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.

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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.

 

Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Wembley
Wembley Stadium

• Arch View House

UCFB Etihad Campus
Etihad Stadium

In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.

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Degree specification documents and information

The Global Institute of Sport is an embedded college of the University of East London. All graduates that begin their degrees with GIS from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London.

The course specification for this degree will be available from late August 2021.

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Your Programme Leader

Christopher Winn
GIS Academic Leaders Christopher Winn Programme Leader, MSc Football Business and MSc Football Business (Online)
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Modules

Degree modules
  • Football Fan Engagement
  • Football Operations Management
  • Football Finance
  • Global Sports Leadership
  • Applied Professional Project
  • Global Sports Consulting and Analysis (Option)
  • Sport Law and Governance (Option)

Students will choose one option at the beginning of their course.

The main educational aims of the course are to:

  • To unite, inspire and equip the current and future leaders of the global sports industry, with the skills knowledge and network to take the world of sport to continually new heights.
  • Develop students’ ability to think critically and creatively about football business.
  • Provide opportunities for students to solve complex problems related to the football industry.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to conduct research and enquiry into football business issues.
  • Provide opportunities for students to communicate complex ideas and arguments about the football industry.
  • Enable students to continue to learn through reflection on practice and experience within football business settings.
  • Develop awareness of the importance of change within diverse situations impacting upon the football landscape.
  • Enable students to believe in bold, passionate leadership with a focus on success.
  • Develop students’ ability to develop a diversity of thought, and recognise and apply ethical practices which shape the choices within the football industry.
Global Sports Leadership

Delivered across all GIS Master’s programmes to provide a foundation of knowledge of leadership and its application in sport, the Global Sports Leadership module provides a global sporting context to underpin each degree specialism.

Covering fundamental leadership principles including culture, performance analysis, diversity and inclusion, leadership styles and innovation within a contemporary sporting context, this module allows students to develop a broad appreciation of the sports industry and become leaders in their field.

A core aspect of the module is to bring in global leaders from the pitch, the boardroom and the industry to enable student to access and reflect on real life and current industry experiences and insight. Many of the sessions will be shared across multiple GIS degree programmes, allowing students to learn from and network with each other throughout the Global Sports Leadership module.

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 an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section) or recognised equivalent.

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

GIS 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 admissions@ucfb.com. You can also study one of our Online Master's degrees.

Applications
How to apply

To apply for this degree, please click here and follow the instructions to complete your application via our Learner Portal.

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.

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Fees

Home students

Home tuition fees 2021

£10,950 MSc fee
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International students

International tuition fees 2021

£16,450 MSc fee
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Available tuition fee discount
Postgraduate Loyalty Discounts

These discounts are open to any UCFB, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at postgraduate level with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport.

GIS Alumni

If you’d like to extend your time with us, we’re pleased to offer all GIS graduates:

UCFB and GIS business partners

We're pleased to offer all UCFB and GIS business partners 15% fee tuition discount on all Undergraduate, Master's and Executive Education programmes and 25% off our Professional Qualifications

Additional information about fees

Visit our dedicated page about fees and student finance.

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)
Home
Students
International
Students
Home
Students
International
Students
£10,950 £16,450 £5,475 £8,225
Additional costs

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

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

Campuses & global hubs

On top of Wembley Stadium and Etihad Campus, the Global Institute of Sport utilises a network of global stadium venues. Inter Miami CF Stadium, plus Global Hubs at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) allow students to truly immerse themselves in the world of sport.

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