London Programme

Programme Overview

Key Facts

Key points

  • Dynamic and highly qualified academic and coaching staff, who are experts in their field
  • Combines Sports Management with a coaching qualification
  • Provides an opportunity for continued soccer training with professional coaching support
  • An integrated internship in a Sports Management setting and football career development advice
  • Additional academic support, mentoring, and careers guidance
  • US accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Influential and supportive alumni from across the globe
  • Located at Richmond Campus with football training at state of the art Bank of England sports facilities nearby

Key areas of study

  • MA International Sports Business provides an important foundation for developing a career in football coaching, football team management and the wider sports industry with a focus on training, coaching, sports marketing, law and leaderships and management
  • An opportunity to put theory in to practice through your selected project/dissertation and internships all of which will be supervised by your personal programme tutor
  • Personal Development through enhancing your managerial, organisation skills and your professional career
Academic Structure

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Contemporary Issues in International Sport Management

Strategic Management in Sport

Social Responsibility and Diversity in Sports

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Leadership & Management in Sport

Sport Economics and Finance

Football Training and Coaching

Football training and coaching sessions with FA and UEFA qualified coaching staff three times a week (2-3 hours) in modern, state of the art training facilities with one scheduled university match each week.

Elective Courses

Sports Marketing

Organisation and Management of Sports Events

Sports Law, Contracts, and Negotiation

Psychology of Performance in Sport and Business

Coaching & Management of Sports Team

Football (Soccer) Co-Curricular Activity


Extended Dissertation without internship, 15,000 – 20,000 words (12 credits)


Dissertation with internship, 10,000– 12,000 words (8 credits, plus 4 credits for internship)

RIASA are pleased to officially announce that we are expanding our academy to offer a Postgraduate degree in MA International Sports Business, taking in place in the London borough of Richmond Upon Thames and delivered by Richmond, The American International University in London. Building on the success of our undergraduate programme, the one-year master’s programme provides male and female students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of sports business and football culture in the UK.

As with our undergraduate programme in Leeds, the new London programme will be the world’s only opportunity to earn a US-accredited Masters degree in MA International Sports Business with transferable credits alongside a high-level soccer development programme, playing in showcase games against professional academies in the U.K. and Europe, in addition to weekly games in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.

Not looking to do a master’s degree just yet? Well, you can also study for an Undergraduate degree in BA International Sports Management in London, just as you would on our Leeds programme!

BA Degree in International Sports Management is a unique undergraduate programme that will enable you to fully develop your soccer potential as you earn an American-accredited degree. In addition to graduating with a BA in International Sports Management, you will also gain an FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football and be exposed to the extensive networks of our team of ex-professional footballers and UEFA-licensed coaches.

An unrivalled academic programme

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 this field 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 programme in International Sports Business 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 London. Our course offers improved career opportunities with the added bonus of experiencing the great city of London, the home of world-renowned sporting organisations and clubs, and host city to many high profile sporting events.

An incredible university soccer programme

RIASA London student-athletes will partake in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and play against other universities from across the U.K. In addition, all student-athletes will get the opportunity to play in RIASA’s infamous showcase games against some of the country’s most accomplished professional academies and reserve teams. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited about the programme, just like our Leeds-based undergraduate programme, you will also be given the opportunity to play in exit trials in Scandinavia at established semi-pro and pro clubs. At which you can gain experience, contacts and opportunities for a future in professional soccer.

A unique opportunity for female soccer players

Nowhere else on the planet can talented female soccer players have the opportunity to play at a high level against professional club academies and prestigious university soccer teams whilst earning an American-accredited Masters degree. If that isn’t enough to convince you of the standard of the incredible standard of female soccer the U.K., allow Crystal Dunn, Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly to stand as a few shining examples of successful U.S imports to the U.K.

Moreover, opportunities available to for women in the sports industry have risen astronomically in recent years with powerful leaders such as Amanda DuffyKatrina Adams, Christina Alejandre, Lisa Borders and Karen Brodkin standing as just a select few examples of inspiring successes in sports business.

Want to find out more?

Come and see us at one of our upcoming events t0 train with ex-professionals and UEFA-A licensed coaches, meet like-minded people and ask any questions you have about RIASA!

Our events are a great opportunity to learn about the academy without committing to signing up. We have a variety of free and paid events coming soon, don’t miss out on your chance to secure a place as spots are limited!

See you soon!

Ready to #MakeYourMark? Apply today!

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. Admission is determined by your academic qualification (your undergraduate degree achievements), your athletic review, which consists of an attendance at one of the RIASA on the Road Events or evaluation of your submitted athletic training video and your completed physical evaluation form.

Applications to the RIASA London Programme course in Fall 2018 are now open and you can find more information about the course and begin the application process here.