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Master of Sport Directorship


Course Description

For the first time, you can now gain a fully accredited Master's degree that qualifies you for one of the most important roles in modern sport. The Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) is a two year, part-time course that teaches a unique curriculum tailored to meet the real demands of leading sporting organisations.

Covering sports leadership and personal development, enabling high performance, masterminding innovation and change, sport governance and best practice in addition to a research dissertation, the course provides unrivalled preparation for the role of Sport Director, alongside a diverse range of hands-on, extra-curricular activities.

Exclusive to the Master of Sport Directorship is the study of neuroscience and its application as a performance management tool, harnessing the power of the mind to enable and enhance achievement in sporting and business arenas.

Designed to fit on-campus and remote study around work commitments, the Master of Sport Directorship equips sports and business professionals with all the skills and practical experience needed to take their next career step with confidence.

Features & Benefits

Masterclass Series

You will have the opportunity to network with other senior professionals and attend exclusive guest speakers from leading businesses. Here are some examples of recent masterclasses:

• Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi, Guest Speaker on Master's in Sport Directorship.

• Masterclass hosted in association with the Chartered Management Institute, hosted Dr Simon Heywood, CEO of Cirrus, who delivered a masterclass on how to build a more agile, customer driven business.

Additional benefits of the course:

Uniquely underpinning the course content is the science of performance management that ensures you get the best out of yourself and those around you. In the context of personal and organisational development, it can dramatically improve the performance of the Sport Director as a leader, coach and manager of people.

With top level connections into the sports world and members on the prestigious Advisory Board, Manchester Met Business School are perfectly positioned to not only bring fascinating and informative guest lecturers to share their experiences with you, but also as part of an elite alumni, you will have access to a network of elite sporting contacts.

The programme will combine expert content delivery from the Business School teaching team and guest speakers with specialist expertise drawn from the national and international sporting business community in a workshop environment, providing new and best practice including case studies, in the fields of leadership, neuroscience, team performance, innovation, change and governance.

Feedback from the first MSD cohort who began their studies in 2014 includes:

“Experience is essential to be successful as a Sporting Director role. However, the course provides you with strategies to deal with any scenario you may encounter in this high-pressured position.”

“Excellent course – particularly the opportunity to network and apply theory to practice”.

“Do it, it will improve the way you think about the role”.

“A great opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge required to lead a sporting organisation. A unique learning environment with a mix of high profile, successful, experienced, intelligent and interesting characters, directed by excellent university tutors. An opportunity not to be missed”.

“The course brings in senior influencers in sport and business to share their experiences and knowledge.”

Feedback from current students

“Experience is essential to be successful as a Sporting Director role. However the course provides you with strategies to deal with any scenario you may encounter in this high-pressured position.”

“Excellent course – particularly the opportunity to network and apply theory to practice”

“Do it, it will improve the way you think about the role”

“A great opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge required to lead a sporting organisation. A unique learning environment with a mix of high profile, successful, experienced, intelligent and interesting characters, directed by excellent University tutors. An opportunity not to be missed”

“The course brings in senior influencers in sport and business to share their experiences and knowledge.”

Visit the Master of Sport Directorship page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You may already be working in a sporting environment and looking for the next crucial step in your sporting career.Alternatively, you may already be in a business role and seeking to make the move into sport. In addition, the course offers ex-players and sports professionals currently in management a means to acquire the business skills needed to take the step into the position of Sports Director. Ideally, students should be postgraduate or be able to demonstrate sufficient business experience. A first year foundation course is available for those whose qualifications aren’t enough to gain immediate acceptance on the course.

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