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MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health

Edge Hill University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edge Hill University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This interdisciplinary course, delivered in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors.

You will have the opportunity to work with academic experts, practitioners and other professionals to further your understanding of the complex links between sport, physical activity and mental health and develop expertise in the design and evaluation of programmes intended to promote mental health and wellbeing. You will also examine how mental health may be compromised, as well as enhanced, by participating and working in community and professional sport.

The programme is suitable for graduates as well as current practitioners, professionals and policy makers, who have an interest in sport, physical activity and mental health or health and wellbeing more broadly. The course will also be highly relevant for those working in community and professional sport, including coaches, current and former athletes, safeguarding and welfare officers, and support staff, as well as teachers, other education professionals and those working in youth and social work.

What will I study?

This programme enables you to study the prevalence and determinants of mental health and illness and their association with various forms of inequality. You will analyse how sport and physical activity are commonly used to address mental health and illness, become familiar with how sport and physical activity programmes are designed and evaluated, and explore how these programmes emerge out of local, national and international policy processes and priorities.

Optional modules enable you to tailor the programme to particular areas of interest. You can study how mental health can be compromised and enhanced at community and professional levels of sport. There are also opportunities to explore mental health promotion and needs across different population groups.

Following an introduction to major research methodologies, methods and approaches, undertaking an independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of project and people management, how organisations address mental health and illness, and the ethical dilemmas involved in researching mental health in sport and physical activity contexts.

You will be encouraged to inform this project with any insight derived from relevant work experience in sport, physical activity and mental health settings.

What are my career prospects?

You will graduate well placed to pursue a variety of career paths in community and professional sport, education, youth work, business and marketing, and events. Examples of roles previous graduates have become employed in include sport and mental health officer,; education, mental health and wellbeing practitioner; health navigator; player care officer; children and young people’s mental health promotion worker; research assistant; and teacher and lecturer.

The course also provides ideal preparation to progress onto doctoral study in sport and physical activity and related fields.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edge Hill University

  • University League Table

    62nd

  • Campus address

    Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    49th out of 83 4

    31st out of 84 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    127 73%

    31st

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    57th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    36th

    23
  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    144 72%

    20th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%

    61st

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.47 90%

    2nd

    13

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