You will have the opportunity to network with other senior professionals and also be able to attend exclusive guest speakers from leading businesses. Here are some examples of recent masterclasses:
Masterclass hosted in association with the Chartered Management Institute, hosted Dr Simon Heywood, CEO of Cirrus, who delivered a masterclass on how to build a more agile, customer driven business.
Uniquely underpinning the course content is the science of performance management that ensures you get the best out of yourself and those around you. In the context of personal and organisational development, it can dramatically improve the performance of the Sport Director as a leader, coach and manager of people.
With top level connections into the sports world and members on the prestigious Advisory Board, Manchester Met Business School are perfectly positioned to not only bring fascinating and informative guest lecturers to share their experiences with you, but also as part of an elite alumni, you will have access to a network of elite sporting contacts.
The programme will combine expert content delivery from the Business School teaching team and guest speakers with specialist expertise drawn from the national and international sporting business community in a workshop environment, providing new and best practice including case studies, in the fields of leadership, neuroscience, team performance, innovation, change and governance.
Feedback from the first MSD cohort who began their studies in 2014 includes:
“Experience is essential to be successful as a Sporting Director role. However, the course provides you with strategies to deal with any scenario you may encounter in this high-pressured position.”
“Excellent course – particularly the opportunity to network and apply theory to practice”.
“Do it, it will improve the way you think about the role”.
“A great opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge required to lead a sporting organisation. A unique learning environment with a mix of high profile, successful, experienced, intelligent and interesting characters, directed by excellent university tutors. An opportunity not to be missed”.
“The course brings in senior influencers in sport and business to share their experiences and knowledge.”
You will study five units across the two years:
Unit One - Personal Leadership to Shape, Inspire and Develop
Ensuring you get the best out of yourself and those around you is central to the role of Sport Director. In addition, we have placed neuroscience throughout the Master's Degree in Sport Directorship.
Recognising the brain first and foremost as a social system, neuroscience enables a better understanding of how individuals can use their understanding of neuroscience to impact their leadership and performance.
Summary of learning:
As a Leader, Manager and Coach, a critical skill required is the importance of understanding yourself and others. Understanding neuroscience, how your brain responds and reacts is fundamental to how you perform. Throughout this unit you will develop an understanding of emotional regulation and the neuroscience of smart work.
This unit explores leadership through exploring theory and practice. You are also required to explore leadership through a reflective lens to enable critical reflection on self as leader, development of self, leadership and management practice within a Sport Directorship context. It critically examines the importance of coaching, mentoring and action learning as approaches to facilitate development of others, develop leadership practice and develop leader as coach. The unit will critically examine leadership dynamics within complex settings.
Personal Leadership: Personal critical reflection through the use of leadership profiling tools, neuroscience, leadership theory and reflection frameworks.
Critical reflection: Reflective frameworks and approaches (reflection, coaching, mentoring, action learning) to critically explore self, self as Leader, development of self and leadership practice in the complex context of Sporting Directorship.
Coaching and Mentoring: critically examine the importance of coaching, mentoring and action learning as approaches to facilitate development of self, leadership practice and others.
Leader as coach: critically starting the development of Sport Director/leader as coach; evaluate role of leader as coach and complexities of developing and inspiring others.
Leadership development: examine the complexities of leadership drawing on leadership theories including sports leadership and emerging fields of leadership (e.g. Ethical, Collaborative, and Authentic). These will be evaluated in relation to dynamics of leadership in a complex setting and will include areas such as conflict, power, trust, collaboration and context.
Unit Two - Leading a High Performing Sports Organisation
As guardian for the organisation's future development, the Sport Director needs to be a visionary and inspirational leader, focused on performance delivery and not afraid to take centre stage. Introducing change to an organisation requires focus and excellent personal leadership skills.
Summary of learning
This unit is about how leaders create a high performance sport organisation. It will help leaders identify strategic advantage, and navigate the unpredictable nature of sporting contexts. It explores how they communicate and influence to effect and lead cultural change to shape high performance sports organisations. Throughout this unit you will come to see what a substantial role and understanding of neuroscience can play in how we work with people.
Unit Three - Masterminding Innovation and Change
This unit takes an action research-based approach to explore the effects of innovation on organisations, drivers of change and the challenges of implementing change in the context of high performance sporting organisations. You will learn to understand that a change from the norm often creates a chemical response within the brain that will drive our mental, emotional and social interactions. Throughout this unit the Sport Director will be empowered to understand and learn how feedback often produces an intense threat response in the brain.
Summary of learning:
Unit Four - Sport Governance and Best Practice
This unit will address the challenges facing the professional sport industry in relation to international developments in recent years. It will also cover the challenges associated with commercial development, establishment and development of European political and economic institutions. Finally, you will also address the global challenges of governance on multi stakeholder organisational interest in sport.
Throughout this unit, you will demonstrate an understanding of neuroscience and its relevance to human performance. Such understanding will enable you to apply neuroscience to how you lead, manage and coach people within the sports organisation.
This unit will also have emphasis on the international sport governance and legal frameworks. In addition, the North American Sport Model will be looked at and analysed. Content will cover a multidisciplinary approach by providing an in-depth analysis of legal, political and economic issues (e.g. competition law, litigation prevention, risk management, regulation and media policy). The unit will focus on current and future key challenges faced by sports organisations (specificity of sport, competitive balance, exploitation of commercial rights, social dialogue, violence, doping, social responsibility).
Summary of learning:
Unit Five - Sporting Directorship in Practice
In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions.
Students may fulfil the requirements of the unit by undertaking one of five types of dissertation:
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Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/
Applications to the course must be made directly. To apply for the course or find out more, please contact Programme Director Sara Ward on email@example.com or 0161 247 3431
The global industry of sport is recognising the need to define the role of a Sports Director. Critical to the programme are the skills and capabilities that students will develop. Such competencies will position students on this course to take a position as a strategic leader in an organisation that harbours human performance at the fore of their company values.
The Master of Sport Directorship programme is working closely with the industry of sport, as well as the corporate world, to position students from the programme to a diverse world which requires innovation and people management as the competitive advantage.
Typical student profile on this course
The course is aimed at self-starters who possess a combination of skills, experience and ambition that provides the foundation for the role of Sport Director.
You may already be working in the sporting environment, e.g. medical, coaching, finance or marketing, and are looking for the next crucial step in your sporting career. This role is appealing to you because you recognise it is the way forward in the modern game. Alternatively, you may already be in a business role and be seeking to make a move into sport.
For ex-players and sports professionals currently in management this course is a means to acquire the necessary business skills to take the step into the position of Sporting Director.
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