projects within the faculty:
- Driving rehabilitation - cognitive mechanisms of driving and performance implications for clinical populations

- Fatigue management – Central and peripheral fatigue and mechanisms in clinical populations

- Dual task control in Stroke - influence on community mobility

- Efficacy of Intensive motor learning programmes – Themed (Magic) camps for children with hemiplegia

- Arts in Health Research – collaboration with Breathe Arts Health Research with research opportunities across many arts related activities

- Virtual Reality (VR) technologies – development and implementation of VR technologies in rehabilitation

- Early identification of motor and sensory processing impairments in children

- Sensory processing disorders and impact on function and behaviour in children with autism

- Measurement and monitoring of rehabilitation participation- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Systematic Review of Vocational Rehabilitation for people with TBI

- Therapy for hand writing in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)

- Monitoring movement in people with neurological conditions – mechanisms and impact e.g. head drop in Parkinson Disorder

- Physical activity impact on sleep, behaviour cognition, health and wellbeing in children with neurodisability

- Falls in people with learning disabilities – an understanding of the impact of anxiety

- A Functional Electrical Stimulation Plantar flexion System for Bone Health Maintenance in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

- Professional development Perspectives of Occupational Therapists working in the NHS and concepts of Occupational Balance, Cultural perspectives and attitude change in professional identity acquisition.

Research areas and clusters

Our staff are involved in research both independently and collaboratively.

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