BSc Sport Management
UCAS code: NS30
Duration: 4 years
School: Education and Sport, The Moray House School of
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing BSc Sport Management
Sport is a rapidly expanding global business. Our unique BSc Sport Management degree will prepare you for a career in this exciting, dynamic industry.
The University has strong connections with a range of major sports organisations. These provide excellent placement opportunities and guest speakers.
The core of the degree
In the course of studying sport management you will learn about:
- the principles of management at operational and strategic levels
- policy and governance across and within the sports industry
- the value and purpose of sport in society
- the role of marketing and communication in sport
- the social, cultural and economic importance of sport
- a range of contemporary and global issues in sport
- the relationship between sport and other industries, including health, education and tourism and heritage
- a range of research methods and traditions
You will join a community of researchers and academics involved in:
- sports and health-related research
- advising government departments
- local, national and international governance of sport
- providing analyses to media outlets
- organising international conferences
- international development initiatives
In Year 1, you will study four compulsory courses:
- The Sport Industry
- Sport Marketing and Sponsorship
- History of Sport
- Sport and Society
These four courses provide a strong foundation from which to develop your learning over the next years of your degree.
These courses will teach you a range of skills including different forms of written communication and group work.
You will also take courses offered elsewhere in the University. For example, courses in the Business School and the School of Social and Political Science will add to your learning.
In Year 2, you will take four compulsory courses:
- Sport Operations Management
- Events Management
- Research Methods
- Professional Placement
In Semester 1, you will again have access to other courses offered elsewhere in the University.
The Professional Placement course is a six-week research-based placement with a local, national or international sports organisation.
Through these courses you will develop:
- presentation skills
- report-writing skills
- the use of case study approaches
- an understanding of how management works in the real-world of sport
- an understanding of how to conduct your own research project
In Year 3, you will take the following compulsory courses:
- Sport Development
- Sport and Communication
- Strategic Sport Management
- Critical Sociological Critiques of Sport
- Advanced Research Methods
These further develop your knowledge of the sport industry and key concepts and research in social science and management studies.
You will also select one additional course from the following options:
- Sport, Physical Activity and Public Health
- Sport, Education and Social Justice
- Sport, Tourism, and Heritage
- The Dark Sides of Sport
- Sport and Technology
You will take the following compulsory courses:
- Sport in a Global Context
- Sport, Media and Ideology
- Contemporary Issues in Sport Management
You will also select one additional option course. For this, you can do one of the following:
- pick a course from the same range of options you had in Year 3
- take the Sport and Social Enterprise course, which is available in Year 4 only
In Year 4, you will research and submit a dissertation report on a sport management topic of your choice. A member of staff will supervise this project.
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.
Most of your teaching will take place within the Moray House School of Education and Sport. The School is part of the Holyrood campus in central Edinburgh.
The School has its own IT labs and library. You will also have access to all University computer facilities and libraries.
Take a virtual tour
You can take a closer look at the Moray House School of Education and Sport and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.
In Year 2, you will complete a compulsory placement with a local, national or international sports organisation. The placement is research-based and lasts six weeks.
This invaluable work-based learning will:
- further your understanding of sport management in practice
- enhance your employability
Previous student placement organisations include:
- community sports clubs
- health and fitness clubs
- football clubs, including Celtic and Manchester United
- golf courses, including Gleneagles
- sports marketing and media companies, including Sky Sports, IMG, the Scotsman
- sport governing bodies, including Sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, Jogscotland, Basketball Scotland, Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU)
- local authority sport and leisure services including Edinburgh Leisure
Read more about our placement opportunities here.
It is possible to study abroad in Year 3 in:
- the USA
- New Zealand
- a number of European universities
How will I learn?
You will be taught through:
- site visits
- practical work
- problem-based and case-study work
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a range of coursework methods, including:
- essays, reports and other written assignments
- group and individual oral presentations
- posters presentations
- placement project reports
- videos and vlogs
You will complete a dissertation in Year 4.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in professional fields such as:
- sport marketing
- sport tourism
- events management companies
- national governing bodies
- local authorities
- health and fitness clubs
- sports media companies
Some students have started their own businesses.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA.
- IB: 36 points with 665 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.
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.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
SQA, GCSE and IB
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
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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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 pay the cost of applying to the Scottish government's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
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