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The Global Impact of Sport

Exploring the relationship between sport, heritage, and culture, in Scotland and beyond


Subject area


Sport and Education






Credit level


SCQF level 8


Credits available


20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US




06 July - 31 July 2020




4 weeks


Contact hours




Course pre-requisites


1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above


Language Requirements


Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above






Accommodation inc.








Application deadline


30 April 2020





Gain insights into how sport connects with people and places all over the world. Explore how sport is increasingly be used as a cost effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian global issues.


The Global Impact of Sport focuses on two broad themes. The first is Sport, Heritage and Scottish Culture, which examines the place of sport in Scottish Culture and the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. This part of the course 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. The course also looks at where Scottish sporting culture, icons and émigré’s have travelled and why. The second theme is Sport and Global Affairs, which 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 such as health, justice, conflict resolution, social inclusion, education, sustainability and international development.

For more detailed information on course content please see the Global Impact of Sport Syllabus.


Before applying for The Global Impact of Sport, please ensure you meet the following criteria:


Academic Requirements
  • You have completed one year of undergraduate study prior to applying for this course.
  • You have a current GPA of 3.0 or above (or equivalent)


Language Requirements
  • Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate an English level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).


Age Requirements
  • Applicants must be age 18 or over. 


This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage, society and culture. It will 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 sporting settings and institutions, architecture, museums and Scottish sports Halls of Fame.

Credit Courses

These courses are certified by the University of Edinburgh and are worth up to 20 credits depending on the course length.

Credits awarded by the University of Edinburgh are part of the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 20 SCQF credits are the equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 4 credits for U.S. students.

Credits are offered at two levels:

  •  Level 8 - for those in the first year of university or above
  •  Level 10 - require two years of university study, and may have other entry requirements depending on the course


The fee for this course is £3,156. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the four-week course
  • Course materials and equipment
  • Academic trips and excursions
  • Social programme 

Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not included in your course fee.

The course fee does not include accommodation. To find out more about available accommodation options on our Accommodation page.

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.






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