Sport Development & Management - MA/PgD/PgC 

Course Overview

The MA Sport Development & Management programme is a modular pathway within the School’s Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies (PGSSS). It shares common modules as well as some option modules with the other programmes in the scheme.

There are three exit points from the degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; postgraduate diploma in Higher Education (PgD) can be awarded to students completing three core and three option modules. The MA is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 15,000 word project, which may be submitted as a dissertation, or in the form of business plans, development plans, marketing plans or portfolios of evaluated projects from the professional context.

Course Content

Modules are designed with a specific objective - to develop a critical scholar and/or reflective practitioner with an in-depth understanding of the principles and processes of sports development and coaching.

Core modules:
• Research Methods for Sport Studies
• Sport Development & Management Principles and Practice
• Strategic Management and Change
• Dissertation

Choose three modules from:
• Independent Study
• Contemporary Issues for Sport Development & Management
• Sports Marketing
• Understanding the Coaching Environment
• Sporting Bodies and Social Identities
• Physical Activity in Health and Disease

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

Career Potential

The programme provides candidates with a balance of theoretical underpinning and vocational relevance in the fields of sport development and coaching. The programme will also be of interest to teachers and lecturers wishing to develop their knowledge about the sport industry. In the main, graduates work in the areas of sport administration, sport development and coaching.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in an appropriate subject
  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in another subject, together with substantial and extensive work experience in sport development and/or coaching
  • Non-graduates will be considered, provided the candidate has substantial and extensive work experience in sport development and/or coaching or held, for a minimum of two years, a position of responsibility of relevance to the course.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length: Normally 1 year full time and 3 years part-time

Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, case studies, desk research and presentations.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

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

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, Beverley Smith:
Tel: 029 2041 6782

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website

Postgraduate Open Evening:
Tuedsay 13th March 2012
Centro, Cyncoed Campus.