By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home, UCFB Online students are able to gain a further qualification to enhance their career prospects in a format that offers flexible hours and the chance to dictate their own work-life balance to fit around other commitments. These programmes are ideal for those who already work, or aspire to work, in senior positions within the sports industry, and offers the flexibility to allow participants to gain a Masters degree qualification around their busy lifestyle.

Students studying UCFB’s distinctive online Master’s degrees have the flexibility to start their degree programme at three different times of the year. MSc International Sport Management (Online) students are able to begin their studies in January, May or September, and MSc Football Business (Online) have the option of beginning their studies in January, June and September.

Our Online programmes are available through the UCFB Online Hub, which is accessible on mobile devices including tablets, phones, and laptops. The UCFB Online Hub also has an app which you can download to access the programme content. This means you can truly study while on the go and around your other commitments.

Online programme applications are made by filling in an application form and sending it to us. To start your application, download and complete the application form before returning it to us at

Online degrees

MSc Football Business (Online)
MSc International Sport Management (Online)

Please visit one of the above pages for further details on our online programmes.

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As part of the application process, we require the following documents:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of transcripts of highest qualification achieved and English translations (if applicable)
  • One academic and one professional reference and English translation (if applicable)
  • Copy of proof of English language level e.g. Academic IELTS certificate (if applicable)

International applications should also include:

  • Copy of valid passport 
  • Copies of any previous or current UK visas

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You will already hold a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree. Applicants who hold a sport-related degree classification of 2:2 or below or, a non-sport related degree, or significant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports management experience.

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may also be considered eligible.

Applicants will be expected to participate in and pass an academic led interview with senior members of the UCFB team, as well as submitting an outstanding personal statement and highly supportive academic and professional references.

Interviews can be held over Skype or, if based in the UK, at UCFB campuses. Successful applicants will be invited to attend one of our interview sessions following a review of their application.

Admissions/Selection criteria

  • Strong knowledge in the field of sports management suitable for Masters level academic work.
  • Evidence of engagement with professional and academic literature/publications relevant to CPD.
  • Ability to manage self-learning and professional duties where applicable.
  • Evidence of ability to manage work independently.
  • Proven track record of dealing with complex and multidisciplinary issues relevant to their chosen subject area.
Online FAQs

What to expect from online study

What are the start dates for your online programme?

Students studying UCFB’s distinctive online Master’s degrees have the flexibility to start their degree programme at three different times of the year. The 2020 start date options for the MSc International Sport Management (Online) programme are 13th January, 4th May and 28th September, and for the MSc Football Business (Online) degree are 27th January, 1st June and 28th September. Late enrolment is possible at the discretion of UCFB.

Will I need to travel?

No, our online programme does not require you to travel as all support will be provided through the UCFB Online Hub. You have the option to attend the graduation ceremony when you graduate, but it is not compulsory. There will also be the option for you to visit a UCFB global study hub and attend any of the Global Summits (subject to demand), including Orientation Week at UCFB Wembley, allowing you to experience the home of football, Wembley Stadium in London.

In addition, you will also have the option to attend the UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St. George’s Park, the Leadership Challenge or a Careers Fair.

These optional activities will be at your own expense should you choose to attend.

Please see the enrichment schedule for the 2019/20 academic year.

How long does it take to complete the programme?

This postgraduate programme will be completed over one academic year and will consist of three semesters.

When can I start studying?

Currently we have one start date which is Monday 30th September 2019. We have one intake per year.

How many hours a week do I need to study?

For the MSc International Sport Management and MSc Football Business online programmes, it is expected that students will spend up to 30-35 hours per week on their studies. The time you need to spend studying will depend on many variables including your previous academic experience and your technical expertise.

Is a work placement included as part of an online programme?

No, work placements are not part of our online programmes. You will receive notifications about placement opportunities that are available for UCFB students; however it is your decision whether this is something you apply for. We recommend that you focus on your studies whilst completing your postgraduate programme.

