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About the course

Football is the most popular sport in the world, offering a huge range of employment opportunities to those with proper training and a passion for the sport. Whether you are seeking a new career in football or simply wish to progress within your current organisation, this part-time course will help you to develop a critical understanding of the fundamental business principles underpinning the game.

Football represents a unique market with its own economic and cultural makeup. Through exposure to theory and practice at a variety of local, national and international levels you will gain an understanding of how business and management principles can be applied to the football industry, and how it differs from other global industries.

Units cover a range of essential football topics, as well as looking at the political and economic climate in which football clubs are operating. The monitoring and evaluation unit will equip you to assess business performance and create appropriate indicators for measuring project objectives, outcomes and impact within sports. You will begin to explore the challenges of operating in the sporting environment and learn various transferable analytical skills pertaining to the wider sports industry.

The relationships between football, politics and development are also discussed. This includes the creation of football-related opportunities, as well as the role that sport can play in social and educational change. You’ll also get the chance to explore the various employment opportunities available at football clubs. Learning what roles are required and what challenges people in those roles face will help you to plan your career progression and become a well-rounded professional.

Optional units look at management, marketing, business culture and the media. These units help you to specialise in specific areas of the football business (tailoring the course to your own career ambitions) and learn how collaborative engagements with key stakeholders can enhance or create revenue streams.

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

What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well prepared for a range of established and emergent roles within both football and the wider sporting industry. Suitable employment areas include marketing, administration, commercial management, performance analysis, research, business development, partnerships, media relations, events, digital governance and community outreach.

Who is this course for?

Suitable candidates could come from a range of different academic or professional backgrounds. You could be seeking to change career, you could already be working in football, or you could be coming straight from undergraduate studies.

You will normally need to attend classes at the University for one day a week. Classes will be equivalent to three hours for each 30 credit unit studied. You are also expected to undertake considerable independent study in support of your learning.

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 fees: £2,320
International fees: £4,170

Bursaries and scholarships

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 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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

At least a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree at a recognised university, and/or an equivalent professional qualification. 

  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without a first 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.


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: 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

Apply online for the part-time course

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 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 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
  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Sport


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

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


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

Meet the course team

Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Joel Rookwood academic profile Joel Rookwood Senior Lecturer View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


A stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources will help you to make the most of your time here at Solent. Bookable study spaces, high-spec IT resources and a range of extracurricular sporting facilities are free to use for every students.

This part-time course is ideal for those who are looking to either change career or progress within their current organisation.

Your future

The possibilities for career development within the industry remain strong, and the specialist knowledge learnt through the course will help to give you the edge in a competitive job market. Graduates will be well prepared for a range of established and emergent roles. Suitable employment areas include marketing, administration, commercial management, business analysis, research, business development, partnerships management, media relations, events, digital governance and community outreach.

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. Students have previously benefitted from regular guest lectures delivered by 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.


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

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