Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy MSc

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.

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The course is based on the latest evidence, research and innovations in the field of physical education and sport pedagogy. 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.   

This MSc is a flexible programme allowing students to choose the number of years in which they wish to spend completing the degree. The degree can be completed over 1 year as full time or over 2 years as part time. In addition, this MSc aims to support the engagement of those in employment. Students can select to engage with more distance and blended delivery options for modules; altering when they need to attend the university and the number of sessions they need to participate in at the university. 


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. 

Module details are as follows: 


  • 13, 14, 15 September 2017

Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

This module will develop your research skills within the areas of sport and physical education. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical education environment. Through this module you will develop as a research-led practitioner. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.

Module dates:

  • 14 September 2017
  • 5 October 2017
  • 1, 2 , 3 November 2017

Professional learning in sport

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 and you will explore the social and political influences on physical education and youth sport.

Module dates:

  • 12 December 2017
  • 26 April 2018

Advanced pedagogies in physical education

This module will explore contemporary practices and innovations in physical education and sport pedagogy. Students will critically explore, experience, and be supported to use, for example, health-related digital technologies and a diverse range of pedagogical models. In addition, students will consider diverse approaches to curriculum design or making, by teachers and by students. Through this module you will also gain an in depth understanding of the complex process of pupil learning which will allow you to develop further your existing practices.

Professional case study

Drawing on the innovative work of professional cases, in this module you will work on a real-life case study from your own teaching, coaching or experience working with young people. You will be expected to draw upon knowledge and skills gained in the other modules to analyse a specific ‘case’ (e.g., a learner, a class, a team, a year group, an activity area) in order to create a fully considered and justified ‘action plan’ based upon a clear rationale and needs analysis. You will then implement your plan to demonstrate the competency that you have achieved in applying appropriate theory into practice and the evaluation of and impact of decisions made.

Module date:

  • 11 Dec 2017


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 teaching. 

Module date:

  • 27 October 2017 

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 2018. 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.


Fees and funding

Fees 2018

  Home/EU International - Fee Band 1a (Classroom)
  Full time Part time Full time only
(MSc) Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy £9,000 £4,500 £16,290

The fees shown above are annual fees for students starting their courses in September 2018. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation. 

When attending the taught sessions on the University’s Edgbaston campus, students will be required to book and pay for their own food and accommodation.   

International student fees

Please view our Fees for International Students page for further details. 

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

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Entry requirements

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

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

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

To make an informal enquiry about this course or register your interest, contact:

Admissions team
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8246

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