Taught course

Exercise and Sport - Sport Development

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent), typically a first or upper second classification in a related area or in an area of study accompanied by significant professional or personal experience. Applicants with a 2:2 will be called for interview. Those with sector-based expertise, but without traditional qualifications, are actively encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Important information: academic review of Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus

Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. It has now been confirmed that the University will withdraw from the Cheshire campus. This means that we expect the campus to close in the summer of 2019.

As the withdrawal from the campus will be a phased process we are still pleased to receive applications for one year full time postgraduate taught courses starting in 2017 on the Cheshire campus. We also continue to welcome applications for part time postgraduate courses of two years in duration in the Exercise and Sport Science department starting in 2017. Applications for courses that are expected to take longer than two years to complete are currently on hold.

Please visit our website for the latest information on the review: www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/campusreview

Intellectually challenging and discipline-focussed, this programme prepares you for a career within your chosen sub-discipline of exercise and sport at an advanced level. Underpinned by research and practitioner expertise, an interdisciplinary perspective is encouraged. Opportunities for interaction across biomechanics, physiology and psychology, coaching studies, sport development and sports injury are included.
The course is flexible: major and minor in chosen subjects for your desired combination e.g. MA Exercise and Sport (Sport Development with Psychology).
♠ Qualitive and Quantitive Research Methods ♠ Research Methods and Design ♠ Professional skills ♠ Social Marketing for Sport and Physical Activiity ♠ Sport and Physical Activity: Measuring impact ♠ Sport Development: Policy and Planning ♠ Sport: A Broader Social Agencda ♠ International Perspectives in Sport Development ♠ Research Project


Attendance at the University for 2 days per week from September to Easter. From Easter until completion attendance will be dependent on the research project being undertaken.

University attendance for one day per week from September to Easter. In the second year, one day a week from September to Easter and then Easter to completion of research project as necessary.
From research programmes to sport science/coaching at the British Olympic Medical Centre, the English Institute of Sport and the Scottish and Welsh Sports Council, to consultancy or teaching positions at institutes of further and higher education.

You will study units from the following:

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Professional Skills
  • Social Marketing for Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sport and Physical Activity: Measuring Impact
  • Sport Development: Policy and Planning
  • Sport: A Broader Social Agenda
  • International Perspectives in Sport Development
  • Research Project

Special features:

  • Taught in a brand new £10 million Exercise and Sport Science Centre.
  • Our sport development unit provides students opportunities to obtain additional qualifications and volunteering opportunities.
  • Flexible programme allowing you to combine subjects
  • Find out more about our courses by watching these short introductory films on the department and postgraduate applications and career prospects by the Head of Department Neil Fowler

Information for international students

International students please see our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969