MA Youth Sport and Physical Education (-)




Southampton Solent University

MA Youth Sport and Physical Education

About the course

MA Youth Sport and Physical Education will help you to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that underpin a rewarding career in youth sports. As a graduate from this programme you will be able to use research to confidently critique dominant practices in youth sport and physical education, helping young people to achieve their full potential.

Throughout the course you will develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning; critically analysing relevant youth sport policies and considering the social, cultural and ethical issues that impact on policy and practice within physical education. You will also study research methods and methods for monitoring and evaluation which can help to support your own professional practice.

The curriculum is underpinned by research informed teaching. The teaching team are research active and have worked with young people in coaching and physical education roles. You will be involved in critically evaluating current practice and will be supported to synthesise information from a range of sources, becoming an evidence informed practitioner.

Work on scenarios and case studies ensure an engaging curriculum, while optional units in professional practice and wellbeing in youth sport will aid your understanding of the context in which youth sport and physical education is delivered. Other optional units allow you to specialise further, studying topics that are aligned with your personal career ambitions or interests. Your final research project, which will aim to build on existing academic knowledge in an area selected by you, can act as a springboard into your first role after graduation. 


What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well prepared for a range of roles in youth sport development, physical education, coaching and policy-making.

Who is this course for?

This youth sport and physical education programme is well suited to students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants should be passionate about youth sport and aspiring to make a difference in the lives of young people through physical activity.

Modular structure

Year one:

Core units

  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Research Paper
  • Sport Policy and Practice


Choose one from:

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • Professional Practice


  • International Sport, Business Culture and the Media
  • International Sports Marketing and Management


The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

  • UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £6,950

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