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MSc Sport Leadership

Course Description


This programme is designed for individuals who wish to improve their impact and effectiveness in leading and managing individuals, teams, and organisations within the sport business industry. Students will immerse themselves in the business of sport, enhancing their leadership capacity and business acumen in relation to the complex and rapidly emerging global sport business environment.

The programme recognises that contemporary leadership and management are multifaceted and there is a need to draw upon numerous perspectives to have an impact in the current international sport business environment. This course is designed to introduce and bring together theories, styles and philosophies of leadership, provide an extensive understanding of business practices, and their practical application in the context of sport.

Developmental themes embedded within the programme relate to team work, sustainability, critical reflection, management development and leadership construction. This programme provides the foundation for individuals to develop their own leadership philosophy, extend their knowledge of the sport business industry, and critically reflect upon how they can be influential and effective leaders and managers in global sport. The course also provides opportunities to undertake applied research and develop leadership and management skills by helping solve real problems confronting sport businesses in the current landscape.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/sport-leadership/

Programme Aims

a) Analyse and evaluate leadership and business challenges and responses facing sport business professionals

b) Develop students as leaders in sport through practical application and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to sport leadership and business challenges in real time

c) Develop a critical understanding of the social, environmental and economic issues that are essential to leadership and management in the sport industry

d) Develop students’ critical thinking to assess the development, evaluation and implementation of innovation as a process and its application to sport leadership and business

e) Develop leaders in sport who have the leadership and business skills that have specific application to the challenges confronting sport organisations at the global, national and local level

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Sport Leadership, students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules. Students must choose 1 of the 3 optional modules in semester 2. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits. Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University in London Institutes in the first semester.


Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.


This programme prepares students for careers in middle and senior leadership positions in government, commercial, not-for-profit and international sporting organisations.


- Collaborative Project
- Leadership Models and Practices: Applications to a Sport Context
- Sport Leadership Retreat
- Sustainability and Leadership for Sport Organisations
- Critically Reflective Leadership and Sport Management Practice
- Dissertation
- Analysing and Constructing Leadership for a Sport Context


Choose one module only
- Intellectual Property
- Strategy and Planning
- Sports Management Theory and Practice


Choose one module only
- Design Thinking
- Media and Creative Industries: Context and Practices
- Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives
- Introduction to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds
- Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Find more information on modules here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/sport-leadership/


Loughborough University London offers a collaborative, innovative and inspiring learning environment, bringing together world-leading scholars, dynamic organisations and creative individuals with the emerging talent and leaders of tomorrow.
Our programmes, which combine real-world learning with theory-rich lectures, are delivered through our five institutes and academy:
- Institute for Design Innovation
- Institute for Digital Technologies
- Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development
- Institute for Sport Business
- Institute for Media and Creative Industries
- Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

You will not only develop an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject area, but will also gain cross-disciplinary experience, giving you the breadth of skills and experience to thrive in your chosen career.

You will learn from and network with pioneering thought-leaders from a range of organisations –multi-national companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups, the private and voluntary sectors, and the eminently creative local London community.

Our vision for Loughborough University London has been shaped and informed by the University’s existing commercial partners and collaborators, which include several of the world’s most iconic brands.
We will be running regular keynote speaker programmes, seminars and invited lecturers from some of the world’s most influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public and voluntary sector organisations. Visit the People section of the website (http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/people/guest-speakers/ ) to see just a few of our iconic partners.

All have recognised the need to invest in the pipeline of future talent so that they can continue to recruit people with the skills, drive and creativity to compete and thrive in a globally competitive environment.

Visit the MSc Sport Leadership page on the Loughborough University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages - No. of awards TBC

We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2016.This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network.Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.What's on offer for 2016Inspiring Success Programme
For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2016Dean's Award for Enterprise
For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.East London Community Scholarship
For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our communityAlumni Bursary
For all Loughborough University alumni
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
For international and UK/EU high achieving students
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered

Value of Scholarship(s)

See below


Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for scholarships and bursaries for 2016. For further information and to find out whether you are eligible for a scholarship or bursary, please visit our Your Questions Answered
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Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess these requirements, but who has substantial relevant work experience. English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. See View Website

Course Fees

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