Sport Management students in a seminar
Mode of Study
Part-time, full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022, January 2023

Overview

If you want an international career working for sporting governing bodies, or delivering events such as the Olympics, Wimbledon, Premier League football, the Indian Premier League, or other elite or mass participation global sporting events, then taking our Master's qualification in sport management will give you the valuable expertise and skills needed to lead, plan and deliver results in the growing sport management industry.

Sports science at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 3rd of all post-1992 universities for research quality

The UK is Europe’s leading market for sport and sports tech with sport and physical activity contributing £39 billion to the UK’s economy. The global sports market is expected to reach $707.84 billion in 2026. The UK’s globally renowned sporting events provide many career opportunities. For example, the Premier League is the most watched football league in the world, with matches broadcast to 1 billion homes in 188 countries.

On this MSc Sport Management degree course you'll learn the theory and practice of sport management, build on your knowledge and understanding, and develop your leadership skills within an international sport management context.

Once you graduate, you'll have the transferable tools and skills needed for an international career in sport management, HR and event management.

Scholarships for sports students

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Develop the skills in people management and leadership needed for a successful international career in elite global sport
  • Study the worldwide sports business industry, and the principles, practice and governance in management
  • Learn from our research with internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Take part in a field trips such as our visit to Madrid to experience professional sport management at organisations including Real Madrid Football Club – visits like this are part of the course cost, but vary from year-to-year
  • Enjoy access to our outstanding new Ravelin Sports Centre, designed to be one of the UK’s most sustainable sports facilities
  • Learn from lecturers who have delivered sport management programmes internationally and who are driven by current practices
  • Share your sporting skills with the local community through our coaching and volunteering scheme

What you'll study on this MSc Sport Management degree course

Full-time

Core modules
All modules on this MSc Sport Management are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate local sporting events and their potential impact for host cities and communities at a local level
  • Critically appraise professional skills in sport event management
  • Critically analyse the context of sport events and their post-event impacts
  • Critically explore the landscape of sport events management in relation to its global context

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • To understand the basis of research philosophy and design
  • Critically evaluate contemporary research in a defined area to develop a scientifically and ethically sound outline research proposal
  • Produce a feasible research proposal for a project of choice, establishing viability and any ethical considerations
  • Conduct a project that will further enhance knowledge or ability in the chosen area
  • Evaluate and provide a written report of the projects results and findings using the appropriate qualitative or quantitative analysis tools

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate the current national and international context of sports management, through research informed understanding of leadership, political and social contexts
  • Identify, assess and provide justification for appropriate sport management research topic areas, based on a global understanding of current sport management issues
  • Evaluate and critically appraise global governance structures and the impact of good governance in sport organisations
  • Critically evaluate current research contexts and constructs in sport management, understanding the wider impact of sport management

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse career development needs to synthesise a short-term career development plan
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate the recent development of your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse further career development needs to synthesise a career development plan incorporating further short, medium and long term career objectives

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically appraise inter-disciplinary academic scholarship of leadership and its application to practice in the sport management industry
  • Critically assess the influence of internal and external factors that impact leadership effectiveness in the sport management industry
  • Critically evaluate professional leadership development competencies
  • Critically analyse professional leadership skills and employability within the sports management job market

Explore this module

Part-time

Year 1
Year 2
All modules on this MSc Sport Management are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically appraise inter-disciplinary academic scholarship of leadership and its application to practice in the sport management industry
  • Critically assess the influence of internal and external factors that impact leadership effectiveness in the sport management industry
  • Critically evaluate professional leadership development competencies
  • Critically analyse professional leadership skills and employability within the sports management job market

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Sport Management are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate local sporting events and their potential impact for host cities and communities at a local level
  • Critically appraise professional skills in sport event management
  • Critically analyse the context of sport events and their post-event impacts
  • Critically explore the landscape of sport events management in relation to its global context

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • To understand the basis of research philosophy and design
  • Critically evaluate contemporary research in a defined area to develop a scientifically and ethically sound outline research proposal
  • Produce a feasible research proposal for a project of choice, establishing viability and any ethical considerations
  • Conduct a project that will further enhance knowledge or ability in the chosen area
  • Evaluate and provide a written report of the projects results and findings using the appropriate qualitative or quantitative analysis tools

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate the current national and international context of sports management, through research informed understanding of leadership, political and social contexts
  • Identify, assess and provide justification for appropriate sport management research topic areas, based on a global understanding of current sport management issues
  • Evaluate and critically appraise global governance structures and the impact of good governance in sport organisations
  • Critically evaluate current research contexts and constructs in sport management, understanding the wider impact of sport management

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse career development needs to synthesise a short-term career development plan
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate the recent development of your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse further career development needs to synthesise a career development plan incorporating further short, medium and long term career objectives

Explore this module

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Facilities

Swimmer in a pool

Opening 2022: Our £50m sports centre

Train and play in one of the UK's greenest sports centres, including an 8-lane swimming pool, virtual skiing, climbing wall and more.

