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MSc Sport Business, Management and Policy

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

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

Fee for the 2020 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2020): £9,995 

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

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Programme overview

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 programme is one of only a few management programmes taught by a UK institution which focuses solely on sports.

With content that’s grounded in the real world of sport, you will benefit from the experience of some of the sectors biggest brands, including Sport England and FIFA. Over the course of the programme, leading academics will help you to develop the expertise that sports organisations require - from sport policy and sports marketing to data analytics. Unlike other courses in the country, you will also explore areas such as 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.

Global Online has been designed to make studying and balancing other commitments as straightforward as possible, from our easy three-step enrolment process to flexible fee payment. You will have the freedom to study wherever and whenever - all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. You will also be accompanied by a cohort of similarly determined peers from across the world, from various different backgrounds, keen to share their knowledge and experience and root not only for their success - but yours too.

Features and benefits

  • Learn from some of sports' biggest brands: Benefit from the knowledge of an Advisory Board that’s made up of professionals from Sport England, the Football Foundation and more. Members not only support academics with the design of course content, they regularly deliver guest lectures too. Our research-active academics also hold strong connections with UK Sport, FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, Rugby Football Union, the organising committee for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and more. They’ll help you to develop the knowledge and skills highly sought after by industry employers.

  • Hone your management skills at a globally accredited institution: this postgraduate sports programme is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan Business School, which is part of an elite group of universities globally that hold the “triple crown” of accreditations (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). This will help to distinguish you from the competition when it comes to your next career move.


  • Study your way: From an easy application process, the opportunity to begin your studies at six different entry points in the year and the choice to pay per unit you study, we’re here to do everything we can to help you achieve your goals without taking a career break. Our Virtual Learning Environment has been expertly designed to help you study when and where it suits you best.

  • Grow your worldwide professional network: You will regularly collaborate with other students around the globe, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.
  • Be supported every step of the way: We pride ourselves on our students’ study experience. As a Global Online student, you will be assigned a dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to cheer you on from the sidelines and help you to get the most from your time with us.

About the online course

Our online masters in Sport Business, Management and Policy 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.

You’ll study in a Virtual Learning Environment that has been designed with the latest pedagogical research at its heart. It will encourage you to develop independent thought, reflect on your own work and engage with your fellow students across the globe. You will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations, have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks that are aimed at developing your transferable skills and receive personalised feedback from your tutors, all at a time that suits you best.

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

Typical units of study may include*:

  • Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship (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)
  • Research Methods in Sport (15 credits)
  • Critical Literature Review (15 credits)

Research Project (30 credits)

The credits are earned with a 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-word research in collaboration with a professional sports organisation.

*Please note, these modules and their timings may be subject to change.


Academic expertise

All programme units are designed and taught by academics who have a wealth of experience in the sports business and management industry.

Your programme leads are:

Professor Jonathan Grix

Jonathan is a global leader in the field of Sports Policy and Politics and, as Professor in Sports Policy, he leads the Social Science study of Sport at Man Met. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of Sports Governance, Sport Politics and Policy, and his latest research monographs include: ‘Sport under Communism. Behind the East German “Miracle”’ (co-authored with Mike Dennis, Palgrave, 2012) and ‘Sport Politics: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2016)’.

Jonathan has also written a popular book on the foundations of research, which has been used by thousands of students to undertake their projects (3rd edition, 2018) and he is the Chair of the Political Studies Association’s Specialist Group, Sport Politics, and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.

Dr Nicolas Scelles

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.


Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you will need to have:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or an international equivalent in a related subject


  • Proven significant professional experience (3 years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field.

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020 academic year (1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021 academic year (1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021). 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.

Read more about our English requirements.

If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website.

Fees and funding

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 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2020):

Unit fee: £833*

Programme fee: £9,995

Fees for 2021 academic year of entry

Tuition fees for the 2021 academic year of entry (from entry 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) 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

How to apply

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.

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