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Sport MSc / MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    up to 3 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,470
    Part Time: £830 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,000

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Overview


The MSc/MA Sport has four distinct and separate pathways of study allowing you to focus on Sport Science or Physical Activity and Health or Sport Management or Sport Media & Digital Marketing. You can elect to study topics in your chosen area of interest and the programme allows you to design your master’s degree to meet your career aspirations.

The MSc/MA Sport provides the opportunity for you to develop critical understanding of key topics in your chosen pathway. The learning is blended – including a mix of online, seminar, workshop, and practical-based sessions – to meet the needs of students balancing home, study, and work requirements.

All modules are designed and delivered by staff with national and international research reputations and/or extensive industry experience. The university has excellent partnership links to sport organisations, professional bodies, and businesses, giving you the opportunity to grow your networks and enhance your professional profile.

Whether you wish to follow an applied career in an area of health or Sport, or go on to further study at PhD level, this programme gives you the skills, qualification and insight to follow your ambitions.

Apply for MSc Sport (Sport Science)
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Apply for MSc Sport (Physical Activity & Health)
Apply for MA Sport (Sport Management)
Apply for MA Sport (Sport Media & Digital Marketing)

Updated 12/07/2021

Highlights


  • Subject specific modules tailored to the individual pathways allow you to design your Master’s degree to meet your career aspirations.
  • Apply and develop your skills in a practical, real-world setting with local professional or amateur sports clubs in the area.
  • Opportunity to undertake 240 hours of Work placements with local sports clubs and centres within the surrounding area.
  • Taught by motivated and research active Tutors
  • Brand New Campus and Facilities at our £330 million Waterside Campus.
  • An opportunity to work with established professional sports teams, National and international athletes.

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Course Content


  • MSc/MA Sport with specific pathways in:
    • MSc Sport (Sport Science)
    • MSc Sport (Physical Activity and Health)
    • MA Sport (Sport Management)
    • MA Sport (Sports Media and Digital Marketing).

    Students study six modules over one year, if full time, or two years if studying part time. The programme supports you to develop your knowledge and understanding of key aspects of your chosen pathway and is aimed at individuals that have a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, Sport Physiology, or Psychology, Physical Activity and Health, or Sport Management or Sport Media and Digital Marketing. The module design allows students to negotiate the specific topics covered within the module allowing students to not only study the general topic area but specific areas within the subject that are student focused.

    You will follow subject specific and Research Methods modules and undertake research study in your area of interest that again gives an individual focus. In addition to the subject specific modules you will study Contentious and Contemporary Issues in Sport which allows you to learn relevant, negotiated and cutting-edge topics working independently with the support of tutor supervisors.

    The Partnership Practice module will enable those on the Sport Science and Sport Management pathways to work collaboratively with one of our Sport related partners, such as Northampton Town football Club, Northampton Saints Rugby, Northants CCC, Northampton Swimming Club, NSport or Public Health Northamptonshire to problem-solve, learn experientially, and apply established knowledge to generate innovative solutions to real-world problems.

    To improve your employability, apply your skills and build your social capital, you will complete 240 hours of Applied Practice in a stimulating, well-structured and research-informed module which could be in one of a range of areas including Applied Athlete Support, Exercise Health and Physical Activity, Sport Science, Sport Management or Sports Media. These work based learning hours can be completed with work placement with our sports partners identifies above or with sports clubs identified by the student both in and around Northamptonshire or more locally to your home base.

    Modules

    Please see proposed modules below. Module information below is quoted for 21/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly:

    MSc Sport (Sport Science)

    • SPOM022 Sport Science – 20 credits -1st  trimester
    • SPOM024 MSc Dissertation – 60 credits – 1st & 2nd trimester
    • SPOM029 Research Methods – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM021 Contemporary Issues in Sport – 20 credits – 3rd trimester
    • SPOM019 Applied Practice – 40 credits – 2nd and 3rd trimester
    • SPOM035 Partnership Project – 20 credits – 2nd trimester

    MSc Sport (Physical Activity and Health)

    • SPOM037 Measurements and interpretation of PA and non-communicable diseases – 20 credits – 1st  trimester
    • SPOM024 MSc Dissertation – 60 credits – 1st  & 2nd  trimester
    • SPOM029 Research Methods – 20 credits – 1st  trimester
    • SPOM021 Contemporary Issues in Sport – 20 credits – 3rd  trimester
    • SPOM019 Applied Practice – 40 credits – 2nd  and 3rd  trimester
    • SPOM036 Developing an Effective practitioner – 20 credits – 2nd  trimester

