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Football, Development and Business Management MA

Football, Development and Business Management MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Football Football & Team Games Coaching Business Development Sports Management

Course type


Course Summary

This master’s programme is ideal for candidates who are passionate about football and are currently working in a commercial- or marketing-related role wanting to move into the football industry, or those already working in the football industry looking to advance their career and pursue senior roles with business focus.

Through exposure to theory and practice at local, national and international level, you will develop a critical understanding of the football industry and its core business principles. You will also gain an understanding of how business and management principles can be applied to the football industry, and how football also represents a unique market with its own economic and cultural makeup.

You wll examine the responsibilities and challenges associated with football business professionals, organisations, agencies and governing bodies, while developing a critical understanding of the political and economic climate in which football clubs operate, and the correlation between football and politics, policy and development. You will also have the opportunity to gain a deep insight into international sport marketing and management theory and practice, learning from professionals working in related industries.

Additionally, you will develop your critical knowledge of football governance across a variety of areas. This includes the operational management of national and transnational leagues, competitions, and international events. The growing scale and significance of sports ‘mega events’ means there is an increased requirement for those working within the industry to understand the impact of the expenditure of public and private resources on connected developments in infrastructure, architecture, transport and tourism.

A key element of the course curriculum is the research paper, and you will be supported in developing your understanding of the postgraduate research process, as well as the theoretical and procedural requirements of critical investigation. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to an area of in-depth individual study that interests you and is relevant for your chosen career development ambition.

Solent’s challenging, industry-focused football, development and business management master’s programme will help you gain an understanding of the football industry and enhance the skills required to gain employment and progress your career within a football context.

This course will enable you to gain a critical understanding of the football industry and the sustained and emergent roles which may interest you, such as dedicated commercial managers and marketing professionals in football clubs. Graduates from our football programmes have gone on to work at Premier and Football League clubs, as well as other related associations.

Different course options

Full time | Southampton Solent University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Football, Politics and Development - Core
Research Methods in Sport - Core
Football Governance and Mega Events - Core
Research Paper - Core
Monitoring and Evaluation for Sport - Core

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 an honours degree at 2:2 or above and/or an equivalent professional qualification. Students may be admitted to the course without an undergraduate degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills.