Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two to three years
Campus or eLearning, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Online
January and September
The MSc Sports Business Management degree is designed to enable you to make a significant contribution to the dynamic and complex global sports industry. The course will develop and enhance students’ business management knowledge and skills. It is completely taught within the sport context by staff with sport management and consultancy experience. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work for a range of UK and international sports organisations or they have enhanced their practice as experienced sports industry professionals. A strong philosophy of the MSc is to be intellectually and academically stimulating but clearly focused on the vocational needs of the industry, generating practitioners who can challenge and develop existing practices. The course is suitable for existing sports professionals and those with an appropriate undergraduate qualification who aspire to have a career in sport business management.
An honours degree from a British university (or overseas equivalent). It would normally be expected that this degree be awarded at the level of lower second class or above (or overseas equivalent). The programme is designed for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, including both those with some experience in the sports industry (either through employment or study) and those who have not previously studied/worked in sport area encouraged to apply and we will consider each case on its merits.
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Sport is now a multi-billion-dollar global industry and the content of the taught modules is reflective of the global context in which sports organisations operate, with use made of a range of international case studies. The module The Sport Business and Strategic Thinking explicitly examines the global business context of sport and part of the learning in this module involves joint video linked lectures and seminars with the Volga State Sports Academy in Kazan, Russia, which held the World Student Games in 2013. In addition, Principles and Practice of Sports Marketing incorporates international sports marketing as a key theme. Students will be given flexibility in assessments to draw on international materials, such as case studies of global and/or non-UK sports brands. Depending on the availability of suitable partners, students may be able to work on live international sports marketing consultancy projects, with either UK or non-UK-based organisations.
Graduates from the course have obtained positions within the public, private or voluntary sector of sport in a range of management and academic roles. Examples include:
The course team who teach on the MSc Sports Marketing and Business Management have a wealth of experience both within academia and in the sports industry. Therefore, you will be taught by academics who are actively researching and publishing in the area. Equally, many of our staff have experience working in management roles within sport, so you can learn from their practical experience as well as academic expertise.
Clint Godfrey - Senior Lecturer/Course Leader Sports Business Management/Marketing
Leona Trimble - Division Leader, Sports Coaching and Development
Tony Keaveny - Course Leader Sport Business Management
Denis Pressler - Lecturer
As someone who was never the world’s greatest studier, I surpassed my own expectations in how involved and dedicated I became. The course allowed that to happen, by keeping it interesting, current and challenging. Without a doubt it has opened doors to positions I would otherwise have been excluded from applying for. Not only that, the UCLan MA in Sports Management gives you the confidence to speak up on a day to day basis, to influence decisions and to contribute at the highest levels of the organisation. It makes otherwise daunting projects less of an obstacle and more of a challenge.
An integral part of the course is relating theory to practice and this can be undertaken in new sports industry settings or in your current workplace. We encourage students to consider the implications of relevant management theory and where possible to review the potential impact on the sports industry in the UK and internationally.
As part of the course we work with a range of external sporting agencies to support our work and this provides an invaluable networking opportunity for our master’s students.
Our students have the opportunity to complete a final dissertation or they can opt to write a journal article with a view to being published in a relevant academic or trade publication.
Graduates from the course have obtained positions within the private/commercial, public and voluntary sectors in sport in a range of management and academic roles. Examples include:
The course team who teach on the MSc Sports Business Management degree have a wealth of experience both within academia and in the sports industry. Therefore, you will be taught by academics who are actively researching and publishing in the area. Equally, many of our staff have experience working in management roles within sport, so you can learn from their practical experience as well as academic expertise.
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The School of Sport and Health Sciences has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams and public and private sector sports providers. We regularly invite in guest speakers from industry to speak to students within the modules on this course. This represents a valuable opportunity for students to meet potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry. For example, we have had guest lectures given by representatives of The Premier League. The Football League, Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, St Helens Rugby League Club, David Lloyd Leisure and Preston City Council.
The course team are currently working with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity as part of their consultation on accreditation of HE courses.
This course forms part of the HE Institution Partnerships Programme with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA). We are one of a few universities nationally that form part of this pilot programme. The aim of this programme is to build employability benchmarks for graduates in our sector.
This enables our MSc students to access a range of CIMPSA services and products including CIMPSA membership, CPD eLearning, CIMPSA publications and student engagement and opportunities.
Delivery is typically on a Thursday and Friday if studying on campus (one day per week for part-time entry) and for distance learning students sessions are released on Tuesdays. Distance learning students can also attend ad-hoc campus based sessions and on campus students can access ad-hoc distance learning sessions. This flexible arrangement offers more student choice.
The teaching and learning environment will be interactive and challenging. It is organised to ensure that key concepts, theories and, where appropriate, practices relevant to business and management in the sports industry from a central role in the student’s learning. Throughout the programme students will engage in a range of learning activities including lectures, seminars, debates, case studies, presentations and group work.
The staff on the programme are friendly and supportive and they also have considerable experience, both within higher education and working in the sports industry. This leads to a stimulating, creative and challenging learning environment.
Assessment on each of the modules is designed to maximise the students’ learning in relation to both subject-specific knowledge and understanding and wider skills, including communication, problem solving and teamwork. Assessment types include reports, consultancy projects, essays, oral and multimedia presentations, debates and a dissertation.
My lasting memories of UCLan are the vibrant supported learning environments, the great facilities the university offers and some of the learning experiences that were so significant to me I can still remember them vividly - continuing to use these for both my own and to support others' development.