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International Sport Management MSc

Future proof your career through professional preparation for management or leadership positions across the global sport industry.

The course is aimed at graduates aspiring to work in sports business or management positions in a global industry and professionals working in sport organisations who want to expand their management skills and knowledge to improve their career prospects.

The programme is future-focused, vocationally-oriented and student-driven. An international field visit presents an opportunity to engage in cross-cultural activities and witness the impacts of sport. The Professional Placement enables you to demonstrate your professional sports management competencies in a live setting.

The course supports you through the iconic facilities of the University, including the University Arena, Riverside Building and Hive Library.

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How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Students will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport related degree.
A portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports management experience will be considered if you hold a 2.2 or a non-sport related degree. Accreditation of prior learning (APL) and experience (APEL) may also be considered.

The IELTS score for international students is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

Admissions procedures
All applicants will be interviewed.
Due to the nature of the programme, all students must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the start of the course.

Mature Students
At Worcester we value diversity in our student body and applications from mature students are very welcome. Students with few or no formal qualifications should contact the Registry Admissions Office (01905 855111) or the Course Leader with details of their age, any work undertaken, including caring or organised voluntary work, and any other relevant experience.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
Candidates with an acceptable academic background and/or relevant work experience may apply for Accreditation of prior learning (APL) and experience (APEL). It is advisable for candidates to discuss this with the Course Leader initially. The programmes follow the UW Policy for Accreditation of Prior Learning (2007).

Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for further information or guidance on 01905 855111.


Study options

Full or part-time options

Flexible modular scheme means you can study at your own pace. Typically the course is 1 year full-time, and 2 years part-time.

Choice of pathway

Opportunities to be awarded the title ‘International Masters’ - In order to achieve an ‘International’ award you must complete your Professional Practice in an International Sport & Physical Education setting, and your Advanced Independent Study is required to have an ‘International’ Sport & Physical Education focus.

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course Leader
Dr Paul Blakey
p.blakey@worc.ac.uk

Employability

Employability

The MSc in International Sport Management is designed to enhance your personal career, whether this is for existing employment, or helping to open up new sport career pathways. The programme can develop more specific sport management disciplines, particularly in relation to marketing and leadership, or it can be used in a more general manner, as a base to develop new, or support existing entrepreneurial enterprises.

A range of career options include sport facility management (public, voluntary and private), sport research, sport development and sport business enterprises.

Course content

Modules

  • Global Sport Impacts
  • Sport Sponsorship Management
  • Sport Governance
  • Leaders in Sport
  • Sport Business Analysis 
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Placement
  • Applied Sport Research Project

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, field study trips and tutorials as well as in small group activities involving discussion of case studies, simulation exercises, and preparation for assessments. Student-centered self-support groups, both face-to-face and/or via virtual contact, are used throughout the course. The focus of the learning is, increasingly, experiential to enable consideration of practice and evaluation, and to use online technology and related facilities for knowledge acquisition and research.

Increasingly, action learning is used to pose ‘real-life’ problems and scenarios; these are integrated into the workshops and other face-to-face sessions. This flexible process allows action, improvement and change together with relevant research to be achieved at the same time. Each learner will gain knowledge and understanding which will allow change to be processed in an informed way, and similarly, understanding will be further informed by that change. This process of learning can be replicated in the workplace to help and enable transference of learning and is self-developmental and reflective in nature. 

In addition, meetings with your personal academic tutor are scheduled for you to consider your development and the broader opportunities available to you in the university and beyond.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around nine contact hours of teaching. Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures/seminars: 9 hours per week
  • Work-based learning: 5 hours across semester 1/2
  • Project supervision: 1 hour per week over semester 2/3
  • Fieldwork: 40 hours over the semester

Independent self-study

In addition, students will be expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal study each week including reading and preparation for classes and assessments, online activities etc.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

It is clear that the private study demands on this type of course are considerable. As the course progresses, you will become confident in your capabilities as an independent learner and researcher and able to manage your own learning in line with a busy work schedule.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy activity, and course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The underpinning philosophy of all assessments is developmental, enhancing current knowledge, expertise and capabilities towards each individual being an able and confident leader and manager. Each learner will receive regular and constructive feedback from the academic team, peers, and, where appropriate, industry professionals. There will be support in the use and integration of this feedback as part of professional and self-development, and this active guidance will help to plan the next stages of the learning journey. This opportunity for supported self-reflection will enable each student to take charge of their own learning through the development of critical evaluation, reflection and planning skills.

To facilitate and maximise learning, a range of assessment methods are used throughout the programme. They are all rooted in authentic and practical scenarios to enable learning to be transferred to the professional environment, and for each learner to demonstrate their developing skills and abilities. Assessments include:

  • 1 x round-table discussion
  • 1 x research proposal
  • 1 x data handling task
  • 2 x portfolio
  • 2 x oral presentation
  • 1 x management report

Each student will emerge a more informed, confident, communicative and engaging individual ready for the next life challenge within the global sports sector.

Feedback

Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with your personal academic tutor and module tutors as appropriate. You will receive formative feedback and formal feedback on assessments undertaken by coursework

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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Academic department

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science 

“We are proud of our strong reputation for sporting excellence. Our mission is to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students so they can continue to make a meaningful contribution to society at all levels.”
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute