Master of Science in Physical Education and Sport

Master of Science in Physical Education and Sport

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Physical Education and Sport
Course code PMSCPSRPET9
Postnominal M.Sc. (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Karl Attard
Delivered by Institute for Physical Education and Sport
This programme of study provides students with the opportunity to examine, critically analyse, and evaluate the role of physical education and sport in contemporary society. Students are to gain theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of Research Methods specific to the areas of Physical Education and Sport. The dissertation component will provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge of conducting research into practice. Students will understand and be able to apply practitioner research. Aspects such as leadership in the area of sport and physical education will be delved into and analysed. Continuous engagement in various professional development opportunities, coupled with ongoing reflection and analysis of professional practice and relevant scientific literature will aid develop students' understanding of aspects directly related to the fields of Physical Education and Sport.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours from this University or from any other higher education institution recognised by Senate, in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor degree with Third Class Honours or Category III in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board, provided such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree.

In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a first cycle degree, if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and a minimum of five years’ experience in teaching or coaching, that together are deemed to be comparable to the qualifications indicated in the above paragraphs. Such qualifications and experience shall be evaluated in accordance with the procedures established by the University Policy for the Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 15 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available places, the Board shall make an initial ranking according to the following criteria:

(a) degree type and classification and
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study.

Applicants who fall within the limited number plus the next 25% (of the limited number of students) shall be called for an interview. The final ranking shall be made on the totaling of the scores acquired in the initial ranking plus the mark acquired for the interview.

Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose by the Board.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated in the above paragraphs were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the Postgraduate Certificate programme the student will be able to:
- analyse the role of exercise, sport and physical activity on the developing child's body;
- be critical of and become engaged in the promotion of physical activity in contemporary society;
- obtain a deeper understanding of biomechanics and structural-kinesiology in human movement.

By the end of the Postgraduate Diploma programme the student will be able to:
- engage critically with the psycho-social, philosophical, and ethical aspects of sport;
- understand curriculum design and the role of physical education as a vehicle for ongoing holistic development;
- understand curriculum development in physical education and become aware of changes happening within the subject;
- critically examine the reasons behind ongoing change;
- develop the ability to design new programmes and curricular content as well as design professional opportunities relevant to the field;
- create and maintain learning communities together with ongoing reflective practice;
- develop the knowledge necessary for lifelong learning in parallel to organisational skills, communication skills;
- analyse situations and take informed decisions as physical education and sport professionals;
- develop the ability to relate to the needs, quality and format of physical education teaching and assessment, in the light of the educational journey of students in Malta;
- critically examine the philosophy behind physical education teaching and learning, as well as the challenges and impact of students' learning in physical education.


By the end of the Masters programme the student will be able to:
- engage in ongoing research to supplement and augment their understanding of concepts discussed in the course;
- demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of various issues covered during the course of studies through assignments, examinations, projects, oral and visual presentations, analysis reports, reflective accounts, as well as through a final project (dissertation);
- demonstrate an ability to amalgamate theoretical knowledge emanating from the above study areas to experiential knowledge within the fields of Physical Education and Sport;
- demonstrate an ability for the synthesising and application of research.
It is envisaged that work opportunities in the fields of physical education and sport will increase. Such an increase in demand, coupled with the expectation that professionals in the field are knowledgeable, lifelong learners, and qualified practitioners, puts this programme of study in a position to better prepare prospective students for enhanced career opportunities in the field.

This programme of studies is also a stepping stone for those wishing to engage in doctoral research in the future.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 31 August 2020

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Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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