The MSc Football Business qualification is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football business including areas such as governance and regulation, consumer engagement, operational management and business development. From TV deals to player transfers, football is now a global, multi-billion-pound industry that is in need of more industry specific qualified individuals.

The football industry is one of many opportunities for budding professionals, and also poses numerous challenges on a personal and business level. Events like relegation can cause a club to lose millions of pounds overnight, so it is essential to have the knowledge and experience to be able to deal with such eventualities. This programme will allow students to be aware of the diverse and often unique situations that impact on the football business, as well as recognise best practice and ethical choices.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home, programme participants will be able to gain a further qualification to enhance their career prospects in a format that offers flexible hours and the chance to dictate their own work-life balance to fit around other commitments. This programme is ideal for those who already work, or aspire to work, in senior positions within the sports industry, and offers the flexibility to allow participants to gain a Masters degree qualification around their busy lifestyle.

The programme is available through the UCFB Online Hub, which is accessible on mobile devices including tablets, phones and laptops. The UCFB Online Hub also has an app which you can download to access the programme content. This means you can truly study while on the go and around your other commitments.

To find out about the Programme Leader for this course, please click here.

Graduates of the MSc Football Business (Online) programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

Download the MSc Football Business (Online) Programme Specification.

Duration: One year

Study Mode: Full-time

Fees: UK and EU students – £7,950

Fees: International students – £7,950

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MSc Football Business Modules

Our MSc Football Business modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the football industry.

Semester 1

Governance and Regulation in Football+

Governance and Regulation in Football

This module will investigate the development of a governance and corporate social responsibility strategy within football. Students will be enabled to align their thinking with business objectives, implementing the strategy against externally set benchmarks, measuring outcomes and reinforcing the corporate social responsibility strategy. In this module, students will also gain an in-depth understanding of how football clubs and governing bodies are run from the top down. Furthermore, students will examine the regulatory landscape of the game and assess the need for further intervention from authorities

Engaging the Football Consumer+

Engaging the Football Consumer

This module will explore the importance, variation and motivation which influence football consumer behaviours. Students will identify key factors which explore the changing nature of football consumer typologies. While also embracing ‘on’ and ‘off’ line methodologies of consumption patterns, the module examines the metrics and insights required to drive the business of football consumption.


Semester 2

Football Operations Management+

Football Operations Management

This module will explore the impact, vision and activities of commercial operations and project management in a footballing context. Students will develop an insight and understanding of approaches for managing football operations in order to achieve successful delivery. Students will be able to comprehend and apply alternative academic and best practice perspectives in terms of operational outcomes with a project management perspective.

Business Development in the Football Industry+

Business Development in the Football Industry

This module will explore current thinking shaping strategic decisions in the wider football pyramid. Students will analyse progress towards evaluating alternatives within the realms of sponsorship, sustainability and stakeholder value.


Semester 3

Dissertation and Research Methods+

Dissertation and Research Methods

The individual research project focuses on producing an in depth piece of work which has theoretical/ practical/ industrial/commercial relevance to the sports industry. Ideally, this will be a piece of industry sponsored work to produce a commercial output for the sponsor. The work need not be sports-related but mat be applied in the area of sports. In other words, a project may take the best practice from another industry and apply it in the sports industry. The sponsor will be viewed and treated like a client and this the client will have certain requirements. Thus, the research proposal will have to meet both client and academic requirements for it to be approved. It also provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced scholarship skills.

This combined research methods and dissertation module provides subject-specific methods training in preparation for the completion of a dissertation within the domains of sports management, marketing, entrepreneurship and leisure management. The research topic that you select must align with the title of the programme on which you are enrolled. The module begins with a series of taught research methods sessions, during which a research proposal is produced. This proposal then guides the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 12,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced.

You will already hold a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree. Applicants who hold a sport-related degree classification of 2:2 or below or, a non-sport related degree, or significant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports management experience.

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may also be considered eligible.

Applicants will be expected to participate in and pass an academic led interview with senior members of the UCFB team, as well as submitting an outstanding personal statement and highly supportive academic and professional references.

Interviews can be held over Skype or, if based in the UK, at UCFB campuses. Successful applicants will be invited to attend one of our interview sessions following a review of their application.


Admissions/Selection Criteria

  • Strong knowledge in the field of sports management suitable for Masters level academic work
  • Evidence of engagement with professional and academic literature/publications relevant to CPD
  • Ability to manage self-learning and professional duties where applicable
  • Evidence of ability to manage work independently
  • Proven track record of dealing with complex and multidisciplinary issues relevant to their chosen subject area

Applications

To apply for this programme please download and complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to mastersenquiries@ucfb.com.


Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the MSc Football Business online programme for the 2019/20 academic year have been set at £7,950. These fees are the same for UK, EU and international applicants.


Student Loan Funding

A postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 can help with course fees while you study a postgraduate master’s course. Click here for more information.

 

The programme has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior management positions within the core functional departments of the football industry, spanning financial and accounting roles or operational roles within football, including the ability to rise to senior managerial roles due to the management aspect of the degree.

The broad, applied elements of this degree provide students with the skills and experience to progress and work either domestically or abroad in a multi-billion-pound global industry. UCFB’s ability to provide further Employment & Enrichment opportunities engages students in career development allowing students to find their place in the football industry.

82% of UCFB’s Masters graduates are working in the football and sports industry within six months of graduating.

Employer Endorsements+

Chris Lewis, Chairman at Biggleswade United

“The non-league game typically struggles to bring in talent to drive clubs forward due to the lack of resources, but UCFB has been essential in helping us bridge that problem. It’s been fantastic working with UCFB as it has provided us with access to the brightest young talent who are keen to make a career in the football industry.”

Freyja Talbott-Haworth, Events Coordinator at The Football Association

“The UCFB students we have taken on have been working incredibly well, picking up on and developing their new skills rapidly, and have become an important part of the team in a very short space of time. They are personable, hardworking and dedicated and we are happy to have found such brilliant students.”

Click here to find out more about what UCFB’s employment partners say about our students.

Online learning FAQs

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the MSc Football Business (Online) programme have been set at £7,950. These fees are the same for UK, EU and international applicants.


Additional costs

If online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking opportunities such as the Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference, Careers Fair, Leadership Challenge or Graduation, then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.


Student loan funding

A postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 can help with course fees while you study a postgraduate master’s course. Click here for more information.


*Degree subject to validation