Sport History and Culture at De Montfort University - UCAS

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Course summary

Our well-established Sports History and Culture MA will give you a firm grounding in modern sports development, from traditional forms to present day practices. This is a flexible and interactive programme that, thanks to its close links with the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), ensures your learning is at the cutting edge of research in this area. You will investigate the origins of modern sport, examine its cultural and global significance, discover how sport can help us understand society and different communities, as well as consider how historians of sport can use primary sources. The scope of the course is global, not only analysing how modern sport spread from its British origins, but also how other nations embraced sport within their own cultural contexts. While you will study via online lectures and study materials, you will also be invited to attend seminars and conferences organised by the ICSHC and partnership groups such as the British Society of Sports History and the European Committee for Sports History. These partnerships, coupled with our academic team’s expertise and real-world experience, will provide you with a challenging and rewarding intellectual experience. Alongside gaining a deep understanding of the history of sport, you will develop skills in independent research by producing sustained pieces of writing and primary source analysis assignments. As a graduate, you will be ideally placed for a career in sports writing, sport development, management, the media, teaching or to undertake PhD research. Key features

  • This online distance learning programme caters for both full-time and part-time students, enabling you to study at your own pace with ongoing support from our expert academic staff.
  • You will explore and examine the process of sports development through a number of themes and lenses, including social and cultural history and the relationship between sport and politics.
  • The ICSHC is widely acknowledged as the leading centre for the study of sport history in the world, organising international conferences, working with major media outlets such as the BBC and housing sport-themed archives of national significance in DMU’s Special Collections. You will be encouraged to become part of our wider research community at the ICSHC, both in person and through social media.
  • Benefit from the ICSHC’s extensive network of sporting and cultural partnerships with local, national and global sporting bodies, including the British Society of Sports History, Musée National du Sport in France, the National Football Museum in Manchester, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester City Football Club.
  • You will learn from an expert teaching team, who are renowned in the field of the history of sport and who maintain links with major sporting organisations, professional associations and academic partners, ensuring that your learning is at the cutting edge of research in this area.
  • The focus on individual research means this programme provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD study.

Assessment method

The Sports History and Culture MA allows you to study at your own pace. Study materials for your coursework are accessed via Blackboard, DMU's virtual learning environment. For each module there is a weekly lecture plus online reading, in addition to the resources available via the DMU Library. There are module leaders for each module and they will provide input regarding your coursework. Module leaders will be available each week by email, phone or Skype. Alongside set assignments, you are encouraged to suggest your own proposals in preparation for writing your dissertation. For most modules, there are two types of assessments: a critical analysis assignment and an essay. The length of the essay is 5,000 words; critical analysis assignments are 2,000 words in length. For the module, Investigating Sport: Research Methods, you will write a primary source analysis (3,000 words) and a dissertation plan (3,000 words). Deadlines will be set for each assessment.

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as history, other humanities-based subjects, sports studies or sociology. We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.

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Sport History and Culture at De Montfort University - UCAS