Taught course

Exercise and Sport - Sport and Leisure History

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Entry requirements

You would normally have a good UK honours degree preferably in a related field (e.g. sport, education, history, sociology). For this unique masters programme, we also encourage applicants from mature students, with a wealth of experience of historical scholarship and an interest in future exploring the importance of the past with the capacity to work at master’s level.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Exercise and Sport (Sport and Leisure History) provides a focus for research into nineteenth and twentieth century sport and leisure, and is actively engaged in employing all historical approaches, including oral history, biography, and prosopography, to uncover the individual and collective lives of the men and women involved in sporting and leisure activities.

Intellectually challenging and discipline-focused, the MA Exercise and Sport (Sport and Leisure History) programme prepares students for a career in sports history, education and socio-cultural studies at an advanced level.
Taught by leading researchers within the field of sports history, an interdisciplinary perspective is encouraged to explore the past. This programme is highly valued by employers and the wider sport and leisure community with many of our graduates holding senior positions in research, Higher Education, and advisory roles within professional sports clubs, archival collections and museums.
Students will also have access to the Sports and Leisure History Research Archive. This archive contains over 1,000 books, journals and magazines dating back to the early 19th century. Based initially on an extensive private collection, purchased from a founding member of the British Society of Sports History, the archive has been expanded to include sporting newspapers and magazines that have been digitised with the support of funding from Manchester City Football Club.

Information for international students

Please see the international page for more information.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Manchester Metropolitan University
0161 247 6969