MSc in Sport Management (with internship)

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Sport Management (with internship)

University of Stirling

Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport. The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings.

Course objectives

The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings.

Throughout the course you will be challenged to evaluate the dynamic environment in which sport organisations in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors strive to flourish, and to apply your developing knowledge and management skills to meet the inherent sport management challenges.

Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. Your studies will include: strategic management, finance, research methods, professional practice and integrated sport management studies. You will also have the opportunity to widen or deepen your knowledge through selection of two option modules.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices.
  • apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations.
  • conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events.

What makes us different?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

Structure and content

You can study either full-time or part-time to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc levels.

You must attain 180 SCQF points to be awarded an MSc in Sport Management. You will achieve this by successfully completing the following modules:

  • Principles of Management in Sport (20 credits)
  • Sports Finance (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Sport (20 credits)
  • Sport Event Management (20 credits)
  • Sport Management Challenges (10 credits)
  • Sport Marketing (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

You will have the chance to work on case studies, learn from people in the business and to develop specific interests through a research dissertation.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices.
  • apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations.
  • conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events.

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Delivery and assessment

Management concepts and theories will be delivered through traditional lecturing methods. Theory will be applied to practice through case study analysis, discussion with sport management practitioners, seminars and research. You will acquire ‘softer’ management skills such as problem-solving, team-working, leadership, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a range of learning activities, and which are essential if you are to become an effective manager. The modules are assessed by coursework only and designed to encourage students to link theory to professional practice.

Strengths

A particular strength of this course is the focus on real practice enabled by the knowledge and industry experience of module tutors. Amongst the course tutors are trustees of National Governing Bodies of Sport, those who have employment experience in sport management and a team who, in combination, has provided consultancy support to a wide range of national and international sport organisations. This offers students a unique insight into real life practice and opportunity to access a substantial network of industry contacts.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are closely aligned with many sports organisations and have formal links with a growing number of organisations with regard to facilitating student research projects, work experience and guest lectures by industry practitioners. We are also pleased to have a close association with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Academic Strengths

This course is delivered by a team of highly qualified academics with experience and research interests that complement and support teaching activities. Of particular note is that fact that tutors of what may be regarded as generic management disciplines have a publications record which evidences their specific interest in applying generic theory to the sporting context.

Career opportunities

Gaining this degree will prepare you for sport management jobs with a local authority, a commercial organisation or with a voluntary sport organisation such as a governing body of sport.

A key benefit of this course is the opportunity to gain expert management knowledge that can be applied to a wider range of industrial sectors than just sport.

Employability

You will have the opportunity to work with a sport organisation during a 30-hour internship as well as organising and marketing a local sport event with Active Stirling. That experience will increase your employability for the job you aim for in the sport sector.

Industry connections

The University has strong partnerships with a number of organisations including: PGA Scotland, Scottish Professional Football League, Senscot, Scottish Sport Federations, Forth Valley Football Academy and Active Stirling.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

2017/2018

  • Overseas £14,600
  • Home/EU £4,600

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.



Last updated September 28, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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12 - 24 months
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4,600 GBP
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United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Home/EU: £4,600 - Overseas: £14,600