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Sport Management, Politics and International Development MSc

Sport Management, Politics and International Development MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Studies Sports Management Leisure / Recreation Management Development Politics Sports Facilities Work

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Sport Management, Politics and International Development aims to provide you with a strong critical understanding of sport management, sport politics and international development in sport. It is taught by our diverse team of staff who are recognised globally for their research and teaching in these areas. Our team is committed to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to work in the global sport industries and in wider sport-related fields of employment. The global sport industry is an important, growing and diverse area of employment, particularly in relation to management, development, politics, commerce, and governance. This programme prepares you for a career in these and other professional areas within sport and sport-related fields. In undertaking our MSc, you will be joining the university ranked first in the world for sports-related studies, and also a welcoming and genuinely international learning environment for postgraduate study. The programme draws on our strong ties across the sport sector and with sport-related organisations in business, government, and non-profit fields. Key representatives from these organisations will contribute to the programme through guest lectures and/or via supporting other collaborative learning opportunities for postgraduate students, adding further value to your studies.

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter careers in sport management, sport policy/politics, and sport development, or to pursue PhD study. We anticipate that graduates of the programme will gravitate towards opportunities in sport events management, sport marketing, sport sponsorship, sport development, sport policy and governance, and sport social enterprise. As this is a new programme, there is no graduate destination information currently available. However graduates of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences have gone on to pursue varied roles within a wide variety of organisations including the Australian Rules Football Association in India, Leicestershire & Rutland Sport, Qatar Sport Investment, Major Events International, Badminton England, Lawn Tennis Association, and Youth Sport Trust.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module comes under semester 2. It focuses on the field of sport and international development, and how this may be studied and explained with reference to different social scientific perspectives and methods. The module examines the field of sport and international development with respect to its emergence historically, its main stakeholders, and different strategies and activities. The module also addresses how sport is used to achieve particular social goals in both developed and developing societies; and how sport mega-events are utilized to pursue different kinds of social development.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in sports science or social science discipline.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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