University of Brighton

Sport and International Development

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year

    Part-time: 2 years

    About the course

    This course in Sport and International Development is dedicated to the critical study of sport as a tool for international development. The use of sport as a vehicle for promoting and facilitating a wide range of social and welfare needs is a well-established feature of domestic sport policy in a number of countries. In recent decades this has been extended to encompass international development objectives. A particular focus of this course will be on the emergence of the international sport development `movement?. It also focuses on specific programmes which utilise civil society interventions with the goal of contributing to broader programmes aimed at conflict amelioration in seriously divided societies. The course is led by Professor John Sugden, who is one of the world?s leading authorities in this area. On this course at the School of Sport and Service Management, you will be taught by internationally renowned staff. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise the school was awarded the highest score awarded to any social-scientific sports submission.

    The course offers a balance between the critical consideration of theoretical, conceptual and ideological dimensions of the sport and international development environment. It also looks at more strategically orientated evaluations of action-based interventions as they happen in the field.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.

    Degree and/or experience:
    Good honours degree or equivalent.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The course comprises of four modules and an individual project or dissertation. All students on the masters programme at the School of Sport and Service Management study Theorising Sport and Society and Research Methodologies and Analysis for Sport. You will also undertake two route-specific modules: Contemporary Issues in Global Sport and Sport for International Development and Peace. You will also undertake a dissertation on a sport and international development theme or project.

    Areas of study

    This course provides the opportunity to study sport and international development from a critical social science perspective drawing on sociology, history, geography, politics, anthropology, philosophy and cultural studies.


    Core modules:
    Theorising Sport and Society
    Research Methodologies and Analysis for Sport
    Contemporary Issues in Global Sport
    Sport for International Development and Peace


  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    Sport and International Development (MA) (Full time)  [K1BD011]
    UK/EU (Full Time)5,580 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)5,580 GBP
    International (Full Time)11,840 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Eastbourne

    Eastbourne is a thriving town which offers traditional seaside attractions, modern nightlife, good shopping and a wide range of sporting activities. It’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.

    Our Eastbourne campus is located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and 20 minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Eastbourne

    Eastbourne’s buzzing university community and compact town gives it a laid back and friendly feel. The town combines the traditional seaside attractions with modern nightlife, a wide range of sporting activities and an exciting arts scene.

    Social scene

    The student community in Eastbourne ensures it has a thriving social scene, with dedicated student nights at many of the town’s pubs and clubs. Eastbourne’s expanding nightlife includes trendy cocktail bars, laid-back country pubs and modern nightclubs.

    Fireworks over the pier


    The striking Towner contemporary art museum in Eastbourne features international exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection. Eastbourne's six theatres give you a chance to see West End musicals, touring shows, live music and comedy.

    The Towner contemporary art museum


    Eastbourne has long been the home of pre-Wimbledon tennis tournaments at Devonshire Park. Eastbourne also hosts an extreme sports festival and the Beachy Head Marathon that takes place across the South Downs National Park.

    Eastbourne Extreme sports festival
  • Career opportunities

    Postgraduates from the School of Sport and Service Management have secured work as university lecturer, press officer, policy officer and sport development officers. This course also creates a sound basis on which to prepare dissertations and from which to progress to research degrees such as MPhil or PhD.

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