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

Degree overview

The MSc Football Business qualification 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. Events like relegation can cause a club to lose millions of pounds overnight, so it is essential to have the knowledge and experience to be able to deal with such eventualities. 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.

MSc Football Business Online at UCFB

FAQs

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Degree content

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home, programme participants will be 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.

This programme is 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.

The programme is 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.

Our online students have access to the UCFB Global Study Hubs and Insight Series - an unparalleled offering in the sports industry with Wembley and Etihad stadiums in the UK, and iconic stadiums in North America and Australia providing students with the opportunity to gain a truly global educational experience.

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Degree specification documents and information

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

Download programme specification

Please click here to download the MSc Football Business (Online) specification documentation. 

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The ability to use UCFB’s network is great for any professional as so many of the staff members and alumni are interconnected to the sporting industry all around the world.

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Modules

Our MSc Football Business (Online) modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the football industry.

One Year Online Degree

Semester 1

Governance & 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.

Semester 3

Dissertation & 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 mat 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

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
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.

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 broad, applied elements of this degree provide students with the skills and experience to progress and work either domestically or abroad in a multi-billion-pound global industry. UCFB’s ability to provide further Employment & Enrichment opportunities engages students in career development allowing students to find their place in the football industry.

82% of UCFB’s Masters graduates are working in the football and sports industry within six months of graduating.

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 journey of professional and personal development.

As an online student you’ll have access to best-in-class industry guest speakers whose sessions will be uploaded the UCFB Online Hub. There may also be the opportunity to visit one of UCFB’s iconic campuses to chat with guest speakers face-to-face. Students may also be able to add additional qualifications and attend unique events such as the Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference at St. George’s Park.

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

Find out more about Employability & Enrichment at UCFB

Global Insight Series

The UCFB Global Insight Series is a thought leadership series, exclusively collated and made available for all UCFB on-campus and online students. The UCFB Global Insight Series provides unprecedented access to UCFB’s elite sports network; including interviews with LMA managers and other UCFB guest speakers, and content from UCFB’s Global Sports Summits at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Employer Endorsement

As a non-league club with a very active Community Foundation, we are keen to deliver as much as we can with limited resources. Our first season partnership with UCFB has enabled us to do just that in the areas of sports analysis, marketing and media, contributions which can be delivered from distance. Thus far, the experience has been very positive with the contributions from students having added real value to our work. They have been a credit both to themselves and UCFB.

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Fees

UK/EU students

UK/EU tuition fees 2020

£9,950 MSc fee
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International students

International tuition fees 2020

£9,950 MSc fee
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Additional costs

Visit our dedicated page about fees and student finance.

Employability & Enrichment

If Online students wish to attend Employability & Enrichment networking opportunities such as the Future Leaders in Football & Sport Conference, Careers Fair, Leadership Challenge or Graduation, then they can do so at their own expense. Costs will include travel to the events.

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 £9,950 £4,975 £4,975
Online degree FAQs
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 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.

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.

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.

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 fees@ucfb.com.

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.

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.

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 fees@ucfb.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:
https://www.speedtest.net/

Browsers

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

Google Chrome 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UCFB global study hubs

New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) play host to UCFB’s global study hubs, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

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Global Sports Summits

From the 2019/20 academic year, each UCFB global study hub will host an annual Global Sports Summit, bringing together UCFB students, alumni and leading sports industry professionals in some of the most advanced sports and entertainment venues in the world.

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