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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 2016 & 2017, SportBusiness International magazine ranked the UCD MSc in Sport Management in its list of the top 30 Sport Business postgraduate programmes in the world. http://www.ucd.ie/newsandopinion/news/2017/jul/19/sportsmanagementmaster...

A part-time format is available in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career.

Course Description
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 will be two weeks of block lectures for selected modules. 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 (Federation of Irish Sport, Sport Ireland, FAI, GAA, IRFU), international federations (World Rugby, UEFA), professional sports clubs (Leinster Rugby) and commercial sports organisations (Racing Post).

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, experiential learning, problem-based learning with an emphasis on reflection and peer-to-peer learning, industry seminars, site visits, and group 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.

Programme Outcomes
• Critically apply knowledge and understanding of management theory and techniques to a range of complex organisational contexts / issues within the wider sports industry.
• Identify and critically analyse current trends or policy changes and their implications for sport related organisations.
• 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
• Communicate effectively through a range of mediums (e.g., oral, written)
• Self-direct and act autonomously in planning and implementing projects.
• Plan, conduct and report a programme of original research relevant to the management of sport organisations and/or events.
• Recognise career opportunities in the sports industry and utilise transferable management skills to develop a career path within the industry
• Recognise ethical situations and apply ethical and organisational values to those situations.

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).

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Sport, Recreation or Leisure Management, Sport and Exercise Science, Health Science, Business Studies, Management or students in other disciplines who wish to develop a career in Sport. An upper second class honours, or international equivalent is typically required. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for sport and sport related business. An interview with the Programme Director may also form part of the application process.

Substantial relevant work experience or experiential learning may be considered as an alternative entry route.

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.

Duration

1 year full-time (X762). 2 years part-time (X763).
Modules lectures will primarily take place one day each week (e.g., Friday) for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. In addition, in each semester, there will be two weeks of block lectures (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm each day). Finally, there will also be four day-long research skills seminars spread out over Semester 1 & Semester 2.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
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
• GAA
• 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

Related Programmes
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.

Further enquiries

Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 3478

Subjects taught

Course Structure
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.

Core Modules:
• Sport Governance & Law
• Sport Leadership & People Management
• Strategy & Operations Management in Sport
• Sports Marketing
• The Management of High Performance Sport
• Research Dissertation

Option Modules:
• Sport Event Management & Communications
• Business Enterprise in Sport

Comment

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This one year full time (two year part time) MSc programme is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is offered by the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science. It provides graduates who are motivated and passionate about Sport the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop a successful management career in the Sport industry. It also provides current professionals with the opportunity to further enhance their management skills.

Assessment method

Assessment strategies will include, essays, critical analyses, case studies, oral presentations, reports, and project work. (Teaching, learning and assessment).

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Sports Management (Sport) FT (X762)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc Sports Management (Sport) PT (X763)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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