Prepares students for management careers in the sport and recreation industry, and allows students to study sport as an academic subject.
The first two years of the degree programme aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the significant elements of management, organisational behaviour, human resources, financial management, operations management, marketing, sociological concepts and research methods. These areas are all related to sport and recreation contexts and applied to real life situations through teaching and learning and the second year professional Placement.
During these years, students gain an understanding of the social, cultural, and economic significance of sport and the emergence of policies and practices in the management of a variety of public, commercial and voluntary sport and recreation organisations.
In the third year, students examine and apply theoretical models of strategic planning, development, business ethics and sport governance and advanced research methods. Students also explore socio- cultural theories, social policy, the evolution of sport policies and sport policies and politics.
The optional courses in the third and fourth Honours years reflect developments in specialist sectors in health-related fitness, sport development, coaching, sport and the media.
Classes usually consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, industry visits and smaller tutorial groups. Students are assessed by a mixture of course work assignments, presentation and examinations.
The academic year is divided into two semesters each consisting of 11 teaching weeks and a two week examination period. Semester 1 is from mid-September to mid December and Semester 2 begins early January to late May. Each week involves 10-15 hours of class contact and a further 15 hours of self-directed study.
An important component of the second year of the BSc programme actively involves students in organising and planning an 8-week research-based placement.
Students are placed with major employers and leading organisations where they develop a range of work related skills, which increase their employability.
|Local authorities and Trusts|
|Leading health and fitness clubs such as Next Generation, Bannatynes, David Lloyd|
|Golf clubs such as St Andrews and Gleneagles|
|Marketing companies such as Octagon, and IMG|
|Governing bodies such as the Fitness Industry Association, Scottish Swimming, Scottish Rugby Union, Rugby Football Union, Hockey Association, Scottish and English Football Associations|
|Racecourses, riding centres, climbing centres, sailing centres, tennis clubs, ice rinks and motor racing tracks|
European and international opportunities are available in the third year, for students of Sport and Recreation Management with outstanding results. Students can apply to study a comparable course in a partner European university and option courses in European languages are available in the first and second year to prepare for this. There are also opportunities for students to study at a range of universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Many students find employment in sport, others sometimes decide to use their range of graduate skills in professions such as teaching, as well as working in a variety of different commercial settings such as marketing, retailing, and finance.
There are 30 places available on the Sport and Recreation Management degree. There are no formal interviews, although candidates with non-standard qualifications may be required to see the programme co-ordinator. No specific subjects are required on entry but we recommend a social science subject e.g. Sociology, Business Management, Economics, Modern Studies, Geography, History and Politics.
Students with an appropriate Higher National Diploma may gain entry into the second year of the course. The programme also encourages mature students with appropriate industrial experience to apply.
Information about the entrance requirements for all degrees can be found in the current edition of the University's Undergraduate Prospectus.
Details of programme structure and course outlines:
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This article was published on Apr 29, 2013