    MA Sport (Sport Management)

    • SPOM027 Sport Management – 20 credits – 1st  trimester
    • SPOM024 MSc Dissertation – 60 credits – 1st & 2nd trimester
    • SPOM029 Research Methods – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM021 Contemporary Issues in Sport – 20 credits – 3rd trimester
    • SPOM019 Applied Practice – 40 credits – 2nd and 3rd trimester
    • SPOM035 Partnership Project – 20 credits – 2nd trimester

    MA Sport (Sports Media and Digital Marketing)

    • SPOM022 Sport Media and digital marketing – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM024 MSc Dissertation – 60 credits – 1st & 2nd trimester
    • SPOM029 Research Methods – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM021 Contemporary Issues in Sport – 20 credits – 3rd trimester
    • SPOM019 Applied Practice – 40 credits – 2nd and 3rd trimester
    • SPOM0035 Partnership Project – 20 credits – 2nd trimester
      • Module code: SPOM019
        Status: Compulsory
        Applied Practice provides an opportunity for students to apply complex theoretical knowledge innovative ideas and strategies to autonomously investigate a novel idea/proposition to a real world setting relevant to their chosen pathway through engagement in a work-based learning environment. The module will provide opportunities to develop and consolidate skills in evidence-based practice and engages the student in critical thinking enquiry and analysis including research and critical appraisal skills.
      • Module code: SPOM020
        Status: Compulsory
        The Dissemination module enables students to communicate their research and findings generated during the programme enhancing external practice and learning. They will gain a holistic understanding of how to add to academic debate communicating with key stakeholder groups using a range of appropriate media.
      • Module code: SPOM022
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of the Sport Science module is to enable students to develop cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and professional practices in applied settings. This will be achieved through engaging with demanding and complex concepts and theories associate with Sport Science and provide students with opportunities to develop as critical thinkers.
      • Module code: SPOM023
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to identify and examine a contentious or contemporary issue within Sport. The students will explore the identified issue and develop their critical analysis of the contentious or contemporary issue. They will also review the academic stance and establish recommendations associated with the investigation that can effect positive change in shaping future practice and research.
      • Module code: SPOM024
        Status: Compulsory
        The module provides an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge concepts and research techniques to a question or problem in a specific discipline within their studies. The module builds and expands on students' prior knowledge and aims to develop expertise and understanding of the scientific process including research methodology skills to execute planning conducting analysis and writing up of their research. It will develop the student's ability to work independently and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.The assessment undertaken will reflect the specific pathway of the student.
      • Module code: SPOM029
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will focus on examining a specific area of interest chosen by the student to develop their understanding of the research process and designing and developing a valid research proposal. It will also advance the students understanding of concepts principles and techniques associated with quantitative and qualitative statistical analyses commonly used in research projects.
  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home – Full Time: £7,470
    • Home – Part Time: £830 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £7,425
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £825 per 20 credit module.
    • International – Full Time: £13,750
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.

     

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 or 21/22 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *The maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • For further information about the course please contact Dr Anthony Baross, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, by email:
    Anthony.Baross@northampton.ac.uk

  • How will I be taught?

    F2F, small-numbers/workshops; online/VLE; range of interactive resources and learning materials to support studies accessible via computer, tablet, smartphone

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    The subject specific modules in addition to the Research Methods module will be delivered over a 13-week Trimester with 3 hours of online or face to face contact time per week.

    All other negotiated learning module modules will include face to face contact in the initial stages of the module and continue with regular supervisory meeting throughout the remainder of the modules delivery.

    In addition, the work placement module SPOM019 Applied Practice includes 240 work placement hours which can be spread over two trimesters

    How will I be assessed?

    Through essays, presentations, and practicals. Students receive assessment guidance and are graded according to university-wide grade boundaries.

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Student story

"The modules covered in MSc/ MA Sport went hand in hand with opportunities presented"

Ewen Bufton

Facilities


The Sports Zone at Waterside is home to a multi-use sports dome suitable for a variety of sports, including football, badminton and netball. The facilities include two sports performance labs, a pair of teaching rooms and changing rooms. In addition, there also are three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch. The sports dome is used for teaching, research and recreational activities.

Our purpose-built laboratories and research facilities enable you to undertake performance analysis within a supportive environment.