How flexible is a programme?

Our programmes are designed with working professionals in mind and allows for flexibility within a framework.

You can choose the days of the week and the times of the day you study to accommodate your other commitments; however, you must meet strict deadlines. There will be live scheduled sessions over the duration of each module, however these will be recorded so you will not miss anything if you are unable to attend.

On the MSc International Sport Management, you will study seven modules throughout the postgraduate programme. Two modules will be studied in Semester 1, three modules in Semester 2 and two modules in Semester 3. The modules vary in length between 10-12 sessions with small breaks between semesters.

On the MSc Football Business you will study five modules, with two in Semester 1, two in Semester 2 and one in Semester 3.

Can I study on a tablet or my phone?

UCFB Online Hub is compatible with mobile devices, including tablets. However, you will need an internet connection in order to view the content as part of your course. UCFB also has an app which you can download from the app store on iOS and Android so that you can access content on the go. Simply search for ‘UCFB Online Hub’.

Is the learning content delivered online only?

Yes.  All content and activities are delivered online through the UCFB Online Hub. If you need any support, clear guidance will be provided through your programme and module leader. Our student services and academic administration teams are also on hand to deal with any queries you may have.

Is there group work involved?

Your assignments will be independently submitted, there is no requirement to work as part of a group for this programme. However, you are encouraged to participate in forums as instructed by your module leader. You will also have the ability to message your course peers.

Will I be able to access Executive Guest Speaker sessions?

Guest talks from industry speakers may be available for you to view as part of a recorded video or live stream via UCFB’s Global Insight Series, however these will be on a case by case basis. There will also be the option to attend a Global Summit at one of UCFB’s global study hubs, or the UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St. George’s Park, however these will be at your own expense if you choose to attend.

Are there opportunities to network as part of an online programme?

Networking opportunities are available for students by way of interacting with UCFB’s esteemed academics, and attending – where possible – a Global Summit at one of UCFB’s global study hubs, the UCFB Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St. George’s Park, a Careers Fair and the Leadership Challenge. However, these will be at your own expense should you choose to attend.

You also have the optional opportunity to attend Orientation Week at UCFB Wembley to experience the home of football, Wembley Stadium in London.

Accreditation awarding body and recognition

Are online degrees as good as a campus degree?

Yes. There is absolutely no distinction between the quality of the online and campus programme. You can be assured that our online degrees have the same status as those awarded to graduates who studied on campus.

Will my degree certificate state that it was an online degree, completed via distance learning?

No. Your degree certificate will look the same as those awarded to students who studied on campus. There will be no reference to online on your degree certificate. However, there will be a small reference to the mode of study on your transcript (the record of the modules you took and the grades you received).

Can I graduate at UCFB’s on-campus sites?

You can join other online students who will have the option to travel to UCFB Wembley to graduate with other UCFB students. You will wear the same cap and gown as your campus students and take part in the same graduation ceremonies. It’s not compulsory to attend the graduation, it’s completely your decision. It’s perfectly fine to graduate without having to travel to UCFB Wembley and does not detract from the commitment, dedication and hard work you will have consistently demonstrated during your studies.

How is an online Masters degree perceived by employers?

The content is very much in line with what is delivered on campus. While your learning experience is different compared to on campus delivery, and the assessment methods are adapted to suit online learning, the fundamental quality is of the same level.

How studying online works

How does online study work?

With online study at UCFB there are no fixed lecture times for the majority of the course, however we do feel it’s important to have some live sessions which will be factored into the module schedule and delivered at appointed times. These sessions will be recorded and made available in the UCFB Online Hub, so if you are unable to attend don’t worry. All the information will be available online for you.

Each module will require the completion of weekly activities set by your module leader as well as the submission of one to two assessments. You will be provided with live lecture notes, reading material and activities to check your learning and there will be plenty of chances for you to ensure your work is aligned with the module leaders’ expectations.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams – you will be assessed based on each module assessment strategy, which will cover assignment submissions. You will also be assessed on a final research project, which will be a dissertation.

