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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Business Studies Sports Studies

Course type


Course Summary


The Institute for Sport Business has an interdisciplinary research-led team, incorporating internationally recognised researchers interested in the business of sport.

The Institute seeks to deliver research with a real world impact in an era of significant social, economic and technological change. Recent research has examined the rapid growth in the business of sport, as well as leadership and change, innovation, technology and social responsibility.

London is rapidly becoming the world’s leading hub for sport business. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in the field of sport, useful for research, which includes BT Sport, the Olympic Legacy Corporation and West Ham United Football Club.

Who should apply

If you have a passion for innovation and leadership in the business of sport, a PhD with the Institute for Sport Business could be for you. The institute especially welcomes interest into gender, entrepreneurship, corporate and social responsibility, and technological applications to sport businesses, organisations and teams.

Research areas

Research by the Institute for Sport Business focuses on money, morality and meaning, and the implications of these factors on sport business. As such, the Institute for Sport Business maintains an interest in the following research topics:

Sport consumer engagement

Fan and consumer experiences
Sport product and service evaluation
Athlete and player support and welfare

Sport enterprise performance

Leadership and organisational systems
Innovation and culture
Technologies, data, analytics and futures

Sport social innovation

Sport development and peace
Social impact, capital and legacy
Sport and (C)SR

Your personal and professional development

By undertaking a PhD with the world’s premier university for sports-related subjects (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019), you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real life problem solving.

You will receive a comprehensive package of training and support to continue into a professional research career, or to progress into a variety of roles with regional, international and multinational sport businesses and enterprises.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University (London Campus) | 2 years | JUL-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification). IELTS overall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each test.

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