Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
2 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£7,750
International fees:
£17,100
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

1st

in the world for sport-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2018

Overview

Our Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) programme provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences.

Our research is multidisciplinary, drawing on the full spectrum of natural and social sciences, and is focused on issues of contemporary concern at international, national and local levels. We engage in strong partnerships with leading schools, institutes and universities across the world in the research fields of sport, exercise, education, health and well-being. The broad scope of this research has led to developments in the treatment of eating disorders; improved understanding of the effects of sedentary lifestyles and the benefits of physical activity; academic support to enhance sport coaching; advice to international sport organisations and governments on policies and procedures; guidance and support for elite athletes (both able-bodied and disabled) to achieve their full potential; and the use of exercise in treating health conditions.

Recent research projects have included: the sociology of policing and police-community relations in the 2012 Olympics; levels of BAME representation in football leadership and coaching, and Sport For A Better World? - a social scientific investigation of the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) sector.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for the overall quality of our research, and 1st in the UK for research outputs, impact and research environment (based on GPA x Volume).

The programme is in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research. On completion of the course, a student will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is a great place to study, boasting access to first-class facilities, the wide-ranging expertise of our teaching staff, and a lively community of around 1500 students and 140 academic, research and support staff. Students within the School have access to the very best facilities - including bespoke training and testing equipment, the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers, and laboratory space within the recently refurbished Clyde Williams building.

At Loughborough you will be part of a university with a unique sporting heritage that attracts athletes, industry leaders and policy makers from around the world. Based on campus is SportPark – home to many of the UK’s sports organisations and governing bodies – and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM), an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation.

What makes this programme different?

  • Ranked 1st in the UK for quality of research
  • Accredited by the ESRC
  • Be part of an Olympic legacy project

Who should study this programme?

  • Individuals wishing to pursue a career in academia
  • Sport and exercise practitioners, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills
  • Those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles

Minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Our Social Science Research MSc programmes are designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.

The course consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, which means you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools involved are:

  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences
  • School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
  • School of Science

Compulsory modules

This module introduces students to the philosophical foundations of social science research. It provides an overview of the different ontological and epistemological bases of social scientific research methods and theories.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module provides advances training in quantitative research methods, developing students’ skills of collecting, cleaning, and analysing quantitative data, using specialist software.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module introduces students to research methodologies, enabling them to develop essential skills for planning a realistic research design for their dissertation.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module advances students qualitative research skills, providing training in a range of qualitative and interpretative methods. It also develops students’ critical thinking about measurement in social science research and about the appropriate representation of research findings.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 75% coursework and 25% oral poster presentation, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module advances students’ knowledge of contemporary social science research into health and exercise. It also develops their critical understanding of ethical, philosophical, and stake holder issues associated with health and exercise research.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

In this module students will design, conduct, analyse and report an original empirical study within the field of sport and exercise science.

Optional modules

This module introduces students to the specific theoretical and practical requirements associated with doing research with young people.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module advances students’ skills of doing computer-assisted content analysis and students’ knowledge of statistical textual analysis.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module advances students’ ethnographic skills by discussing innovations in ethnography, its interdisciplinary use, and its adaptation to contemporary challenges. 

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module develops students’ skills in using conversation analysis, a novel research method for analysing talk in a range of institutional settings, which generates findings that help to improve communication.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

This module introduces students to the ontological foundations of critical realism and develops their understanding of a critical realist research design.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

How you will be assessed

The majority of the programme is assessed via coursework, along with a dissertation and an oral poster presentation.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Sports, Exercise and is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

On completion of the course, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC. Information on future career prospects can be found on our web pages

Your personal development

Our Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) programme provides an opportunity to develop specialised research skills in sport and exercise science within a school that is internationally renowned in this field.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£7,750
International:
£17,100

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

Our academics work with influential sport organisations from across the country on a range of cutting-edge research, teaching and enterprise activities. These partnerships benefit you as a postgraduate student by ensuring that the School's research is informed by industry and has a real-world impact on society, culture and the economy.

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