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MA/PgDip/PgCert Sport and Society

Course Description

Ma Sport and Society is based around a critical multidisciplinary social scientific approach to the global study of sport. Students will be equipped with advanced skills though which to theorise, research, challenge and address issues such as sexism, racism and commercialism, which are evident at the interface of sport and society.

Programme content

The main focus of MA Sport and Society is the foregrounding of issues in sport and society and the development of multidisciplinary and global social scientific approach to understanding, critiquing and exploring solutions for these issues. MA Sport and Society utilises a blend of applied knowledge gleaned from sports studies; sociology; history; sports development; management; marketing; law; and research methods.
By employing such an international and multidisciplinary approach, contemporary issues and problems in sport, such as nationalism, violence, homophobia, are investigated in different contexts using multiple perspectives and different disciplines. This develops critical thinkers who are able to analyse and address sport and social issues ‘in the round’.


• Sport abd Societ: Theoretical PErspectives
• Sport, Gender and Sexuality
• Research Methods
• Commercial Influences in Global Sport
• Sport and the Nation
• Research in Practise
• Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including lectures; seminars; workshops; tutorials; e-learning; and individual project supervision. All supplement the students’ own independent study.


A wide variety of assessment types are used. These include written assignments (including essays and case studies); presentations (including oral and poster presentations); projects and research proposals. Students also complete a substantial independent research project.


Postgraduates leaving this programme may go on to work in the sports industry in areas related to community sport, sport development, sports policy and sports management. Others may enter careers in teaching, leisure, education, research and/or health. Some students may continue to study a PhD, to further enhance their employability or to pursue a particular career, such as lecturing.

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study (for example Sports Studies, sports Development, sports Management, Sociology, Cultural Studies or other cognate subject). If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing or equivalent. Application Process: UKPASS (full-time applicants only) or Direct Entry Application Form (part-time applicants only)

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