• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Far more than being a management degree touching on sport, this online Sport Business, Management and Policy course offered by Manchester Metropolitan University specialises solely on this area, and is grounded in current practice and themes to ensure students build the expertise that leading organisations require them to have.


Based in a city known internationally as a centre of sporting excellence and innovation, Manchester Metropolitan has and continues to develop a world-leading academic focus on sport. 

From the food and memorabilia stands in stadiums to media rights and sponsorships, the sports industry is already a far reaching, multibillion dollar market. However, thanks to increasing popularity and investment worldwide, the global industry continues to grow rapidly, creating a complex business environment made up of players, sports agencies, sponsors, broadcasters and beyond. 

As the sector expands, commercial opportunities are opening up for those with the right passion, knowledge and qualifications to succeed within it. This 100% online master’s in Sport Business, Management and Policy offered by Manchester Metropolitan University covers all aspects of the business - from policy to entrepreneurship and data analytics - in order to help professionals gain these crucial skills and progress into a leadership position within this competitive arena. 

The programme will also give you the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from the experience of an Advisory Board, made up of professionals from Sport England, the Football Foundation and more. Members not only support academics with the design of course content, they also regularly deliver guest lectures
  • Learn from expert academics, who hold connections with organisations such as UK Sport, FIFA, International Olympic Committee, Rugby Football Union and organising committees for the Qatar 2022 World Cup
  • Enjoy flexible study options which work alongside your existing work and life commitments
  • Expand your networking opportunities with students, alumni and other like-minded business professionals, both nationally and internationally
  • Participate in regular live online seminars with your tutors and peers. Multiple one hour sessions are offered to accommodate different time zones, and they are also recorded to watch later
  • Explore topical themes, with modules including: Sport Policy and Politics; Sport Marketing and Sport Business and Management
  • Work in small groups on weekly tasks, allowing you to collaborate with peers and experience virtual working. 

Hear what our Global Online students have to say:

“Learning online is a good way to achieve your goals. You can access the Manchester Metropolitan platform 24/7, which means you can use it whenever you need it. My relationships with my Student Success Advisor and tutors are also really close, allowing me to achieve an in-depth understanding of the topic I am studying.” 

Alvaro Benitez, Global Online student

Programme Structure

This online course can be completed within two years, with a recommended study week of 15 hours.

Typical units of study may include:

Phase 1

  • Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
  • Sport Policy and Politics
  • Sport Event Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Business and Management
  • International Strategic Management
  • Sport Law

 Phase 2

  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Critical Literature Review

Please note these modules may be subject to change.

Research Project

Your final credits are earned with a research project, providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate all you have learnt during the course. You may also have the chance to conduct a piece of real-world research in collaboration with a professional sports organisation.


Your Global Online Sport Business, Management and Policy programme leads are:

  • Jonathan Grix, Head of Sport Policy Unit, Business School
  • Paul Michael Brannagan, Lecturer, Business School

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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).

Academic Requirements
  • A good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or an international equivalent in a related subject, or 
  • Proven significant professional experience (3 years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field.

English Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Paying for your Global Online master’s is naturally a key consideration and Manchester Met have a dedicated team of Enrolment Advisors who can talk you through your options. Visit the programme website for contact details.

The full programme price for 2018-2019 will be:

Unit fee: £1,083*

Full programme fee: £13,000

We also offer a subsidised fee to students from certain countries:  

Unit fee: £916*

Programme fee: £11,000

Please visit the programme website to find the full list of eligible countries.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit


 Global Online 10% Early Bird Discount. 

The Global Online team are delighted to offer students a 10% Early Bird Discount on this programme (T&Cs apply). For more information about how to benefit from this discount, please contact our Enrolment team via our website. Please note, Early Bird Discounts and subsidies cannot be used in conjunction with one another.

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