Learn more

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

This course specifically offers potential for career advancement within the growing sport management sector. It builds on the topics that sport management students will have covered at undergraduate level and introduces overarching themes such as funding, policy and strategy.

Key modules in professional development, strategic leadership and governance have been designed to enhance student's transferable skills enabling some of our graduates to work in senior roles in areas such as human resources and event management.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • General deputy director
  • Operations manager
  • Community sports manager
  • Head of PR and communications
  • Marketing manager
  • Chief executive
  • Consultant
  • Fitness instructor 
  • Industrial placement coordinator
  • Marketing assistant
  • Sport lecturer

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Rugby Football Union
  • Ironman Group
  • West Ham United Football Club
  • Newcastle United Football Club
  • Reading Football Club
  • Portsmouth Football Club
  • Fulham Football Club
  • Norwich Football Club
  • Hampshire County Cricket
  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens
  • The Soccer Conclave
  • Rugby League World Cup
  • TikTok
  • Executives in Sport Group
  • Hong Kong Darts Federation

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from your tutors and our Careers and Employability Centre – which you can access for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Female student standing at careers and employability help desk

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with employers
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

Placements and industry connections

There's no formal work placement component of this course, but our regular visiting speakers are industry experts who'll offer their own advice and insights in professional and career development.

In addition to our visit to Madrid and some of the prestigious sporting organisations within the city, our guest speakers and visiting alumni have come from professional bodies and elite sports organisations such as the Dutch Olympic Committee, European Athletics and Formula One Racing.

Some of our students organise work experience and shadowing opportunities through our local partners and professional contacts at organisations such as Portsmouth Football Club.

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

  • We recommend that full-time students allocate 37 hours per week to their studies – equivalent to a full-time job
  • We recommend that part-time students allocate around 18 hours per week to their studies – equivalent to a part-time job
  • Studies include teaching time (lectures, seminars and tutorials), course work, independent learning and assessments
  • On-campus, in-person teaching mostly takes place on Thursdays and Fridays over two teaching blocks (September to January and January to May)
  • From May onwards, you'll focus on the development and realisation of your Research Development and Practice project

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials

Support materials will be available in Moodle – our virtual learning environment – but all teaching is on-campus and in-person. 

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • 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.

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Dr Thomas Webb, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth

Dr Tom Webb

I'm the MSc Sport Management Course Leader and a Senior Lecturer in sport management.

My expertise is in the management, leadership, operational environment and working practices of match officials and referees in sport. I've published more than 35 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the subject of sports officials.

I'm an Associate Editor for Managing Sport & Leisure, a member of the editorial board for Cogent Social Sciences, Soccer & Society, and the Football Collective, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Through my work as founder and coordinator of the Referee and Match Official Research Network, I've worked with a number of high profile sporting organisations such as UEFA, The Premier League, the MCC and World Netball.

Read my full profile

Dr Thomas Webb, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth

Dr Mike Rayner

I founded the MSc Sport Management programme at the University of Portsmouth in 2011, and I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate sports courses.

I'm a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a registered practitioner with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

My book, Sport Management Education: Global Perspectives and Implications for Practice, provides an insight into the complexities of Sport Management Education and presents a combination of my research and experience in this evolving area.

Read my full profile

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

See key dates

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

The Maths Café offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £8,100
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: 8,100
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year

  • Full-time: £16,200
  • Part-time: £8,100 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Sport scholarships of up to £3,000 for student athletes

If you're competing at national standard or above in your sport, you may be eligible for funding. Around 20 student-athletes are awarded bursaries between £500 and £3000 per year.

Find out if you're eligible

Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

September 2022 / January 2023 start

  • A second class honours degree in a Sport, Business or Management subject. Alternative qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.