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Sport Management MSc

Course Description

The MSc Sport Management course is designed for aspiring graduates who wish to develop a career in the sports industry, focusing on the business of sport. Such students recognise the need to gain business and management knowledge to complement their undergraduate study before embarking on their chosen career. The course aims to equip you with the essential academic knowledge in business and management alongside the personal skills which are applicable to all industries and the more specific knowledge of the sports industry which will help you launch your career.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/sport-management-8996

Course detail

- Description -

The course was introduced to meet an increasing demand from students and employers who recognise the need for highly skilled managers in the area of sport. It aims to give students an introduction to the key areas of business, management and sports management which are essential to build a successful career in the sports industry.

The course combines the expertise of two of the University’s Schools: the Department of Management and Leadership and the Ulster Sports Academy and is suitable for aspiring graduates from any academic discipline.

- Purpose -

This MSc is designed for those who recognise the need to progress their academic study in order to embark on a successful career in sports management. The modules on the course offer a comprehensive introduction to the essential areas of business and management. In addition to the taught modules, the course places a substantial emphasis on developing students’ employability skills. During the course you will be exposed to masterclasses in areas such as CV design, presentation skills and interview techniques. You will also take advantage of our Internship Programme which gives you the opportunity to work alongside an organisation in the summer semester.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The course is taught by experts from Ulster University, and we also invite a range of guest speakers from industry to come and present to students.

We try to ensure that the content of modules and their assessment is as practical and work focused as possible, Assessment is all via coursework, both group and individual, with presentations forming part of the criteria in some modules.

- Work placement / study abroad -

An internship forms an essential part of this course. For those students who are already in work however, their project can be based within their current organisation allowing an in-depth investigation of a current business issue and creating value for the organisation.

Students have worked in local sport goods manufacturers and clothing organisations such as Ecco and Adidas as well as with sports clubs, teams and organisations such as the Belfast Giants, Ulster Rugby and the IFA, for example.

Career options

There are a variety of careers available to graduates of the course. Many students take up roles within the sports industry, for example in consultancy, marketing or administration. Other graduates have made use of the more generic business and management skills that are taught on the course to gain employment with organisations such as Apple, for example.

Many students use their internship as an opportunity to build links with employers. Over the past few years for example, students have worked for organisations such as the Belfast Giants, Ulster Sport Academy, Sport Ireland, Adidas, Ecco and the IFA.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Sport Management MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Vivian Koch

"The course gave me a good insight into the different areas of organisations such as finances, human resources, quality and sports marketing... Another positive aspect of the course is the focus on coursework, individually and in groups. Writing assignments gave me the opportunity to explore a subject in depth and critically review it. Individual assignments improved my time management skills. Working in a group challenged me to work together with different characters in order achieve a good result. Another aspect of the course was conducting presentations which was a valuable experience which enhances my employability. The internship in third semester was a very good opportunity to gain experiences and find an appropriate topic for the master's thesis. I did the internship part-time during the second semester which saved me time in the summer semester."


Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) or higher, or an equivalent standard in a professional qualification. English language entry requirements: View Website

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