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Sports History and Culture MA

Course Description

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.

Visit the Sports History and Culture MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Art, Design and Humanities Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarship programme is based on academic achievement and merit, and applies automatically to all DMU Home/EU students who are graduating this year (2014) or have graduated within the last two years (2012 or 2013) who achieved 2:1 or above, and enrol onto one of our full-time Masters programmes.For terms and conditions and a full list of eligible courses, please visit dmu.ac.uk/adh2020

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fees discount


At De Montfort University (DMU) we are fully committed to supporting our students and graduates throughout their personal and career development, and that is why we would like to introduce the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship scheme for DMU alumnus, which will cover 50% of the tuition fee on a postgraduate taught course at DMU.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be awarded automatically (subject to the eligibility criteria). There is no separate application process or deadline.

Further Information



Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships - 20+ Awards

As part of De Montfort University's (DMU) ongoing commitment to sport and enhancing our students' experience, we are delighted to offer the new Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships; available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship provides an opportunity for talented students to develop their performance in sports, becoming a DMU champion for sport, and performing in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and Varsity competitions; whilst gaining a recognised degree qualification, across a wide range of courses and disciplines*.Each of our 30 dedicated packages provides students up to £6,000 of support each; including a £4,000 cash bursary and £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as; physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and private medical insurance for example.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £6000


- Be a UK or EU status student
- Be starting a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at DMU in September 2016
- Compete at a high representative level, and most-importantly be able to demonstrate passion and commitment to your sport
- Participate in the annual DMU sports club 'trials' and selection process within your chosen sport
- Where appropriate, be an enthusiastic role model to represent DMU; for example, with external partners, in the media, to prospective DMU students at Open Days and any other suitable event
- Where appropriate, compete for DMU in all competitions and training events, including at Varsity and BUCS events.

Application Procedure

How to apply
The application process for the 2016-17 academic year is now open. Download the form here, complete fully and return to the DMU Sports Team ([email protected]) by Friday 15 July 2016 for the first deadline, or Thursday 1 September for the extended deadline.Timeline for 2016-17 Application ProcessFriday 15 July - First deadline for scholarship applications
Friday 29 July - Successful applicants will be informed of final decision
Thursday 18 August - A level results day - Undergraduate scholarship decisions ratified according to academic entry to university
Thursday 1 September - Extended deadline for late applicants

If you have any queries about the scholarship, your eligibility or how the terms relate to your sport, please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in a related subject such as history, sports studies or sociology. We encourage and welcome applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, and all non-standard applications will be considered. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Course Fees

Please see dmu.ac.uk/pgfees for more information

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