Taught course

Sports History and Culture

De Montfort University · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in a related subject such as history, sports studies, politics, sociology or a humanities-based degree. We encourage and welcome applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, and all non-standard applications will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Sport cannot be understood without an appreciation of its history. Taught by expert staff based in DMU's International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), the only centre of its kind in the world, this MA offers you a flexible, interactive way to develop your knowledge and understanding of sport and history. This course will give you a firm understanding of all aspects of modern sport from its traditional to its present day form.

While the course may be taken online and as a distance learning course, you will be invited to attend optional seminars and conferences organised by the ICSHC and affiliates. We encourage you to become part of our wider research community at the ICSHC, either in person or via social media.

You will benefit from our wide range of sporting and cultural partnerships, including the Musée National du Sport in France, the National Football Museum in Manchester, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester City FC and many more. The ICSHC academic team also have a wide international network of academic partners. These partnerships, along with our academic team’s combination of expertise and experience, will provide you with a challenging and rewarding intellectual experience leading to a valuable qualification.

The ICSHC has worked with BBC Radio 4 on the major 30-part series on the history of sport in Britain. Sport and the British, narrated by Clare Balding, explored themes such as the origins of modern sport, the power of sport to unite a nation, the rise of women in sport and the global diffusion of sport.

Working at your own pace, you can access study materials for your coursework via Blackboard and online reading resources via the DMU library. There is a weekly lecture and/ or activity with suggested additional reading specific to each module that is also helpful to the course as a whole. While you will have a personal tutor, there are module leaders for each section of the course who will provide input as your work develops.

Many of our students have used their studies to develop careers in sports writing, sport development, management, the media and teaching. Others have gone on to undertake PhD research and pursue academic careers. A number have used their studies to publish work.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 250 60 70