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A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured onthe-job training whilst earning a salary. There are also opportunities for you to undertake a placement based project where you research a business issue for your employer. This project can count towards one of your final year units and reduces your workload in your final year. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.
We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find a placement. The team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise an annual placement fair where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students, deliver CV workshops, provide one-to-one advice, and will conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your interview technique.
The placement jobs market is competitive and it is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for vacancies. We recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions at the start of your second year. Finding the right opportunity and the right position is important because if you are a good match to your placement, your employer could offer you a full-time position when you have graduated.
For more information about Placements, see our Placements page
When you study with us, youll develop practical expertise in management, marketing, finance, strategy and events delivery, including the legal frameworks, commercialisation, leadership, enterprise and governance of sport.
Throughout your studies, youll find opportunities to build experience and grow your network, by completing work-related assignments and undertaking work experience placements. With so much sport on our doorstep, from globally-recognised teams, venues and brands, theres a huge opportunity to visit and learn from a wide range of places.
You will learn how to apply management theory, concepts and principles to sport management issues in a practical way. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and its application to real-life business challenges, such as running recruitment campaigns, developing marketing strategies or interpreting the likes and wants of consumers through market research.
You will study four, 30-credit units:
Note: This course shares a common first year with BA (Hons) Sports Marketing Management
This unit covers a range of concepts and theories related to sport, and the provision of sport, in the UK. It covers a number of diverse issues such as the role of marketing and responsible management in the sports environment.
This unit helps you gain the skills and expertise needed to develop an in-depth understanding of what it takes to organise, manage and deliver memorable and successful sports events. It provides insight into a range of concepts and theories related to the planning and management of sporting events of all sizes. Your studies cover event design and development and practical fundamentals such as environmental scanning, strategy formulation, sponsorship, reducing risks, and ensuring the health, safety and security of all stakeholders.
The main aim of this unit is to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the main business principles involved in managing sport organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will help you to develop a specific understanding of the importance of applying business principles and appreciating the unique features of sport to the management of modern sport organisations. You will study themes such as professionalism and commercialism, sector analysis, business principles, financial management, sport economics, sport law, business ethics and sustainability, as well as exploring employability in sport.
This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work. You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.
You will study four, 30-credit units:
This unit considers the commercial opportunities, roles and structures that sports organisations have available to them and how they can adapt their offering to make money.
The unit is designed to develop knowledge and thinking about how public policy impacts and influences sport provision, participation and the business of sport in the UK.
The unit focuses on critically understanding small business start-up - enterprise and entrepreneurship across the spectrum from (i) community amateur sports clubs (ii) social enterprise (iii) private sport-oriented enterprise.
How do you define a sports professional? What standards are they expected to achieve? What types of business and social conduct are considered professional? This unit looks at professionalism in the sports industry and the strategies and techniques you can use to develop your performance.
If you are on the placement route, you will take a work placement (minimum of 36 weeks paid experience) between Year 2 and Year 3 of your studies.
If you are on the full-time route, you will progress directly into Year 3.
You will study three, 30-credit core units:
Additionally, you will select one of the following option units:
This unit is designed to focus on the governance of sports organisations and the practices employed by their boards to carry out their governance role. Your studies focus on definitions of governance, models of ownership in sports organisations, profit and not for profit organisations, the role of sport in society, stakeholder representation, corporate social responsibility in sport, the role of the state, ethics and principles of good governance, sustainability in professional sport and challenges in the 21st century.
This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.
Strategic Sports Management delves into the theories and practice of how sports organisations develop and implement strategy as they attempt to become the market leader in their field. Issues such as understanding their environment, leadership, driving consumer sales and operating in international markets are all analysed through case studies, workshops and lectures with guest speakers from the sports industry.
In this unit academic learning meets with real world business situations with the intention of preparing students for, and providing opportunities in, the world of employment. Additionally, students will learn about and apply advanced analytical and decision making skills.
This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business. This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand. You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.
This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.
The main aim of this unit is to enable you to enhance your personal and professional development in the field of business consultancy through solving a business problem for a client organisation. On completion of your research, you will present your findings to the client business which will help develop your presentation skills. You will also prepare a critical academic reflection on your experience drawing together theory and practice to facilitate your understanding of business processes.
A significant piece of research work, drawing upon academic theory to produce a critically reflective report.
The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a Young Enterprise business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your Young Enterprise business portfolio.
Critically assesses the strageic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance
The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.
The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.
This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.
This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.
This unit explores the phenomena of social media and resistance/adoption across organisations - both private and voluntary sector. We include topics on; entrepreneurship, social networking, reputational risks, citizen voice, open source, creative commons. The unit also explores the new media economy, exploring web, gaming and social media industry.
This unit explores how the role of the manager varies at different levels and in different organisational contexts. It also looks at how managers learn and the principles of management development.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
The programme is assessed by a balance of assignments and examinations. From the second year onwards, these marks go towards determining the final classification of your degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. The work placement year is not formally assessed but must be satisfactorily completed.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
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/dept-of-management/
Our Sports Management graduates have found employment with some very prestigious employers including British Athletics, BBC Sport and Kitbag Limited.
Others have secured employment with national agencies and governing bodies of sport, local authorities, health and fitness clubs, sport and leisure complexes, sport promotion and media companies, and organisations allied to sport services, medicine, education and research.
Graduates may also pursue further postgraduate study.
Take a look at some current and past student profiles from our Sports Management programme:
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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