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Dr Rory Magrath

Associate Professor of Sociology

Department of Sport and Health

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Rory graduated from Solent University in 2010 with a degree in BA (Hons) Football Studies. Following this, he successfully completed an MSc in Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University. He returned to the University on a part-time basis in 2011, before being appointed as a Lecturer in 2014, Course Leader in 2016 and Associate Professor in 2020. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in 2013, becoming a fellow of the Higher Education Academy shortly after.

He completed his PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson. This research focused on the construction of masculinities among young, elite footballers in the UK. Since then, he has conducted a broad range of research in areas related to this – including football fans’ acceptance of homosexuality, sports media representation, anti-discrimination policy, male friendships and openly gay students in education. This research has been published in a variety of leading journals, in monograph format and as book chapters. His research also regularly appears in national and local newspapers, international news agencies and national radio.

He is currently working on an ongoing funded project focused on the experiences of LGBT football fans, as well as conducting research on non-exclusive sexualities, masculinities in cricket and experiences of head trauma in sport. He welcomes contact from potential PhD or MPhil students in any of these areas.

He also co-edits the Palgrave Studies in Masculinity, Sport and Exercise book series with Jamie Cleland and Eric Anderson.

Further information

Rory’s teaching predominantly relates to the sociological study of football. He teaches this across all three years of the Football Performance and Participation undergraduate provision, as well as at MA level. He is also involved in the delivery of research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervises numerous dissertation students.

Rory is also the joint Doctoral Co-Ordinator in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Football Studies

The course is designed and tailored for those individuals passionate about football, enthusiastic to learn from the game in order to reach their aspirations to work within it....

MSc Football Science

Designed specifically for those already working in a professional football environment, this master’s degree will enable you to develop and enhance your existing knowledge and...

BSc (Hons) Sport Management

Develop your passion for sport, and progress to a successful career leading and managing sporting events and organisations on this CIMPSA accredited course.

BA (Hons) Sociology

An exciting subject, sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in public and private sectors.

MA Sport Management

Looking to further your career in the sport management industry? This masters in sport management will give you the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful...

MA Physical Education and School Sport

The MA Physical Education and School Sport programme will help you to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that underpin a career in physical education and youth...