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MSc Physical Education
7th October 2023
What will I study during this MSc Physical Education course?
Contemporary content for modern physical education
Developed in 2023, this master’s degree program has been designed and developed to incorporate contemporary and pertinent content that aligns with the current landscape of physical education in modern society. It encompasses up-to-date knowledge and insights, ensuring that students are equipped with relevant information that accurately reflects the present context of physical education.
This master’s program fosters ongoing growth and development as physical educators, emphasizing the adoption of positive attitudes, values, and practices that contribute to continuous improvement as teachers in both the short and long term.
Engage in reflective and transformative learning practices
The curriculum focuses on cultivating an understanding of principles, concepts, and skills that promote best practices, professional leadership, and critical inquiry. Through this program, you are encouraged to engage in reflective and transformative learning experiences that empowers you to enhance your teaching abilities and make a lasting impact in the field of physical education.
You will also learn about the underpinning principles of sports science as well as practical learning and teaching skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach. You will learn how to facilitate the enhancement of physical education through effective teaching. You will understand the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sports, exercise and physical education.
Effectively plan, teach and assess
In this master’s program, you will learn how to effectively plan, teach, and utilize assessment methods within your specific subject area. Drawing upon a wide range of Physical Education knowledge and pedagogical approaches, you will develop the skills to create engaging and impactful learning experiences.
By demonstrating confidence in implementing appropriate and innovative learning activities, you will ensure the steady progression of all groups of learners, while effectively managing behaviour and fostering a conducive atmosphere for learning.
Moreover, you will take responsibility for your own professional growth by actively reflecting on assessment data and evaluating lessons. This reflective practice will enable you to continuously refine your teaching strategies, ensuring that you provide the best possible learning experiences for your students.
Who will I learn from?
Personal Academic Tutor
You will learn from a range of applied practitioners including primary and secondary school PE specialists, psychologists, sports and exercise scientists.
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
How will I learn?
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to meet you or offer you telephone and email support.
For more information about our team, click here. Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.
This level of one-to-one support is unique and is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello Institute. We have invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapists and clinicians as well as knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme and support you to achieve your personal best.
Online Learning Portal – ePortobello
During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded on to ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessments.
During this Masters programme you will complete six taught modules and one dissertation. You will study three modules in both semester one and in semester two. Your final semester will be dedicated to your dissertation project in Physical Education.
Students who plan to apply for the Qualified Teacher Status must complete 120 days of placement across two secondary schools (the majority of placement days can be spent in one school). A typical school day is 3-4 hours per day. We provide support sourcing placements however students are responsible for sourcing placements suited to their location and availability.
Real Life Learning Opportunities
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical as a result of a range of assessments.
Group assignments will add another dimension to your learning experience – they will help you to learn to work in teams and will provide you with benefits of peer learning.
All these methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and encourage and guide you for future implementation into your career as a physical education professional.
Many practical assessment components can be used to compile a portfolio of evidence for application for Qualified Teacher Status through the Assessment Only route. Further information is available here.
Alternative route to PE teaching with this programme
With an MSc in Physical Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi), and 120 days placement across two schools, you are eligible to apply for QTS through the Assessment Only (QTS AO) route. This combined programme of MSc Physical Education, PGCEi and QTS AO is available as a single 2 year programme with an integrated approach to teaching placement and assessments. Click here for further information.
QTS is an English teaching qualification which provides access to teaching in UK and international schools. Application for registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland will have to be made through the “qualified abroad route” and is reviewed by the council on a case-by-case basis.
A wide variety of other career options
Completing an MSc in Physical Education opens up various career opportunities across different sectors. Here are some potential career paths, with an MSc in Physical Education:
- Sports Coach/Trainer: Your advanced physical education knowledge and expertise can lead to a job as a sports coach or trainer. You can work with individuals or teams in a variety of sports to improve skill development, strategy, and performance.
- Sports Development Officer: As a sports development officer, you can promote and create physical education programs and initiatives in collaboration with local governments, community organizations, and sports clubs. Your responsibilities may include organizing coaching programs, coordinating sporting events, and involving the community in sports and physical activities.
- Sports Administration/managerial: A master’s degree in physical education can lead to administration and managerial roles in sports organizations, clubs, and fitness centers. You could be in charge of operations, facility management, event coordination, or sports marketing and promotion.
- A job in research or academia is another option for those with an MSc in Physical Education. Through research initiatives, publications, and teaching jobs at universities or research organizations, you can help improve knowledge in the topic.
Who else has studied this degree?
Follow the links below to read the many stories of our successful graduates.
Colm Dunne came through Portobello Institute's PE and Coaching degree to earn a place on UL's Teaching Masters in PE.
Colm Dunne – Success as a PE Teacher Through Portobello InstituteRead Full Testimonial
Matthew Bursey says that he owes much of his professional success to the guidance he received at Portobello Institute.
Matthew Bursey – PE and Coaching Helped Me from Leinster to ExeterRead Full Testimonial
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
As the Sports Admissions Advisor, I work with students from our sports departments. I get to play a vital part in the advancement of peoples lives and career ambitions from supporting students at the start of their journey through education, taking that forward with them as a lifelong passion and desire. Knowledge is key and I carry this message to all who have an interest in joining any of our sports courses.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
Being in admissions for the sports department you are lucky because not only do you play a vital part in the student’s life by way of providing clear advice on courses you also get to know the students and understand their visions from the very first interaction.
What inspires you about working in education?
Education has always been a passion of mine as I do firmly believe that with the knowledge and skills for our desired careers, we can really go on to accomplish anything in life. I don’t believe that barriers shouldn’t exist when it comes to education, and I like to ensure nobody else feels they should either.
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
Many of us can recall that one person be it an old schoolteacher or a college tutor who took that extra bit of interest in us, I believe these occurrences are pivotal. I’ve been fortunate enough in life to see the impact education and a second chance can do for people this attracted me into the career I have today.
Why do you want to help students to decide on their course choice?
I love being a source of support and guidance for students as they navigate through the learning world. Portobello Institute is a special place to do this. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated and warm-hearted team and love the dynamic and accommodating environment provided to meet everyone’s needs at every step of their journey.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college
Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications.
For non-standard entry, applicants would need to be able to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and relevant work experience.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.
Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.
Fees & Payment Options
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30% deposit payment (€3,097.20), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.
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MSc Physical Education
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