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MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health

MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health

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Full time | Edge Hill University | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Studies People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Already working in the world of sport? Or want to make the move into this field? Look no further. We’ve teamed up with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club) to offer a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in sport, physical activity and mental health.

You’ll work with academics, practitioners and other professionals to understand the relationship between movement and our minds. We’ll also help you examine how mental health can be improved – and compromised – by taking part in sport, physical activity and exercise.

Knowing what makes an effective programme for promoting good mental health is key, so you’ll spend time examining others and designing your own. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out research which focuses on policy and creating impact.

Your career in the world of sport

Running this degree with Everton in the Community means we can offer you unique opportunities. This might be the chance to deliver one of their programmes, complete work experience or join a research project.

As well as recent graduates, this programme is perfect for practitioners, professionals and policy makers. Our students come from a range of backgrounds including youth and social work, creative industries and public health. For anyone already working in community or professional sport, this is an ideal development opportunity.


This module enables you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice in the field of sport, physical activity and mental health. You will be required to undertake a systematic review of the existing literature on your chosen topic, appraise the various justifications for the selected research methodologies, methods and tools, and consider the ways in which relevant data can be managed and analysed in a manner appropriate to your identified research questions. You will be required to provide critical and cogent theoretical explanations of your findings and consider the ways in which they inform policy and practice. The dissertation may be written-up in the form of a traditional thesis or as a journal article based on the styles and conventions of an international peer-reviewed journal.

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Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in a relevant sports-related discipline. Suitable subjects include sports development, sports management, sport and exercise science, sports coaching, sports psychology, sociology of sport, and physical activity and health. If you have a degree in a related field, such as education, psychology, sociology, mental health, public health, or business and management, you are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree in one of the above disciplines, in addition to relevant work or other experience in the field of sport, physical activity and mental health, may also be admitted at the Department’s discretion. Evidence of a suitable standard of English literacy and numeracy, such as GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent), is also desirable.

University information

Edge Hill University has been established since 1885 and continues to live up to its ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’. Students who opt to attend Edge Hill will benefit from an exceptional education thanks to its cutting-edge research, scholarship opportunities, contemporary facilities and most importantly its passionate, dedicated teaching staff. Students are empowered to craft their own future, learning in ways that work for...more

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