Taught course

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Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have secured a first Degree. However each application will be considered on the basis of the professional experience of the applicant. Applicants are required to meet with the Programme Leader to discuss the programme of study most appropriate to them.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Professional Studies is focused on the professional development requirements of established practitioners and is centred on project driven delivery supported through an academic tutorial system. It reflects an underpinning commitment to develop within the Faculty, intellectually rigorous Postgraduate programmes which, through collaborative engagement of students and academic staff, can contribute to the development of the Faculty applied research portfolio, as well as deepening links with related professions.

The programme focuses, through a flexible though clearly structured series of supervised projects, on three key themes, which contribute to the development of a critical understanding of an area of service provision - addressing underpinning conceptual and theoretical debates (for example the appropriate nature of sports based interventions), exploring contextual issues that define the parameters of provision (for example public policy and funding decisions) and engaging in developmental based project work.

Subject specialisms
The full title of the MA Professional Studies programme encapsulates, in brackets, the subject specialism demonstrated. The range of subject specialisms are determined by the focus of research active supervisors within the Faculty and will be in line with the University’s current provision and specialisms. Among those currently ratified are:

  • MA Professional Studies (Outdoor Education)
  • MA Professional Studies (Sport Development)
  • MA Professional Studies (Physical Education)
  • MA Professional Studies (Sport and Health Sciences)
  • MA Professional Studies (Journalism and Creative Arts)
  • MA Professional Studies (Leadership and Management)

Additional subject specialisms (including the precise phrasing used within the Award) can be introduced following agreement of the Programme Team and ratification by the Dean of Faculty.

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project entitled as follows:

Stage one (60 credits - PG Cert): Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses

Stage two (60 credits – PG Dip): Contemporary Contextual Issues

Stage three (60 credits – MA): Masters Project (Developmental Considerations)

While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.

It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12/24 months

Course contact details

Aaron Beacom
01752 636700 Ext: 5631