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Sports Management is a practical degree that will prepare you academically and professionally to hit the ground running in the sports and leisure industries.

  • This degree programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students who successfully pass all mapped modules will be eligible to be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (subject to CMI moderation).
  • There are work placement opportunities integrated into the second and third year of the programme.
  • A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students.
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Why study Sports Management?

A Sports Management degree is particularly attractive to employers in the sports and leisure industries, both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Studying this degree programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to successfully embark on a career in a wide range of roles and functions.

A degree in Sports Management gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful manager within the sports business, in a large or small company; in the private, public or third sectors; at home or abroad. It is centred upon contemporary management skills and approaches and will give you everything you need to succeed in the sports industry.

There are excellent career opportunities for those who graduate in the field. Research conducted by Sport England shows that over 440,000 people are employed in sport-related jobs. The sports business is a truly global one and offers excellent opportunities for graduates to work internationally.

A distinctive feature of the Sports Management programme at St Mary’s is that you will undertake a work placement as part of your degree, allowing you to combine academic theory within a practical working environment. Your placement will provide you with new skills, expertise and networks that can help to enhance your career opportunities within the sports industry. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.

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 magazine labelled London as the worlds ‘Ultimate Sports City’ in 2012, 2014 and 2018).

Where else do students have iconic sports venues like Wembley stadium, Wimbledon, Lords cricket ground and Twickenham stadium on their doorstep? Our programme provides you with the opportunity to visit these internationally-renowned venues during your degree, gaining a practical understanding of how they are managed.

London is home to many of the biggest brands in global sport; a degree from St Mary’s will help you to relate to the specifics of sport in the wider context of management and the business environment.

The ability to gain relevant work experience is vital for any student seeking a career in the sports business, as practical experience within the industry is required for many premium graduate jobs. The opportunities within London are unmatched within Britain and include a range of internships and placements. We have close ties with many organisations within the sports industry and regularly work with them to arrange student placements.

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 join on University sports teams and utilise our world-class sporting facilities.

 

Foundation year

Sports Management is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

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Entry requirements

96-104 UCAS points required

BCC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). A GCSE in English and Maths to Grade C, or an equivalent qualification is also required.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

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 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

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

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sports Management.

Course content

This programme combines a general understanding of business and management with thorough coverage of key areas in sports business. From finance and marketing, through to strategy and social responsibility, you will move to focus on more specialist subject areas, including sports event management, sports journalism, high performance personnel management and sports law.



Year one

  • Contemporary Marketing Practice Core
  • Introduction to Management Theory Core
  • Sport, Culture and History Core
  • Introduction to the Sports and Leisure Industries Core
  • Financial Decision Making Core
  • Human Resource Management in Sport Core

Year two

  • Fundamentals of Accounting Core
  • Research Methods in Sport Core
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Core
  • Sports Journalism and Media Relations Optional
  • Sports and the Law Optional
  • Starting a Business Venture Optional
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation Optional
  • Managing Sports Events Optional
  • Investigation in Employment Practice Optional
  • Investigation in Employment Practice Optional
  • Behavioural Economics Optional

Year three

  • Independent Project in Sport Core
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Management Optional
  • Financial Management in Sports Optional
  • Sports Psychology Optional
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Optional
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Sports Sponsorship and Promotions Optional
  • Global Perspectives on the Sports Industry Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Sports Marketing Campaign Optional
  • International Strategic Management Optional
  • Management Consultancy Project Optional
  • Social Enterprise Optional
  • Managing High Performance Sports Personnel Optional
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Optional
  • Marketing Consultancy Project Optional

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

As a Sports Management graduate, you will have opportunities to work in many of the diverse sectors of the sports and leisure industries, such as working for professional sports teams and leagues, the sports marketing and sponsorship sector, the organisation and delivery of sporting events, managing health and fitness centres, and the growing field of Sport for Development.

Making you career-ready is at the heart of everything that we do, and you will develop a wide range of general employability skills, such as communication, presentation, analysis, research techniques, teamwork and working to deadlines.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sports Management students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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, designed to develop a detailed understanding of key subject areas, you’ll receive presentations from top management professionals and practitioners within the sports industry.

Following lectures, you will attend seminars that will deepen your understanding of the skills needed to be an effective manager. Individual tutorials offer one-to-one support from lecturers.

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

Sports Management classes range from 20 to 50 students in size. The modules shared with Business Management in year one can have around 150 students in lectures. Seminar groups for all modules have around 25 students in each.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 30%
  • Independent study: 50%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods will test your knowledge, understanding and skills development throughout the degree.

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

Wherever possible, you will be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs of less than £100 per year could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Charles Little Charles Little
Senior Lecturer - Sports Management

charles.little@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Peter Hill profile photo Dr Peter Hill
Programme Director - Postgraduate Business and Tourism

peter.hill@stmarys.ac.uk

Andrew Carney profile photo Andrew Carney
Senior Lecturer - Business Management

andrew.carney@stmarys.ac.uk

Eleni Aravopoulou profile photo Eleni Aravopoulou
Senior Lecturer - Business Management

eleni.aravopoulou@stmarys.ac.uk

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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