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About the course

Looking to further your career in the sport management industry? This masters in sport management will give you the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful career in sport management. You will develop skills in research, analysis and communication to apply to any career in the sport management, leadership or governance field.

Throughout the core modules, you will be encouraged to critically apply theories, concepts and frameworks in sport management. You will engage in debates and critical evaluation of the local, national and international context, enabling you to think critically about management in the sport industries.

Workshop delivery will involve critically evaluating current practice and engaging in debates with peers and lecturers. You’ll receive continual support through your studies with formative assessments, which will help to assess your knowledge and understanding.

Through choosing assessment titles related to your interest, you will be able to tailor the course towards your own specific career ambitions. Research informed teaching is embedded at Solent and is a key element of the course curriculum on this master’s programme. Staff delivering on the course are research active and have experience of working in the sector.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

The broad nature of this degree opens up career opportunities in the governing bodies in sport, the sport and health management sector as well as Sport England.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited to those who want a more complex understanding of the sport management industry and who want to develop their knowledge and skills to be able to work in a changing sport management sector.  

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,600
International full-time fees: £13,700
UK and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,800 per year
International and EU part-time fees: Students from outside the UK 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.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU full-time tuition fees the same as UK full-time tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please see our tuition fees page.

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

For graduates in 2020, 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher.

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 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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

Please use the links below to apply online:

Full-time:

Part-time:

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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 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

Core modules

  • Strategic and Sustainable Sports Management
    The module explores the application of management and leadership theory using the conceptual lens of sustainability in order to examine practical applications across a variety of ecologically valid scenarios from differing sectoral and organisationally structured contexts.
  • Strategic Sports Marketing
    The module explores the application of marketing theory and practical operation of marketing across a variety of ecologically valid scenarios.
  • Policy in Practice
    You will study a range of policy and practice considerations relating to your specific course area and ask yourself: why do we have policy; how has it developed over time; and what is its key priority?
  • Research Methods in Sport
    In this this module you will develop a critical understanding of some of the differing the philosophies of research, the competing approaches to research and different methods of conducting and analysing research.
  • Research Paper
    You will learn about the processes and academic debates around doing research, planning, submitting ethics, designing, conducting and writing your research into a written and publishable format.

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

Meet the course team

Dr Philippa Velija academic profile Philippa Velija Head of Subject View profile
Rory Magrath academic profile Rory Magrath Senior Lecturer View profile
Anya Higgins academic profile Anya Higgins Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
David Webber academic profile David Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Senior Lecturer View profile
Georgi Ivanov academic profile Georgi Ivanov 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.

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.

Our brand new sports complex, will support our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex will comprise two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high performance gym, health and fitness and personal training teaching teams, and sport and exercise therapy clinical space.

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Students also have access to our 24/7 library, flexible working spaces, WiFi and learning zones.

Students engage in contemporary issues facing practitioners and develop skills to address these.

Your future

Solent's MA Sport Management will enable you to develop roles in:

  • Sports administration
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Sport Business
  • Governance and Sport Policy
  • Insight

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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