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The programme offers PE teachers and sports professional the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading innovative research-informed professional practice.

Please note: this programme is not currently recruiting for 2020 entry. For information about our Education Master’s offering please contact

Why study Education: Pedagogical Leadership in Physical Education and Sport?

This degree is particularly suitable for PE teachers, in all phases of education, and sport-related professionals at any stage of their career.

The MA in Education: Pedagogical Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is aimed at Physical Education teachers and Sports Professionals at any stage of their careers. It can be of great benefit to those in senior and middle leadership roles (and those aspiring to leadership positions) in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors, and in other educational establishments.

The programme will offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading professional practice and enable you to make a positive difference to the quality of learning and teaching within your educational setting.

Integral to this master's programme is the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research enquiry into an aspect of practice as part of an intellectually challenging learning experience that relates theory to practice leading to the development of knowledge and skills relevant to practice and supporting career progression.

Why St Mary's?

Building on its long tradition of excellence in both teacher education and physical and sport education, St Mary's provides a flexible approach to this professional master's degree.

This programme offers three distinct pathways: Pedagogy, Coaching and Sociology of Sport. These pathways meet the needs of a diverse range of Physical Education teachers and Sport professionals.

The MA in Education: Pedagogical Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is offered part-time or full-time as a taught programme at St Mary’s University or a blended programme, designed to meet the needs of practitioners in Physical Education and Sport.

Staff involved in the programme all have considerable experience and expertise in their field of expertise.  They are research active and involved in consultancy and in-service training in the fields of physical education and sport, the leadership of innovative practice.

Key facts

  • The variety of modes of delivery enables working practitioners to engage with the MA in the way that best suits their preferred learning style.
  • This course is based in the students’ own practice and is therefore highly relevant to their professional role and context.
  • The choice of pathways enables students to specialise in an area of direct relevance to their practice.

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Applicants are required to hold a good first degree (2:2 or above) and be working in an educational setting.

Additional requirements

Students must be in professional practice in order to undertake a small-scale practitioner research inquiry.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content

The degree consists of five modules, with a choice of specialist modules allowing students to focus on an area of interest.


  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation Core
  • Physical Education and Sport Leadership: Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Pedagogy Core
  • Research Methods for Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sport Core
  • Coaching and Mentoring: Pedagogy through Physical Education and Sport Option 1
  • Pedagogy: Educational Contexts and Issues within Teaching and Learning Option 1
  • Sociology of Physical Education and Sport: Policy and Politics in Physical Education and Sport Option 1
  • Coaching and Mentoring: Early Years to Adolescence, Physical Activity and Behaviour Option 2
  • Pedagogy and Learning in Physical Education and Sport: Theory through Reflective Research Option 2
  • Sociology: Social Theory in Physical Education and Sport Option 2

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.


Career opportunities

The MA in Education: Education: Pedagogical Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is aimed at Physical Education teachers and Sports Professionals at any stage of their careers, those in senior and middle leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership positions in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors and in other educational establishments.

This course offers teachers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of evidence-based educational practice, placing them at the cutting edge of pedagogical development thus supporting career progression.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars and individual tutorials.

This course consists of five modules, three core modules and a choice of two optional specialist modules allowing students to focus on an area of interest.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment types are used, including reflective journals, case studies, portfolios, research proposals, academic papers, oral presentations and a final dissertation.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,490
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact


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Further information

Previous dissertations

  • An investigation into GCSE curriculum change in Physical Education and its effects on pupil learning at Key Stage 4.
  • How can I adopt features of video game design to improve my teaching in Primary PE?
  • An investigation into the views of Physical Education teachers on PE as a subject and their role, and the impact this has upon practice.
  • An Investigation into whether playing competitive sport from a young age develops the trait of resilience in eighteen-year-olds in a College setting.
  • Exploring Physical Education’s contribution to the primary curriculum.
  • Understanding what state schools can learn from independent schools: An investigation into physical education policy and talent development programmes in independent schools.
  • How does CPD improve the quality of learning in physical education lessons?
  • What factors affect post-sixteen decisions to study A Level PE?
  • What is the relationship between participation in extra-curricular PE and student achievement?
  • A case study of the school's PE provision for students with autism.
  • What are the specific induction needs of PE NQTs?
  • How can a comprehensive school engage the reluctant games player?