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Sport Business and Leadership, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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This Sport Business and Leadership programme at Loughborough University London is designed for individuals who wish to improve their impact and effectiveness in leading and managing individuals, teams, and organisations within the sport business industry. Students will immerse themselves in the business of sport, enhancing their leadership capacity and business acumen in relation to the complex and rapidly emerging global sport business environment.

About

The programme recognises that contemporary leadership and management are multifaceted and there is a need to draw upon numerous perspectives to have an impact in the current international sport business environment. This course is designed to introduce and bring together theories, styles and philosophies of leadership, provide an extensive understanding of business practices, and their practical application in the context of sport.

Developmental themes embedded within the programme relate to team work, sustainability, critical reflection, management development and leadership construction. This programme provides the foundation for individuals to develop their own leadership philosophy, extend their knowledge of the sport business industry, and critically reflect upon how they can be influential and effective leaders and managers in global sport. The course also provides opportunities to undertake applied research and develop leadership and management skills by helping solve real problems confronting sport businesses in the current landscape.

Programme Aims

a) Analyse and evaluate leadership and business challenges and responses facing sport business professionals

b) Develop students as leaders in sport through practical application and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to sport leadership and business challenges in real time

c) Develop a critical understanding of the social, environmental and economic issues that are essential to leadership and management in the sport industry

d) Develop students’ critical thinking to assess the development, evaluation and implementation of innovation as a process and its application to sport leadership and business

e) Develop leaders in sport who have the leadership and business skills that have specific application to the challenges confronting sport organisations at the global, national and local level

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Sport Leadership, students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules. Students must choose 1 of the 3 optional modules in semester 2. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits. Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University London Institutes in the first semester.

Learning experiences

Students will examine the rapid growth in the business of sport and its accompanying impacts in an era of significant social, economic and technological change. Through this examination you will be able to identify industry trends, understand customer needs, and establish and evaluate the organisational practices required to remain competitive in a global sport marketplace.

Students will enhance their understanding of leadership and business through on-location site visits at top sport organisations and other complementary leadership environments. In this format students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various different management contexts and gain first-hand perspective from top leaders in their field. Previous locations include UK Sport, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Google, the Royal Ballet, and the Royal Military Academy.

Students will explore the nexus between their leadership and business knowledge, work/life integration, and their own personal experiences and ambitions through a series of leadership retreat activities. This unique format allows for students to immerse themselves in the course content with a focus on developing their capacity for relationship management, problem solving, and strategies for approaching challenging environments.

Career prospects
This programme prepares students for careers in middle and senior leadership positions in government, commercial, not-for-profit and international sporting organisations.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Collaborative Project
  • Leadership Models and Practices: Applications to a Sport Context
  • Sport Leadership Retreat
  • Sustainability and Leadership for Sport Organisations
  • Critically Reflective Leadership and Sport Management Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Analysing the Construction of Leadership for a Sport Context
Optional modules

Choose one module only

  • Intellectual Property
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Sports Management Theory and Practice
  • Digital Technologies and Sport: Evolution and Application
Second subject modules

Choose one module only

  • Design Thinking
  • Introduction to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • New Media and Analytics for Sport Business
  • The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries/ Business Model Development
  • Introduction to Diplomacy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Minimum of an upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent from a wide range of subjects/disciplines. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.
  • English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22656 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22650 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9996 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

East London community scholarship

Award value: Up to 100% off the full cost of your tuition fees

The East London Community Scholarship offers up to 100% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from The East London Growth Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Applicants should complete a one page submission outlining their personal contributions to their local community.

Application deadline: 31st July

Excellence scholarship

Award value: 20% off the full cost of your tuition fees

The Academic Excellence Scholarship awards high achieving UK, EU and international students 20% off the full cost of their tuition fees. Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class degree (or equivalent) from a recognised, high quality institution will receive this scholarship.

Santander postgraduate UK/EU scholarship

Loughborough University is pleased to offer up to six scholarships to the value of £5,000 set against tuition fees for prospective full-time postgraduate taught students funded by theSantander Universities scheme.

Students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent resident of Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain or the UK and self-funded,
  • Excellent academic record,
  • Clearly demonstrate financial need,
  • The selection committee will also take in to account the personal statement provided on the application form.

Application Deadline: 20th July

Applicants must have submitted an official application for their chosen postgraduate programme.

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