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  MSc - Sport Management, Politics and International Development

Loughborough University    Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Full time & Part time October MSc Full-time 1 year; part-time typically 2 years Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Business & Management (5) Politics & Government (30)

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Are you passionate about the global sport industry? Our MSc Sport Management, Politics and International Development programme is designed to prepare you for a successful career in this exciting field. Delivered by our internationally renowned academics, this programme offers a strong critical understanding of sport management, politics, and development on a global scale. With a focus on contemporary issues and research methods, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to excel in sport management, policy, and development roles. Join our vibrant community of students from over 20 countries and develop valuable global networks. Explore the world of sport with us!

About the course

The global sport industry is an important, growing and diverse area of employment, particularly in relation to management, development, politics, commerce and governance. This programme prepares you for a career in these and other professional areas within sport and sport-related fields.

Our MSc in Sport Management, Politics and International Development will provide you with a strong critical understanding of sport management, sport politics and policy, and sport development in an international context. The programme is taught by our diverse team of staff who are recognised globally for their research and teaching in these areas.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of disciplines including sports science, social science, arts, engineering, sciences and other technical disciplines.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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Where will I study?

Where is Loughborough University


Student Profiles


I have really enjoyed the breadth of the programme as it covers a variety of areas ranging from media and marketing, to sport development and politics. Furthermore, these topics are covered on an international scale which offers an insight to working in a global environment when I leave University.


I chose to study at Loughborough University because of its reputation for world-class sporting culture and facilities, and it was important for me to learn from the best and immerse myself in this environment. Thankfully, Loughborough also offered the perfect course to develop my interest in the social and political impact of sport around the globe.

Having been involved in sports development projects in Vietnam and Micronesia as a football coach, I have found it useful to gain a better understanding of the theoretical and ideological frameworks that underpin development organisations and funding, as well as how to measure the impact of a successful project.

I was initially apprehensive of returning to academia, eight years after completing my undergraduate degree and knowing I would be studying alongside some of the best academics in the world. However, my personal and module tutors have been incredibly supportive, not only in giving great feedback on my work, but by showing me my experience in sports internationally could be an asset to myself and others on the course.

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