International Masters in Sports Management with Professional Football Academy Training

The MA in International Sports Graduate program

MA in International Sports Management *

(UK and USA Accredited Master degree program- subject to validation in February 2017*)

The Differentiating Factor

The only MA of its type in the world while you play in a year round elite football academy”

Richmond is the only university in the UK that has developed a very successful US- accredited undergraduate program in International Sports Management. Building on this success, Richmond’s one year master’s program provides students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of sports management and football culture in the UK. The program is located in Leeds in the North of England and aims to develop your understanding of sports management in an international context with a focus on football (soccer). Our Master’s degree in International Sports Management builds on our teaching and research success and provides graduate students with a program of study that is underpinned by the best sports industry practice, knowledge and partnerships.

There is a non-mandatory co-curricular sports component to Richmond’s MA Internationals Sports Management program that will contribute the development of your practical skills (football training, playing and coaching). The program provides students with an opportunity to acquire the practical skills as well as a learning environment in which you are encouraged to think strategically about sports management in the context  of business development and management of the competitive game environment. Through lectures, seminars, workshops and independent research you will gain skills to explore creative solutions for the sports industry. In combination with training, playing and coaching sessions, you will explore exercises in team building, leadership, motivation, fitness and athlete management. Our aim is to help our students develop a higher level of understanding of sports management in an international context and demonstrate how sports has become a global phenomenon within the wider service sector.

The world of sports is a dynamic, rewarding and growing industry in which to build your career. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth in the field of sports management will grow faster than average up to 2024. Research carried out by Sports England demonstrates the gross value added (GVA) sports to the British economy is £20 Billion that sport-related jobs were approximately 2.3% of all employment in England in 2013 There are excellent opportunities for graduates to work internationally, as the sports business is a truly global industry.

Our one-year master’s program in International Sports Management can help you develop your career. You will learn the latest practices and skills required for employment and you will also have the chance to get hands-on work experience in a three month integrated internship in Leeds or London. Our course offers improved career opportunities with the added bonus of experiencing the great city of London, the home of world renowned sporting organizations and clubs, and host city to many high profile sporting events.

  • Academic Staff experience, including high level industry experience
  • Combine practical football training, playing and coaching  and engagement with the football industry
  • Fantastic opportunities to gain work experience through our internship program

*subject to validation

Duration: FT (one year), PT (two years)



Course work and Football Academy Training delivered Leeds (September to May)

London Summer Internship Opportunities. (May to August)

Why Study MA International Sports Management at Richmond?


  • Opportunity for a London Summer Internship program
  • Academic Staff experience, including high level industry experience
  • Fantastic opportunities to gain work experience
  • Engagement with the industry

(* Validation expected February 2017)


 

Play year Round in a Professional Soccer Academy as you earn a one year Graduate degree

The Benefits

  • Academic Staff experience, including high level industry experience
  • Fantastic opportunities to gain “REAL” work experience beyond the classroom
  • Engagement with the industry
  • Build an unmatched resume that leads to a quality job opportunities
  • A program of study that is underpinned by the best sports industry practice, knowledge and partnerships
  • Develop a higher level of understanding of sports management in an international context and demonstrate how sports has become a global phenomenon within the wider service sector
  • Acquire the skills to think strategically about sports management and gain the ability to explore creative solutions for the sports industry through seminars, workshops and independent research

Why this specific degree? Opportunity Knocks!

The world of sports is a dynamic, rewarding and growing industry in which to build your career. The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics predicts that job growth in the field of sports management will grow faster than average up to 2024. There are also excellent career opportunities in the UK. Research carried out by Sports England demonstrates the gross value added (GVA) sports to the British economy is £20 Billion that sport-related jobs were approximately 2.3% of all employment in England in 2013. There are also excellent opportunities for graduates to work internationally, as the sports business is a truly global industry.

Practical application, not just classroom work, gives you real skills

If you want to work in sport, the MA postgraduate program in International Sports Management can help make it happen. You will learn the latest practices and skills required for employment and have the chance to gain hands-on work experience in a three month integrated internship.

 

The Master of Administration in International Sports Management: (MA)

Richmond is the only university in the world that has developed a very successful US accredited program in International Sports Management in the UK while playing year round in a professional soccer academy.

 

Program Overview

• The International Sports Management program will equip you with the key technical competencies companies expect and the critical skills that global organizations value above all:

the ability to work with, and lead, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

• Develop skills that help you think creatively about complex problems; and engage and create your own knowledge networks to generate innovative solutions.

• Provide students with a solid foundation in strategic business management.

• Students who participate and complete the internship will apply the knowledge and understanding gained in the classroom into the workplace environment.

International Sports Management: Optional Accredited Internship

In an increasingly competitive graduate careers market, internships are an invaluable opportunity that not only supplement the theoretical lessons of the program but also provide a direct link to careers and further opportunities.

The internship is conducted in the Summer months. Candidates who wish to opt out of the internship choose a more extensive dissertation in the Summer semester.

 

Postgraduate Academic Calendar

Fall Semester September – December

Spring Semester  January – April

Summer Semester  May – July (deadlines for Richmond Postgraduate Programmes)

Internship  Approx 2-3 months May – July
Thesis / Project supervision  Last day of Spring semester to last day of Summer semester
Thesis / Project Submission  First day of the Fall semester

Students are usually required to be in London until their internship has been completed and all final components of coursework submitted, in late July. It is recommended that students remain in London until the thesis has been submitted.

MBA Students

Additional classes are planned for MBA students. Updates to follow

Dissertation/ Research Methods  Week of May  2016
Optional Internship Approx 2-3 months May- July (starting no sooner than May, 2016)
Dissertation/ Project Supervision From last day of Spring semester to May 16th AND from May 26th to last day of Summer semester.
Dissertation/ Project Submission First day of the Fall semester
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