Degree available as a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) option.

Degree overview

This in-depth programme is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football business including areas such as governance and regulation, consumer engagement, operational management and business development. From TV deals to player transfers, football is now a global, multi-billion-pound industry that is in need of more industry specific qualified individuals.

The football industry is one of many opportunities for budding professionals, and also poses numerous challenges on a personal and business level. Due to the unique nature of the football industry, it is essential to have the knowledge and experience to be able to deal with a range of ever-changing scenarios. This programme will allow students to be aware of the diverse and often unique situations that impact on the football business, as well as recognise best practice and ethical choices.

Degree specification documents and information

Graduates of the MSc Football Business degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

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Please click here to download the MSc Football Business programme specification documentation

David Moat, Watford

My favourite aspect of working at a Premier League club like Watford is that throughout my childhood all I would do is watch football on TV, and it was the only industry that I was ever passionate about working in

David MoatUCFB graduate and Commercial & Marketing Executive at Watford FC

Modules

Degree modules

Semester 1

Governance and Regulation in Football

This module will investigate the development of a governance and corporate social responsibility strategy within football. Students will be enabled to align their thinking with business objectives, implementing the strategy against externally set benchmarks, measuring outcomes and reinforcing the corporate social responsibility strategy.

In this module, students will also gain an in-depth understanding of how football clubs and governing bodies are run from the top down. Furthermore, students will examine the regulatory landscape of the game and assess the need for further intervention from authorities.

Engaging the Football Consumer

This module will explore the importance, variation and motivation which influence football consumer behaviours. Students will identify key factors which explore the changing nature of football consumer typologies. While also embracing ‘on’ and ‘off’ line methodologies of consumption patterns, the module examines the metrics and insights required to drive the business of football consumption.

Semester 2

Football Operations Management

This module will explore the impact, vision and activities of commercial operations and project management in a footballing context.

Students will develop an insight and understanding of approaches for managing football operations in order to achieve successful delivery. Students will be able to comprehend and apply alternative academic and best practice perspectives in terms of operational outcomes with a project management perspective.

Business Development in the Football Industry

This module will explore current thinking shaping strategic decisions in the wider football pyramid. Students will analyse progress towards evaluating alternatives within the realms of sponsorship, sustainability and stakeholder value. Students will have the opportunity to create and shape innovative commercial and community relationships within the football landscape.

Semester 3

Dissertation and Research Methods

The individual research project focuses on producing an in depth piece of work which has theoretical/ practical/ industrial/commercial relevance to the sports industry. Ideally, this will be a piece of industry sponsored work to produce a commercial output for the sponsor. The work need not be sports-related but may be applied in the area of sports. In other words, a project may take the best practice from another industry and apply it in the sports industry. The sponsor will be viewed and treated like a client and this the client will have certain requirements. Thus, the research proposal will have to meet both client and academic requirements for it to be approved. It also provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced scholarship skills.

This combined research methods and dissertation module provides subject-specific methods training in preparation for the completion of a dissertation within the domains of sports management, marketing, entrepreneurship and leisure management. The research topic that you select must align with the title of the programme on which you are enrolled. The module begins with a series of taught research methods sessions, during which a research proposal is produced. This proposal then guides the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 12,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants should hold a 2:1 honours degree or a recognised overseas equivalent. Applicants may be accepted with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) provided that they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile with 50% or above in their dissertation module.

Professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements.

All applicants will be provided with an opportunity to be assessed and to discuss their suitability for the programme with the academic team.

All applicants are also provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds.

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve IELTS 6.5 overall.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria for this programme, or whether you require IELTS results, please email mastersenquiries@ucfb.com with a copy of your most recent CV including nationality, visa status if applicable, and undergraduate degree transcripts. Candidates with a strong CV may qualify for a supplementary admissions interview to support their academic application.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact compliance@ucfb.com. You can also study one of our Online postgraduate degrees.

Applications
How to apply

To apply for this programme please complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to mastersenquiries@ucfb.com.

Application documents

Relevant documents for EU, UK and international applications:

  • 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. IELTS (if applicable).

Career prospects

The programme has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior management positions within the core functional departments of the football industry, spanning financial and accounting roles or operational roles within football, including the ability to rise to senior managerial roles due to the management aspect of the degree.

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

At UCFB we bridge the gap between education and business, allowing a unique approach to education. We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a three year journey of professional and personal development.

This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure our students graduate as well-rounded, empowered professionals.

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Fees

UK/EU students

UK/EU tuition fees 2019

£9,950 MSc fee
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International students

International tuition fees 2019

£14,950 MSc fee
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Additional information about fees

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Part-time option

For part-time courses the tuition fee will be split accordingly per year i.e 50% in year 1 and 50% in year 2 (for a two year programme) as per below table.

Full-time (one year) Part-time (two years)
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
UK/EU
Students
International
Students
£9,950 £14,950 £4,975 £7,475
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In some instances, optional Employment & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Scholarships

UCFB has a range of scholarship options to help with the cost of studying and to encourage students to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree. Click here to learn more.

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