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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sport Management

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc (PG Cert and PG Dip are exit awards only)
Programme title Sport Management
Programme code PSPT30 (Full-time), PSPT31 (Part-time)
Length of programme Full-time: one year; Part-time: typically 2 years
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/PSPT30

MSc Part time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/PSPT31

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:22:41 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current issues and new insights within the contemporary sport sector
  • To support the development of a critical understanding of the economic, political and regulatory context within which sport management takes place.
  • To enable students to synthesise business, marketing, economics, human resource management and finance knowledge and skills so that they can deal with complex issues within sport management and the global sport industry. 
  • To develop originality in the application of their business knowledge and skills to sport management-related activities and situations. 
  • To develop students’ integrative and comprehensive understanding of the challenges confronting sport organisations at the global, national and local level, by understanding how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. 
  • To provide students with the professional skills and intercultural and team working proficiency necessary to successfully operate in a rapidly changing global sport industry.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement (Unit 25: Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism) 

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of: 

  • K1  key concepts and theories relevant to a range of business and economic disciplines, and apply them in a critically aware manner to the field of sport
  • K2  the role and relevance of innovation in global sport management
  • K3  developments in sport policy, the sport industry and global markets
  • K4  the regulatory, political and economic environment of the global sports industry
  • K5  techniques and methods in the field of sport management applicable to their own research and scholarship
  • K6  the different methods and approaches that inform the effective management of financial and human resources in a competitive global sport industry
  • K7  the role of marketing and media strategies in the management of sport organisations’ commercial operations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to: 

  • C1 critically analyse relevant business and economic theory and demonstrate an originality in their application to the sports sector, whilst making links to personal professional practice
  • C2 critically evaluate public policies and their implications for sport management practice
  • C3 critically assess the implications of legal and regulatory frameworks for managerial structures and practices in the sports sector
  • C4 analyse the social, political and economic contexts relevant to management in the global sport industry
  • C5 critically assess and interpret evidence from data and text derived from sport management enquiry.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • P1  develop strategic plans to enhance communications, marketing or resource management in sport organisations
  • P2  analyse and critically evaluate the strategy followed by a sports organisation.
  • P3  design organisational procedures for managing human and financial resources in sport organisations
  • P4  plan, design and execute a substantial piece of independent research relevant to sport management.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • T1 demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems effectively and efficiently
  • T2 communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing to a variety of professional and academic audiences
  • T3 use appropriate information technology tools to support their learning and communication
  • T4 deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, while working confidently with numeric and qualitative data sets
  • T5 work independently and collaboratively in teams, demonstrating sound inter cultural awareness and communication skills.

4. Programme structure

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (60 credits) 





Research Methods and Skills for Sport Managers



Economics of Innovation in Sport



Management of Human Resources in the Sport Industry


Semester 2

Compulsory modules (60 credits) 





Accounting for Decision Making



Managing Strategy Development in Sports Organisations



Sport Policy, Governance and Law



Global Sport Marketing and Media


Semester 2 & 3

Compulsory modules (60 credits) 







Part-time students will normally take Research Methods and Skills for Sport Managers (PSP114) and the Project (PSP100) in the final year of study.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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