Taught course

Professional Studies (Sport Development)

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

It is generally anticipated that applicants will be 21 years of age or over, will be graduates and will already be engaged in work within the profession.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Professional Studies (Sport Development) is a work-centred, project based programme which enables students to develop a critical appreciation of fundamental shifts taking place within their profession as well as the opportunity to contribute to the planning process necessary to meet the challenges these shifts present. It provides a particularly responsive alternative approach to professional development that is rooted in the concept of action research and encourages students to explore issues as they emerge within their profession.

Indicative content

1) Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Consideration of debates that constitute the terms of reference for sport development within organisations. For example, debates relating to elitism in sport, ideology and sport development interventions, changing perceptions of obesity, health and obligations to intervene and the application of development theories to the sport development process.

2) Contemporary Contextual Issues
Concern with the issuesthat define the contemporary parameters of sport development work. For example, ways in which the public policy frame informs the characteristics and priorities of sport development programmes and initiatives within organisations. This will include exploring the development of policy networks, the role of stakeholders and evaluation in the policy process.

3) Masters Dissertation
A focus on developmental based project work. For example direct engagement in some aspect of the strategic planning process within the student’s professional area. This is likely to concern multi-agency, partnership work and could focus on single sport or multi-sport development or could concern facility or spatial planning.

While assessment of each stage of the programme will be based on the grade awarded for the completed project, formative assessment will also be provided at two points during the year in order to provide students with an indication of their progress.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Lance Doggart
01752 636700 x8615