Edge Hill University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health (Taught)

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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. What you'll study What factors affect how we feel in our body and mind? And how are they linked to inequality? Can sport and physical activity improve our mental health? Analyse vital questions like these while looking at how sport and physical activity programmes are designed and evaluated. We’ll also explore how these programmes emerge out of local, national and international policy processes and priorities. Shape your studies around your interests through optional modules. You might study how mental health can be improved at different levels of sport. Or perhaps you’ll explore mental health promotion and the needs of different population groups. You’ll apply everything you’ve learned to a research dissertation on a topic of your choice. We’ll encourage you to use insight from relevant work experience to inform this project. Carrying out your own research, you’ll discover how organisations address mental health and illness, and the ethical dilemmas involved in research. At the same time, you’ll boost your project and people management skills.


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Assessment method

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (including essays, policy briefings and reports, and programme evaluations), individual presentations and a research dissertation. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

How to apply

International applicants

International students should visit our website for further information: www.edgehill.ac.uk/international

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. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University, you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health at Edge Hill University - UCAS