Sports Management - Sport
MSc Sports Management (Sport)
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MSc programme is targeted at graduates aiming to develop a career in the Sport industry and also experienced professionals who wish to enhance their career opportunities within this field. The programme provides graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical tools and techniques required to solve real life management challenges within the Sport industry.
The programme is informed by the exciting research carried out by our faculty and by Sport industry experts who contribute to both the design and delivery of the programme curriculum. Throughout the programme, students are provided with the opportunity to engage and network with leading figures from the Sport industry.
The programme also offers the unique opportunity to study how high performance sport is managed from government policy to the views of key stakeholders within a sport organisation, such as the CEO, the high performance director, the coach, support staff and athlete.
In 2017 & 2019, SportBusiness International magazine ranked the UCD MSc in Sport Management in its list of the top 40 Sport Business postgraduate programmes in the world.
A part-time format (over two years) is available in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career.
How I will learn?
The underlying ethos of the programme is to support students in becoming critical and reflective professionals who use current evidence to guide their management practice. We aim to provide a learning environment which is student-centred and encourages the evaluation of current policies and the resultant implications for sport related organisations. Students learn how to practically apply management strategies to a range of complex organisational contexts and issues within the Sport industry. Students are also supported to develop key transferable skills in leadership, communication, team working and project management.
The programme's teaching and learning approach is both theory-based and industry focused. To facilitate this approach, students work with experts in the Sport industry to enhance their learning experience and these experts also have significant input into programme design and delivery.
Mode of delivery
Programme modules will be delivered one day a week (i.e., Friday morning and afternoon) across both academic semesters. In addition, there are two weeks of intensive block lectures (i.e. Monday - Friday) in each semester. Delivery is carried out by faculty members and external industry experts. These external contributors come from across the Sport industry continuum for example, national governing bodies, international federations, professional sports clubs , player associations and commercial sports organisations.
In delivering the programme the faculty and external lecturers facilitate a vibrant teaching and learning environment. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods such as, problem-based learning with an emphasis on reflection and peer-to-peer learning, research seminars, site visits, and group work. Assessment strategies include essays, critical analyses, case studies, oral presentations, reports and project work.
Vision and Values Statement
This programme is targeted at graduates aiming to develop a career in management within the sport industry and also experienced professionals who wish to enhance their career opportunities within this field. (Purpose)
The programme's underlying ethos is to support students in becoming critical and reflective professionals who can use current evidence to guide their management practice across a range of sport settings. We value and encourage our students to be autonomous learners and encourage students to share their own experiences with faculty and peers. (Values / Beliefs)
We aim to provide a learning environment which is student-centred and encourages the evaluation of current policies and the resultant implications for sport related organisations. In doing so, students are facilitated in developing transferable skills in leadership, communication, team working, decision making and project management. (Nature of learning environment)
The programme utilises an overarching teaching, learning and assessment approach which is both theory based and industry focused. Leading subject matter experts with extensive sport industry experience contribute to both the design and delivery of the programme curriculum. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn during the programme through a variety of teaching and learning methods, such as experiential learning, industry seminars, site visits, reflective learning, group project work.
1.Critically apply knowledge and understanding of management theory and techniques to a range of complex organisational contexts / issues within the wider sports industry. (Knowledge)
2.Identify and critically analyse current trends or policy changes and their implications for sport related organisations. (Knowledge)
3.Understand the processes which influence group behaviour and be able to apply leadership skills and function effectively as part of a team utilising skills in listening, negotiating and resolving conflict ; (Knowledge and Skills)
4.Communicate effectively through a range of mediums (e.g., oral, written) (Skills and attribute)
5.Self-direct and act autonomously in planning and implementing projects. (Skills and attribute)
6.Plan, conduct and report a programme of original research relevant to the management of sport organisations and/or events. (Skills and attribute)
7.Recognise career opportunities in the sports industry and utilise transferable management skills to develop a career path within the industry. (Skills and attribute)
This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Sport, Recreation or Leisure Management, Sport, Exercise or Health Science or Business Studies. Students with a primary degree in other disciplines may also be considered. An upper second class honours, or international equivalent is typically required. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for sport and sport related business. Experience working in Sport is desirable. An interview with the Programme Director will also form part of the application process.
Substantial relevant work experience or experiential learning may be considered as an alternative entry route.
Due to the volume of applications received, early application to the programme is encouraged.
Due to the volume of applications received, early application to the programme is encouraged.Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
Assessment strategies will include, essays, critical analyses, case studies, oral presentations, reports, and project work. (Teaching, learning and assessment).
Semester 1: 2 core modules; 1 option module
Semester 2: 3 core modules
Semester 3: Completion of research dissertation
There are a range of innovative modules. Students complete six core modules and may choose one option module.
• Sport Governance & Law
• Sport Leadership & People Management
• Strategy & Operations Management in Sport
• Sports Marketing
• The Management of High Performance Sport
• Research Dissertation
1 year full-time (X762). 2 years part-time (X763).
Modules lectures will primarily take place one day each week (i.e., Friday) for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. In each semester, there will also be two weeks of block lectures (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm each day). Finally, there will be four day-long research skills seminars spread out over Semester 1 & Semester 2.
MSc Sports Management (Sport) (X762) Full Time
EU fee per year - €8,280
non EU fee per year - €18,600
MSc Sports Management (Sport) (X763) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4,170
non EU fee per year - €12,400
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Our graduates who possess skills in the core management areas, Our graduates who possess skills in the core management areas, are highly valued by employers within the Sports industry. Many graduates are working in Ireland and internationally in a range of areas including national governing bodies, international sport federations, sports marketing and event management agencies, professional sports teams and community sport organisations. Other recent graduates are pursuing PhD research in a range of sport related fields. Our graduates are employed in organisations such as:
• World Rugby
• Football Association of Ireland
• Irish Rugby Football Union
• Sport Ireland
• Ireland Active
• Leinster Rugby
• Connacht Rugby
• Munster Rugby
• Racing Post
• Paddy Power
• Sports Marketing & Events Agencies
• Rugby Players Ireland
• Local Sports Partnerships
• Dublin City Council
This Msc programme may be taken one year full time or part time over two years. This MSc award equates to 90 ECTS credits.
The minor award of a Graduate Certificate may be attained when students accumulate 30 ECTS credits over one (full time) or two (part time) academic years.
The minor award of a Graduate Diploma may be attained when students accumulate 60 ECTS credits over one (full time) or two (part time) academic years.
There is also the provision to take selected modules from this programme on a continuing professional development basis.