UCFB

Introduction

Why

A market leader and world first in Higher Education, UCFB is dedicated to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the operational and business facets of the football, sports and leisure industries.

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with award-winning postgraduate facilities in two inspirational campuses; the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the English home of football and sport and the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester, part of the modern Etihad Campus sporting facility. These world-leading sporting facilities that will allow you to live, learn and work within the machinery of the sports industry.

Here at UCFB, we give each individual student the opportunity to study a traditional academic subject within the context of an industry for which they have a genuine passion and interest, whilst ensuring full transferability of education, skills and experience.

Postgraduate Degrees at UCFB

UCFB is excited to announce the launch of our Masters suite of programmes in autumn 2015, commencing with our world-class MSc Sport Management.

As with all of our programmes, our MSc Sport Management will be taught by leading figures in football business and sports academia, within the inspirational learning environment of Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium, with facilities overlooking the iconic pitch to motivate and enthuse you. Our students will have the opportunity to hear from and work with leaders from the industry, and develop specific interests through a research dissertation.

Through the delivery of a second ground-breaking postgraduate degree, UCFB Wembley, in partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School, have created the unprecedented opportunity for students to live, learn and work inside of the world’s greatest sporting venue, Wembley Stadium, as well as experience the inner workings of the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid. In addition to the inimitable experience delivered at UCFB Wembley, our MSc International Sport Management students undertake a period of study at the Real Madrid Graduate School, providing an unrivalled international sports education and an unparalleled experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders.

UCFB holds high quality standards for all its programmes, ensuring a reputation for delivering world class education. We have developed our taught programmes with great care in partnership with the wider and global sports industry to ensure that not only do our students have best in class business and management capabilities, but also understand the skills required and the nuances of the ranges of sports careers available.

Our academic and pastoral staff are well-renowned, passionate and care deeply about you and our institution. As a UCFB Masters student your experience is based upon the ‘touch points’ on a day to day basis and at UCFB we ensure that our staff are approachable and support you in your academic, career and personal development.

As a capstone to the Masters degrees, students will have the opportunity to specialise their academic experience by undertaking a research project with a sports organisation, leveraging UCFB’s global network of contacts with leading organisations such as The Football Association, BBC Sport, the US Tennis Association, the Rugby Football League, as well as a multitude of football and sporting clubs both domestically and overseas. Short term placements, internships and projects are also available via our dedicated Employability and Enrichment team.

For more information on our Postgraduate Degrees, please visit the relevant web pages:

  • MSc Sport Management
  • MSc International Sport Management
  • MSc Football Science
  • LLM International Sports Law
  • MSc Business of Motorsport
  • MA International Sport Event Management

About

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with award-winning postgraduate facilities in two inspirational campuses; the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the English home of football and sport and the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester, part of the modern Etihad Campus sporting facility. These world-leading sporting facilities that will allow you to live, learn and work within the machinery of the sports industry.

Our Complementary Curriculum (TM)

In parallel to the traditional academic curriculum runs the Complementary CurriculumTM; a journey of professional and personal development through learning and knowledge enhancement activities. This allows access to industry leading guest speakers and additional certificates such as Prozone Performance Analysis and Green4Solutions Customer Relationship Management.

Accreditation

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) undertook a Higher Education Review at UCFB College of Football Business Ltd in 2014. This review has now been published for public viewing and can be found at qaa.ac.uk.

Services / Facilities

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with award-winning postgraduate facilities in two inspirational campuses; the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the English home of football and sport and the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester, part of the modern Etihad Campus sporting facility. These world-leading sporting facilities that will allow you to live, learn and work within the machinery of the sports industry.

Within the UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus locations our facilities reflect the excellence of the Stadium with classrooms lecture theatres, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, library and media suites, to name but a few, overlooking the pitch. Each lecture, seminar, guest speaker session and placement encounter will enable students to build up their own experience in the industry, to help achieve their aspirations.

UCFB Wembley

UCFB Wembley is situated inside Wembley Stadium connected by EE, with classrooms overlooking the pitch. As a global and iconic stadium, UCFB Wembley clearly provides you with an inspirational and motivational environment for your studies.

Walking up Wembley Way every day to the English home of football, is truly an inspiring experience. Within our UCFB Wembley campus we have facilities that reflect the excellence of the stadium with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, library and media suites to name but a few.

During your time at UCFB Wembley, you will have the opportunity to work (paid and unpaid) and engage with Wembley staff and partners.

