Taught course

Sport and Exercise - Sport and Community Development

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) typically in a related area or in an area of study accompanied by professional or personal experience. Applicants with relevant extensive professional experience in this field will be considered for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accredited Prior Experience (APE) entrance, even if they do not have the required qualifications.

IELTS score required for international students 6.5 with no element below 5.5.

Months of entry


Course content

The fields of sport and exercise sciences are becoming increasingly specialised, demanding greater levels of understanding. Alongside this movement is the need to educate postgraduate students to be critical thinkers and be ready to adapt their skills to new areas of health, exercise intervention and sports education.

This programme prepares you for a career within sport and exercise, specialising in sports development. Underpinned by research and practitioner expertise, an interdisciplinary perspective is encouraged. Opportunities for interaction are across a range of specialisms.

Other pathways include:

  • MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport and Community Development

Core Units in MSc Sport and Exercise - Sport and Community Development

  • Sport Development Policy and Planning
  • Sport and Physical Activity: Measuring Impact
  • International Perspectives in Sport Development
  • Sport: A Broader Social Agenda
  • Social Marketing for Sport and Physical Activity

Career prospects

You’ll develop your professional skills, from communication and team-work skills, ensuring you can translate your academic understanding into workplace impact. You’ll also explore a wide range of research methods, discovering how to harness the right tools and approaches to investigate various aspects of sport and exercise. And, from there, you’ll take on a research project – a substantial, masters-level piece of work that lets you explore an area of the subject that interests you most.

The rest of your programme will depend on the pathway you take – whether that means exploring the science of movement, the issues around community wellbeing or the psychology of sport, to name but a few. While these pathways are diverse, they’re all delivered with the same high standards, by an exceptional team making the most of superb facilities.

All our Sport and Exercise pathways offer a mix of the practical and theoretical. One day, you might be working in a state-of-the-art laboratory, the next day you could be on one of the eight courts in our sports hall. You could also find yourself on placement with partner organisations like Manchester City FC, working with an organisation like The English Institute of Sport, or even doing research at somewhere like the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.

Whatever the pathway, wherever your passions in sport lie, this is a programme made to provide a foundation for the future. You’ll leave us equipped to pursue a range of specialist career paths in exercise and sport, specialising in sport development.

Information for international students

International students please see our website.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969