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.
Evidence Building in International Development
Sport and International Development: Critical Perspectives
Contemporary Issues in Sport and International Development
Sport and International Development and Peace
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.
Globalisation, Society and Culture
Events: Theory and Practice
Anthropology, Tourism and Development
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.
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.