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MSc Sports Management

Course Description

Why take this course?

The sports industry is an exciting, dynamic environment that requires people with ambition, expertise and management skills; people with the desire and ability to lead, plan and deliver.

The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to improve your knowledge specific to the sector while developing appropriate skills in a sport management context.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Gain a thorough grounding in how to manage people alongside the skills to be a confident leader
Develop an interdisciplinary applied to gaining expert management knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of industry sectors.
Conduct research investigating issues within the Sports Management sector

What opportunities might it lead to?

With an estimated worth in excess of £110 billion, the global sports industry is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, sports development, and the health and fitness sectors.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

National governing bodies
Sports agencies
Local authority
UK sport
Primary care trust
County sports partnership

Module Details

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode, with a mixture of core and compulsory units providing good flexibility for part-time students. In the event that you are unable to complete the180 credits for the award of MSc, there are two additional exit awards:

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) which is obtained if you have successfully completed 60 credits.

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which is obtained if you have successfully completed 120 credits.

You will study several key topics; however these are subject to innovation and may therefore change slightly over the years.

Here are the units you will study:

The Sports Business Industry: This unit enables you to evaluate the key source of uncertainty facing sports organisations and provides you with the knowledge and capacity to understand the strategic management process, the role of senior management and policy developers working with various sporting organisations.

Strategic Events Management: This unit introduces you to the principles underpinning event management and the strategic planning of events and the methods in which these principles are used in practice

Applied Research Methods: This unit Comprehensively prepares you for research in your chosen field. You will cover a range of research designs and approaches and will prepare you to undertake your MSc Research Project.

Optional Units include:

Sports Management in Practice: This unit offers the opportunity to both observe, and where appropriate contribute, within day-to-day delivery within an organisation associated with the sports management sector

Operational Management in Sport: This unit teaches techniques from the field of operations management that are relevant to the wider field of sports management. It aims to equip students with both knowledge and understanding of the aspects of operations management relating to the design, planning, control and improvement of operations in the sports industry.

Programme Details

Teaching and learning takes place through a variety of formats including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and industry-based experiences.

The varying teaching formats are reflected in the assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Industry reports
Reflective accounts
Professional presentations
Projects and portfolios

Student Destinations

Graduating from this course provides professional preparation for management or leadership positions in a variety of sport, recreation and health promotion areas.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Sports development manager
Health and fitness manager
Partnership development manager
Programme manager
Lecturer in sport

Visit the MSc Sports Management page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in a Sport, Business or Management subject. Applicants who hold a non-related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For those who do not hold a degree or relevant professional qualification, extensive experience together with evidence of scholarly ability will be required.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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