Moray House School of Education and Sport

Programme structure

The MSc Sport Policy, Management and International Development programme can be studied full-time or part-time. You’ll study a number of courses and complete a dissertation.

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This programme critically examines the commercialised and media-orientated world of professional sport and the increasingly important realm of community sport. 

It is designed for recent graduates from any discipline, seeking the specialist knowledge necessary to enter employment in sport as well as current sports practitioners keen to develop their knowledge for career advancement.

Recognising that sport managers operate in a highly politicised environment, the programme reviews the role of government in shaping sporting opportunities and sport’s contribution to social policy agendas, such as crime prevention, health improvement, educational attainment and community building. We examine sport’s role in peace and reconciliation, leadership development, gender empowerment and disease prevention worldwide.

We focus on issues of specific relevance to the management of sports organisations, including strategic management, leadership, organisational culture and behaviour, managing change, performance management, human resource management and risk management, all in relation to the unique social and political context of sport.

This interpretation of sport management is deepened by examining the mass media’s structuring of sport management debates, and assess how the media can be used to the sport manager’s advantage. We analyse key sport marketing concepts to provide a foundation for managing sport communications through traditional and new social media.

The programme also studies fundamental aspects of research methods and links these to sport management concerns.

Programme structure

Masters degrees at the University of Edinburgh comprise 180 credits. The first 120 credits make up a Postgraduate Diploma and assuming an average mark of 50% or more is achieved, then students can continue to the final 60 credits of the programme which is known as the dissertation component. Successful completion of the 180 credits leads to the award of MSc.

You will take seven compulsory courses. These courses will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, industry visits and discussions.

Compulsory courses

Please note that courses and course content may change each year.

Course descriptions (2022-23)

This course gave me an opportunity to think critically and engage with concepts that were valuable to other courses. [Dr Fakunle’s] detailed responses to final course assessment was very helpful; I will be able to employ the recommendations to improve performance in future assessments.

Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature - nominated for Outstanding Course in the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021