M.Sc. Sport Management

University of Stirling | Stirling, United Kingdom
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).

Description of Sport Management

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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

Home/EU: £4750; Overseas: £12500

Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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)

English Language Requirements

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6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Sport Management

Entrance requirements

A lower second class Honours degree or better (or equivalent professional qualification). Applicants who do not hold the normal academic qualifications but who have an appropriate level of relevant experience in sport and management may also be admitted. For applicants who do not hold the normal academic qualifications, it is recommended that they contact the School prior to submitting their formal application.

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 (minimum 5.5 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Work Experience for Sport Management

No work experience is required.

More Information

Accreditation

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.

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