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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Develop skills and knowledge to become a versatile, industry-focused designer.
  • Gain experience from live projects and links with the sports and outdoor industries.
  • Form ties with design, sport, health, wellbeing, manufacturing and lifestyle sectors.
  • Engage with physiological, psychological and ergonomic factors to propose solutions that deliver performance benefits.
The course is for students who’ve previously studied Fashion Design or Product/Industrial Design at undergraduate level. You’ll learn about the main business, ethical and technical contexts for developing innovative products and services. You’ll also have opportunities to experience real-world projects, gaining the specialist knowledge and skills required to work in this sector. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Through a series of creative research and design projects, you’ll develop your individual practice – in a framework of manufacturing, production, cultural, ethical and environmental contexts. You learn through
  • immersive studio environments
  • practice-based research
  • project work
  • individual and group tutorials
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • constructive critical debates
During the early stages of the course, you’ll cover the key concepts, theories and debates in both contemporary and future sports-industry practice. By utilising the expertise of specialist academic staff and industry specialists, you’ll build your knowledge through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also have specialist staff support to build on the skills and knowledge you gain from the initial modules. You’ll then apply your learning in an independently-planned research project – positioning your professional, creative practice within the design-for-sports industry. Live projects Through our extensive connections with the sports and outdoor industries, you’ll be able to undertake real-world projects – building your confidence and enhancing your specialist knowledge and skills. Field trips There are opportunities to go on study trips and visits in the UK and abroad. These could include workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and industry events. Networking opportunities You’ll benefit from being part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary, postgraduate environment – with extensive links to international networks in the broader design-for-sport community. There are also opportunities to learn from both colleagues working in the industry, and the broader academic research community at Hallam. Design Futures is our own award-winning, in-house design consultancy – and you can also visit specialists from a range of sports and outdoor sectors. Future careers This course prepares you for a career in
  • design
  • design management
  • making or manufacturing
  • company-employed design
  • independent design practice
  • postgraduate study at PhD level
  • education
  • retail and marketing
  • design research
  • academia
  • social enterprise


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Compulsory modules Design For Sport Performance Sports Context Sports Industry Project

Assessment method


Entry requirements

Normally you need • a 2.2 degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject or significant relevant experience • appropriate study plans, including an indication of possible project topics and clear, appropriate and realistic learning aims • a high level of creative ability, as evidenced by a portfolio of work • ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently For information on applying, the interview process and your portfolio, download our MA Design application support. If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Design for Performance Sports at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS