MA Professional Studies - Sport and Health SciencesDirect Applicants

    Course Overview

    Duration: 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time
  • This thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating MA Professiona Studies course delivers work-centred projects to students who want to propel their sport and health sciences career forwards. Students are encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of the changing demands in their field and, in doing so, they become equipped with the skills to deal with any challenges that these changes may present.

    This course is a project based and work centred programme which enables students to develop a critical appreciation of the contemporary issues and developments within the field of sport and health sciences. Focusing on aspects, specific to their professional field, it affords the opportunity to critically reflect and engage in debate about the issues and developments and to contribute to the planning in order to meet the challenges of appropriate implementation.

    It provides a particularly responsive alternative approach to professional development that is rooted in the concept of action research and encourages students to explore issues as they emerge within their profession. This responsive approach to professional development encourages students to explore issues as they emerge.

    MA Professional Studies - Sport and Health Sciences is a specialist pathway within the MA Professional Studies framework. The programme is structured around a flexible though clearly framed series of supervised projects. Each project focuses on a clear theme which is key to a critical appreciation of the professional area and has its own qualification outcome.



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Each stage of the programme is delivered through a project and it is anticipated that each one stage will be completed over the period of one academic year:

1st Year

Stage one: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theorectical Discourses

Consideration of debates and developments that constitute the terms of reference within the sport and health science environment. For example, debates relating to long term athlete development, exercise referral clinics, healthy lifestyle management, strength and conditioning, physical activity and public health policy, preparing for competition in a variety of climates, talent identification and the application of development theories to the specific disciplines within sport and health science.


2nd Year

Stage two: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues

Concern with the issues that define the contemporary parameters of sport and health work. For example, ways in which the public policy frame, and professionalism, informs the characteristics and priorities of sport and health science programmes and initiatives within, and across, National Governing Bodies and accrediting organisations. This will include exploring the development and implementation of policy, the role of stakeholders, professionalism, lifestyle management and evaluation in the policy process.


3rd Year

Stage three: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

The focus would be on a research project through primary data collection. For example direct engagement in some aspect of sport and health science leading to individual or team performance improvement, the evaluation, impact and effectiveness of exercise referral clinics on specific populations, the implementation of innovative training methods or a mono, multi or interdisciplinary approach to athlete support.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

This research driven programme enables professional development within Sport and Health Sciences. Your programme will reflect your own professional aspirations and increase your potential to progress with your current employer or within the wider sector.

Current Students


Course Leader

This course is led by Dr Lance Doggart, Head of Marjon's Department of Sport. Lance's background is in sport science and he is a biomechanist and specialises in injury prevention and technique analysis.

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    Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. This supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. Where appropriate, a second supervisor will also be involved. In addition to project supervision, research workshops will be offered during the course of the year, when students will be brought together to explore particular research themes. Electronic resources will be available to support each stage and additional tutorial support will be made available as appropriate. It is anticipated that one of the projects undertaken will lead to a joint publication (supervisor and student).

    While assessment of each stage of the programme will be based on the grade awarded for the completed project, formative assessment will also be provided at two points during the year in order to provide students with an indication of their progress.