Sports Business and Management MSc | PGDip | PGCert – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months for MSc(part-timeand online)
Upcoming starts: 11 Oct 2022
Entry awards: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

This postgraduate business degree will develop your management skills while simultaneously building your confidence to work effectively within the global business of sport. 

What is sports and business management?

Whatever sport you follow, sports and business have become intrinsically intertwined, with the biggest sporting institutions tailoring their approach to the game through commercial, corporate and retail perspectives. The role business management plays in every kind of sport has never been bigger.

For those looking to carve out a career in the sporting world, whether as an agent, an analyst, a marketing manager or any other position, an in-depth understanding of sport management is crucial. Sports and business management jobs can be rewarding, challenging and fulfilling, and with the right education, they can be so much more.

About the programme

Developed by leading academics in the University of Liverpool’s AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accredited Management School, this programme will cultivate the attributes needed to progress in your management career, grow your own sports business or thrive within an existing role.

You will improve your ability to critically analyse sports organisations’ policies and practices within the dynamic sports business environment, empowering you to make evidence-based decisions. The modules will encourage you to develop as a reflective leader who can make a key contribution to enabling sustainable sports organisations. 

You will gather insight from the University of Liverpool’s network of experts experienced in working with international, national and community sports organisations, including football, horse racing and rugby, to address the global issues of health and wellbeing. 

The programme culminates in either: a final work-based project or dissertation which will enable you to integrate and apply the learning from the programme to explore an issue within your own organisation or the sports business environment. Alternatively, you can complete a research assignment into an aspect of the future of the sports management industry, featuring both team-based and individual projects. 

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Download a prospectus for more details on this programme including module information. 

Programme structure

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science, 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), and 60 to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PG Cert). 

  • Global Context of Sports Business (15 credits) 
  • Sports Marketing and Sponsorship (15 credits) 
  • Leadership in Sport (15 credits) 
  • Sports Strategy and Governance (15 credits) 
  • Sports Business Analytics (15 credits) 
  • Sports Finance (15 credits) 
  • Sports Operations and Events (15 credits) 
  • Sports Business in Practice (15 credits) 
  • Work-Based Project / Futures Research for Sports Industries (60 credits) 

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applicants should possess either: 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Professional work experience in a related field and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees and funding

MSc: £15,300
PGDip: £10,200
PGCert: £5,100

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

Scholarships and discounts

You may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment 

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.

Applying

Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • An up-to-date CV.   

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 

Deadlines 

We have start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. As an applicant, you are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if you have special needs. 

Career prospects

After completing this programme, you will be able to progress into management roles within the sports business sector. On the programme, you will learn from experts from sporting backgrounds giving you the opportunity to enhance your employability within the global sports business sector. 

Alongside the subject-specific knowledge you will gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking and research. This will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects and access more senior roles. 

About us

The Management School is amongst an elite group of business schools to hold the gold standard triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). Our vision is to be a globally connected Management School, with our transformative research and teaching, placing us at the forefront of influential knowledge leadership. The latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 rated us 9th in the sector for research power, and 100% of our research environment was classified world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 

By studying online with Liverpool, you can gain a highly regarded qualification from a prestigious redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 research-led UK universities committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of research and education. You will acquire new skills and knowledge, all while continuing to work in your current role.  

The University of Liverpool has been offering online programmes since 2000, making us one of Europe’s leading providers of wholly online postgraduate degrees. Each of our programmes is designed for online delivery, and our state-of-the-art learning platform encourages collaboration with fellow professionals from around the world. 

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