Sport Management

Study Sport Management and graduate with a university degree

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

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Sport Management
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September

Sport Postgraduate Recruitment Team School of Sport
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+44 (0) 1786 466498 www.stir.ac.uk/sport

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. Successful completion will help you attain full membership of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

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 management, finance, research methods, professional practice and integrated sport management studies. You will also have the opportunity to widen or deepen your knowledge through selection of two option modules.

Course objectives

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 management, finance, research methods, professional practice and integrated sport management studies.  You will also have the opportunity to widen or deepen your knowledge through selection of two option modules.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices.
  • apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations.
  • conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events.

Entrance requirements

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (5.5 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

Full-time

Certificate: six months
Diploma: nine months
MSc: nine months

Part-time

Certificate: 12 months
Diploma: 24 months
MSc: 24 months

Course start date

September

Structure and content

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:

  • Principles of Management in Sport (30 credits)
  • Sports Finance (15 credits)
  • Sport Management Integrated Studies (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Research Methods for Sport (15-credits)
  • Two modules from within School of Sport taught postgraduate course or by agreement with the School (total 30 credits)

You will be expected to undertake 30 hours of professional practice during your studies as part of the Sport Management Integrated Studies module.

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. 

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices.
  • apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations.
  • conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events.

Delivery and assessment

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 assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination and designed to encourage students to link theory to professional practice.

Recommended reading

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

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

  9-10

10-11

11-12 12-1 1-2 2-3 3-4

4-5

Mon     Option Module Seminar      
Tues Sports Research Methods     Finance
Wed Option Module          
Thurs

Principles of Mgt in Sport

      Option Module Lecture
Fri                

Module titles

  • Principles of Management in Sport (SPSP38) (30 credits)
  • Sports Finance (SPSP01) (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Sport (SPSP39) (15 credits)
  • Sport Management Integrated Studies (SPSP49) (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (SPSP10) (60 credits)

Two modules from within School of Sport taught postgraduate course or by agreement with the School (total 30 credits)

Course Director

Dr Mathieu Winand

RAE rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) sports research at Stirling  was ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top five in the UK, with 85 percent of publications classed as ‘International level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

Strengths

A particular strength of this course is the focus on real practice enabled by the knowledge and industry experience of module tutors.  Amongst the programme 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 sports 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.

Academic Strengths

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.

Our students

This course attracts national and international students: the current cohort includes students from the UK, Norway, USA, Spain, 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, Interim Chief Executive, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Career opportunities

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.

Successful students are uniquely advantaged in that they will be well placed to gain formal recognition as a chartered sport manager through the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Fees

2014/15Overseas£12900
2014/15Home/EU£4750

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Funding

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS.  More information

For information on possible sources of funding, visit: www.stir.ac.uk/postgrad/finance