Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Physical Activity

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Physical Activity

Course Title

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Physical Activity

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Years

180 ECTS

Mode of Study


Information for International applicants

Applicants admitted under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Board that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the Board, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held in September. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview to be held in September. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 3 or better or equivalent.

Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Sport and Leisure Studies may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board to transfer the credits obtained in the Diploma to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 90 ECTS credits.

All applicants shall:

  1. submit a medical fitness certificate, as per prescribed form provided by the Institute of Physical Education and Sport, dated not earlier than two months prior to the submission of the application submit a Police Good Conduct Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Police and
  2. submit documented evidence pertaining to any relevant experience listed on the appropriate form provided by the Institute of Physical Education and Sport.

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With concerns over health issues, physical activity and sport have become key requirements in everyone's lifestyle. Policy makers at local and European levels, are actively promoting sport and physical activity not only with the view of improving health and physical wellbeing, but also to enhance the role that sport can play in boosting social cohesion, for its educational value and for economic reasons. It is therefore crucial that a clear understanding of the value of sport is gained in order to determine ways of improving the services in this sector. This degree course will equip students with the necessary skills to address the challenges of delivering quality sport and physical activities and their benefits to individuals, communities and societies.

This B.Sc (Hons) in Sport and Physical Activity will surpass disciplinary limits in order to adopt a holistic approach to sport as a tool for development. Various components will be emphasized throughout the course with an emphasis on the development of the different personnel involved in sporting and physical activities. A particular emphasis on coaching and sport development responsibilities within the physical activity, sport and leisure sector will be made.

Communication and Academic Skills Programme

The communication and academic skills programme complements students’ main course of study. It introduces them to writing and presenting as situated within academic contexts sensitive to specific disciplines and develops their competences for future careers.

Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE1105 Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity Management 4 ECTS    
PHE1123 Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Healthy Lifestyles 4 ECTS    
PHE1126 Introduction to Research, Writing and Study Skills 4 ECTS    
PHE1148 Sport Placement 1 5 ECTS    

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE1104 Introduction to Sport, Exercise and Human Physiology 4 ECTS    
PHE1106 Fundamentals of Coaching 4 ECTS    
PHE1124 Psychological Foundations of Sport, Physical Activity and Skill Acquisition 4 ECTS    
PHE1146 Outdoor Activities, Team Building and Innovative Games 5 ECTS    
PHE1147 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Athletics 6 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE1118 Foundations of Biomechanics, Anatomy and Motor Control 4 ECTS    
PHE1127 Introductory Nutrition 4 ECTS    
PHE1128 Introduction to Sociology of Sport and Contemporary Issues 4 ECTS    
PHE1149 Physical Literacy and Applied Movement Literacy 6 ECTS    

Requirement for regular progression to Year 2: 58 ECTS credits and 2 ECTS credits optional study-units.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE2109 Sport Media and Technology 4 ECTS    
PHE2126 Sport Policy and Development 4 ECTS    
PHE2207 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 4 ECTS    
PHE2214 Sport Placement 2 - Part 1 5 ECTS    
PHE2216 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Individual Sports 5 ECTS    
PHE2217 Research Methods in Physical Activity and Sport 5 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE2101 Principles of Exercise and Fitness 4 ECTS    
PHE2124 Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Sports and Olympism 4 ECTS    
PHE2206 Promoting Physical Activity and Behaviour Change 4 ECTS    
PHE2209 Physiology of Exercise 4 ECTS    
PHE2210 Professional Development Portfolio for Sports Personnel (1) 2 ECTS    
PHE2211 Independent Supervised Project 4 ECTS    
PHE2212 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Swimming 4 ECTS    
PHE2215 Sport Placement 2 - Part 2 5 ECTS    

Requirement for regular progression to Year 2: 58 ECTS credits and 2 ECTS credits optional study-units.

Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE3113 Professional Development Portfolio for Sports Personnel (2) 2 ECTS    
PHE3123 Major Perspectives in Sociology of Sport 4 ECTS    
PHE3133 Final Placement 5 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PHE3101 Exercise Planning and Strength and Conditioning 4 ECTS    
PHE3115 Biomechanical Analysis of Sport, Performance Analysis and Sport Injuries 4 ECTS    
PHE3116 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise 4 ECTS    
PHE3118 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Gymnastics 4 ECTS    
PHE3131 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Team Sport 1 6 ECTS    

Semester 2
PHE3102 Diversity, Inclusion and Adapted Coaching 4 ECTS    
PHE3117 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 4 ECTS    
PHE3120 Advanced Exercise Physiology 4 ECTS    
PHE3130 Long Essay 8 ECTS   (NC)  
PHE3132 Teaching, Coaching and Officiating Team Sport 2 5 ECTS    

Requirement for successful completion of Year 3: 58 ECTS credits and 2 ECTS optional study-units

Requirement for the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Physical Activity: 180 ECTS credits

This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2019 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Physical Activity under the auspices of the Institute for Physical Education and Sport.

This 3-year full-time programme will be taught through diverse methods, including lectures, practical based sessions both at University and field-based, together with seminars and supervised independent research. The course is to endow students with both lecturer-led tuition and experiential learning, with a focus on linking theory and practice. Whilst the value of a good knowledge of subject theory will be emphasized, this will be taught with a view to ensuring that students make the link to applicability in practice. Throughout the course, the students will also be taught by various experts in the field and will have the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge and experience. The purpose behind this approach is to prepare students to learn from different perspectives to the subject matter.

This approach will enhance students' intellectual development, as, in addition to being taught specific course content, students will also be trained in becoming flexible and versatile, in learning to learn, and in learning to deal with areas outside their direct usual routine. They will also acquire skills in absorbing and processing knowledge of different kinds and presented in different ways.

This course will provide students with:

  • Sound academic knowledge of Physical activity and sport science,
  • Knowledge related to the coaching at different levels and ages,
  • Knowledge related to the administration and management of sports,
  • A sound knowledge of the local and European context, together with an understanding of other international perspectives,
  • An opportunity to work hands-on in the area to develop the skills and gain experience of both sport development and coaching,
  • A foundation in the design and implementation of empirical research,
  • Opportunities for pursuing areas of particular individual interest through a research project,
  • A thorough understanding of sport policies.

This programme will give a better understanding of physical activity and sport and their role in society. Students will be expected to engage in discussion during the taught units and they will be encouraged to read further on every issue tackled so as to understand it better. Content to be covered in this programme will vary from human anatomy and physiology, sport and leisure management, nutrition, sport policy, diversity and inclusion, sociology, psychology, pedagogy, media in sport, history of sport and Olympic values. Professional Development will be a key issue which is central to the approach taken in the lectures and the practical sessions.

Students will carry out placements in different sport and physical activity settings throughout the three years of the course. During these placements, students will gain valuable experience and they will have the opportunity to apply their learning in real-life situations, thus enhancing their career opportunities.

Through placements students will learn to:

  • apply the sports science knowledge learned during theoretical sessions into practice,
  • deliver effective sessions with children, youth or adults of different ages and abilities,
  • promote physical activity and sport,
  • encourage players' creativity and energise players through effective communication,
  • assist participants in the development of social, cognitive and affective domains.
  • develop their leadership, management and organisational skills in a sports context,
  • learn how to work in collaboration with other administrators and managers at different levels within their organisation,
  • learn how to communicate with parents and participants,
  • gain experience in planning and co-ordinating events and sport programmes.

Non EU Applicants:

Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500

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Graduates of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Sport and Physical Activity programme will be equipped with a sound grounding and an in-depth knowledge and skills of the different fields of sport and physical activity. They will also gain an understanding of the different core elements of the social, psychological, policy, legislative and managerial frameworks that are imperative in the sports field. Consequently, graduates will be in a position to join professionals in addressing the different challenging issues that arise in the sport world in relation to the constant changes that are happening in society. They will be able to bring innovative skills to the job both from the theoretical and practical point of view.

Potential employers include the state sector, such as SportMalta, the private sector industry investing in sport and leisure, educational institutions, and the voluntary sector including sport organisations.

Graduates of this programme will have the option of pursuing other courses at a higher level either offered by the University of Malta or overseas.

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