Also as a UCFB Wembley student you will have the opportunity to be interviewed for event day employment. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to not only gain experience with the best in class business environment and their partners but also to give you the opportunity to support you financially whilst you are studying. Furthermore, as is the norm at UCFB there will be a number of placements and work experience available during your degree studies.

Additionally key Wembley operational staff will also form part of our Executive Speaker programme gaining an invaluable insight into not only the operations but also to enable you to network and promote yourself for future employment opportunities.

UCFB Etihad Campus

The launch of UCFB’s third campus, UCFB Etihad Campus, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester marks a significant step in UCFB’s growth.

UCFB Etihad Campus will allow students to live, learn and work at the heart of one of Europe’s leading sporting facilities, and will see lectures and seminars delivered within the stadium itself, building on the unique learning environment harnessed at UCFB. Opening in autumn 2016, the UCFB Etihad Campus facilities will include access to City Football Academy amongst other state-of-the-art, modern sporting facilities at the heart of a truly global sporting city.

Student Placement & Careers Services

UCFB are proud to announce that an incredible 90% of current graduates are in employment and two in three of those graduates are working within the sports industry.

In order to place graduates in the best possible position for a career in sport, UCFB focuses on a unique Complimentary CurriculumTM, which prepares students for the dynamic sports industry and ensures that they stand out to all potential employers. UCFB offers unrivalled opportunities to undertake student placements and work experience with leading sports organisations throughout each degree programme.

To date, students have benefited from UCFB’s position in the industry, where they have received media training by Sky Sports presenters and specialist media consultancies; gained presentation skills, boardroom insights and interview skills, all from some of the best in the sporting arena.

Library and information services

The Library offers fantastic resources and facilities including: front facing library assistance; one-one study skill sessions covering referencing, assignment structure and research skills; thousands of books, hundreds of Journals and current affair publications and newspapers.

Computing facilities and services across both campuses include: all-in-one desktop PC’s; internet and Wifi laptops; printing, photocopying and scanning facilities; Office 365 email accounts; use of the Virtual Learning Environment and many more useful student facilities.

Sporting facilities

The UCFB Athletic Union facilitates all students to take part in sport of some nature during their academic career, whether it is as a competitor, participant, organiser or spectator. With both competitive and recreational activities being played every Wednesday afternoon and at other convenient times during term time, it is the perfect opportunity to get involved and represent UCFB in a variety of sports, including football, netball, futsal, rugby, cricket, tennis or martial arts, to name just a few. UCFB enter teams and individuals into the competitive BUCS leagues and tournaments for a range of sports. At our UCFB Etihad Campus, students will be fortunate to have access to the impressive City Football Academy amongst other state-of-the-art, modern sporting facilities, while UCFB Wembley students enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities at neighbouring Hendon Football Club.

There are also plenty of opportunities for recreational and even extreme sports, whether you’re an expert or simply looking for a new hobby. The Students’ Union at both campuses run an intramural sports league and host regular recreational activities for all students. This is great for students to come down and have a bit of fun away from competitive sport and their studies. Planned recreational sports events include dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, indoor skiing and snowboarding, badminton, go-karting, basketball, 5-a-side football and rugby 7s, among many others. UCFB students even have the opportunity to go on an overseas sports tour during the Easter holidays.

UCFB cater for all sporting needs. There are abundant opportunities to set up new sports teams, write reports on crucial matches throughout the year or even get involved from an organisational perspective. It’s a great way to improve your social scene, develop your sporting skills and keep fit during your time at UCFB.

Student Life

The Students’ Union’s role is to support and represent UCFB students and make their experience and student life as exciting and rewarding as possible, as well as presenting students with as many opportunities as it can. As well as being the hub of student social life, the Student’s Union also organise sports events all year round and annual Athletic Union trips.

Living in London

London is the epitome of a world city. In recent years, major studies have revealed it to be the most desirable place on earth to work, the UK’s favourite city, the ‘capital of Europe’ and the world’s most popular tourist destination. Not bad going for the capital of a country little over half the size of California.

While Wembley is situated in the north-west of London, convenient access to the Underground’s Metropolitan Line means that central attractions and amenities can be reached in just 20 minutes by train. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many students choose to enrol at UCFB Wembley.

Watch our UCFB Student Experience video on Living in London in the Video tab.

Living in Manchester

The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, home of UCFB Etihad Campus, is situated in the Etihad Campus, which also homes the impressive City Football Academy amongst other state-of-the-art, modern sporting facilities at the heart of a truly global sporting city.

