The University of Liverpool
Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.
The MBA programme entered The Economist’s ‘Which MBA?’ top 100 global ranking in 2015.
The Football Industries MBA (FIMBA) programme is the original, and still the only, Football Industries MBA. As an MBA programme, it has the real business focus that management positions in modern sport demand. Delivered in partnership with The National Football Centre, St. George’s Park, it focuses on the professionalism and business of the beautiful game. If you want to work in the global football industry—with clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies—this is the MBA programme for you.
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).
The core elements of the programme – leadership, strategy, managing the environment, innovation, entrepreneurship, managing financial resources – are delivered in concentrated blocks to encourage a deeper understanding, with a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning.
The specialist football modules apply business concepts to modern football. You’ll gain a critical awareness of issues in football management, law, and marketing.
Crucially, you’ll receive vocational training for the industry, including the Becoming a Football Executive module and a Sports Operations Management module currently run with the assistance of UEFA.
The broader skills you’ll acquire include analysis, problem solving, creativity and decision-making. The Becoming a Football Executive module will also serve to strengthen and hone your interpersonal, communication and leadership abilities. Based in Liverpool, the football hotbed of the North-West of England, English clubs are accessible as laboratories for students to put theory into practice.
Work based projects
Work based project providers have included
Providers have included:
Manchester City FC
The Football Association
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
MBA Guest Speakers
Recent speakers have included:
Former Club England Managing Director at the Football Association
Director of Governance, Premier League
CEO, Everton FC
Head of Stakeholder Affairs, UEFA
Sports TV Director for ITV
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.
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
Fc Bayern Munich
Santos Laguna [Mexico]
BATE Borisov [Belarus]
FC Seoul [South Korea]
FC Colo-Colo [Chile]
Gremio FBPA [Brazil]
European Broadcasting Union
Rugby Football Union
Students will normally be expected to hold a 2:1 Honours degree (which may be in any discipline) from a UK university, or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered. Candidates should normally be expected to have a minimum of three years appropriate work experience. All candidates must meet our required level of English.