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Stand out as a true sports management professional with a Master's degree that will accelerate your progression into the sports and leisure industry. 

  • There are industry work placement opportunities available to students as part of the degree
  • Our links with high profile sports clubs and organisations will be used to enrich your learning experience
  • Train and compete using our state-of-the-art sport facilities

Why study Sports Management?

The sports business is a truly global one, offering excellent opportunities for graduates to work around the world. Research conducted by Sport England shows that over 440,000 people are employed in sport-related jobs in England alone.

Our Master's degree in Sports Management focuses on management skills and approaches, accelerating your progression towards (or in) a career in sports management.

The degree will help you to stand out as a true professional, making you particularly attractive to employers in the sports and leisure industries. This includes the public and not-for-profit sectors).

A Sports Management degree will give you the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the many different roles and functions within the sports industry.

Already working in sports or leisure? By studying the subject you'll gain a greater understanding of the sporting world you work in. The degree can also help you achieve more in your profession.

If you have already completed a sport-related degree, this programme will add a business focus to your skillset.

Why St Mary's?

The sports business is a dynamic and rewarding industry and St Mary’s is the perfect place for you to begin your journey.

London is the centre of the global sports industry (Sport Business International labelled London as the world’s ‘Ultimate Sports City’ in 2012, 2014 and again in 2018). Where else do students have iconic sports venues like Wembley stadium, Wimbledon, Lords cricket ground and Twickenham stadium on their doorstep? You'll visit these internationally-renowned venues as part of the degree, gaining a practical understanding of how they are managed. London is home to many of the biggest brands in global sport.

A special feature the Sports Management degree at St Mary’s is the work placement. Relevant work experience is vital if you want a career in the sports industry, as practical experience is required for almost all jobs.

The opportunities for internships, placements and eventually jobs in London are unmatched in Britain. We have close ties with many sporting organisations and work with them to arrange student placements.

You can combine your placement with your consultancy/research project. This will give you in-depth involvement with an organisation. You will gain new skills, expertise and networks to enhance your career opportunities within the sports industry.

St Mary’s University is a beautiful campus university in West London, with a friendly and professional atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a sporting environment where you can utilise our world-class sporting facilities and play, coach or even manage University sports teams.

Course lead

Charles Little
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

An undergraduate degree with at least 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent)

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Relevant work experience is vital if you want a career in the sports business, as practical experience in the industry is required for many premium jobs.

London is home to many of the biggest brands in global sport, meaning that the opportunities for internships, placements and jobs in London are some of the best in Britain. We have close ties with many sporting organisations and regularly work with them to arrange student placements.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We utilise a wide range of teaching methods. As well as highly interactive lectures, a key focus of the programme will involve you working in groups on practical case studies. These will develop and hone the skills you need to be an effective manager within the sports industry.

Individual tutorials will offer one-to-one support from lecturers.

These approaches are supplemented by an online virtual learning environment where you can find additional learning material.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your degree to test knowledge, understanding and skills development.

The programme uses a broad range of assessments including business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies and assessed blogs.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2023

  • Home: £10,500
  • International: £16,800

January 2023

  • Home: £9,750
  • International: £14,550

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding.  International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Further information