Advance your career: this degree programme will give you a range of career opportunities.
The sport industry is extremely diverse covering areas such as:
- sport-specific sports development officers employed by local government or governing bodies of sport
- sport for development officers whose work links sport to wider social policy concerns
- sports marketing and sport sponsorship
- sports event organisation
- sport club management
- commercial sector health and fitness
- sport retailing
- sport tourism
- developing school sport
- local government sports management
- sport media and public relations
- sport for international development
- developing sport in universities
The programme provides in-depth analysis of sport policy, management and international development issues across a range of countries and sport sectors. In requiring you to continually reflect upon the application of sport-specific and generic theory to practice, you will be encouraged to be a reflective practitioner capable of delivering efficient and effective sport interventions. You will learn a range of theoretical concepts drawn from sociology, management, political science, policy studies, and organisational behaviour.
Graduates will be able to:
- understand the impact of socio-economic, political and cultural factors on sport policy, sport management, and international development practice.
- appreciate and account for the varied nature of sport policy and management practice in a range of countries.
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing sport providers across the public, voluntary and commercial sectors.
- demonstrate the relevance of different academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, political science, management, policy studies, cultural studies, history, and geography) to an informed understanding of sport, policy, management and international development.
- critically assess the research base informing contemporary sport policy, management and international development.
- combine theory and practice to devise informed sport policy and management interventions.
- demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to conduct your own research project and critically appraise the work of others.
- become an independent learner with the transferable skills required to identify and meet your career objectives.
Graduates are equipped to:
- outline the key factors affecting sport participation levels in different countries and discuss the role of sport policy and management in improving participation levels.
- understand the role of sport in alleviating social and economic problems at the local, national and international level.
- identify and explain historical changes in sport policy and assess their implications for contemporary practice.
- demonstrate a theoretically informed appreciation of the role and impact of local, national and transnational government on sport policy.
- critically reflect upon the contribution of management theory to efficient and effective sports management practice.
- demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the role of the mass media in framing contemporary sport policy and management.
- appreciate that, to understand the complexities of contemporary sport, requires a multidisciplinary approach.
- develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet your career goals.
- develop the knowledge and skills necessary to critically appraise current research in sport policy, management and international development, and develop a research project of your own within a designated time frame.
- develop a wide range of research and academic skills (e.g. using information technology, independent study skills, team working, essay / report writing, and presentation skills).
The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service supports all current students (and graduates for up to 2 years) to develop their potential and achieve satisfying and rewarding futures. This is done through individual appointments, group sessions and wider campus-based activity, alongside online services and resources. A diverse programme of face-to-face and online events is delivered throughout the academic year.