This MSc provides an understanding of key concepts invaluable for employment and critical engagement across all sport sectors. The programme examines the commercialised and mediatised world of professional sport, and the realms of community recreation and physical activity.
Recognising that sport managers operate in a highly politicised environment, the programme reviews the role of government policy in shaping sporting opportunities and sport’s contribution to social policy agendas.
The programme critically assesses sport’s contribution to government social policy concerns (such as crime prevention, health improvement, education attainment, community building), and its role in conflict resolution, gender empowerment, disease prevention and poverty reduction in different parts of the world. It critically analyses a wide range of sport policy and sport management issues in the UK and compares these with experiences across a wide range of countries.
You will focus on management issues in contemporary sport organisations, the media’s role in sport management debates, and sport marketing and communications concepts.
The programme also explores fundamental aspects of research methods and links these to sport management concerns. Your understanding is enhanced through the extensive involvement of local and national sport organisations.
Your classes will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, industry visits and discussions.
You will also be required to take research methods courses and to complete a dissertation
The programme aims to:
The programme provides the higher-order knowledge required for recent graduates to enter employment in the sport industries, and for current sport practitioners to advance their careers.
The qualification can lead to rewarding careers in areas such as sport marketing, sport sponsorship, sport events, sport development, sport social enterprises, sport facility management, and sport and international development.
The masters degree can also lead to PhD study.
The rapid globalisation of the sports market, the influence of technology on product research and development and new business models, foreign direct investment in the sports industry supply chain, and the provision of sport related goods and services for increasingly sophisticated and diverse market segments are all contributing to the continued growth of the sports industry.
Rapid growth in the volume and variety of sports publications, sports-related internet sites, and enhanced mass media exposure of sports events and activities is resulting in an increase in the need for individuals with a knowledge of sport communications/media.
Global industrialisation, urbanisation and lifestyle and demographic changes mean that governments and public agencies worldwide are likely to increasingly use sport as a tool for social policy and economic and social development. The management and administration of these programmes and interventions require specific knowledge and management skills.
These developments ensure that the sports industry continues to be a significant and diverse industry in the future, sustaining exciting and satisfying career opportunities for years to come.
On this course you gain
It is suitable for you if
The course builds on existing study or industry experience to develop the knowledge and skills required for personal and professional development. It equips you for a career in sport management by giving you an in-depth understanding of core aspects of business and finance and building soft skills such as leadership and team working, all underpinned by the latest research in sport management.
Your studies are made up of eight assessed modules, which include an industry-based research project in which you work with sport organisations to develop solutions to problems or explore potential market opportunities. Recent clients include • Manchester City FC • The International Cricket Council • The Singapore Sports Council • Badminton England • UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship) • Sheffield United FC • Sheffield Wednesday FC.
You also have the option to complete a 12 week work placement, where you receive support and advice from a placement mentor. We use our network of local, regional, national and international employers to help secure you a challenging and fulfilling placement.
Our teaching team includes staff with substantial industry, research and consultancy experience, many of whom work in the University’s internationally renowned Sport Industry Research Centre.
Sheffield Hallam are a Skills Development Partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.
Full-time – one year – two days a week with four taught modules each semester followed by a project
Part-time – typically two years – tailored to your needs where possible and normally one day a week
The course is made up of eight core modules, plus a research or work-based learning project. Modules provide a broad grounding across management disciplines in sport business. Most teaching is in small groups of typically less than 20 people, allowing for close interaction between students and academic staff.
Choose one from:
Before you start the course, we supply you with an induction pack that includes a reading list to introduce you to the general management and specialist modules. We also run an induction programme to prepare you for the course.
During the induction we assess your existing study, IT and language (for international students) skills. This assessment leads to an individual learning plan to improve and develop your skills. We also provide language tuition as needed, if your first language is not English. Dissertation workshops help you to prepare for your dissertation.
Graduates of this course have skills that can be applied to commercial, public and non-profit organisations, with career opportunities that include working with • regional, national and international sporting bodies • local authority and voluntary sector sport • sporting clubs • sport leagues • major venues and facilities • event management organisations • sports consultancies • player-agent organisations • sport related government agencies • sponsorship procurement.
If you are already working in sport when you begin the course, you will be in an excellent position to improve your career after graduating.