Prepares students for management careers in the sport and recreation industry, and allows students to study sport as an academic subject.
The first two years of the degree programme aim to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the significant elements of management, organisational behaviour, human resources, financial management, operations management, marketing, sociological concepts and research methods. These areas are all related to sport and recreation contexts and applied to real life situations through teaching and learning and the second year professional Placement. Students also take options of Business Studies or Sociology or modern languages
During these years, students gain an understanding of the social, cultural, and economic significance of sport and the emergence of policies and practices in the management of a variety of public, commercial and voluntary sport and recreation organisations.
In the third year, students examine and apply theoretical models of strategic planning, development, business ethics and sport governance and advanced research methods. Students also explore socio- cultural theories, social policy, the evolution of sport policies, sport policies and politics, sport and communications, and sport development.
Fourth year students take courses in sport and the media, sport history, sport management and global context of sport, as well as research and write a 10,000 word project in a sports area of their own interest.
Classes usually consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, industry visits and smaller tutorial groups. Students are assessed by a mixture of course work assignments, presentation, work based learning and examinations.
An important component of the second year of the BSc programme actively involves students in organising and planning an 6 week research-based placement.
Students find Placement with with major employers and leading organisations where they develop a range of work related skills, which increase their employability. Many students have subsequently gone onto employment and internships with Placement agencies.
In third year international study opportunities are available on comparable courses in European universities as well as at a range of universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
International students are most welcome and students from Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait, India, Russia, Canada and USA are currently studying with us or have recently graduated.
Many students find employment in sport, others sometimes decide to use their range of graduate skills in professions such as teaching, as well as working in a variety of different commercial settings such as marketing, retailing, and finance.
I'm using my degree quite regularly in my current role as Event Manager for a company called MSL Global ltd; MSL is a hospitality management company with contracts in Formula One, the World Rally Championship, The Open Golf and other such international sporting events. In my role I manage hospitality units for motor sport teams and organising bodies; this year I have spent most of my time following the formula 1 calendar and attending European motorsport events managing the hospitality units for teams like Williams F1, Mercedes F1, Formula One Management, IMG Media and various car manufacturers. The job is extremely rewarding, especially for someone with an interest in motorsport like myself.
BSc Sport & Recreation Management graduate. Now Event Manager for MSL Global
There are 30 places available on the Sport and Recreation Management degree. There are no formal interviews, although candidates with non-standard qualifications may be required to see the programme co-ordinator. No specific subjects are required on entry but we recommend a social science subject e.g. Sociology, Business Management, Economics, Modern Studies, Geography, History and Politics.
Students with an appropriate Higher National Diploma may gain entry into the second year of the course. The programme also encourages mature students with appropriate industrial experience to apply.
Information about the entrance requirements for all degrees can be found in the current edition of the University's Undergraduate Prospectus.
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This article was published on Oct 11, 2013