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About the course

Looking to pursue a new and exciting career in football? Already employed in a sporting role and want to take on a more senior position? Southampton Solent’s challenging, industry-focused football, development and business management master’s programme will help you gain an understanding of the football industry and enhance the skills required to gain employment and progress your career within a football context.

Through exposure to theory and practice at local, national and international level, you’ll develop a critical understanding of the football industry and its core business principles. You’ll also gain an understanding of how business and management principles can be applied to the football industry, and how football also represents a unique market with its own economic and cultural makeup.

You’ll examine the responsibilities and challenges associated with football business professionals, organisations, agencies and governing bodies, while developing a critical understanding of the political and economic climate in which football clubs operate, and the correlation between football and politics, policy and development. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain a deep insight into international sport marketing and management theory and practice, learning from professionals working in related industries.

Additionally, you’ll develop your critical knowledge of football governance across a variety of areas. This includes the operational management of national and transnational leagues, competitions, and international events. The growing scale and significance of sports ‘mega events’ means there is an increased requirement for those working within the industry to understand the impact of the expenditure of public and private resources on connected developments in infrastructure, architecture, transport and tourism.

A key element of the course curriculum is the research paper, and you’ll be supported in developing your understanding of the postgraduate research process, as well as the theoretical and procedural requirements of critical investigation. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to an area of in-depth individual study that interests you and is relevant for your chosen career development ambition.

Built in work experience placement Apply direct Further studies Part time option

The diverse core modules and option units mean that you can focus the course towards your individual interests and career aspirations.

What does this course lead to?

This course will enable you to gain a critical understanding of the football industry and the sustained and emergent roles which may interest you, such as dedicated commercial managers and marketing professionals in football clubs. Graduates from our football programmes have gone on to work at Premier and Football League clubs, as well as other related associations.

Who is this course for?

This master’s programme is ideal for candidates who are passionate about football and are currently working in a commercial- or marketing-related role wanting to move into the football industry, or those already working in the football industry looking to advance their career and pursue senior roles with business focus. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £6,950
International full-time fees: £12,500
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,475 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or above and/or an equivalent professional qualification.

  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without an undergraduate degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Football, Politics and Development
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Football Governance and Mega Events
  • Research Paper
  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Sport

Options 

Choose one from: 

  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • Professional Practice

or

  • International Sport, Business Culture and the Media
  • International Sports Marketing and Management 

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

You’ll be taught and assessed in a variety of ways, and exposed to significant areas of the football industry, enabling you to gain a better understanding of your own strengths and interests, and an enhanced appreciation of your career development in football.

Your future

The possibilities for career development within the industry remain strong, and this course will help give you the edge in a competitive job market. You’ll learn the skills valued by employers, including communication across different platforms and formats, leadership, analytical skills, working on individual and collaborative projects, as well as managing events and facilities. Suitable roles for graduates would be in business, commercial, or marketing positions in a football context.

Industry links

The academic staff on Solent’s football programmes possess a wealth of knowledge and experience at various levels of the game. Their expertise has changed Premier League rules, trained staff from more than 60 professional clubs, and been consulted by the FA Commission.

The University has extensive links in the industry, including a close partnership with Southampton FC and students have previously benefitted from regular guest lectures from leading figures in the football industry.

The University has provided administrative education for FIFA, the FA, the Premier League, the Football League and more than 60 professional clubs.

Placements

You will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements - although this is not a requirement of the course. The course team have partnerships and arrangements with local schools and the Saints Foundation.

If you are currently in a relevant profession, you can use this experience to enhance learning and develop an understanding of the link between theory and practice in the workplace.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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