Assessments will be rigorous and your online degree will be every bit as challenging as a degree studied on campus.

What time are classes held?

Your classes will be delivered through a mixture of both pre-recorded and live taught lectures.

This means some of your classes will be scheduled by the module leader and you will be notified in advance on the days that these will take place.

We feel it’s good to have a balance of both deliveries, however we are also aware that some people might not be able to attend the synchronous sessions and as such these will be recorded and posted onto the UCFB Online Hub.

Will I have lots of deadlines?

Our online programmes have been designed to avoid deadlines to overlap to allow you plenty of time to work on your submissions.

Modules will have a maximum of two graded submissions, for which you will receive guidance throughout the module’s sessions, forum discussions or, in some instances, non-graded submissions. In order to allow adequate planning of your time, all submission deadlines will be shared at the beginning of a programme and will be available in the UCFB Online Hub.

The submission schedule has been thoroughly analysed in order to ensure the flexibility an online programme should have.

How long does a module take?

Modules will take between 10 to 12 sessions with the exception of your MSc Dissertation and Research Methods module which, due to its nature and requirements, will be completed over 36 weeks.

What equipment do I need?

The only things you will need to study online are:

An internet connection – you must have regular access to a reliable internet connection, preferably at your home.

A personal email address – although we will provide you with a UCFB email address, you will also need a second email address so that we have an alternative way to contact you if necessary. Ideally this should be a web based service like Hotmail or Gmail rather than a work email address.

A suitable computer, tablet or mobile device. Our Online Hub can be accessed through a web browser and we recommend using Google Chrome.

You will also need to be able to read and save Microsoft documents, read Abode Acrobat documents (PDFs) and have access to speakers so that you can listen to recorded content and videos. You do not need to buy Microsoft Office as all UCFB students have access to this through Office 365.

Will I receive feedback on my progress?

Yes, plenty and regularly. There are a number of different ways you will receive feedback from your module leader. From forum participation to formative assessments, all of them will be pivotal for your learning as they will test your progress and help you get ready for the graded assessments.

Additionally, you will be encouraged to participate in group discussions in order to ensure there is a solid learning community from which you and your classmates will be able to benefit.

How often and how much will students interact with the instructor and other students?

As part of the UCFB Online Hub, students will have access to contact their module leader and where necessary their peers. Students will be able to interact with the module leader through synchronous sessions, forums and tutorials.

The latter will be delivered either individually or in groups and can be organised by module leaders for a range of reasons: from checking progress or covering specific content.

Students will also have the option to interact with staff and other students by attending a Global Summit at a UCFB global study hub, or the Future Leaders in Football and Sport Conference at St. George’s Park.

We are fully committed to ensuring an optimal learning experience and supporting you during every step of your learning journey.

Can I take a break from study if I need to?

There may be situations where there is a change in a student’s personal circumstances or illness which could make it difficult for them to continue with their studies. Should this occur an interruption of studies may be considered however our academic team will go through this process with you to provide you with your options.

Support for students

What support is available?

There will be a variety of support available to you from making your first enquiry through to your graduation:

Our knowledgeable Future Students and Admissions teams will be able to guide you through the application process, making sure you understand what to do and how to apply;

Before you start studying we will provide you with an online course that introduces you to the UCFB Online Hub and how to use it;

Our dedicated support teams will help you make the most of the functions available to you and guide you through your programme;

You will also have module leaders who will provide you with feedback on your assignments to help you monitor your progress.

Who do I contact for technical support?

You will be able to contact our technical support team through the UCFB Online Hub. You will also have access to a list of handy technical FAQs to help you with common queries.

Can I join the Athletic Union and Students’ Union?

Yes. If you are able to attend student events and social/athletic clubs at any UCFB campus, you are welcome to join.

Can I meet someone to discuss the course?

