ABOUT THE COURSE
Are you looking to further your career in the sport development and physical activity industry? Solent’s Sport Development and Management master’s programme will help equip you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to synthesise theories and research to become a successful evidence informed practitioner.
The course curriculum uses engaging methods of teaching, such as learning through case studies so students learn to apply theories and research to relevant practice. Students are involved in critically evaluating practice and are supported through their engagement with formative assessments which help to assess their knowledge and understanding.
The core units encourage students to critically apply theories, concepts and frameworks in sport development and sport policy, as well as analyse key approaches to monitoring and evaluation for sport. Students engage in debates and critical evaluation of the local, national and international context of sport and health and explore the role of sport in addressing broader social change outcomes, along with the role of physical activity in public health agendas.
Students are also able to tailor the course towards their own specific career ambitions with optional units allowing them to focus on key specialisms such as sport marketing, media and youth sport.
Research led teaching is embedded at Solent and is a key element of the course curriculum on this master’s programme. Students are expected to contribute to knowledge within the discipline through engaging in a research project and writing a research paper.
The programme offers an exciting and modern curriculum promoting student-centred learning, enabling you to tailor your learning to meet your own career goals.
What does this course lead to?
The skills you’ll develop on this course will open up a number of career opportunities for sport management within a wide range of sports. The ability to specialise through the optional units mean you can pursue areas such as sport marketing, media, international sport and youth sport to fit with your own career ambitions.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideally suited to those who wish to further their career in the sport and physical development sector. The optional units allow students the opportunity to specialise in areas of specific interest.
Graduates from this master’s degree will be well-prepared to pursue senior and management roles in areas such as:
International sport development
Sport for social change
Business development in sport
Staff within Solent’s sport education and development programme area have existing links with local partners, including the Saints Foundation and EduMove. Staff also have relevant sector experience enabling them to discuss how theory can be applied in practice and understand the challenges of working within the sector. These current partnerships support you to practically apply theories, models and concepts developing the core skills needed for meaningful community engagement and professional practice in the relevant sectors.
Students will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements, although this is not a requirement of the course. The course team have a number of partnerships locally; or students who are currently in relevant professions can use this experience to enhance their learning by developing their understanding of the link between theory and practice in the workplace.