MSc Sport Business, Management and Policy

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Home to two premiership football teams, the nation’s oldest cricket grounds and a renowned velodrome – there’s no better place to study sport business than Manchester.

Sport is part of Manchester’s DNA. It’s a big feature of the city’s history, character and economy. And it’s a big part of Manchester Met too.

As one of few management courses in the UK focusing solely on sports, we cover topics including sport policy, sports marketing and business analytics. 

Unlike other courses in the country, you’ll also explore areas such as politics, finance and law to understand how they apply to the sports industry.

The latest developments in sport

Everything you learn on this course has been informed by the University’s Sports Advisory Board of key industry experts.

All of our teachings is research-led. The majority of our staff are internationally renowned for their research in sports policy, law, politics, marketing and more.

Our teaching team work closely with key industry organisations across the globe, including UK Sport, the IOC, FIFA, and the RFY. We also have links with the local organising committees of the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympic Games, and the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a career in sport business and management, policy and governance in the public and private sector.

Features and Benefits

  • Global sporting city – Manchester is a world-renowned sporting city. Home to two internationally recognised football clubs and other major sporting venues, the city is a destination for all things sport.
  • Triple accredited - Our business school holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world. 
  • Explore sport policy – unlike similar courses in the UK, we’ll help you to get to grips with sport policy. We cover wellbeing, and individual, social, community and economic development.
  • Excellence in teaching – learn from a team with a wealth of industry and research experience in a variety of sporting areas such as policy, marketing and mega-events.       
  • Connections – we have strong links to high profile sports clubs and bodies, such as Manchester City and Manchester United, the English Institute of Sport and the Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympics.
  • Cover a range of vital areas – study core units including policy and management of sport events, business analytics, international strategic management and more to expand your career opportunities in sport.

“From media rights to states’ hosting of the Olympic games, the sports industry is a global, multibillion-dollar market. Manchester is a world-famous sporting city, and the perfect place to study sports business and management, policy or governance.”

Dr Paul Michael Brannagan
Programme Leader

Course Information

We are looking to produce the next generation of sports management professionals, therefore our course is tailored towards providing students with the knowledge and skills highly sought after by industry employers. All of our teachings is research-led, and the majority of our staff are internationally renowned for their leading research in the areas of sport policy, sports law, sports politics, sports marketing and sports business and management.

Additionally, our staff work closely with key industry organisations across the globe, including the likes of UK Sport, the IOC, FIFA, and the RFY, as well as the local organising committees of the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympic Games, and the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Furthermore, the University maintains strong links to high profile sports clubs and bodies, such as Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC, the National Football Museum, and the English Institute of Sport.

Year 1

You’ll study eight core topics, covering areas including Sport Policy and Politics and Sport Business and Management, as well as an in-depth research project. You’ll also be able to tailor your learning with one option unit in Sport Law or International Business and Emerging Markets.

Please note: Option units are subject to availability.

Core units

  • Sport marketing
  • Sport business and management
  • International strategic management
  • Dissertation - sport business, management and policy
  • Business analytics
  • Masters level learning
  • Sport policy and politics
  • Policy and management of sports events

Optional units

  • Sport law
  • International business and emerging markets

Placement options

A work placement is an excellent way to develop practical experience while you study. It shows that you’re willing to get involved and it’s also a great opportunity to start building your professional network.

The university maintains strong links with industry, and national placement opportunities are offered all year round to students enrolled on this course. 

Our course tutors and placement team have excellent links with sporting bodies and organisations, so they’ll be on hand to help you find the right opportunity to match your strengths and ambitions. Along the way, they’ll help you develop key employability skills – from working on your CV and applications to preparing for job interviews.

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a related subject.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £4,625 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £8,500 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Other costs

  • Optional estimate: £600

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Career Prospects

We’ve designed this course with the University’s Sports Advisory Board, made up of key sports industry experts, to ensure students graduate with the practical skills and knowledge highly sought-after by leading sports employers.

We want to help you understand the complex nature of business and policy to help you achieve employment in your ideal area. Alongside the core subjects that you study, you’ll also gain vital research skills that will impress employers.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready for roles in a variety of sport business and management, policy and governance specialisms - in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and beyond.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years ... Read More

Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Manchester Metropolitan provides its students with regular employability events including advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. The University also has industry links with many global companies, including IBM, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Manchester City Football Club and Walt Disney. A range of scholarships exclusive to international students is also available, up to the value of £5,000. Read less

Accreditations

EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited