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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sociology of Sport

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award MSc
Programme title Sociology of Sport
Programme code PSPT49
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:10:15 BST

1. Programme Aims


  • To develop an advanced understanding of theory, research and practice in sociology of sport
  • To critically integrate and translate theory and research into practice as ‘practitioners’ in various branches of the sports industry
  • To prepare students who are intending to pursue a PhD in sociology of sport

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Subject benchmarks for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Group;

Learned Society's Standards e.g.  British Sociological Association

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • understand advanced theorietical models of the interrelationship between sport, culture and society
  • understand advanced sociological approaches to the study of sport, globalization, nationalism and development
  • understand advanced sociological approaches of the interrelationship between the body, disability, health and medicine in society
  • understand how advanced sociological theories, social research methods and empirical literature can be combined to produce theoretically informed empirical research into sport, culture and society


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

•  critically evaluate the sociological concepts employed in the analysis of sport, culture and society

•  critically analyse the sociologically informed empirical evidence on sport and physical culture

•  critically analyse the methodological techniques applied in the sociology of sport and cognate areas

•  critically analyse the policies and practices employed in global contemporary sport

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  •  use theory to develop nuanced understandings of policy and practice in sport and physical culture

•  use empirical data on current sport trends to reflectively analyse sport policy and practice

•  use knowledge of social scientific research methods to design, conduct and evaluate advanced level investigations

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

•  effectively communicate advanced level research concepts and complex evidence orally, electronically and in writing

•  manage personal learning efficiently and effectively exercising initiative and personal responsibility

•  develop and utilise advanced level qualitative and quantitative research skills

•  work both independently and as part of a small team, accessing support strategically and effectively, to produced advanced levels of knowledge

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘C’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘O’ indicates an optional module



Module title

Modular weight




Theory, Sport and Society





Research Methods in the Sociology of Sport





Sport, Nations and Nationalism 





Sport, Health, Medicine and Society 





Qualitative Research





Sport and Globalisation





Sport for Development and Peace 





Sport, the Body and Disability 




Project (MSc Sociology of Sport)





*Candidates undertaking a Project need formal approval of a research proposal by the Programme Director and an agreed Supervisor.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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