Taught course

Physical Activity, Health and Society

Durham University · Sport

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject is required. As an accessible and inclusive programme, this requirement may be waived for applicants with particularly high levels of relevant practical or professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Physical Activity, Health, and Society programme examines the inequalities across physical activity, health and society. Our world-leading academics deliver the programme, offering a cutting-edge curriculum and building on our collaborative expertise in physical activity and sport inequalities and associated research methods.

The programme explores the vital role of physical activity in society, from policy and public health to the spaces and places which enhance, shape and curtail movement.

You'll benefit from working with experts in our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences (World Top 100, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022), the Department of Anthropology and across the wider University.

We’ve developed this programme to allow flexibility and choice together with academic rigour and coherence. Along with a dissertation, you’ll undertake three compulsory modules which will critically examine key challenges associated with physical activity to improve health and wellbeing, tackle health inequalities and social injustice.

Core content will include physical activity, health and inequalities, critical perspectives in exercise as medicine, and ethics in sporting policy and practice, along with a research dissertation.

You’ll select 2-3 further modules in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses. Indicative content for these options include qualitative field study and ethnography, quantitative methods and analysis, advanced statistics, systematic review, data modelling and simulation.

You will also select 2-3 modules to explore in-depth and specific aspects of health as influenced by physical activity and wider social, anthropological and life sciences.

Information for international students

We welcome international students to this programme of study and support for non-home students is well established at Durham University. English language requirements stipulate Band C, IELTS of at least 7.0 overall and with no component under 6.0 or equivalent scores in an alternative accepted English language test. Pre-sessional programmes are open to students who hold an offer for a Durham University degree programme. Programmes are suitable for both those who have narrowly missed their language condition and those with unconditional offers for their main programme. The Durham Centre for Academic Development currently offers both online and on-campus options for postgraduate taught students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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