Manchester Metropolitan University

Master of Sport Directorship

Qualify professionally for one of the most respected and in-demand roles in sport.

Qualify professionally for one of the most respected and in-demand roles in sport.


The Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) is a part-time executive level course delivered on site at Manchester Metropolitan University over two years. The world’s first qualification of its kind, now in its fourth year, is aimed at professionals who want to gain a unique Masters qualification that prepares them for the role of sporting director.

Sport is a huge, highly competitive and growing global business. The demand has never been higher for skilled and qualified professionals, with a grounding in governance and the commercial acumen, organisation and leadership skills to drive sporting organisations forward in a commercial world. 

A high profile and innovative course for the Business School, a leading UK centre of education based in the UK’s city of sport, the Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) is the only course of its kind in the world.

Teaching is undertaken within impressive, modern lecture facilities at the Business School in intensive part-time ‘blocks’ of time. The elements making up the course include seminars, subject and issues masterclasses from renown figures in the world of business and sport.

Blending the latest best practice and thought leadership on sports governance, the application of neuroscience and business innovation, the Master in Sport Directorship (MSD) is a hugely challenging yet rewarding programme.

Be part of a new, groundbreaking and respected group of the world’s most qualified sporting directors, trained to share best practice, collaborate and innovate.

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