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Sport, Ethics and Society Masters - MA/PgD/PgC

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, the Master's degree in Sport, Ethics and Society 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.

​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:

  • Sporting Lives
  • Research Methods in Sport (mainly following the Qualitative Pathway)
  • Sustainable Practice in Sport and Physical Culture
  • Sport, Character and Ethical Action
  • Sport and Integrity 
  • Independent Study
  • Final Project

In order to qualify for the MA, students are required to successfully complete a final project, which can be written as a traditional dissertation, a journal article or in another format.

If you choose to undertake your Final Project module through the medium of Welsh, you could be eligible for a Scholarship. Find out more.​​

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, with the exception of the Final 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 (the programme director).


The main methods of assessment are varied 5000 word (or equivalent) coursework assignments and presentations. Students will receive extensive written feedback on each of their assignments and presentations, while staff can also provide verbal and written feedback on plans and draft work. Formative feedback will be provided within class and tutorials to help students develop their ideas for their formal assessments.

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: national governing bodies, 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​. Indeed, many of our students go on to study a PhD research programme before (and while) working inside academia as lecturers, tutors and researchers.

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 informal interview with the programme director. 

International Applicants:
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

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

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; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. Part time students can take up to four years to complete the degree programme and students may select taught modules in any sequence. The only stipulation is that all taught modules including Research Methods for Sports Studies are completed prior to beginning the Final Project.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, George Jennings:
Tel: 029 2020 1156

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
One to two years full-time.
Two to four years part-time.

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Graduate Chelsea blogs about her Cardiff Met Journey. From studying Coaching and Dance, to an MA in Sociology and Ethics and now working at UK Research and Innovation.
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"Choosing what to do after graduation was not an easy decision, however I realised that one subject interests me more than any other - Ethics, and I got good marks in the subject. Looking at possible postgraduate programmes, I found from the MA Sociology and Ethics of Sport programme.

The idea of being able to study ethics further and combine it with a new subject appealed to me. Having discussed the programme with tutors, who were very supportive, it was an easy choice to carry on with my studies here at Cardiff Met."

Meilyr Jones, MA Sociology and Ethics of Sport.

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