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Sports Directorship


24 months
17500 GBP/year
17500 GBP/year
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This elite executive MSc Sports Directorship programme offered by UCFB x GIS 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.


Powered by UCFB x GIS and VSI Executive Education, the MSc in 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 provided unrivalled preparation for the role of the sporting director. 

At the heart of the programme is the application of neuroscience. Rapidly gaining a foothold in the sporting and business world, this cognitive approach to performance is exclusive to the MSc Sports Directorship, and is simply a must-have for any sporting organisations on the lookout for a sporting director.

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.

Graduate with the MSc Sports Directorship and join an elite group with the ability to apply for the role of a sporting director with a tailored degree under your belt.

Career prospects

The Master’s Degree in Sporting Directorship is the first of its kind designed to develop all the personal and commercial attributes you need to become a successful Sporting Director.

The purpose of the course is to develop learners with the knowledge and skillsets required to move into a strategic leadership role at executive level within a sports organisation or sports business.

Graduates from this programme include:

  • Michael O'Neill - Manager of Stoke City
  • Ashley Giles - Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Beth Tweddle MBE - British Olympian
  • Kelly Sotherton MBE - British Olympian
  • Ian Blease - Chief Executive of Salford Red Devils
82% of Master’s graduates are in employment within six months, with two-thirds of those working in sport.

Programme Structure

In each of the two years you will spend six blocks of two days (Wednesday and Thursday from October to May) on campus with project work to be completed in your own time. 

You’ll finish your second year with a six-month project, based around an issue within your own organisation.

Year 1 modules
  • Personal Leadership in a Global Sporting Environment
  • Leading High Performance Sports Organisations in the Global Environment
Year 2 modules
  • Leading Innovation and Change in the Global Sports Industry
  • Financial, Legal and Media Issues for the Sporting Director
  • Applied Professional Project

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Copy of transcripts of highest qualification achieved and English translations (if applicable)
  • One academic and one professional reference and English translation (if applicable)
  • Copy of proof of English language level e.g. Academic IELTS certificate (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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    17500 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17500 GBP per year during 24 months.
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    17500 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17500 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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