This programme is suitable for individuals with an academic or professional interest in sport policy, business and management.
The course focuses on topics such as the study of sport politics; sport development in international contexts; leadership and entrepreneurship; project management and sport and the law. The intention is that students will develop the core skills that are needed and can be applied in ‘real-world’ settings.
Graduates from this course may wish to pursue a range of roles in sports organisations and sports-related industries. The programme is also suitable for those seeking to develop and enhance their management, business and leadership skills in order to integrate this knowledge into their personal working practice.
At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant social science subject
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation (30 credits)
This module will develop your research skills within the areas of sport and physical activity. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment. Through this module you will gain an in depth understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment which will allow you to develop as a research-led practitioner. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.
Professional practice in sport (30 credits)
This module seeks to develop enquiring, critical and innovative approaches to professional practice in sport. Linking theory and practice, you will be encouraged to critically evaluate strategies used to facilitate and support professional development in your own workplace. Further, in the context of sport pedagogy, you will examine the relationship between learners, educators and context in facilitating professional learning.
Sport Policy and Politics (30 credits)
This module is specifically designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of sport policy priorities in a variety of national and international settings. A range of theoretical approaches to sport policy analysis and key concepts in the study of sport politics for example ‘soft power’ and ‘governance’ are examined. Indicative topics include the increasing political use of sports mega-events, the political economy of sport, the ‘virtuous cycle’ of sport, sport development in international context and moral dilemmas in global sport policy.
Sport Business and Management (30 credits)
Using a case study approach, this module examines both theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of sport business and management. Working in partnership with University Sport Birmingham (USB) students will have a unique and hands on opportunity to understand the business and management processes involved in establishing a new Sports Centre at the University of Birmingham. As a consequence, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of sport industry-related principles such as leadership and entrepreneurship; project management and the management of change; finance and financial reporting; marketing, sponsorship and sport and the law.
Dissertation (60 credits)
In this module you will integrate the areas covered in the taught modules within the programme. You will propose a research project, submit ethics, undertake and write up a piece of academic empirically based research relevant to your area of practice and interests.
It is envisaged that students will gain a wide range of transferable skills which will be highly valued by employers in all areas of recruitment. Destinations may include work in sport facility management; sport and leisure consultancy; sports development; local authority or private sport and leisure provision; national sport federation organisations.
Successful students may also wish to undertake PhD research.
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