The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. This ground-breaking course provides a unique opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification for sportsturf managers and consultants who wish to engage with other professionals in the landscape, sports, planning and greenspace industries. The management of surfaces for sport is a significant global industry utilising diverse areas of land within both urbanised and rural landscapes. Managers of sportsturf surfaces have a responsibility to manage these facilities for both the sport concerned and also be cognisant of resource and environmental concerns. Sportsturf surfaces offer wide ranging economic, social and environmental opportunities when managed appropriately but face many challenges in the 21st century if they are to survive in a highly competitive social and recreational market place. Competing forms of leisure, economic factors and other constraints continue to impact on sport globally. Sportsturf managers have to be mindful of these factors, which directly impact on the resources needed to sustain surfaces and meet customer expectations. This part-time MSc Sustainable Sportsturf Management, awarded from the University of Central Lancashire, is an innovative course which encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary sportsturf management. The course aims to develop students’ critical and analytical thinking to enable implementation of effective and efficient management practices. The MSc will encourage debate and critical evaluation within an environment that develops holistic understanding of international issues. Please note that this course may run as a roll-on, roll-off programme, so new students may start with either ‘Year 1’ or ‘Year 2’ modules, depending upon their year of entry.
Year 1 - Management of Performance and Quality; Theoretical Perspectives of Sustainability; Turfgrass Agronomic Research and Development. Year 2 - Research Methodology and Design; Resource Efficiency and Management; Policy and Strategic Planning for Outdoor Recreational Surfaces. Year 3 - Masters Dissertation (triple module).
This course is ideally suited to people working within the sportsturf, golf course and amenity landscape industries that are either in or aspire to management positions. The course would also be of interest to individuals who have experience or knowledge in sustainability issues. Our virtual learning platform (accessed via the internet) will provide learning resources, guidance and collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location. Students will have the opportunity to participate in planned workshops and seminars to include discussion groups. They will receive support from a personal tutor but will also be expected to demonstrate autonomy for their own learning. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods, including written reports, essays, literature reviews, dissertation, research proposal, presentations.
Applications are sought from individuals possessing a minimum of Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline. Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants may be interviewed to assess suitability for the course. Career experience plus evidence of study skills may also be considered. Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to have an English qualification to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. All offers may be subject to successful interview.
Fees and funding
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