You can contact our Future Students Team by clicking here if you have any questions. Let us know if you’d like to come onto campus in person to meet someone to discuss the course. You are also welcome to come along to one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, for more information. Click here to book onto an Open Evening.

The UCFB Online Hub

What are the technical requirements?

General technical requirements for using UCFB’s Online Hub include

  • A personal device such as laptop, tablet or mobile device running a compatible web browser;
  • A connection to the Internet;
  • Speakers or headphones to hear audio from a computer.

When considering an Online Degree programme with UCFB students should refer to the Technical requirements below. Note: Technical requirements are subject to change.


Online learning and live lectures are accessible using the following recommended browser:

Google Chrome 

Internet Access

Students are responsible for their own Internet access, and a high-speed connection is highly recommended.
You can test your internet connection by using a free online speed test such as the one below:

How to I access my modules and programme information?

Once you have logged into the UCFB Online Hub, you will be able to locate your programme and module overview information and modules from the menu on the left or from the search bar located on the Homepage.

Programme overview page

This is your programme page covering everything you need to know about the programme. This covers an introduction video from the Programme Leader, as well as your Programme Aims, Programme Learning Outcomes, Assessment Strategy and Module Overview.

You will receive notifications through UCFB Online Hub, which you will be able to see within the top right section. These will come up as message bubbles, which you can click into to read and respond to.

Module overview page

The module overview page has the modules that are to be taught in each semester, how they are going to be assessed, their weighting and submission date. From here you will access each module page.


Specific module page

Your module page has a welcome video from your Module Leader and this will cover the Module Aims, Module Learning Outcome, Module Assessment Strategy, how you can track your progress and assignment submission.

The sessions are displayed as buttons so that you can progress through them. Each session’s approach is tailored to the content so this will change between each session and module.

Tracking your work

You can track your progress by ticking the box on the page as indicated in the example below. Some progress does however require an action so if you do not complete the activity then this cannot be set as complete.

You will have your own Dashboard, where you can track how you are progressing on activities within each module against the specific activities that you need to complete. The completion is tracked as a percentage as shown below.

Assignment submission

As part of the programme you will need to submit assignments for each module, of which you can track your progress within our Gradebook. This will show the weighting of the submission, your grade and feedback from your Module Leader.

Fees and payments

How can I pay my tuition fees?

UCFB has teamed up with Western Union Business Solutions GlobalPay for Students to give a simple, reliable way to pay for your tuition fees. You can pay in your home currency, with no hidden bank charges. The funds are paid directly to UCFB. Both International and EU students can take advantage of this service.

To access Western Union, click here.

There are several other ways of paying your tuition fees, including credit/debit cards, PayPal or by wired transfer.

For more information, please email

Are scholarships, grants or discounts available?

Scholarships are not available. If you are concerned about your ability to fund your studies, have a look at our payment plans and study loans that may be available in your country. You can always ask our Admissions Team for advice.

Do I need to order textbooks?

All core text books for the programme can be accessed through UCFB online e-book solutions which can be accessed at any time through the UCFB Online Hub.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, it is possible to pay in instalments. Please take a look at our tuition fee payment due dates for the upcoming academic year here. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please email us at

Can I apply for a student loan?

A postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 can help with course fees while you study a postgraduate Masters course. Click here for more information.

Madrid Experience

When does the Madrid experience happen?

All MSc International Sport Management (Online) students have the option of studying in Madrid with Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea as part of their programme. If you choose to do so, you will study the diploma at Real Madrid Graduate School between May and July. The exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time by our Academic Administration team.

Will I still be learning the online programme at the same time as the diploma?

Yes, there will be two modules that need to be studied during this period and you will be expected to submit assignments in line with the assignment submission dates. As the delivery is online you can access the content from anywhere however you need to ensure you schedule your time to take the diploma into account.

How much does this cost and when do I pay?

For the additional Madrid experience, your tuition fees will be £16,500 payment for this programme that will be split into three payments which will be taken at set times in line with the online programme tuition.

Please note the fees for 2020/21 will be £18,500.

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