Sociology and Ethics of Sport - MA/PgD/PgC

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Course Overview

The socio-cultural study of sport has become ever more significant. Drawing upon two major areas of study within the socio-cultural study of sport, this degree focuses upon the sociology and ethics (philosophy) of sport, distinguishing this from other socio-cultural related sport programmes. The course content is informed by current and innovative research and has been praised for its scope and flexibility in assessment that allows students to pursue and develop individual interests. In most cases students' crafting of these ideas are applied to future career aspirations.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

​Course Content​​

Modules are designed to focus on a range of issues, contexts and approaches to explorations of current issues in sport and physical culture. These include becoming/being disabled, human interface with technology, jock culture, sexuality in sport, female bodies in sport such as boxing, taking risks and cheating in sport.

Core Modules:

  • Social Issues and Sporting Experience
  • Research Methods for Sport (Qualitative pathway)
  • Changing Practice in Sport and Physical Culture
  • Sport and Morality
  • Equality and Justice in Sport
  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation

In order to qualify for the MA, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.​​​

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (dissertation) module are 20 credits. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is usually made up of lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials. Specific teaching methods include group discussion, individual reflection, video analysis, reading reviews and fieldwork tasks, make up the seminar tasks and lead lecture content. Student learning is supported through the use of virtual learning environment, Moodle, which provides additional resources to complement the reading lists. All students have access to a personal tutor (normally the programme director).

Assessment

The main methods of assessment are varied 5000 word (or equivalent) coursework assignments and presentations.

Employability & Careers​

Awareness and knowledge of social issues by specialists in the field of sport is increasingly in demand where there is an interest in people. Sports sociologists and ethicists are sought after in a range of sport related occupations that include; community sports development programmes, management of sport/leisure facilities in the private sector, sports administration roles and sports media. 

Further, this programme is ideal for those with aspirations of a research career or continued study at PhD level and fosters a range of transferable skills​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (2.1 or above ) in a sport or leisure related area appropriate to the pathway
  • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in education, coaching, leisure management or recreation will also be considered for entry to the pathway. ​
  • An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the programme leader.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
Full time – not less than 12 months and not more than 24 months
Part time – not less than 24 months and not more than 60 months

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr David Brown:
Email: ​​dbrown@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2020 1156 

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms