Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BSc Sport and Recreation Management

UCAS code: N230

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Education, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing BSc Sport and Recreation Management

Sport & Recreation Management is an expanding global business.

This unique programme is highly regarded by the sports industry. It prepares you for a career in the growing sport and recreation industry and 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 value and purpose of sport in society, understand the social, cultural and economic importance of sport and study 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.

Year 1

You will study Sport Management, including the principles of management, applied to sport case studies, human resources, organisation behaviour and team management. In Sport and Society you will study contemporary social and cultural issues in sport, including key ideas in the sociology of sport and the history and development of sport. Trends in sport participation and provision, policies and practices of sport in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors are evaluated.

Year 2

Courses include Operations Management of Facilities, Sports Marketing, Events and Sponsorship. You will complete an eight-week, research-based placement within a leading sports organisation. You will develop skills in presentations, report writing, and, using case study approaches, develop an understanding of how management works in the real world of sport.

Year 3

You will examine and apply theoretical models of strategic planning and management, sport development, sport ethics and governance and advanced research methods. You will also explore socio-cultural theories, social policies, sport politics, and sport and communication.

Year 4

You will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will also study sport management in a global context, contemporary issues in international sport management and development, sport history and sport and the media.

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 (2017/18)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching will take place within the School of Education at the centrally located Moray House site. The School provides its own IT labs and library, but you can also access all the University's 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 and Scotland, such as sport clubs, health and fitness clubs, football clubs (for example Manchester United), golf courses (for example Gleneagles), sports marketing and media companies (for example Sky Sports, IMG, The Scotsman), governing bodies of sport (for example sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, SFA, Basketball Scotland, RFU, SRU) and local authority sports services, 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.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

You will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits, practical work and laboratory-based experimental work and seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written examinations and a wide range of coursework including but not limited to assignments, presentations, posters, web pages, reports and laboratory work. Coursework includes both individual and group work.

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 (2017/18)

Recent graduates have gone on to work for sport marketing companies, sport tourism and events management, national sporting bodies, local authorities, health and fitness clubs, sport and leisure complexes and media companies. Some students have started their own businesses whilst others have gone onto further study as well as joining graduate management schemes.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 37 points (grades 666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C. (Revised 23/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English and Mathematics or an approved science at grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4. (Revised 23/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

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 provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA and GCSE 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 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Sport and Recreation Management

Additional costs

There are some additional costs if you enrol on one of these programmes. Costs will depend on the programme and courses you choose and the type of research and/or placement you choose to engage in. For example, you may be required to apply to the Scottish government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme if you want to work with children or vulnerable adults.


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