Sports Management MSc
MSc Sports Management
If you're keen to take your career in sport further, getting a Master's qualification in Sports Management can add valuable expertise and skills to your portfolio that will help you lead, plan and deliver results in the industry.
On this MSc Sports Management degree course, you'll learn the theory and practice of sports management and build on your knowledge and understanding of sports science. You'll develop your leadership skills from a sports management context too.
And once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in sports management and associated health and fitness industries.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Develop skills in people management and leadership
- Study topics such as the Sports Business Industry, and The Principles, Practice and Governance in Management
- Carry out research investigating issues within the sports management sector
- Have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of ejournals and newspapers
- Learn in our biomechanics, physiology, psychology and kinanthropometry labs, with professional facilities including:
- 3 climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude
- an immersion pool
- a swimming flume
- an automated tracking system
- visual 3D software
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the sports management industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
It's estimated that the global sports industry is worth over £110 billion, and it's growing. When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career in areas such as teaching, sports development, and the health and fitness sectors.
Our previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- National governing bodies
- Sports agencies
- Local authorities
- UK Sport
- Primary care trusts
- County Sports Partnership
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
- A 2:2 honours degree in a Sport, Business or Management subject. Applicants who hold a non-related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For those who do not hold a degree or relevant professional qualification, extensive experience together with evidence of scholarly ability will be required.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,500
- Part-time: £3,750 a year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £13,900
- Part-time: £6,950 a year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover the costs associated with any optional programmes of field work that you take. Costs can range from £50 - £1,000, depending on the type of fieldwork.
You'll need to meet the cost of travel for any placement activities. These costs will depend on the type of placement, and can range from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
In the event that you are unable to complete the 180 credits for the award of MSc, there are two additional exit awards:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) which is obtained if you have successfully completed 60 credits.
- Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which is obtained if you have successfully completed 120 credits.
Core units include:
- The Sports Business Industry
- Principles, Practice and Governance in Management
- Applied Research Methods
- Professional Development
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- industry-based experience
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- industry reports
- reflective accounts
- professional presentations
- projects and portfolios
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.