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MSc International Sports Business Management

MSc International Sports Business Management

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Full time | University of Lincoln | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Business Studies Sports Management

Course type


Course Summary

Welcome to MSc International Sports Business Management

Sport is one of the largest industries across the globe, and an industry that connects people at local, national, and international levels. This postgraduate degree has been designed to examine critically the business decisions that shape this lucrative global industry.

From the outset, the programme focuses on the international business management of the sports sector, and explores the culture, policy, impact, and delivery of sporting opportunities. The programme aims to empower students to be critical thinkers in the global world of sports business in order to lead and develop industry practices and processes in responsible and strategically mindful ways.

This programme benefits from industry contacts forged across the sports industry including the English Premier League, the Team GB Olympic squad, and Formula One. Previous guest speakers at Lincoln International Business School have included former England and Liverpool football internationals John Barnes and Kevin Keegan, and football agent Dr Erkut Sogut, best known for working with former Arsenal FC and Germany international Mesut Ozil.

Students have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing sports leaders and sports managers across the globe, including the aspects of innovative value creation, strategic leadership, management, finance, equality, and sustainability.

Students are expected to develop their strengths to compete in the international jobs market, to include careers in own country. Proficiency in digital content, and understanding sporting brands and mega events, such as the Olympics, is at the heart of the course. Students who choose the Professional Pathway option will be supported in finding a relevant placement.

By developing the specialist knowledge and skills required, we aim for our postgraduate students to become globally prepared managers and leaders within an ever-changing society.

The course is offered with two separate pathways. Students can either complete one year of study, or undertake a two-year course where one year is spent in Professional Practice to gain hands-on experience through a paid placement. Students will be responsible for sourcing their own paid placements but will be supported by academic staff.

How You Are Assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests.

Students will receive formative feedback throughout the term to help them prepare for assessments. This may be through formative assessment (such as ungraded presentations or mock questions), directed activities in seminars, or informal discussions with the seminar tutor. Formative feedback may not be written down, and maybe directed to a group as well as to an individual.

Students will also receive feedback on graded assessments. This usually includes comments detailing the quality of the work and how the student could improve their performance, as well as a highlighted criteria grid identifying performance against the assessed learning outcomes.

The University of Lincoln's policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Career Opportunities

Regardless of the pathway chosen, students successfully completing this course are prepared for a career in a wide range of sectors, including the leisure, tourism, and events industries.


The Society, Policy and Ethics in Sport module will examine the way in which sport and sports business is shaped and influenced by socio-political issues from across the world. The module takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the importance of culture within sport and society. Particular emphasis will be placed on how social and political norms and agendas shape and transform elite sport, spaces, and places. Furthermore, an examination of international sports ethics focusing on both historical and contemporary debates will also be of importance. A critical exploration of both the macro (global/professional) and micro (local/amateur) levels of sport and the sports industry will provide relevancy and value to this module. Sports governance and the political landscape of global sports business management will be connected to critical, social debates. This module will seek to understand the social, cultural discipline of sports management against a backdrop of politics, policy, and praxis.

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Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.