This elite executive Master’s programme is designed to equip sports professionals and leaders with the skills to develop a successful vision and deliver for the long-term success of sports organisations via the prominent role of Sporting Director. The MSc Sports Directorship will qualify you for one of the most important roles today in modern global sport, that of Sporting Director, and critically, will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to equip you to sit in a strategic leadership role in a sporting organisation. This two-year part-time course teaches a unique curriculum, tailored to meet the real demands of leading sports organisations. Covering sports leadership, personal development, masterminding innovation and change, sport governance and best practice – alongside a diverse range of hands-on extra-curricular activities – the course provides unrivalled preparation for the role of the sporting director. Rapidly gaining a foothold in the sporting and business world, this cognitive approach to performance is exclusive to the MSc Sports Directorship. Students on this programme also have access to world-leading performance analysis tools from Hudl, the industry-standard software used by athletes, coaches and clubs across the globe. Designed to fit both on-campus learning and remote study around your work commitments, the MSc Sports Directorship equips you to become a sports business professional with all the skills and practical experience you need to take your next career step with confidence. Degree content Taught over two years in four modules plus an applied research project, the MSc Sports Directorship is delivered in a format which allows you to combine study and work in a way that best suits your working life. In year one you will spend nine blocks of two days from September to August on campus and in year two you will spend three blocks of two days from September to November on campus, with project work to be completed in your own time. Modules are self-contained and are delivered in sequence, to ensure that all members of your cohort community can learn from each other’s experiences. The programme is enhanced by a series of guest lectures with expert speakers from the worlds of global sport and business.
Personal Leadership in a Global Sporting Environment (UD7015): Core, CWRK1 50% - CWRK2 50% Leading High Performance Sports Organisations in the Global Environment (UD7016): Core, PRES1 50% - CWRK1 50% Leading Innovation and Change in the Global Sports Industry (UD7017): Core, CWRK1 50% - PRES1 50% Financial, Legal and Media Issues for the Sporting Director (UD7018): Core, CWRK1 50% - CWRK2 50% Applied Professional Project (UD7019): Core, CWRK1 100%"
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
Our access to an International Licence is currently being reviewed. This means we are unable to accept applications for anyone who requires a student visa to study in the UK as we cannot issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you are unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact [email protected]
It takes an ambitious person to take part in the MSc Sports Directorship. We’re looking for self-starters who possess a combination of skills, experience and the desire to succeed. You may already be working in a sporting environment, for instance in a coaching, medical, finance or marketing role, and looking for the next crucial step in your sporting career. Alternatively, you may be in a business role, and seeking to make the move into sport to use your business skills in a new way. The course also offers ex-players and sports professionals to acquire the business skills needed to take the step into the position on a sporting director. Many of our students spent their youth playing, not studying, and the application process takes that into account. The course is designed to build on existing talents and experience, whilst developing new leading-edge skills that are in demand throughout the sporting community. Entry onto the course is therefore through a blend of life experience, career and reason for wanting to do the programme.
Fees and funding
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Additional fee information
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