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Sport Management and the Business of Football (MSc)

This programme is designed to give you the skills and expertise you need to compete in the football industry and related businesses and organisations, by combining specialist teaching about the principles and practice of sport and football business management and economics with general training in management, business organisation, strategy and research methods. It covers several key areas, such as governance and regulatory issues, with emphasis on the wider sport and football sectors.

It will help you to develop a deeper understanding of management, governance and regulatory issues within the business of sport, and in the business of football in particular. It is ideally suited to the needs of executives within a variety of sport and football organisations, such as professional football clubs, sport governing bodies, media organisations, members of supporters’ organisations, and government officials with responsibilities in the sport, and specifically the football, sectors, as well as people with a general interest in the sport, football and media industries; or those seeking a broad education in the functioning of the football industry which will act as a platform for securing employment in the football industry or related sector.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world’s leading journals.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • A comprehensive review of the theory and practice of the business and management of sport with particular reference to the football industry.
  • Visiting speakers include experts from the legal profession, football clubs and football regulatory authorities.
  • Linked to Birkbeck’s Sport Business Centre. one of the world’s leading centres for sport business and football research, teaching, training, consultancy and policy advice.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.

Course structure

You take 7 compulsory modules, choose 1 option module and complete a 12,000-word dissertation on any aspect of the football industry.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College.

Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.

International students who complete the Sport Management pathway on the International Foundation Programme for Postgraduate study (Grad Diploma) by passing all four modules (Academic English Skills for Postgraduate Study; Approaches to Postgraduate Study; Professional Communication Skills; Approaches to Business and Management), including passing Approaches to Business and Management with 60%, are given automatic progression to this programme.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.


Part-time home/EU students: £ 5475 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 10950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 8475 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 16950 pa


Each module is taught via lectures and seminars lasting 1 academic term. You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your modules are available. Some lectures will include presentations by guest lecturers and speakers. Visiting speakers have included experts from the legal profession, football clubs and regulatory authorities. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Birkbeck Sport Business seminar series .


A combination of examinations, coursework and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue careers in the football industry, for example in governing bodies, professional football clubs, and commercial businesses operating in the football industry such as media companies, sport sponsorship businesses and player agencies.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent. works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

How to apply

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form. including our online personal statement tool. which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

Application deadlines and interviews

As early as possible, but no later than September.

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