Taught course

Professional Studies (Sport & Health Sciences)

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 & Health Sciences) is a project based and work centered programme which enables students to develop a critical appreciation of the contemporary issues and developments within the field of sport and health sciences. Focusing on aspects, specific to their professional field, it affords the opportunity to critically reflect and engage in debate about the issues and developments and to contribute to the planning in order to meet the challenges of appropriate implementation. 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 and developments that constitute the terms of reference within the sport and health science environment. For example, debates relating to long term athlete development, exercise referral clinics, healthy lifestyle management, strength and conditioning, physical activity and public health policy, preparing for competition in a variety of climates, talent identification and the application of development theories to the specific disciplines within sport and health science.

2) Contemporary Contextual Issues
Concern with the issuesthat define the contemporary parameters of sport and health work. For example, ways in which the public policy frame, and professionalism, informs the characteristics and priorities of sport and health science programmes and initiatives within, and across, National Governing Bodies and accrediting organisations. This will include exploring the development and implementation of policy, the role of stakeholders, professionalism, lifestyle management and evaluation in the policy process.

3) Masters Dissertation
The focus would be on a research project through primary data collection. For example direct engagement in some aspect of sport and health science leading to individual or team performance improvement, the evaluation, impact and effectiveness of exercise referral clinics on specific populations, the implementation of innovative training methods or a mono, multi- or interdisciplinary approach to athlete support.

Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. This supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. Where appropriate, a second supervisor will also be involved. In addition to project supervision, research workshops will be offered during the course of the year, when students will be brought together to explore particular research themes. Electronic resources will be available to support each stage and additional tutorial support will be made available as appropriate. It is anticipated that one of the projects undertaken will lead to a joint publication (supervisor and student).

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 Ext: 8615