Sport, Body & Society - MA/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

The body politic has become ever more significant, and has become a focus as an area for investigation to enhance the socio-cultural study of sport. Whilst drawing upon major areas of study within the socio-cultural study of sport, this degree takes a focused approach to recent developments in the field, distinguishing this from other sociology of sport programmes. The course content is informed by current and innovative research and has been praised for its scope and flexibility in assessment that allows students to pursue and develop individual interests. In most cases students’ crafting of these ideas are applied to future career aspirations.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

Course Content

Modules are designed to focus on a range of issues, contexts and approaches to explorations of the body in sport. These include becoming/being disabled, human interface with technology, jock culture, sexuality in sport, female bodies in sport such as boxing, taking risks and cheating in sport.

Core Modules:

  • Sport, Body and Society
  • Research Methods (Qualitative pathway)
  • Sporting Bodies and Social Identities
  • Sport and Socio-cultural Change
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation

In order to qualify for the MA, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Employability & Careers

Awareness and knowledge of social issues by specialists in the field of sport is increasingly in demand where there is an interest in people. Sports sociologists are sought after in a range of sport related occupations that include; community sports development programmes, management of sport/leisure facilities in the private sector, sports administration roles and sports media.

Further, this programme is ideal for those with aspirations of a research career or continued study at PhD level and fosters a range of transferable skills.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (2.1 or above ) in a sport or leisure related area appropriate to the pathway
  • A honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the programme leader.
  • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, leisure management or recreation will also be considered for entry to the pathway.

Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, leisure management or recreation will also be considered for entry to the pathway.

Key Facts



School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length:
Full time – not less than 12 months and not more than 24 months
Part time – not less than 24 months and not more than 60 months

Assessment for this course varies depending on the modules taken.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Dr Carly Stewart:
Tel: 029 2041 7275

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website