Football is a global, multi-billion-pound business that shows no sign of slowing down. Bumper TV deals and huge transfer fees mean more money than ever is flowing through the game, ensuring it’s vital that there are personnel ready to jump straight in and shape its future.
Location: UCFB Wembley, UCFB Etihad Campus
Powered by UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS), the MSc Football Business programme is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football business including areas such as governance and regulation, consumer engagement, operational management and business development. From TV deals to player transfers, football is now a global, multi-billion-pound industry that is in need of more industry-specific qualified individuals.
The football industry is one of many opportunities for budding professionals, and also poses numerous challenges on a personal and business level. Due to the unique nature of the football industry, it is essential to have the knowledge and experience to be able to deal with a range of ever-changing scenarios. This programme will allow students to be aware of the diverse and often unique situations that impact on the football business, as well as recognise best practice and ethical choices.
Teaching locations for this degree include:
UCFB Etihad Campus
In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.
“The ability to use UCFB’s network is great as so many of the staff members and alumni are interconnected to the sporting industry all around the world.”
Mihir Pandya, Media Monitoring & Response Management at National Basketball Association (NBA)\
Governance and Regulation in Football
Engaging the Football Consumer
Football Operations Management
Business Development in the Football Industry
Dissertation and Research Methods
Applicants should hold a 2:1 honours degree or a recognised overseas equivalent. Applicants may be accepted with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) provided that they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile with 50% or above in their dissertation module.
Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements.
All applicants will be provided with an opportunity to be assessed and to discuss their suitability for the programme with the academic team.
All applicants are also provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds.
Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section) or recognised equivalent.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria for this programme, or whether you require IELTS results, please email email@example.com with a copy of your most recent CV including nationality, visa status if applicable, and undergraduate degree transcripts. Candidates with a strong CV may qualify for a supplementary admissions interview to support their academic application.
GIS cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:
You are a British citizen
You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study
If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also study one of our Online postgraduate degrees.
How to apply
To apply for this programme please complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to email@example.com.
The programme has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior management positions within the core functional departments of the football industry, spanning financial and accounting roles or operational roles within football, including the ability to rise to senior managerial roles due to the management aspect of the degree.
82% of Masters graduates are working in the football and sports industry within six months of graduating.