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MSc Sports Management (Sport)
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.

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. Assessment strategies include essays, critical analyses, case studies, oral presentations, reports and project work.

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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

X762 Sports Management (Sport) FT
X763 Sports Management (Sport) PT

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
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 Ireland, UK and Thailand. Our graduates are employed in organisations such as:

World Rugby
London 2012 Olympics
Football Association of Ireland
Irish Rugby Football Union
Paralympics Ireland
Federation of Irish Sport
Irish Sports Council
Leinster Rugby
Connacht Rugby
Racing Post
Leinster Golf Union
Local Sports Partnerships

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 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 Name: Suzanne McMahon
Contact Number:7163478

Subjects taught

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
Sport Enterprise & Development
Theory of Coaching
Course Structure
Semester 1: 2 core modules; 1 option module
Semester 2: 3 core modules
Semester 3: Completion of research dissertation

Modules lectures will primarily take place one day each week (e.g., Friday) for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. However, one module in each semester will run in a week long block (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm each day). There will also be two day long seminars in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Application date

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

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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