Degree Type: 

Master of Philosophy


Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Programme Duration: 

2 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 


About Programme: 

Since its inception in 1986, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has turned-out a number of Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates in Health and Physical Education. The growth in both the undergraduate and graduate programmes has created the need to: (a) expand the graduate programme and (b) create additional options for students. This need was also evident from a general dissatisfaction with a lack of variety in the current programme of Physical Education. While still maintaining focus on Teacher Education which is the main mission of the Department of HPER, the time has come to provide a more diverse programme that caters for the complex developmental needs of the nation.

The current structure of the Bachelor of Education (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Degree was reviewed and started in 2008/2009 academic year. The programme diversified the options to make graduates more versatile in the job market. Besides, the increasing need for highly trained leaders in Physical Education, Recreation and Sports in schools, the department has recognised the need to extend leadership training in movement education, fitness, sports, recreation and leisure services to the non-school sector. This is a forward-looking initiative aimed at meeting the demand for movement education, fitness, sports, recreation and leisure experts outside our educational institutions. This review is therefore aimed at the continuous production of physical education, sports, recreation and leisure professionals needed in our educational institutions and other areas of our national economy such as the professional sports industry, fitness industry, recreational and leisure industry.

Target Groups

The programme targets the following groups of persons.      

  1. Teachers in public Basic, Senior High Schools, Colleges of Education, and Technical Universities;
  2. Teachers in private Basic, Senior High Schools, Colleges of Education, and Technical Universities;
  3. Physical Education coordinators at the Regional/Municipal/Metropolitan/District/ Circuit levels;
  4. Sports coaches in tertiary institutions;
  5. Staff of National Sports Authority
  6. Corporate and private fitness management personnel;
  7. Professionals in sports administration and management positions.

Entry Requirements: 

The programme is open to people who possess the following qualification:

A good first degree (at least a second class) in physical education from a recognised university/analogous institution.

Candidates seeking admission to Master of Philosophy (Physical Education) programme must:

  1. submit an official transcript of academic record;
  2. submit at least two reference reports, one of which must be from a former lecturer;
  3. submit a 2-3 page proposal on intended area of study including references;
  4. applicants will also have to pass a selection interview.

Goal / Aim / Objectives: 


The goals of the programme are to provide opportunities for candidates to:

  • teach students at various levels of the educational system;
  • upgrade their current academic status to higher ones; and
  • occupy upper level managerial positions in various physical education, sports, fitness, recreation and leisure fields.


The objectives of the programme are to:

  • equip students with the requisite knowledge, techniques and skills that will enable them develop and upgrade themselves in specialised areas in physical education, sports, fitness, recreation and leisure, for both teaching and non-teaching employment;
  • enable students acquire an appreciable level of intellectual capacity necessary for doctoral progression in physical education programmes.

Programme Structure

Level 800

First Semester

EPH 801: Research Methods for Health, Physical Education and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

This course is an examination of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to scholarly enquiry. It looks at fundamental designs under each approach and the methodological issues involved. The course is designed to assist students to design, implement and report their research projects. In EPH 801, most illustrations are selected from Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

EPH 802: Applied Statistics in Health, Physical Education and Recreation
3 Credit(s)

This course is complementary to EPH 801. It aims at equipping students with various intermediate techniques of analysing and reporting data. The course involves a practical component that interfaces students with extensive use of computer data analysis tools, such as SPSS. In EPH 802, most illustrations are selected from Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

EPH 831: Biomechanics of Fundamental Skills and Sports
3 Credit(s)

In this course the student will study how the internal and external forces acting on the human body influence the outcome of performance of motor skills or in human motion.  It will cover such basic concepts as forms of motion, linear and angular kinematics, linear and angular kinetics.

EPH 841: Leadership and Administrative Theory and Practice in Physical Education and Sport
3 Credit(s)

The course is designed to prepare students to be leaders of, and advocates for quality physical education and sport programmes.  The course emphasizes academic excellence, the pursuit of knowledge, the development of critical and analytical abilities, and the application of theory into practice so students will assume positions of leadership within the physical education and sports settings. It deals with leadership qualities and skills necessary for administration.  It involves the study of types of administrators and or leaders and their philosophies and theories as applied to physical education and sports.

EPH 842: Intermediate Course in Test and Measurement
3 Credit(s)

This course takes a look at the historical background of testing and measuring evaluation as a part of teaching, statistical techniques, construction and use of motor and knowledge tests, criteria for test selection, administering a test programme, interpretation and use of test results and supported by adequate practical work.

EPH 844: Curriculum and Instruction in Health, Physical Education and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

The course examines the major theories of curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation. Also issues on political, economic, philosophical and sociological implication in curriculum development are examined.  Practical examination of curricula and curricular issues from pre-school to university level are discussed.  The course considers traditional and contemporary methods of instruction.  Emphasis is placed on the development of interactive learning strategies.  A variety of methods of evaluating student learning are presented.

EPH 848: Management and Organisational Behaviour
3 Credit(s)

The course will involve meaning of organisational climate and its effect on Motivation and performance and how climate is developed.  Organisational behaviour systems and models will be discussed. Management functions and the interplay between organisation and management will receive attention. Management styles used in organising physical education and sports programmes in schools will also be looked at.

EPH 854: Sports and Society
3 Credit(s)

This course examines the concept of sports from historical and cultural perspectives. It examines the role of sports in different societies as well as specific major sport events such as school, African, and Olympic Games.

Second Semester

EPH 843: Analysis of Human Movement and Behaviour in Exercise and Sports
3 Credit(s)

The objective of the course is to help students use both qualitative and quantitative Procedures to analyse human movement in activities of daily living and in specialised skills in exercise and sport. Psychological factors affecting sport will also be discussed.

EPH 846: Organisation and Administration of Physical Education and Sports
3 Credit(s)

The course will focus on the various organizational and administrative patterns involved in physical education and sports at both institutional and professional levels. The administrative aspects of the course will cover office management as well as preparing the financial budget and supervising expenditures, scheduling contests, purchasing and maintaining equipment etc. The organizational part will cover the structure and function of physical education and sports organizations, competitions, rules and regulations, scheduling, league and tournament methods, national competitions and festivals as well as the organization of international sports competitions.

EPH 847: Seminar in Programme Development and Assessment in Coaching
3 Credit(s)

Topics in various sporting activities will be selected for presentation and discussion e.g. “planning of training” “psychology of training” “observation and evaluation” and “training in the different stages of development.”

EPH 863: Nutrition, Exercise and Health
3 Credit(s)

The course is an examination of the interrelation between nutrition and health. The course will discuss both macro and micro nutrients, effects of their deficiency or excess, and ways to prevent or correct such problems. Issues will be related to different age groups, occupations, geographic locations. This course will also discuss health diet and food choices and the link between these and health. The role of nutrition and exercise in preventing chronic/Non communicable diseases will be discussed as wells nutrition disorders. Also, it will focus on the use of a socio-ecological framework in examining multiple levels of influence on dietary intake, food choices and related health outcomes; for example, these levels include a variety of environmental settings, such as homes/households, schools, neighborhoods and communities. The course will also address major public policy initiatives related to public health nutrition, exercise, health promotion and disease prevention.

EPH 898: Thesis Seminar
3 Credit(s)

Students are guided to complete their thesis proposal. Students are required to make presentations on their intended topics, and later on their thesis proposals with instruments before a departmental panel and finally the corrected final proposal is presented before they are allowed to go to the field for their data.

Level 850

First Semester

EPH 899: Thesis Writing
12 Credit(s)

This is a guided research conducted and reported by the students. Guidelines for thesis writing are found in the Graduate Studies Handbook.