MSc Sport Business, Management and Policy

Be competitive and gain the skills employers need

Intakes: January | March | May | July | September | November

Course length and study mode: 2 year programme, online, part-time

Fee for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021): £10,320

Entry requirements: A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent, in a related subject OR a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience and/or qualifications

From clothing and memorabilia to sponsorship deals and media rights, the sports industry is a booming market. As the sector expands, new commercial opportunities are opening globally for those with the drive, passion and knowledge to succeed.

Our Global Online sports management masters course is one of only a few management programmes taught by a UK institution which focuses solely on sports.

It has been designed in conjunction with our Sports Advisory Board to give you the skills that top employers need. Whether you’re already building your career in sport management or you’re looking to break into the sector, you’ll benefit from the experience of some of the sector’s most well-respected bodies, including Sport England and the Football Foundation.

Over the course of the programme, leading academics from our triple accredited business school will help you to develop the expertise that sports organisations require – from events management and sports marketing to data analytics – without needing to travel to study. And unlike other courses from the UK, you will also explore areas such as policy, politics, finance and law to understand how they apply to the sports industry and give you the confidence you need to take your career to the next level.

Delivered by Manchester Metropolitan’s triple accredited Business School (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB), the course has flexibility and student support at its heart, giving you the freedom to balance study with your existing work, life and family commitments.


There are six intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in JanuaryMarchMay, July, September and November.

Units may typically include:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research (15 credits)
  • Sport Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Sport Event Management (15 credits)
  • Business Analytics (15 credits)
  • Sports Marketing (15 credits)
  • Sport Business and Management (15 credits)
  • International Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Sport Law (15 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)

Professional Project (30 credits)

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate all you have learned during the course. You may also have the chance to conduct a piece of real-world research in collaboration with a professional sports organisation.

For full details of the content within each module please  download our factsheet MSc Sports Business, Management and Policy.

Picture of Dr Nicolas Scelles, Programme Leader on the MSc Sport Business Management and Policy

Dr Nicolas Scelles
Senior Lecturer

Dr Scelles achieved his PhD in Sports Economics from the Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Caen, France in 2009. His research focuses on the economics of professional football, with his expertise more specifically looking at competitive balance and intensity.

He has also achieved a Master of Research in Sports Economics (2006); Master of Science in Sport Management (2005) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a speciality in Business Management (2004).

He has published extensively in international academic journals and is regularly invited as a speaker at international conferences.

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours. 

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.  

Using our Virtual Learning Environment  you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe. 

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate. 

The MSc Sport Business, Management and Policy comprises 180 credits. Students are expected to study 90 credits per year. 

Each 15-credit unit is normally delivered over an 8-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their learning before submitting the assessment in Week 8. The Professional Project unit is normally 16 weeks. 

Overall Methods of Assessment 

  • You will be assessed by coursework. 
  • Each unit is assessed by an assignment (typically 3,000 words, or equivalent). The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include an essay, literature review, learning journal, group project portfolio, research brief, and presentation. 
  • The Professional Project will normally take the form of a 10,000-word project-style essay. 

Study and assessment breakdown  

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of live seminars, discussion boards and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, and a PGCert 60 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the programme will vary according to your style of learning, but it could be: 


100% independent study; 0% placement 


100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination 


With our flexible payment options we have made paying for your programme, and your professional development, as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021):

Unit fee: £860*

Programme fee: £10,320

Fees for 2021/22 academic year of entry

Tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year of entry (from entry 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022) are still being finalised for all courses. Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Entry requirements:

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or an international equivalent
  • OR relevant professional experience (usually a minimum of three years) and/or qualifications in a relevant field
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022). Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

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. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required  which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.

Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications e.g. degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers e.g. IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.

Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.