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Are you looking to further your career in the sport development and physical activity industry? Solent’s Sport Development and Management master’s programme will help equip you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to synthesise theories and research to become a successful evidence informed practitioner.

The course curriculum uses engaging methods of teaching, such as learning through case studies so students learn to apply theories and research to relevant practice. Students are involved in critically evaluating practice and are supported through their engagement with formative assessments which help to assess their knowledge and understanding. 

The core units encourage students to critically apply theories, concepts and frameworks in sport development and sport policy, as well as analyse key approaches to monitoring and evaluation for sport. Students engage in debates and critical evaluation of the local, national and international context of sport and health and explore the role of sport in addressing broader social change outcomes, along with the role of physical activity in public health agendas.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course will open up a number of career opportunities for sport management within a wide range of sports. The ability to specialise through the optional units mean you can pursue areas such as sport marketing, media, international sport and youth sport to fit with your own career ambitions.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those who wish to further their career in the sport and physical development sector. The optional units allow students the opportunity to specialise in areas of specific interest.

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Core units

  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Theory and Practice in Sport Development
  • Sport Policy and Practice
  • Research methods
  • Research Paper


Choose one from: 

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • International Sports Marketing and management


  • Professional Practice
  • International Sport, business culture and the media

Your future

Graduates from this master’s degree will be well-prepared to pursue senior and management roles in areas such as:

  • Sport governance
  • Sport development
  • International sport development
  • Sport for social change
  • Business development in sport
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Sport management

Staff within Solent’s sport education and development programme area have existing links with local partners, including the Saints Foundation and EduMove. Staff also have relevant sector experience enabling them to discuss how theory can be applied in practice and understand the challenges of working within the sector. These current partnerships support you to practically apply theories, models and concepts developing the core skills needed for meaningful community engagement and professional practice in the relevant sectors.


Students 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 locally; or students who are currently in relevant professions can use this experience to enhance their learning by developing their understanding of the link between theory and practice in the workplace.

Visit the Sport Development and Management MA page on the Solent University website for more details!




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