MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport. The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings.
This course was ranked 3rd in Europe in 2016 by Sport Business International.
The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings.
Throughout the course you will be challenged to evaluate the dynamic environment in which sport organisations in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors strive to flourish, and to apply your developing knowledge and management skills to meet the inherent sport management challenges.
Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. Your studies will include: strategic and operational event management, finance, research methods, professional practice, marketing, management challenges and a dissertation.
On successful completion you will be able to:
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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(Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Postgraduate Loans offers postgraduate students repayable support towards the cost of tuition fees and is available to eligible Scotland & EU domiciled students undertaking full and part-time postgraduate study on specific courses. From 2016-2017, eligible full-time postgraduate students can also apply for a living-cost loan.)
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You can study either full-time or part-time to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc levels.
You must attain 180 SCQF points to be awarded an MSc in Sport Management. You will achieve this by successfully completing the following modules:
You will have the chance to work on case studies, learn from people in the business and to develop specific interests through a research dissertation.
Management concepts and theories will be delivered through traditional lecturing methods. Theory will be applied to practice through case study analysis, discussion with sport management practitioners, seminars and research. You will acquire ‘softer’ management skills such as problem-solving, team-working, leadership, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a range of learning activities, and which are essential if you are to become an effective manager.
The modules are mainly assessed by coursework and designed to encourage students to link theory to professional practice.
Students will only be expected to purchase three to four key texts for the course relating to key management principles and relevant research methodologies. In addition to core texts, reading will be supplemented with relevant and contemporary (empirical) journal articles. Students with little knowledge of sport management are directed to the following text as preparatory reading:
Taylor, P. (2011) Torkildesen’s Sport and Leisure Management (6th Edition), London: Routledge
Certificate: 6 months
Diploma: 9 months
MSc: 12 months
Certificate: 12 months
Diploma: 24 months
MSc: 24 months
Full-time and Part-time, Campus-based
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
|Tues||Research Methods for Sport||Sport Finance|
Principles of Management in Sport
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A particular strength of this course is the focus on real practice enabled by the knowledge and industry experience of module tutors. Amongst the course tutors are trustees of National Governing Bodies of Sport, those who have employment experience in sport management and a team who, in combination, has provided consultancy support to a wide range of national and international sport organisations. This offers students a unique insight into real life practice and opportunity to access a substantial network of industry contacts.
As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are closely aligned with many sport organisations and have formal links with a growing number of organisations with regard to facilitating student research projects, work experience and guest lectures by industry practitioners. We are also pleased to have a close association with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.
This course is delivered by a team of highly qualified academics with experience and research interests that complement and support teaching activities. Of particular note is that fact that tutors of what may be regarded as generic management disciplines have a publications record which evidences their specific interest in applying generic theory to the sporting context.
This course attracts national and international students: the current cohort includes students from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada, Nigeria, India and China. While some students are furthering their studies in sport, others are in the process of career transition having studied a different, though related, subject at undergraduate level.
This is one of the most exciting periods for Scottish sport with the Commonwealth Games and their legacy set to transform the opportunities for everyone in the community. The MSc in Sport Management at Stirling provides an excellent grounding in the challenges and opportunities in this field. I am positive that graduates from this programme will be among those who will provide the leadership in Scottish sport for many years to come.
Derek Casey, former Interim Chief Executive, Glasgow 2014
Gaining this degree will prepare you for sport management jobs with a local authority, a commercial organisation or with a voluntary sport organisation such as a governing body of sport.
A key benefit of this course is the opportunity to gain expert management knowledge that can be applied to a wider range of industrial sectors than just sport.
You will have the opportunity to work with a sport organisation during a 30-hour internship as well as organising and marketing a local sport event with Active Stirling. That experience will increase your employability for the job you aim for in the sport sector.
The University has strong partnerships with a number of organisations including: PGA Scotland, Scottish Professional Football League, Senscot, Scottish Sport Federations, Forth Valley Football Academy and Active Stirling.