Sport Business MRes

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



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Our MRes in Sport Business gives you the opportunity to develop your critical thinking and analytic abilities so that you can take your next step as a PhD student, researcher or analyst.

Our Sport Business MRes will develop your knowledge of the latest research being undertaken by the Institute for Sport Business and beyond. Alongside the core research skills and practical experiences offered through the interdisciplinary elements of the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the latest sport leadership principles through taking taught modules in Leadership Models and Practices: Application to a Sport Context and Analysing and Constructing Leadership for a Sport Context.

You will also explore new and evolving research processes, and will uncover the designs, practices and methodologies used by experienced researchers from the Institute for Sport Business, as well as from other academics and research students based at Loughborough University London.

As a student undertaking a Sport Business MRes with the Institute for Sport Business, you will benefit from high-quality research training recognised by the Researcher Development Framework, enabling you to undertake theoretically informed research that bridges the gap between research, practice and policy.

You will spend a considerable amount of time with our inspiring research community, and will be exposed to the latest research and discoveries taken from the Institute's three main areas of research:

  • Leadership and Change
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Social Responsibility

What makes this programme different?

  • Perfect and develop your own research expertise
  • Study with the world's top university for sport
  • Become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community specilising in sport business
  • Understand the latest developments and discoveries in the field of sport business
  • Learn from and network with pioneering thought-leaders from a range of organisations, from small entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-national corporations

Who should study this programme?

If you have a passion for sport business research and would like to sharpen your analytical skills, focus your interests and take the next step towards an MPhil, PhD or analytical career, then our Sport Business MRes is the programme for you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.

English Language Requirements

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What you'll study

The Institute for Sport Business delivers teaching from world class academics, influential thought leaders and inspiring professionals who share a passion for sport business.


Collaborative Research Project

This module focuses on research in a real-world context. On completion of the module, students will have completed a full rapid cycle of teamwork-based empirical research originating from a problem set by a real organization, community, business or similar. Students will spend the module identifying appropriate approaches and research methods, planning and executing the research and disseminating the results back to their external project partner.

This exciting module will encourage the participants to learn and apply concepts related to team roles, collaborative working and shared leadership. Students will be expected to apply social science and design research methods, whilst utilising their critical thinking and reflection skills.

Students will also engage with the project by developing their practical research skills and project management skills, and will discover how to successfully manage stakeholder expectations, while giving practical consideration to research ethics and sustainability issues.

This hands-on module acts as a springboard for students wishing to gain an introduction to the issues related to real-world research, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Work in diverse and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Understand and be able to undertake a project and team based real-world research process
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and appropriate methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems related to research initiatives.
  • Identify stakeholder issues, values and worldviews, while collecting and analysing evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate research insights, practices and outputs.
  • Identify, structure and reflect on key issues and propose solutions to undertaking research in creative ways using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Enhance their appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
  • Plan and implement a real-world and team based research initiative including identifying problems, objectives, resources, timing, and appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Effectively communicate research ideas, methods and results to diverse stakeholders, using multi-channel, state of the art data, media and technologies
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations


  • Coursework (100%)

Research Design, Practice and Ethics

The aims of this module are to prepare you for research planning, design and execution cycles when carrying out research. You will discover how to implement good research practices and adopt professional research ethics. The module will also equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark onto a professional research career in industry or academia.

Research execution stages will be discussed in detail. These include choosing the best research methods, executing the most efficient, professional and ethical research process and achieving set objectives.

You will discover the best possible data collection methods and will understand how to perform critical analysis of data including comparison against the state of the art available in the public domain.

The importance of applying a self-check process at all stages is also covered, to ensure that you are aware of the correct methods and means to reach your intended research goals. All of these topics are of vital importance and will ensure that you maintain a professional attitude towards research and critical analysis in future projects.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of design and planning of the overall task in hand
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis and coordination of the research objectives
  • The importance of efficient execution of the planned strategy to achieve the objectives
  • The ethical implications and the importance of professional approach to ethical issues in research
  • The methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for your subject area
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
  • The most effective methods of presentation of data or knowledge


  • 100% coursework

Quantitative Research Methods

By the end of this module you will be able to make informed assessments of the design and construction of quantitative data sources and their implications for analyses. The module will carefully guide you through the best methods to appropriately prepare and analyse quantitative data using statistical software; and apply and interpret a range of forms of statistical analysis competently, including descriptive, inferential and multivariate techniques.

The module will focus on concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative social research, including data collection approaches and concept operationalisation. Building on a grounding in ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference will extend from comparisons of means and simple cross-tabular analyses to a discussion of multivariate analysis approaches, including linear and logistic regression, but also introducing other techniques relevant to specific analytical goals (e.g. factor analysis, ANOVA, principal components analysis, cluster analysis and hazard models).

Teaching methods will mostly consist of practical classes and workshops. You will gain hands-on familiarity with existing, high profile quantitative sources, including longitudinal studies, and the practicalities of handling data from such sources.

This module can act as a springboard for students wishing to gain more specific and advanced quantitative skills in subsequent training, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on and provide well-grounded analysis of the appropriate type of quantitative analysis required for a specific research project;
  • Understand the validity and robustness of the findings reported upon in research;
  • Critically reflect upon the presented results and the extent to which these support conclusions drawn in research;
  • Translate research question into research model into quantitative analysis strategy;
  • Perform basic quantitative methods (such as correlations, Chi-2, factor analysis, regression analysis);
  • Recognising and addressing commonly found quantitative research related issues in current scholarly work;
  • Be able to determine the extent to which research presented is appropriately researched;
  • Be able to challenge quantitative research presented;
  • Select and use appropriate quantitative research approaches;
  • Demonstrate effective research strategy decision-making.


