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The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

The Certificate in Business Administration Football Industries course provides those who hold an MBA (or international equivalent), with the opportunity to study the MBA Football Industries football-related modules. The modules, which are delivered in partnership with The National Football centre, St George’s Park, focus on aspects of the football industry such as professionalism, business and marketing. The certificate is also suitable for those seeking to work in, or those already working in football, with modules suitable for clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies.

Our partnership enables CBA(FI) students to benefit from the expertise of one of the sport’s biggest governing bodies through guests speakers and practical learning opportunities as well as developing distinct pathways from education into employment. Courses like Sports Operations Management, currently run with the assistance of UEFA, give practical insight into managing some of the world’s biggest sports events.

The FIMBA programme is the top ranked sports MBA in the UK and the top-ranked football master’s in the world (SportBusiness International’s 2015 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings).

If you wish to gain industry experience our placement scheme will assist you in this. CBA graduates have an excellent record in terms of either gaining employment in the football industry or developing their existing careers in football.

CBA students are taught alongside students studying the prestigious MBA Football Industries (FiMBA) programme. CBA students therefore benefit from this network as well as gaining access to the FiMBA Alumni Network, made up of over 300 graduates, most of whom are currently working in football.

Taken full-time, the programme runs from the end of September to the start of May with a one month break over the Christmas period, and students on average will need to be in Liverpool for one full day a week. Students who already possess football industry experience may instead choose to start the programme in mid-November.

Alongside the taught aspects of the programme, CBA students will also benefit from:

- A comprehensive programme of guest speakers drawn from top football executives throughout the world
- A series of football industry visits and networking events (including a stand at Soccerex’s Global Forum in Manchester)
- A dedicated football industry archive
- A placement co-ordinator and football-specific careers advice
- Support provided by a FiMBA or FiCBA alumnus currently working in the football industry.

This 9 month programme consists of five compulsory modules. The programme can also be delivered on a CPD basis.

Key Facts

REF 2014
27th in the UK for 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 100% impact and 88% environment at 4* and 3*.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

MBA Guest Speakers

Recent speakers have included:

Adrian Bevington
Former Club England Managing Director at the Football Association

Jane Purdon
Director of Governance, Premier League

Robert Elstone
CEO, Everton FC

Alex Phillips
Head of Stakeholder Affairs, UEFA

John Watts
Sports TV Director for ITV

Stefano Petruzzo
Head of Strategy, Liverpool FC

MBA Student Community

Each year our MBA students form lasting friendships, build a supportive network and make key business contacts with future leaders from around the world. The MBA student community meets regularly, following a calendar of social events funded in part by the Management School. Our students take full advantage of all that Liverpool has to offer – from eating out, to visiting bars, watching theatre and enjoying the lively music scene. Football Industry MBA students are also encouraged to play, as well as study the beautiful game, as part of FRUMBA FC.

Career prospects

Where It Takes You

94% of MBA graduates actively seeking employment received a job offer within 3 months.

FIMBA is at the centre of one of the best existing global networks in the football industry with alumni working for the top football / sports clubs, governing bodies, media and commercial organisations in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Some of our most recent graduates are now working in the following football clubs and related organisations:

Asian Football Confederation
The [English] Football League
Scottish Professional Football League
Chinese Football Association
Manchester City FC
Celtic FC
Liverpool FC
Santos Laguna [Mexico]
BATE Borisov [Belarus]
FC Seoul [South Korea]
FC Colo-Colo [Chile]
Gremio FBPA [Brazil]
European Broadcasting Union
Rugby Football Union
England Netball

Dedicated MBA careers support

Whatever your experience as a manager and whatever your professional ambitions, you’ll be supported with your future career planning by the MBA Careers Advisor from the very first week.

Visit the Business Administration (Football Industries) PG Cert page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!





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