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Loughborough University and the Institute of Sports Humanities launch new Leadership in Sport Master’s

Loughborough University London and the Institute of Sports Humanities (ISH) are delighted to announce the launch of a new Master’s in Leadership in Sport to run from Autumn 2023.

Students on the MA Leadership in Sport programme will join a powerful international network of sports experts and benefit from relationships across sports and sectors of the industry. 

The MA Leadership in Sport is designed for individuals who wish to develop their impact and effectiveness in leading and managing individuals, teams, and organisations within the sport industry.

The course is ideally suited to executives working in the sports industry, professionals seeking a career in sport and for athletes looking for specialised education to support their leadership development on and off the field. 

Loughborough University has been named the world's best university for sports-related subjects, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023).

ISH’s mission is to nurture and inspire sport’s current and future leaders around the world – smart thinking leading to better decisions and braver leadership.

Professor Tony Edwards, Dean of Loughborough University London, said: “Over the last eight years we have developed an outstanding student experience and research base in sport business and the partnership with ISH allows us to take this forward in a novel and impactful way.”

ISH has educated leaders from elite sporting organisations including: the Football Association, England Cricket, London Marathon Events, IMG, Rugby Football League, England Squash, Rugby Players Association, Professionals Cricketers Association, Premier League Productions, Manchester City Football Club and other leading sports organisations. 

Ed Smith, ISH Director and Co-Founder, says: “This is an exciting step for ISH as we expand our education of sports leaders. I’m delighted to see the partnership with Loughborough University London come to fruition and we are all looking forward to the first cohort of students”.

The MA Leadership in Sport will be a 12- or 24-month programme run online and in-person from October 2023. The programme will also be offered at Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate level.

The syllabus includes:

  • Leadership Models
  • Management & Decision-making
  • The Sports Industry & Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Governance, Law & Ethics
  • Sport & Globalisation
  • The Sporting Event
  • Sport, Society & Equality
  • Critical Reflective Leadership

Applications for the 2023 MA Leadership in Sport programme are open until 31 August.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2023 QS World University Rankings – the seventh year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2023 and 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.