MSc Sport Business, Management and Policy

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.

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Overview

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 programmes in the UK focusing solely on sports, we cover topics including sport policy, sports marketing and data 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 teaching 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 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.
  • 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 Olympics.
  • Cover a range of vital areas – study core modules including sports events management, 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

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"We’re at the heart of shaping sports governance. We get that real world understanding from our partnerships with global sporting organisations such as UEFA and Manchester City Football Club.”

Professor Donna Lee, Director of Future Economies.

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.

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Entry requirements

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

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. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

We are looking to produce the next generation of sports management professionals, therefore our courses are tailored towards providing students with the knowledge and skills highly sought after by industry employers. All of our teaching 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 202 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.

Core Units

  • Sport Policy and Politics
  • Policy and Management of Sports Events
  • Business Analytics
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Business and Management
  • International Strategic Management
  • Masters level learning
  • Dissertation

Option Units

Choose one from a list including:

  • Sport Law
  • International Business and Emerging Markets

Placement options

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

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

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).

UK and EU students: 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

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 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 international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £8,250 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

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 up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

MANCHESTER IS YOUR CITY. BE PART OF IT.

Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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