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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. 

What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well prepared for a range of roles in youth sport development, physical education, coaching and policy-making.

Who is this course for?

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.

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

  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Research Paper
  • Sport Policy and Practice


Choose one from:

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • Professional Practice


  • International Sport, Business Culture and the Media
  • International Sports Marketing and Management

Your future

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.

Visit the Youth Sport and Physical Education MA page on the Solent University website for more details!




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