Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy (MA)
At a time of increasing concerns about physical activity and health, the MA Physical Education programme explores the issues around physical activity and how to support the development of physical literacy from early childhood, through to later life in the home, school and community.
The modules in the programme will help you to develop an understanding of how we can increase participation in physical activity and how we develop physical competence and motivation at all levels. The programme explores a personal philosophy in relation to physical education, sport and physical literacy. You will study how to lead and manage areas of work in relation to the development of health and wellbeing and how to conduct research. You will also examine and evaluates how work in the field has an impact on pupil outcomes and physical activity levels and how to develop this.
This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is supported by the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy. The programme is designed to be flexible to relate to the broad range of different contexts which all contribute to the development of physical literacy. The team of tutors that contribute to the programme are experts in the field.
There is an option to apply for the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy Bursary for the value of full Dissertation fees.
Flexible postgraduate opportunities throughout Wales
Part-time mode of study
Part-time over four years
Weekend delivery supported by Moodle
Accessible locations in South and North Wales
Modules to suit students' professional practice and needs
Taught or research-based study options
International exchange opportunities
What you will learn
In a time of increasing interest in health and well-being, this programme is designed to enable practitioners to understand how they can contribute to this important agenda. The modules explore how physical competence is related to life-long physical activity and holistic well-being. Beginning in early childhood, students study how physical competence develops, can progress and refined into adulthood and maintained into old age. Links between physical competence, self-esteem and mental health are considered in light of the philosophical underpinnings of physical literacy.
Theories of motivation in physical activity are explored and applied to physical education and sport contexts. All of the studies on the programme is contextualised in the broader field of physical literacy. Students can consider their own personal philosophies and how they can support physical literacy in physical education, sport, community and leisure contexts.
The programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and attracts students from all over Wales, the UK, Europe and North America.
This programme has recently been re-validated to incorporate new content that reflects the latest approaches and innovations in the sector.
The modules in the programme develop an understanding of how we can increase participation in physical activity, how we develop physical competence and motivation at all levels. The programme explores a personal philosophy in relation to physical education, sport and health. It studies how to lead and manage areas of work in relation to the development of health and wellbeing and how to conduct research. It examines and evaluates how work in the field has an impact, and how to increase this.
The programme is modular and has three named awards.
MA Physical Education 4 taught modules + dissertation (180 credits)
Students study the dissertation module after completing the postgraduate diploma.
Physical Literacy Physical Literacy is a concept that recognises the importance of physicality as part of human nature. As such, it values movement in a range of activities and environments throughout life.
All modules in the programme are underpinned by developing an understanding of physical literacy. Students are encouraged to consider how they can contribute to developing and supporting physical literacy in a range of contexts, whether they are a teacher, coach, parent or volunteer. The modules all study aspects of how we can all contribute to physical literacy and support health and well being.
Assessments are varied to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways. These include Seminar papers and presentations, Essays, Video analysis and oral lab exam, reflective journal and blogging.
Entry requirements for the programmes are dependent on the background of the individual applicants, and consideration is given to professional experience, prior educational awards, written and verbal communication skills and career aspirations. Applicants must be interviewed to be accepted on the programme.
Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:
Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
"I was at a point in my career where I wanted to challenge and better myself, so I applied to do the Masters to gain a higher level of knowledge and understanding of PE and Physical Literacy. A daunting part for me was the academic side and going back to into education after nearly 9 years. In addition, I did the course part-time while still working in a full-time job, which meant I had to be really organised with my time- this wasn’t easy!
I did not see myself as ‘academic’ and I knew that this would be a massive struggle for me. It challenged my own beliefs and philosophies and enabled me to develop a range of new skills, which I could also transfer to the workplace. The Masters challenged me so much, and there were times I didn’t think I could complete it, however, the guidance and support I received during the 4 years was amazing, plus I also had to put in the hard work!
I developed a particular interest in early childhood motor development and this was the area I looked at for my dissertation. This interest has now become my passion and I am now studying a full-time PhD with the university researching this area, this is something I never envisaged. Without the Masters, this opportunity would not have been possible and I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and applied to do the course!"
"The MA PE course helped me to develop further as a PE teacher, the knowledge and understanding I gained not only helped me with everyday teaching and learning but also challenged my philosophy and what was important in my role as a teacher. I was nervous about the “academic” side of the programme, but the lecturers were extremely supportive and helped me develop the skills needed over the three year – part-time course. On starting the masters, I did not think academia was for me, but I am now a year into my PhD and passionate about research in the field of physical education. Although it was a challenge to complete the masters while working full time it was definitely worth it."
There is also the option to apply for the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy Bursary for the value of full Dissertation fees.
The School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education is the home of the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy.
The MA Physical Education offers students a unique opportunity to work with the team of experts based at the institute whose work has received international recognition. Opportunities range from work on research in motor development, outdoor and adventure activities, health and well-being projects, circus skills and aging and exercise.
The Institute works with people of all ages and abilities to raise participation and support physical activity in all forms, whether that is pre-school play, walking the dog or competing in world championship events. The institute conducts research on many aspects of physical literacy throughout the lifespan.
We have expertise in:
Early years Education
Health and well being
Motivation in relation to physical activity and health