  • Report (40%)
  • Assignments (60%)

Foundations in Qualitative Research

The content of this module is developed around current practice in qualitative research in a range of disciplinary fields. Content is drawn from the intended learning outcomes and is linked to the module assessment.

The programme content covered includes:

  • How to become a skilled qualitative researcher
  • Epistemological and theoretical issues related to qualitative research
  • Design issues for qualitative studies
  • Selecting an appropriate research method (action research, case study, critical discourse analysis, ethnography types, gender theories, grounded theory, participant observation, textual analysis)
  • Analysing and interpreting qualitative data
  • Issues and debates related to conducting qualitative research
  • Evaluation of qualitative research studies
  • An examination of ethical considerations
  • Scholarly academic writing skills and information communication technologies
  • The future of qualitative research in solving research problems

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of qualitative research paradigms, principles and practices
  • Undertake an original and independent piece of qualitative research using a wide range of ontological and epistemological perspectives and methods
  • Present a rationale for the application of qualitative research to interdisciplinary research problems
  • Employ a range of qualitative approaches to record and analyse qualitative data
  • Solve complex research problems through qualitative approaches
  • Critically evaluate the characteristics of qualitative research
  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate qualitative data
  • Conceptualise and design qualitative research approaches for various research settings
  • Employ qualitative approaches to research and evaluate their use and value in research
  • Implement qualitative research projects for various disciplinary settings
  • Demonstrate awareness of relative activities elsewhere and always apply a self-check against the best practice
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective communication and argumentation of the research findings with appropriate references
  • Demonstrate effective project management skills and show commercial awareness of the managed task
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards qualitative research approaches
  • Demonstrate qualitative problem-solving skills in a variety of research settings


  • Coursework (100%)

Leadership Models and Practices: Applications to a Sport Context

This module will include teaching and guidance on organisational contexts and leadership models; leadership behaviours and competing expectations; contemporary issues impacting on leadership; and the importance of leadership when shaping appropriate organisational practices.

The aim of this module is to deliver a thorough grounding in the main leadership models and the issues that impact on leadership practice in the sport environment. It is intended as an introduction to leadership and will be the theoretical foundation upon which other sport leadership units are built.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand contemporary models and theories of leadership and leadership development that are international, both in their derivation and in their application;
  • Highlight the key issues that impact on leadership practice in sport and other environment;
  • Discuss how different leadership models can be utilised in different contexts such as sport;
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognise the importance of communication in sport leadership practice;
  • Recognise the importance of problem solving leadership practice.


  • 40% Presentation
  • 60% Case Study

Analysing and Constructing Leadership for a Sport Context

This module will include teaching on constitutive leadership; leadership and power; power and politics; sources of power; and types of power.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to socio-cultural aspects of leadership and how it is applied to leadership practice in the sport context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Explain how leadership is socially constructed in different environments such a sport;
  • Explore the nature of the social construction of leadership and understand how the perceptions of others might be altered in the sport context;
  • Demonstrate good communication skills to challenge individual perceptions of leadership;
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness to complete a project task.


  • 40% Video Activity
  • 60% Essay

Major Research Project

The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to research a related subject in detail, and present the findings in a format that best suits your academic strengths and future career goals.

This module will create an opportunity for you to put into practice real research skills and knowledge by leaning about a specific area, understanding the current problems through investigating the related state of the art and proposing solutions to push the frontiers forward in your chosen subject area.

Detailed experimentation (where possible), critical analysis of your results and effective presentation of the findings are three key milestones of this module.

You have a choice of project pathways:

  • A research project suggested by you or your academic supervisor, which will be mutually agreed and carried out within the University, with or without links to the external organisations.
  • A University-based research project that is set by an external organisation and supervised by your University supervisor in collaboration with tan external organization representative.
  • A research project that involves direct collaboration and placement/visits to an external organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)

Learning objectives

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Articulate a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
  • Synthesise relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data, obtained results) to construct a coherent argument
  • Analyse data collected by an appropriate method
  • Critically evaluate data collected in context with the state of the art available in public
  • Engage in critical debate and argumentation in written work
  • Apply principles of good scholarly practice to your written work
  • Perform an appropriate literature review using library databases or other reputable sources
  • Determine the most appropriate research methods for a particular subject area
  • Plan a research project and produce a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines
  • Synthesise information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrate rational use of research methods and available tools
  • Select and use appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrate effective project planning skills
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective researching to reach the set objectives
  • Demonstrate effective presentation and report writing skills
  • Successfully manage a project from idea to completion
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment

You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of research project planning
  • The importance of researching the state of the art and understanding the subject area using literature review or other means such as software programmes and standard specifications
  • Theoretical as well as practical perspectives of the research objectives
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended project objectives
  • The most effective methods of presentation of the collected and analysed data to relate it to the project objectives
  • The ethical implications of research


  • Final Project Report/Thesis (60%)
  • Final Presentation (20%)
  • Interim Project Report (20%)

How you'll study

Independent study

Your personal and professional development

The Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough University London is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully into a PhD, or enter into a professional research or analytical career.

Your personal development

Research skills are greatly in demand across the high value industries of the UK. Alongside the taught elements of the programme, you will be able to access a tailor-made professional development programme mapped to the Researcher Development Framework developed by Vitae, the UK’s national organisation for researcher development. The programme encourages students to identify their current skills and future career goals, and offers employability training and development activities suitable for all disciplines.

Future career prospects

Studying an MRes will give you a fascinating introduction into the life of a postgraduate researcher. Each MRes programme has been carefully designed to empower you with rigorous research and analytical skills, so that you can progress onto a PhD or continue into a high-level researcher position in sport.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

At Loughborough University London, our academics continually look for new ways of doing things and continue to build best practice. We attract outstanding academics from across the world who are specialists in their field, enthusiastic about their subjects, and are at the forefront of current research.