University of Buckingham Sports

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University of Buckingham Sports

University of Buckingham Sports


The University’s Sport and Fitness programme offers students of all abilities the chance to compete or simply have fun with sport. As members of British Universities & Colleges Sport, there are also opportunities for individuals to compete at varsity level in a variety of championships throughout the year. Opportunities exist to participate in a number of team sports, both on and off campus. However, if team sports aren’t for you then you might prefer to work out in our fully-equipped gym or take an exercise class, have a game of squash or badminton, or any of over a dozen other sporting activities that we offer. The University’s sports field is equipped with a floodlit training area, sports pavilion and changing facilities. There is also access to an all-weather pitch for all-year round activities.

Varsity Sports Competition

Sports for pleasure

Fitness & instructional classes

Participative sports

Teaching & Assessment | History of Sport

Teaching methods

The MA does not offer systematic instruction; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 20,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

The course will begin with a seminar about how to choose, research and write an academic dissertation, held at the University’s London offices, 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ. This will be followed by ten guest lectures and dinners, held at the splendid Caledonian Club (Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR), a few moments from Hyde Park Corner in central London.

Speakers for 2017-18 include:

  • Mike Brearley OBE, former Captain of the England Cricket Team and former President of the MCC
  • Dr Kasia Boddy, Lecturer at Cambridge University and author of Boxing: A Cultural History
  • Mervyn King, Lord King of Lothbury KG, GBE, FBA, former Governor of the Bank of England and ex-Director, Aston Villa Football Club
  • Professor Christopher Young, historian of sport, Cambridge University
  • Simon Kuper, author and Financial Times columnist
  • Matthew Syed, journalist, author and broadcaster

The provisional 2017-18 dates for the lectures and dinners at the Caledonian Club are as follows, all starting at 18:30:

  • Thursday 5 October (seminar in Selkirk Room, dinner in Library)
  • Thursday 26 October  (seminar in Selkirk Room, dinner in Library)
  • Tuesday 7 November (rooms TBC)
  • Wednesday 22 November (rooms TBC)
  • Thursday 7 December (seminar in Stuart Room, dinner in Selkirk Room)
  • Thursday 11 January (seminar in Selkirk Room, dinner in Library)
  • Thursday 1 February (seminar in Stuart Room, dinner in Selkirk Room)
  • Thursday 8 February (seminar in Stuart Room, dinner in Selkirk Room)
  • Thursday 22 February (seminar in Stuart Room, dinner in Selkirk Room)
  • Thursday 8 March (seminar in Selkirk Room, dinner in Library)

As students develop the ideas and content for their dissertations, they will benefit from two one-on-one supervisions each term.

At the post-lecture dinners there will be an opportunity to continue the discussion in an informal environment. The cost of the post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.


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