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The FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport. Read more

The FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.

Organised by the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in partnership with three universities, De Montfort University in Leicester (England), SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), and endorsed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport was created to promote management education within the sports world. It has developed to become a top graduate programme developing all-round managers who can cope with the increasingly complex world of sport.

A unique programme

The FIFA Master takes its graduates on a unique journey through three different European countries to study sport. Three distinguished universities in England, Italy and Switzerland, which are among Europe's most sports oriented countries, have come together to provide a ten month programme that combines top-class academic teaching and practical case studies supplemented by guest lecturers and field visits. The course focuses on three key and inter-related aspects of sport humanities, management and law. Once the programme successfully completed, postgraduates receive a joint-diploma delivered by the three universities. 

Developing unique people

The FIFA Master offers a dynamic international environment with around 20 different nationalities represented in a class of approximately 30 postgraduates that are selected each year. The international multi-disciplinary approach provides postgraduates with the opportunity to learn a broad range of subjects and develop their analytical skills to better cope with the fast-changing trends in the sport industry.

For a unique industry

The FIFA Master offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling students to build up their own network of contacts - one of the keys to a successful career in sport. On top of these opportunities, each graduate also becomes a member of the FIFA Master Alumni Association (FMA). The FMA plays a crucial role in connecting all alumni of the FIFA Master, creating lifelong bonds between graduates.


The FIFA Master seeks to attract a diverse profile of applicants, those who exhibit a variety of skills and accomplishments. This is in contrast to some courses which target one standard candidate profile. In order to create the most stimulating environment possible for all postgraduates, we consciously select a complementary student body, one that not only reflects a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities, but a wide range of personal interests and professional ambitions.

The common characteristics of our postgraduates are demonstrated by leadership potential and a capacity to thrive in a rigorous academic environment.

All prospective candidates must:

  • Have completed a full course of university study in any discipline and successfully obtained a degree by the application date;
  • Have an excellent command of English, TOEFEL minimum score of 100 Internet based test or IELTS minimum score of 7.5 (or demonstrate a level of proficiency);
  • Have previous work experience;
  • Have an international outlook;
  • Be able to demonstrate an active level of involvement/interest in sport (not just as a participant but in the administration/management of sport);
  • Be motivated and determined to succeed;
  • Be flexible and able to meet the challenges of the course;
  • Have an extensive general knowledge and culture;
  • Be able to work in a group (group work is a key part of the course);
  • Recommended but optional: submit score from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE;

Failure to fulfil any of the above criteria will mean that your application will not be taken into consideration.


FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, by the SportBusiness International global rankings.

Organised by CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (United Kingdom), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

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This course is ideally suited for students progressing from undergraduate study, or professionals seeking to develop their career in filmmaking. . Read more

This course is ideally suited for students progressing from undergraduate study, or professionals seeking to develop their career in filmmaking. 

This course gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio of production related skills by studying at DMU in Leicester and at Creative Media Skills (CMS), an independent training provider based at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

Reasons to study International Film Production at De Montfort University:

  • Developed in partnership with Creative Media Skills (CMS)
  • CMS is DMU’s partner in developing and delivering the programme. It works hand in hand with government organisations, as well as the industry, to identify skills gaps and provide high-level targeted training in many areas of the film industry. CMS bring professionals and department heads into the classroom, and provides students with access to the UK film industry’s most valuable knowledge base – its staff
  • Develop a range of production management skills
  • At DMU, these skills include scriptwriting, lighting and cinematography, image processing, directing and post production. At CMS you will focus on pitching, budgeting, production development, and fine skills. You will also gain core business expertise, such as an understanding of research and development, and wider careers planning
  • Benefit from DMU’s expertise
  • At DMU, you will develop your filmmaking and camera based skills, learn about the UK film industry and shoot your major production. You will benefit from our outstanding studio spaces, and the skills and expertise of established research groups such as Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT)
  • Learning off campus at CMS
  • The second semester of your learning will take place in the Creative Media Skills centre. While there, you will manage the development of a production and receive masterclasses on a range of fine skills from the CMS team and respected professionals actively working in the film industry.

Over the last 20 years, the UK has become a leading hub for the production of major fiction films, and UK trained specialists are some of the most respected in the world. You will gain production management skills by working with experienced film industry personnel and senior academic staff.

The content of the course has been developed in partnership with Creative Media Skills, meaning you can be assured that what you are learning is directly relevant to current industry practice. Throughout the course your time will be divided between campus at DMU in Leicester, and the CMS centre in Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire with one semester being taught at each location, and a third semester of guided independent study based at DMU.

During the course, you will be given the opportunity to pursue specialisation in a range of areas, including production design, art direction, directing, assistant directing, cinematography, hair and makeup, prosthetics and production management. You will be expected to work collaboratively in developing and realising a production by taking on a head of department role, which will be allocated by tutors.

Terry Bamber, Assistant Director on 'Luther', Production Manager on five James Bond films, Visiting Professor in the Leicester Media School at DMU, said: “This new programme, taught with my colleagues at CMS, ensures students gain direct professional experience.”

Structure and Assessment

During the first semester, you will work at DMU. This semester involves developing core skills in storytelling, screenwriting, directing, producing, image processing, sound recording and other camera based skills. You will take four, 15 credit modules during semester one: 

  • Screenwriting - working with experienced practitioners, on this module you will produce a short script to develop as your major project.
  • The Production Process - on this module you will learn how to plan and pitch a production, and you will gain a professional understanding of the development process. At the end of the module you will have produced a development portfolio to work on at Pinewood.
  • Realisation - this module focuses on your practical production and camera skills. You will gain professional-level skills in digital film and audio capture, and managing the practical activities required for a live shoot.

You will be taught by DMU’s team of production experts and filmmakers in our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios, and you will begin the process of developing a major project, and specialising in a production role. 

During the second semester, you will work in the Creative Media Skills centre. Here you will finesse your skills in a more diverse range of areas, including production management and coordination, pitching, assistant directing, production management, script supervision, hair, make-up, costume, art department; working with actors and working in teams. You will also enter pre-production under the guidance of our expert staff. At Creative Media Skills, you will take two, 30 credit modules, which cover these various areas: 

  • Pre-Production - working with CMS at Pinewood, you will pitch and develop a proposed production. 1-3 projects developed during the first semester will be selected to go into pre-production by a panel of industry experts.
  • Fine skills - working with CMS at Pinewood, you will gain a very broad range of potential areas of expertise, such as hair and make-up, costume, art direction, continuity management, script supervision, risk assessment, budgeting, and more.

During this semester you will be expected to pitch film ideas to a panel of industry experts. The best of which will be selected as the major projects, which will become your focus in the third semester.

During the third semester you will work more independently at DMU to manage and deliver your final film project, with an accompanying reflective commentary. This project will demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed on the course, and will form the basis of your professional portfolio. You also have the option of taking an academic dissertation. 

In addition to the major project, assessments take the form of practical coursework, written reports and presentations. 

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