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Football Industries MBA


Course Description

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:

Celtic FC
Everton FC
Galatasaray S.K.
Liverpool FC
Manchester City FC
The Football Association
UEFA

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:

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

Visit the Football Industries MBA page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

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