Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BSc Sport and Recreation Management

UCAS code: N230

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Education and Sport, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing BSc Sport and Recreation Management

Sport is a rapidly expanding global business and our unique Sport and Recreation Management programme is highly regarded by the sports industry. It prepares you for a career in the sport and recreation industry.

The University's strong links with a wide range of major sports organisations provide you with excellent placement opportunities. You will develop an understanding of the principles of management, organisational management, and governance.

You will also learn to appreciate the value and purpose of sport in society, understand the social, cultural and economic importance of sport, and encounter contemporary issues in sport.

This academically rigorous programme views the world of sport from many social science perspectives and focuses on the business of sport as well as the importance of community sport and international development through sport.

You will be part of a community of researchers and academics involved in sport- and health-related research and activities. These include; advising government departments, supporting governance of sport at local, national and international levels, providing analyses to media outlets, organising international conferences and engaging in international development initiatives.

Across Sport, what you will study varies depending on the degree programme you choose.

Find specific year by year study information on your chosen degree programme page.

Year 1

You will take two compulsory courses: Sport Management and Sport and Society.

Sport Management will cover:

  • Principles of management
  • Applied sport case studies
  • Human resources
  • Organisation behaviour
  • Team management.

Trends in sport participation and provision, policies and practices of sport in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors are evaluated.

In Sport and Society, you will study contemporary social and cultural issues in sport. This will include focusing on key ideas in the sociology of sport, and the history and development of sport.

You will have access to other courses offered elsewhere in the University which you can choose as option courses. For example, Introduction to Business is offered by the Business School and is considered an option course.

Year 2

You will take two compulsory courses: Operations Management; and Marketing, Sponsorship and Event Management.

You will also undertake an eight-week research-based placement within a local, national, or international sports organisation.

You will develop skills in presentation and report writing, and use of case study approaches. You will develop an understanding of how management works in the real world of sport.

You will again have access to other courses offered elsewhere in the University as options. For example, social anthropology is offered by the School of Social and Political Science.

Year 3

You will take compulsory courses including:

  • Sport Development
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Sport and Communication
  • Sport Strategic Management

You will also undertake an advanced research methods course.

Year 4

You will take the following compulsory courses:

  • Sport in a Global Context
  • Sport, Media and Society
  • Performance Management in Sport
  • Social History of Sport in Scotland

You will also research and submit a dissertation report on a topic of your choice.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2020/21)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching will take place within the School of Education at the centrally located Holyrood campus.

The School provides its own IT labs and library, but you will also have access to all University computer facilities and libraries.


Students have a compulsory placement course in Year 2 that provides an invaluable opportunity for work-based learning, enabling you to further your understanding of sport management in practice and enhance your employability.

Placements have previously been with a wide range of organisations in the UK, such as:

  • Community sports clubs
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Football clubs (such as Celtic and Manchester United)
  • Golf courses (such as Gleneagles),
  • Sports marketing and media companies (such as Sky Sports, IMG, the Scotsman)
  • Governing sport bodies (such as sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, jogscotland, Basketball Scotland, Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU))
  • Local authority sports trusts (such as Edinburgh Leisure)

Study abroad

It is possible to study abroad in Year 3 in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and in a number of European universities.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits, practical work, and problem-based case-study work and seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and examinations depending on the course.

A wide range of coursework assessment types include, but are not limited to:

  • Essays
  • Group or individual oral presentations
  • Posters presentations
  • Placement project reports
  • In-class tests

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2020/21)

Recent graduates have gone on to work, among others, in the areas of:

  • Sport marketing
  • Sport tourism and events management companies
  • National governing bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Sports media companies

Some students have started their own bus

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAA-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Sport and Recreation Management

Additional costs

Some courses will require you to pay additional costs, depending on whether specific activities are involved.

For example, you may choose to do a particular type of research where you will work with children or vulnerable adults. In this case you will be required to fund the cost of applying to the Scottish government's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. Or you may choose a placement location where travel costs will be required.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding