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.

International students: Please check your visa requirements before applying as most of the sessions in this programme are delivered online via distance learning.

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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.   

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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. 

Modules

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: 

Induction (year 1)

  • 19, 20, 21 September 2018

Research Methods in Sport

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.

Module dates:

  • 20 September 2018
  • 4 October 2018 (optional attendance for distance students)
  • 31 Oct – 1, 2 November 2018 (optional attendance for distance students)
  • 10 December 2018

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

The module adopts a blended learning approach comprising 12 sessions. Students attend for ½day at the beginning of the module and again at the end of the learning and teaching period for the optional final day. All other learning and teaching will be hosted by evening webinars and daytime face to face (F2F) sessions. F2F sessions will be recorded on Panopto, the University of Birmingham’s video platform and published on the integrated virtual learning environment ‘Canvas’. Therefore distance learners will have access to locally taught sessions, at a time to suit them, without the need to come into the University; resident students will have the option to attend. 

Other support will be available through the on line webinars, discussion groups and individual tutorials.

Module Dates

Thursday         20 09 2018      F2F                  (3:00pm-5:00pm)

Thursday         04 10 2018      Webinar           (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Wednesday     10 10 2018      F2F/Panopto   (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Thursday         18 10 2018      Webinar           (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Thursday         25 10 2108      Webinar           (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Wednesday     31 10 2018      F2F/Panopto   (2:00pm-4:00pm)       

Tuesday           06 11 2018      F2F/Panopto   (9:00am-11:00am)

Tuesday           13 11 2018      F2F/Panopto   (9:00am-11:00am)

Thursday         22 11 2018      Webinar           (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Wednesday     29 11 2018      F2F/Panopto   (9:00am-11:00am)

Wednesday     05 12 2018      Webinar           (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Wednesday     12 12 2018      F2F (optional)     (9:00am-3:00pm)

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.

Module dates:
This module is delivered online. A series of interactive webinars will be held and these will be scheduled at the start of the academic year in negotiation with the cohort of students.

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.

Module dates:

  • 20, 21 September 2018
  • 11 December 2018

Applied Professional Practice

In this module you will work on a real-life case study from your own coaching. You will be expected to draw upon knowledge and skills gained in the other modules to create a fully considered and justified player or team development plan based upon a clear rationale and needs analysis. As part of this you will be expected to integrate theory into practice in the development of the player or team. 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 dates:
This module is delivered online. A series of interactive webinars will be held and these will be scheduled at the start of the academic year in negotiation with the cohort of students.

 

Digital Practice in Sport and Exercise

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

Module dates:
This module is delivered online. A series of interactive webinars will be held and these will be scheduled at the start of the academic year in negotiation with the cohort of students.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees 2019

  Home/EU International - Fee Band 1a (Classroom)
  Full time Part time Full time only
(MSc) Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy £9,250 £4,625 £16,995

The fees shown above are annual fees for students starting their courses in September 2019. 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. 

For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk.  

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
Email: pgt-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk

International students requiring visas

Please check your visa requirements before applying as most of the sessions in this programme are delivered online via distance learning.

Monday 2 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 entry by 21 September 2018.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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On this distance learning programme you will learn through an innovative method of blended delivery using both high quality online resources that are complemented with face to face discussion time with academics. Most of the course material is delivered online, through videos, webinars, and applied tasks. A small amount of time is spent at the university. For full time students, 6 days per year and for part time students 3 days per year (these are approximations and could be subject to change). This blended approach supports self-directed learning, and is capable of accommodating for students in full time or part time employment, and/or students who may not be based in the UK. 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 as a personal tutor, and this role ensures that students are further supported in their academic studies. 

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During the course you will learn from leading academics at the University of Birmingham and and international academics in the field of physical education and sport pedagogy. 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 and sport pedagogy.

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 varying forms of employment 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 PGCE to gain Qualified Teaching Status, 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.