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Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, such as social sciences or other human sciences. Appropriate work experience will also be considered, subject to an interview, if you have a minimum of five years' experience and can demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development.

Months of entry


Course content

Examining the abuse and maltreatment of children and other athletes in sports environments, this specialist course will enhance your professional profile and deepen and expand the horizons of your future practice. Whether you are aspiring to a career in safeguarding, athlete welfare or within the children’s workforce, or are already employed in such a role, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of current practice, policy, and research relating to the abuse and maltreatment of children, other athletes, and non-athlete groups, in sporting contexts. Exploring aspects of sport, child abuse, childhood, athlete welfare, child protection and safeguarding, the course will highlight preventative strategies and practices established within the national and international sports sectors. You will be supported through a blended approach of face-to-face and online learning, developing your own specialist areas of expertise and making original contributions to knowledge. Applying complex theoretical ideas to real-world environments, you will explore codes of conduct, professional values and research ethics, while building a portfolio of transferable skills, from problem solving and creative thinking, to project design and implementation. There are additional opportunities to enhance your learning through an optional international field trip and work-based learning.

Fees and funding

If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this taught Masters degree in academic year 2023/24, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


Modules will typically be assessed through one or two pieces of coursework, including essays, reports, reviews and presentations. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this course.

Course contact details

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