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About the course

Are you looking to further your career in the sport development and physical activity industry? Solent’s Sport Development and Management master’s programme will help equip you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to synthesise theories and research to become a successful evidence informed practitioner.

The course curriculum uses engaging methods of teaching, such as learning through case studies so students learn to apply theories and research to relevant practice. Students are involved in critically evaluating practice and are supported through their engagement with formative assessments which help to assess their knowledge and understanding. 

The core units encourage students to critically apply theories, concepts and frameworks in sport development and sport policy, as well as analyse key approaches to monitoring and evaluation for sport. Students engage in debates and critical evaluation of the local, national and international context of sport and health and explore the role of sport in addressing broader social change outcomes, along with the role of physical activity in public health agendas.

Students are also able to tailor the course towards their own specific career ambitions with optional units allowing them to focus on key specialisms such as sport marketing, media and youth sport.

Research led teaching is embedded at Solent and is a key element of the course curriculum on this master’s programme. Students are expected to contribute to knowledge within the discipline through engaging in a research project and writing a research paper.  

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
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The programme offers an exciting and modern curriculum promoting student-centred learning, enabling you to tailor your learning to meet your own career goals.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course will open up a number of career opportunities for sport management within a wide range of sports. The ability to specialise through the optional units mean you can pursue areas such as sport marketing, media, international sport and youth sport to fit with your own career ambitions.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those who wish to further their career in the sport and physical development sector. The optional units allow students the opportunity to specialise in areas of specific interest.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,160
International full-time fees: £12,875

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

For further information, please see our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or above and/or an equivalent professional qualification.

  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without an undergraduate degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. 
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Theory and Practice in Sport Development
  • Sport Policy and Practice
  • Research methods
  • Research Paper


Choose one from: 

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • International Sports Marketing and management


  • Professional Practice
  • International Sport, business culture and the media


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Course Leader View profile
Kevin Harris academic profile Kevin Harris Senior Lecturer View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wi-fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The sport development and management master’s programme is career relevant with an emphasis on developing professional skills, research and evaluation and the application of knowledge to the sector.

Your future

Graduates from this master’s degree will be well-prepared to pursue senior and management roles in areas such as:

  • Sport governance
  • Sport development
  • International sport development
  • Sport for social change
  • Business development in sport
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Sport management

Industry links

Staff within Solent’s sport education and development programme area have existing links with local partners, including the Saints Foundation and EduMove. Staff also have relevant sector experience enabling them to discuss how theory can be applied in practice and understand the challenges of working within the sector. These current partnerships support you to practically apply theories, models and concepts developing the core skills needed for meaningful community engagement and professional practice in the relevant sectors.


Students will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements, although this is not a requirement of the course. The course team have a number of partnerships locally; or students who are currently in relevant professions can use this experience to enhance their learning by developing their understanding of the link between theory and practice in the workplace.

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