Established in 1995, the Sports History and Culture programme from De Montfort University 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.
The ICSHC has the foremost historians in the field on its staff who publish critically acclaimed books and articles, are editors of leading journals, organise international conferences, and work as consultants for a variety of projects, including the major BBC radio series Sport and the British. While you will study full-time or part-time via online lectures, 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. You will be encouraged to become part of our wider research community at the ICSHC, both in person and through social media.
Alongside gaining a deep understanding of the history of sport, you will develop skills in independent research by producing a sustained piece of writing and primary source analysis. 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.
As this course is delivered online by distance learning, you will need access to the internet and a computer with software capable of reading and writing Rich Text Format documents, such as Microsoft Word, Appleworks or StarOffice.
Many of our students have used their studies to develop careers in sports writing, sport development, management, the media and teaching. Others have gone on to undertake PhD research, pursue academic careers or publish their own work. A number of our students have undertaken a six-month paid internship with the history management team at the Adidas headquarters in Germany.
Graduate Katie, who is a PhD student at the ICSHC, said: “The MA strengthened my passion for research, and the support from the staff within the ICSHC gave me confidence in my ability to conduct this level of work. My MA dissertation work on the history of women playing American football demonstrated that there was an unknown history waiting to be discovered and I have continued this work through to my current doctoral studies.”
Student, Samantha Finch, hopes to pursue a career as a sports historian with a PhD at the ICSHC. She said: “The opportunity to attend conferences and events has allowed me to network with other sports historians and expand my knowledge in different areas of sports history. The support and advice I have received from the tutors, who are experts in their field, has been invaluable.”
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- Social and Cultural Themes of Sport
- Sport, Politics and Policy
- Investigating Sports History: Research Methods
- Sport, Writing and History
- Football: Past and Present
- The History of Rugby
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Sports Management Sports Sciences View 34 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
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.
- You will need access to the internet and a computer with software capable of reading and writing Rich Text Format documents, such as Microsoft Word, Appleworks or StarOffice.
International14600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA8350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- EU/EEA - part-time fees will be £695 per 15 credits
- International - part-time fees will be £1,215 per 15 credits
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