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 Certificate 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.
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.
About the Placement Year
A placement year enables students to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between their second and final year. It is a substantial piece of paid experience where you can make a real contribution to your employer and it can really make you stand out from the crowd!
It will also enable you to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
- Build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in.
- Develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
- Get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job!
Support from St Mary’s every step of the way.
Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and careers teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities. You will need to attend some preparatory workshops which will explain all aspects of the placement year and give you the skills to find the placement of your choice. With access to our jobs board, careers events and employer contacts you will be able to approach companies confidently and find the right opportunity for you.
Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the 3 year version of your degree programme.
Sports Management is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year for those who do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
Once you successfully complete the foundation year you can choose to study Sports Management with a placement year.
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