Edge Hill is launching an innovative Masters degree in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club) this September.

The MSc in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health provides a unique insight into the relationship between the three areas. This interdisciplinary course provides the opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors.

Students will work with academic experts, practitioners and other professionals to further understanding of the complex links between sport, physical activity and mental health and develop expertise in the design and evaluation of programmes intended to promote mental health and wellbeing. The course will also examine how mental health may be compromised, as well as enhanced, by participating and working in community and professional sport.

The programme is suitable for graduates as well as current practitioners, professionals and policy makers, who have an interest in sport, physical activity and mental health or health and wellbeing more broadly. The course will also be highly relevant for those working in community and professional sport, including coaches, current and former athletes, safeguarding and welfare officers, and support staff.

Professor Andy Smith

Professor Andy Smith

Andy Smith, Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill said: “Launched at a time when interest in mental health and well-being is gradually increasing, the course represents another important landmark in the Department’s commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and their communities through its conduct of cutting-edge teaching and research in sport, physical activity and mental health.”


Michael Salla, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Everton Football Club said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Edge Hill University with this pioneering MSc Programme. Since 2007, we have prioritised our provision within the mental health field and this is a major milestone for Everton in the Community and is another example of the quality of the partnership we have with Edge Hill University.”

More information about the course can be found here