Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society

MSc Sociology of Sport and Exercise

Based in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at University College Chester, the Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society (Chester CRSS) is offering an exciting new MSc programme in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise as well as the opportunity to pursue postgraduate supervision under the expertise of internationally reknowned sociologists.


Why study for the MSc in Sociology of Sport and Exercise?

The MSc in Sociology of Sport and Exercise aims to provide students with a thorough sociological understanding of sport and exercise and related professions, ranging from PE teaching through to sports development, sports journalism and many others. Visit the CCRSS website for further details.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Sociology of Sport and Exercise is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and this year's current cohort include full- and part-time students from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Jersey. Students can study full time over a 12-month period or part-time over two to eight years which includes six taught modules (four core plus two optional modules) and a research dissertation which accounts for the remaining six modules. For a Postgraduate Diploma, the completion of eight taught modules (four core plus four optional) is required, and a Postgraduate Certificate can be gained after the completion of four core modules.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of second class honours degree, or equivalent, in sports sciences, sociology, social sciences, cultural studies, or related areas.

Staff Details

Staff in the Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society are particularly well qualified to design and run a Masters programme in the sociological study of sport. Among its visiting Professors, the Chester CRSS is especially proud to be able to count Professor Ken Roberts, widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of the sociology of leisure, and Professor Eric Dunning, one of the pioneers of the sociology of sport. The Chester CRSS also boasts two visiting Professors - Pat Murphy and Ivan Waddington - who have made significant contributions to, amongst other things, the sociological understanding of football hooliganism and sport, health and drugs. All are scholars of international renown and have extremely impressive research and publication records.

The founders of the Chester CRSS are sports sociologists at University College Chester: Professor Ken Green, Dr Daniel Bloyce (Senior Lecturer) and Katie Liston (Lecturer). Kate Liston is currently awaiting her PhD viva on the sociology of sport and gender. In 2001, as part of the Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, staff at the CCRSS were described as having a range of 'positive features' including 'very high quality' teaching sessions, 'carefully designed' assessment methods, 'very high quality (and) full range of learning resources' and 'excellent informal relations between staff and students'.

Research and Publications

Staff of the Chester CRSS have outstanding research profiles. Eric Dunning wrote pioneering essays on sport and leisure in collaboration with Norbert Elias, collected in Quest for Excitement, and has since written or edited a number of seminal books including Sport Matters (1999), Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players (with Ken Sheard, 1978; 2004) and Hooligans Abroad (1984: co-authored with Ken Sheard and John Williams) and the Handbook of Sports Studies (2002: edited with Jay Coakley). Ken Roberts's most recent books include Social Class (2001) and Leisure in Contemporary Society (1999). Ivan Waddington recently published Sport, Health and Drugs (2001). Ken Green published Physical Education Teachers on Physical Education in 2003 and co-edited (with Ken Hardman) A Reader in Physical Education in 1998. In addition to a plethora of books, staff have published numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals ranging from Sociological Review, British Journal of Sports Medicine and Youth through to Leisure Studies, the European Physical Education Review and Sport, Education and Society. Most of the tutors are members of the editorial boards of a range of international journals and the editorship of the European Physical Education Review is housed within the Chester CRSS.

Studying at Chester


Chester is ideally suited for sports enthusiasts. As well as the plentiful opportunities for ?traditional' sports in around the region, Chester is less than an hour's drive from the Snowdonia National Park and the breadth of outdoor pursuits available therein. In addition, it is a short journey via train from Holyhead and less than an hour's drive from Liverpool and Manchester airports. University College Chester already has a thriving sporting and academic community, including the establishment of a sports scholarship scheme of which one of this year's MSc cohort is a recipient.

Visit the CCRSS website for further information and applications

http://www.chester.ac.uk/ccrss/

 

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Chester Campus

University of Chester

Parkgate Road

Chester

Cheshire CH1 4BJ

Telephone: 01244 221205 or 01244 220444

Fax: 01244 392820

Email: ccrss@chester.ac.uk

Website: www.chester.ac.uk /ccrss
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CONTACT



Chester Campus

University of Chester

Parkgate Road

Chester

Cheshire CH1 4BJ



Telephone: 01244 221205 or 01244 220444

Fax: 01244 392820

Email: ccrss@chester.ac.uk

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