Physical Education and Wellbeing MSc (Dubai)

Start date
January and September 2022
MSc – 2 years part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

January 2022
The annual tuition fee is AED 45,198 for part-time study

September 2022
The annual tuition fee is AED 49,951 for part-time study 

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Our Physical Education and Wellbeing MSc is a nationally and internationally relevant evidence-based programme, which is applicable to primary, second and further education. There is Accredited Prior Learning for postgraduate degrees (eg, PGCE).

Subject to Ministry of Education Accreditation

This programme seeks to support the continuing professional development of practising and prospective physical education teachers, youth physical activity leaders, assistants or coaches working with young people in schools.

It is expected that students taking the programme will develop the skills to allow them to critically evaluate new developments in theory, research and practice and integrate this knowledge where appropriate into their practice. The distinctiveness and knowledge of students graduating from the qualification will place them in an ideal position to inform the future direction of the profession by taking leadership positions and challenging current practices and/or by engaging in further study at PhD level.

The course is based on the latest evidence, research and innovations in the fields of physical education, health, and wellbeing. Students will learn in a community of learners with likeminded prospective or current practitioners interested in improving young people’s experiences of physical activity and sport. The course will also strengthen students’ capabilities to lead on new directions in the field of physical education and sport pedagogy by engaging with leading and international practitioners and researchers. 

I was made to feel at home by the lecturers who were really down to earth and always pleased to help us and support us. It was a great journey thanks to them.

Ramon Formosa, MSc Physical Education and Wellbeing alumnus (UK campus student)


Topics covered during the course will include, for example, methods and mechanisms for continued professional development, digital technologies, models-based practice (including models such as Cooperative Learning, Sport Education and Teaching Games for Understanding), and contemporary social and political issues for physical education and youth sport. In addition, modules will address research methods to prepare students for conducting fieldwork for their dissertation. 

Delivery: Programme modules are delivered using a blend of online and campus-based teaching. Learning and teaching will involve in-person campus based lectures, practical’s, seminars, video, vlogs, webinars and all sessions are recorded on Panopto, the University of Birmingham’s video platform and published on the integrated virtual learning environment ‘Canvas’. Other support will be available through online discussion groups and individual tutorials.

Module details are as follows: 

Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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.

Delivery: Online (Year 1, Semester 1)

Advanced Pedagogies

This module examines key aspects of physical education practice through the theoretical lens of ‘pedagogy’. In particular, it focusses on ‘advanced pedagogies’ which frames practice in 3 areas: knowledge in context; diverse learners and learning; and career-long professional enquiry.

Delivery: On Campus (Year 1, Semester 2)

Digital Practice in Sport, Exercise and Health

In this module, students will examine: the professional learning needs of practitioners using digital technologies, the ethical implications presented by digital technologies, the applications of digital technologies in sport, exercise and health contexts, and the outcomes associated with digital technologies in sport, exercise and health.

During this module, students will review existing evidence on the digital technologies relevant to their sport, exercise and health context to identify the professional learning needs of practitioners to use and apply digital technologies.

Delivery: Online (Year 2, Semester 2)

Innovation in Professional Development

The aim of the module is to allow participants to evaluate current personal and professional development within the context of their professional role. It seeks to progress and enhance critically reflective skills through linking theory with practice, and developing informed strategies to support own and others’ professional development and learning within the workplace. Drawing from contemporary adult learning theories, the module will address the challenges of professional learning in multiple contexts, and the need to think more critically (and creatively) in supporting learner development.

Delivery: On Campus (Year 1, Semester 1)

Wellbeing in Education Based Settings

This module offers an introduction to the theory and research behind wellbeing in education-based settings. The module will examine interventions in sports clubs, in higher education, and in broader educational contexts (e.g. sport). It will explore the broader policy context(s) and interface between education policy and practice through exploring: the changing roles of coaches; professional responsibilities and expectations in different education contexts; identification of need and help-seeking behaviours of athletes; the support structures in sports organisations; wellbeing and harm prevention; mental health and wellbeing strategies; and the range of interventions within different settings. The module will have an interdisciplinary and international focus

Delivery: On Campus (Year 2, Semester 1)

Player and Participant Development

This module develops the theory and applied practice in the coaching and participation process. Drop out and issues of sports ‘membership’ will be analysed from the viewpoint of participants, coaches and sports administrators. The theory and application of sport science in assisting and improving coaching methodology will also be covered including areas such as motor learning, biomechanics and psychology.

Delivery: Online (Year 1, Semester 2)

Dissertation (after successful transfer to MSc)

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 in coaching.

Delivery: Blended (Year 2, Semesters 1, 2 & 3)


January 2022
Annual tuition fee is AED 45,198 for part-time study

September 2022
Annual tuition fee is AED 49,951 for part-time study 

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Discover more about our Scholarships.

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Our Standard Requirements

At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject

International Requirements

International Students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less that 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: Academic 64 with no less than 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

On this programme you will learn through an innovative blend of delivery using both high quality online resources that are complemented with face to face discussion time with academics. This blended approach supports self-directed learning, and is capable of accommodating for students in full time or part time employment. The time spent in the university is dedicated to personalised learning to ensure that students have maximum and positive learning experiences during the programme. Each student will also be assigned a personal tutor, and this role ensures that students are further supported in their academic studies.

During the course you will learn from leading academics at the University of Birmingham and international academics in the field of physical education. The uniqueness of this course is therefore that you are taught by experts in key topic areas, and regardless of geographical location, you can engage with academics who are at the forefront of current research and practice in physical education, health and wellbeing.

The topics covered during the programme are broad, and the programme is designed in a way to allow you to specialise and develop a level of expertise in a key area. Key topics include, digital technologies, professional development/learning, assessment, models-based practice (e.g. Sport Education, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Games for Understanding), safeguarding, inclusion and disability, leadership and talent development. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal teaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

Students completing this degree go onto a variety of employment opportunities or further study. Students who are current teachers have strengthened not only their teaching, but also their leadership skills, and many have progressed in the types of leadership roles they fulfil in schools after completing this degree.

Some students have used the MSc degree as a springboard into further study, that includes completing a Qualified Teaching Status qualification, and/or joining a PhD programme. Other students have found the MSc degree has supported their employment in sport/physical activity focussed clubs, sport, physical activity and health organisations and trusts, technology focused companies, leisure centres, coach education and development and/or the course has supported students to initiate their own private or voluntary sector companies.