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Sports History and Culture MA

Sports History and Culture MA is taught by expert staff in DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) the only centre of its kind in the world. 

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Overview

Reasons to study Sports History and Culture MA at DMU:

  • The Sports History and Culture MA is an online distance learning programme, which caters for both full-time and part-time students
  • You will learn from an expert teaching team, who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with major sporting organisations
  • You will be able to attend conferences organised by the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) and its affiliates – both locally and further afield
  • You can fit your part-time study around your other commitments, potentially allowing you to make a complete change in the direction of your career
  • DMU and the ICSHC have a wide range of sporting and cultural partnerships you can benefit from, such as Musée National du Sport in France, the National Football Museum in Manchester, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester City FC

Sport cannot be understood without an appreciation of its history. Taught by expert staff based in DMU's International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), the only centre of its kind in the world, this MA offers you a flexible, interactive way to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of modern sport from its traditional to its present day form. Issues you will investigate include:

  • What are the origins of modern sport?
  • Why has sport become so culturally and globally important?
  • How can sport help us understand society and different cultures?
  • What primary sources are available to historians of sport and how can they be used?

While the course may be taken online and by distance learning course, you will be invited to attend optional seminars and conferences organised by the ICSHC and affiliates. We encourage you to become part of our wider research community at the ICSHC, either in person or via social media. 

You will benefit from the ICSHC’s extensive network of sporting and cultural partnerships with local, national and global sporting bodies.. These partnerships, along with our academic team’s combination of expertise and experience, will provide you with a challenging and rewarding intellectual experience leading to a valuable qualification.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Location: Online/distance learning

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,100 (full-time) per year, £4,050 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Follow the International Centre for Sports History and Culture on:
facebook.com/sportshistoryculture
twitter.com/ICSHC

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Location: Online/distance learning

Start date: September 2019


Fees and funding international: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,600 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Follow the International Centre for Sports History and Culture on:
facebook.com/sportshistoryculture
twitter.com/ICSHC

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as history, other humanities-based subjects, sports studies or sociology.  

We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.

You will need access to the internet and a computer with software capable of reading and writing Rich Text Format documents, such as Microsoft Word, Appleworks or StarOffice.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Expertise

 

Modules

The course comprises of four taught modules, plus a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice selected in consultation with your tutor. 

Social and Cultural Themes of Sport
This module examines the development of sport and physical culture in Britain and continental Europe from the 1850s. This includes the emergence of amateurism and the on-going tension between the amateur ethos and the commercialisation of sport as well as the codification, modernisation and globalisation of sporting practices. Particular reference is made to the importance of social divisions, such as class, gender and race.

Sport, Politics and Policy
This module examines the relationship between sport and international politics, and looks at how government public policies have impacted on sport and explores identity politics in sport. The module is based around the history of mega-events such as the Olympic Games and also global sporting institutions like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA. In addition, sport in the Cold War is also examined.

Investigating Sports History: Research Methods
The primary aim of this module is to prepare students for their dissertation. It comprises two mandatory essays a thematic review and a dissertation plan for which you will receive expert guidance, concerning historiography and methodology. 

In addition, to help you specialise, you will choose one from the following:

Sport, Writing and History 
The module considers written social and cultural aspects of the representation of sport in Britain and in an international context. The central aim is to promote appreciation of an historical approach to imaginative literature and non-fiction including autobiography, sports journalism and popular writing. This will enable students better to identify and explain long-term changes in the representation of sport and recreation and its transmission to a wide range of readers and audiences. 

Football: Past and Present
This module explores the history of the game, from its origins, and its development from both domestic and international perspectives. It is arranged both thematically and chronologically and includes: the origins of football; the early professionalization and commercialisation of the game; the emergence of international football; football and the media; the football manager; football fans; the modernisation of football and global actors, such as FIFA. 

The History of Rugby
This module examines the social history of rugby, starting in the mid-19 century and the popularisation of the sport through Tom Brown’s Schooldays to the 1995 professionalisation of rugby union. Using film, oral history and primary sources, the module examines the development of the sport through the perspectives of class, gender and national identity. At each stage the history of the sport is related to the broader history of British society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Overview

The Sports History and Culture MA allows you to study at your own pace. Study materials for your coursework are accessed via Blackboard. For each module there is a weekly lecture plus on-line reading, in addition to the resources available via the DMU Library. There are module leaders for each module and they will provide input regarding your coursework. Module leaders will be available each week by email, phone or Skype. Alongside set assignments, you are encouraged to suggest your own proposals in preparation for writing your dissertation. 

There are two types of assessments: a Critical Analysis Assignment and an Essay. The length of the essay – either 5,000 or 7,500 words – will depend on whether you choose to write a Critical Analysis Assignment for that particular module. Critical Analysis Assignments are 2,500 words in length. Deadlines will be set for each assessment. 

Contact hours
This is a distance learning programme. Full-time students are expected to commit 35 hours a week of study to this programme, which will include reading lectures and secondary sources; writing assessments (critical analysis assignments or essays where appropriate for first three modules); engaging with research methods and historiography; undertaking primary source research and writing of dissertation.

We offer a flexible programme of study for part-time students.

 

 

Expertise

Our staff are renowned in the field of the history of sport. Each one is personally involved in the teaching and supervision of MA students and can easily be contacted directly during your studies. The team, and some of their publications, include:

  • Professor Martin Polley: Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society since 1945; The British Olympics: Britain’s Olympic Heritage 1612–2012
  • Dr Neil Carter: The Football Manager: A History; Medicine, Sport and the Body: A Historical Perspective
  • Dr Heather Dicther: Heather L. Dichter and Andrew Johns, eds. Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft and International Relations since 1945; Heather L. Dichter and Bruce Kidd, eds. Olympic Reform Ten Years Later.
  • Professor Matthew Taylor: The Leaguers: The Making of Professional Football in England, 1900–1939; The Association Game: A History of British Football

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

Many of our students have used their studies to develop careers in sports writing, sport development, management, the media and teaching. Others have gone on to undertake PhD research and pursue academic careers. A number have used their studies to publish work. A number of our students have undertaken a six month paid internship with the history management team at the Adidas headquarters in Germany.

We are actively developing our employability links with the course. With the flexibility of distance learning, our students often take the course part time while they work. Others choose the more intensive one-year study plan to obtain an MA before applying for further study such as a PGCE or PhD programme. This mixture makes the varied career profiles of our students a strength of the MA, in terms of its multi disciplinary intake.

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Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
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Sport and the British

The ICSHC worked in partnership with BBC Radio 4 for the major 30 part series on the history of sport in Britain. A flagship historical series for BBC Radio 4, Sport and the British explores themes such as the origins of modern sport, the power of sport to unite a nation, the rise of women in sport and the global diffusion of sport. Find out more

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Research

The International Centre for Sports History and Culture was established at De Montfort University in 1996 and is today widely acknowledged as the leading centre for the study of sport history in the world, with the foremost historians in the field on its staff. Find out more.

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Dr. Neil Carter, senior research fellow of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), is now into his third season contributing to LCFC’s match day magazine. For each home league game, Neil writes a historically themed article within the magazine’s heritage section. Find out more

 
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