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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.

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: Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education 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: Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education 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.

Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time (Two years)

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 types of assessment are used, which include reflective journals, case studies, portfolios, research proposals, academic papers, oral presentations and a final dissertation. Assessment methods include essays and academic papers

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.

Course content


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

The MA in Education: Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education 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.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £4,860
International: £13,650

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Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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


Please note: the tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Previous dissertations

  1. Exploring the role of the primary school in developing positive attitudes to PE amongst pupils.
  2. How does CPD improve the quality of learning in physical education lessons?
  3. What factors affect post-sixteen decisions to study A Level PE?
  4. What is the relationship between participation in extra-curricular PE and student achievement?
  5. A case study of the school's PE provision for students with autism.
  6. Does competition belong in Early Years' PE?
  7. How does playing in multiple positions affect the experience of female Gaelic footballers?
  8. A case study investigating pupils' experience of PE and Games in a preparatory school.
  9. What are the specific induction needs of PE NQTs?
  10. How can a comprehensive school engage the reluctant games player?

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