Research course

Sports and Fitness

Open University · Institute of Educational Technology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). Masters level qualification with evidence of research methods at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

The OU Sport Research Group is a sub group of Childhood, Youth, and Sport Group led by Dr Helen Owton which includes an interdisciplinary team of researchers designing, managing and completing research projects which are ultimately aimed at educating, understanding and improving the lives of athletes. The multi-disciplinary team draws upon a range of approaches and methodological expertise (including: auto/ethnography, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, grounded theory, creative analytical practices) spanning across numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, nutrition, strength and conditioning and biomechanics. Qualitative and quantitative research sporting projects cover particular expertise of different sports including, athletic injury, post traumatic growth, maltreatment/abuse, identity, embodiment, and specific sports activities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

01908 655 364