- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
Why study a sport management master's degree at Solent University
Gain advanced knowledge and skills in research, analysis and communication to apply to a career in sport management, leadership or governance fields.
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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.
Please contact Anya Higgins, Course Leader, for an informal discussion about the programme.
Built-in work experience placement
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement
This course has access to specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent
You can study this course part-time
This course is 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.
While it is not essential that applicants possess a relevant undergraduate qualification in a sport, leisure, recreation and/or fitness and health oriented area, it will be imperative that an applicant possesses a certain level of experience, or at least a keen interest in at least one sport, leisure, recreation or fitness and health-related discipline.
What this course leads to
The broad nature of this degree opens up a number of career opportunities in the governing bodies in sport, the sport and health management sector, as well as Sport England.
- Sports administration
- Sports marketing
- Sports management
- Sport business
- Governance and sport policy
Meet the team
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.
Year one 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
This module will help you develop the necessary skills to undertake research and design your research at master’s degree level.
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.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
The course has a strong focus on practical assessment, including presentations, live briefs, problem-solving, and research proposals.
Learn transferable skills
Students learn a range of transferable skills, including research skills, analysis, and project management.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,495 per year
- International full-time fees: £16,540 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solent alumni are eligible for a 20% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course.Find out more
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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 is currently £15. 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
- For further information about UK qualifications, please contact admissions.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please contact admissions.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at our 2023 course entry statement document.
Your application checklist
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.
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 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
- TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component
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.
Our sports complex supports our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex comprises 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.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.
As part of our global alumni community, you can take advantage of a range of benefits.
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Research and knowledge exchange
Research doesn't just live in publications and journals - the effects of groundbreaking research can be found everywhere you look. That's why research at Solent has always been firmly rooted in industry needs and real-world application.
Solent University prides itself on carrying out not only pioneering research, but also research that addresses real world problems. We offer opportunities to study for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in a number of areas.
At Solent, we want to help you achieve your best and discover new insights. Whether you're thinking about applying for a PhD, or already underway with your research studies, you'll find useful guidance and information in our research pages.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all of the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.