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Sport is a significant part of Scottish cultural heritage. It helps to link the Scottish diaspora from Scotland to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, to name but a few places. It is also impossible to fully understand global affairs without an informed practical insight into how sport is increasingly being used as a cost-effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues. It is part of the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of many countries that makes it a potent force for good and bad. It has been a catalyst in starting wars, promoting peace and international reconciliation, enabling health. 

The Global Impact of Sport is built around two broad themes:

Sport, Heritage and Scottish Culture examines the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. It takes the learner on a critical journey from St Andrew’s and the home of golf, to the National Football Museum and the oldest international fixture in the world, to unique sports settings in the borders, the western isles and the Highlands, to Braemar and the Royal Highland Games but also where Scottish sporting culture, icons and émigré’s have travelled and why.

Sport and Global Affairs identifies and analyses the way in which sport is being used today by the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and trans-national NGO’S as a cost-effective social tool that can contribute to global challenges of health, justice, conflict resolution, social inclusion, education for all, sustainability and international development.

You will learn about social interventions through sport such as PeacePlayers International, Soccer Across Borders, and The Mighty Girls Programme. You will gain a unique insight into what works, what isn’t working, successes and failures.

Sport itself is a global phenomenon. Governments around the world commit public resources to sport. Every four years countries and cities commit to hard and soft legacies from hosting the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, or other major sporting events. From the bleachers to the boardroom, to the senate or cabinet, sport increasingly matters in today’s world. This course helps you to understand why this is the case. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 months
  • Credits
    10 ECTS 20 alternative credits
    20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course Format

The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, and academic excursions.

You will have the opportunity to experience sporting events and developments through trips to the National Football Museum, a Highland Games, a shinty match, and the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

You will also be able to expand your knowledge with digital resources including podcasts.


  • One briefing paper (60%)
  • One SWOT analysis group presentation (Pass/Fail)
  • One evidence-based blog (40%)


This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage, society and culture. It'll also provide interesting insight for those who have an interest in global affairs and the part that sport can play in addressing world problems and issues, and those who want to visit some of Scotland's great sport settings and institutions, architecture, museums and Scottish sports Halls of Fame.


  • Professor Grant Jarvie is Head of Edinburgh University's Academy of Sport. He will bring to the course real life examples and experiences of how sport has been a force for good and bad in different parts of the world.

    Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan is a Gaelic scholar, the voice of sport on national television and radio and sports historian and author.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • 1 year of undergraduate study
  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2581 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2581 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2581 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2581 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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