Research Methods (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.
- 12 December 2017
- 2 April 2018
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.
- Every Tuesday from 1 pm to 3 pm (semester one only)
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.
- Every Tuesday 12:00 pm to 2 pm and Thursday 11 am to 12 pm (semester two only)
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.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.