UCFB Etihad Campus will allow students to live, learn and work at the heart of one of Europe’s leading sporting facilities, and will see lectures and seminars delivered within the stadium itself, building on the unique learning environment harnessed at UCFB.

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Programs

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MSc

MSc Football Science

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom London

This unique programme encompasses the core activities, performance affecting understanding and overall job responsibilities for the sports science practitioner in professional football. [+]

* Subject to validation. This unique programme encompasses the core activities, performance affecting understanding and overall job responsibilities for the sports science practitioner in professional football. Football operations at professional level are becoming increasingly complex, competitive, holistic and are involving an ever growing team of applied specialists. For winning performance to be achieved and sustained it is imperative that high levels of valid application, experience, evidence and people skills are utilised. High performing teams need achievers and application specialists on, off and around the pitch able to work effectively with and for, other people. The MSc in Football Science is suitable for high achieving graduates in Sports Science or related subjects with professional experience in the industry and the desire to reach the higher echelons of the game. The programme will be focussed around applied academic application, contemporary understanding of professional football and live scenarios from the modern game. Students will undertake an applied professional football research project looking into performance or health interventions within the professional game. Career prospects Career prospects for graduates of the MSc Football Science degree programme at UCFB include highly sought-after careers within a professional football team such as a sport scientist or a performance analyst. Graduates of the MSc Football Science programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, The University of Northampton. MSc Football Science Modules Football Culture & Professional Practice Football Analytics Current Issues in Football Injury Prevention in Football Nutrition for Training & Performance The Psychological Health of a Footballer Dissertation & Research Methods [-]

MSc International Sport Event Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom London Manchester + 1 more

This one year Master’s degree provides you with a deep understanding of the global event industry. [+]

* Subject to validation. This one year Master’s degree provides you with a deep understanding of the global event industry. Through its iconic Wembley Stadium and Etihad Campus locations, students are placed at the heart of a functioning major event venue, with all the benefits that provides, such as event access, internships, work experience opportunities and the chance to study live cases. The first semester covers all the components of events, such as stadium management, marketing, event finance, event staging and event evaluation. Semester two widens the delivery content by including event impacts while providing students with a range of international event perspectives. Under the stewardship of an academic supervisor, you will also be given the skills and the time to research your own chosen topic within this diverse and fluid industry. Career prospects Career prospects for graduates of the MSc International Sport Event Management degree programme at UCFB include various international sport event management roles, including venue management, event planners and sport strategists. Graduates of the MA International Sport Event Management programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, The University of Northampton. MSc International Sport Event Management Modules Sustainable Stadium & Event Management Strategic Sport Marketing Event Finance & Budgeting Principles in the Staging & Evaluation of Events Event Impacts & Legacy International Event Perspectives Dissertation & Research Methods [-]

MSc International Sport Management*

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom London Manchester + 1 more

UCFB Wembley, in partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School, have created the unprecedented opportunity for students to live, learn and work inside of the world’s greatest sporting venue, Wembley Stadium, as well as experience the inner workings of the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid. [+]

*This degree is subject to validation UCFB Wembley, in partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School, have created the unprecedented opportunity for students to live, learn and work inside of the world’s greatest sporting venue, Wembley Stadium, as well as experience the inner workings of the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid. Our unique MSc International Sport Management provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. This pioneering programme has been developed as a transformational journey suited for graduates of all disciplines, as well as for current professionals working within various sectors of the sports industry, for example in management, marketing or operations. In addition to the inimitable experience delivered at UCFB Wembley, our MSc International Sport Management students undertake a period of study at the Real Madrid Graduate School, providing an unrivalled international sports education. By studying at two of the most iconic sporting destinations in the world, Wembley Stadium and Madrid, students are fully immersed within the sports industry and are able to develop a network of world-class industry contacts. As a capstone to the MSc International Sport Management degree, students will have the opportunity to specialise their academic experience by undertaking a research project with a sports organisation, leveraging UCFB’s global network of contacts with leading organisations such as The Football Association, BBC Sport, the US Tennis Association, the Rugby Football League, as well as a multitude of football and sporting clubs both domestically and overseas. Short term placements, internships and projects are also available via our dedicated Employability and Enrichment team. Graduates of the MSc International Sport Management programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, The University of Northampton. Graduates of this programme will receive the distinguished MSc International Sport Management degree, complemented by a Diploma in Sport Management from the Real Madrid Graduate School. MSc International Sport Management Modules Our MSc International Sport Management modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the wider sports industry. Financial and Human Capital Management (20 credits) Leadership and Influence in Sport (20 credits) Sustainable Stadium and Event Management (20 credits) Global Strategic Sports Marketing Management (20 credits) Corporate Strategy in a Sporting Context (20 credits) Globalisation of Sport Management (20 credits) Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits) [-]

MSc Motorsport

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom London Manchester

From a business and a sport perspective, this new one-year Masters programme will provide students with broadly-ranged academic modules which examine the national and international aspects of the industry from a commercial perspective. [+]

* Subject to validation. Motorsport is as much a business as a sport and this new one-year Masters programme will provide students with a programme of broadly-ranged academic modules which examine the national and international aspects of the industry from a commercial perspective. Motorsport has developed into a global phenomenon which is underpinned by an industry employing many thousands of talented individuals drawn from the world of high-performance engineering. Motorsport is multi-faceted and complex. But this is just tip of the iceberg. From a business and a sport perspective, this new one-year Masters programme will provide students with broadly-ranged academic modules which examine the national and international aspects of the industry from a commercial perspective. From governance, structure and the principles of sports law, through the importance and interdependence of commercial rights holders, promoters, manufacturers, teams, sponsors and the role played by the media, this course is aimed at enhancing the professional and career prospects of those with an aspiration of working within this exciting and challenging global industry. Developed in collaboration with the UK’s highly respected industry / governance representative bodies and leading individuals the course is a programme focussed on providing the knowledge and networking opportunities required to fulfil future leadership and senior management roles. You will be taught by industry professionals who excel in the various fields of the business of motorsport and as part of the Complementary Curriculum ™ you will also benefit from the valuable industry insight provided by circuit and industry site visits as well as VIP guest speakers drawn from the world of F1 and elite motorsport. Career prospects Career prospects for graduates of the MSc Business of Motorsport degree programme at UCFB include sports industry jobs specific to motorsport within various sectors such as sponsorship and brand management, finance, event management and law. Graduates of the MSc Business of Motorsport programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, The University of Northampton. MSc Business of Motorsport Modules History, Structure & Governance of Motorsport Principles of Commercial & Sports Law Commerce within Motorsport Sponsorship Models in Elite Motorsport & the Role of Media Motorsport Venue, Event & Safety Management Motorsport Brands, their Extension & Future Trends Dissertation & Research Methods [-]

MSc Sport Management*

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom London

The MSc Sport Management has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior or line management positions within the core functional departments of the sports management industry. [+]

*This degree is subject to validation The specificity of sport, with its high media coverage and numerous stakeholders, requires managers to have uniquely honed business skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of sports management. The MSc Sport Management has therefore been developed for those with aspirations towards senior or line management positions within the core functional departments of the sports management industry. At UCFB we bridge the gap between academia and business. Students on our taught postgraduate programmes have significantly more contact time than those at traditional higher education institutions. In parallel to the academic curriculum runs the Complementary CurriculumTM; a journey of professional and personal development through learning and knowledge enhancement activities. The Complementary Curriculum allows access to industry leading guest speakers, industry opportunities and additional certificates such as the Prozone Performance Analysis and Green 4 Solutions Customer Relationship Management and The FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching award. The MSc Sport Management is suitable for graduates of all disciplines and for professionals working within the sports industry, in management, marketing, operations or other appropriate areas, and who wish to build on that experience through a structured programme of study. Research projects will be undertaken with an external organisation. UCFB has a wide portfolio of industry contacts who provide opportunities for short term placements and projects for postgraduate students. These include, but are not limited to, leading organisations such as Wembley Stadium, The Football Association (FA), The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), Prozone, Green4Solutions, Aon Sports, The Rugby Football League (RFL), League Football Clubs and Orlando City Soccer Club. Graduates of the MSc Sport Management programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, The University of Northampton. MSc Sport Management Modules Our MSc Sport Management modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the wider sports industry. Corporate Strategy in a Sporting Context (20 credits) Sustainable Stadium and Event Management (20 credits) Management of Financial and Human Capital (20 credits) Leadership and Influence in Sport (20 credits) Strategic Sports Marketing Management (20 credits) Emerging Themes in Sports Law (20 credits) Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits) * Subject to validation. [-]

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UCFB Wembley
Wembley National Stadium
Wembley

London, England, HA9 0WS GB
Location address
UCFB Etihad Campus
Etihad Stadium
Etihad Campus

Manchester, England, M11 3FF GB