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Mode of delivery
Delivery type
Full-time, Part-time
Start date
1 year


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This new MSc degree has been designed by industry experts and leading academics in the field of Sport Management. Students will make use of world-class facilities at Oriam - Scotland's Sport Performance Centre as well as an industry work placement.

Sitting within the Edinburgh Business School, the MSc International Sport Management programme comprises a core of business knowledge and understanding with an additional emphasis on the study of topics central to sport management in national and international contexts. Students will also have an opportunity to undertake a professional practice placement course.

This programme has been designed for students who would like to pursue a career working in national and international sporting organisations and managing staff from a range of unique disciplines and diverse backgrounds towards attaining excellence in the management and delivery of sport activities, events and services. It seeks to develop well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with a specialist knowledge of sport and its unique institutional structure. 

Students will gain a theoretical understanding as well as an applied skill set in areas such as competitive strategy, leadership, finance, governance and management in an international sporting context.

September 2024 entry 

The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.

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Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

Three mandatory courses plus one optional course.

Mandatory courses

International Sport Finance and Sustainability

The aim of this module is to develop understanding of the financial objective and budget requirements of organisations within the international sport industry. Students will be able to understand and apply key concepts and theories in finance and budgeting and assess these implications for a business within the international sport industry. The knowledge and skills developed in this module are essential for management careers in both the sport industry and the wider business field.

International Sport Policy and Governance

This course will develop an understanding of international sport policy and the governance of sport organisations. Sport policy sets the internal environment within which sport organisations are governed and shaped. Understanding issues of governance is key to being a successful manager in the international sport sector.

Principles of International Sport Management

The aim of this module is to explore the principles of management and their application in sport organisations. The module is primarily concerned with management principles (theory and practice) in the context of sport organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors, globally. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to consider the evidence and issues raised from an international perspective.

Optional courses

Choose one: 

  • Contemporary Consumers 
  • Leadership 
  • Marketing 

Semester 2

Three mandatory courses, one optional course and a 50-hour placement.

Mandatory courses

Applied Sport Management

The module develops knowledge of sport management through examination of issues and application of approaches to the management of global organisations in the sport industry. Students will be challenged to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to identify and address some of the management challenges faced by the industry.

Professional Practice in Sport Management

This module will enable students to develop an awareness of work-related issues and professional standards in the sport management domain. In addition, it will allow continuing personal and professional development, and develop personal and professional key skills and competencies as students undertake a period of work placement

Research Philosophy and Practice

This module aims to prepare students for carrying out their MSc dissertation. Students will generate an understanding of the theory and approaches to research as well as the tools and techniques required. Research design, project planning and writing style are discussed.

Optional courses

Choose one from: 

  • Branding and Communications 
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Heritage and Cultural Marketing

Semester 3


This requires that the student undertakes an independent research project upon a topic of their choice within the broad domain of international sports management. Utilising the skills developed within Research Philosophy and Practice, the student is expected to produce a substantive work upon their chosen research topic. The student is supported through this process via a pre-allocated supervisor.

Examples of dissertation topics are:

  • Sport's role in climate justice
  • Issues in the geopolitical economy of sport
  • Innovation in sport – the role of athlete entrepreneurs
  • Social entrepreneurship in sport
  • Gender in sport organisations

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees
Status [footnote 1] Full-time Part-time
UK 9152 4576
Overseas [footnote 2] 20376 10188


  1. Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
  2. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional fee information

Sports scholarships

We have recently launched a set of Sports Scholarships for a variety of student athletes. These scholarships are available on an individual and team sport basis and give you exclusive access to benefits as well as a percentage reduction on your tuition fees based on the level of scholarship.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.

Entry requirements


A good honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a sport-related or business and management-related subject, from a recognised British or overseas university. Applications are also welcomed from students who have a good honours degree in an unrelated subject but who have experience of working in sport or general business and management.

Global College - successful completion of our one-year Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Business Studies or the four-month Pre-Masters (Accelerated)

English language requirements

If English is not your first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. Please refer to English language requirements for further details.

Some applicants may be asked for alternative evidence in line with UKVI recognised English speaking countries. Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

All evidence of English language needs to be dated within two years of the commencement of study.

We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:

  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)

Why Heriot-Watt?

Sport Scholarships Programme

Our scholarships operate on a top up basis, acting as a fully inclusive method to ensure each individual can reach their full potential in their chosen sport while simultaneously reaching their full academic potential studying at Heriot-Watt University.

Sports Union

The Sports Union is the student-focused organisation that provides a sport and exercise community for students. We have over 30 sports clubs you can join ranging from Aikido to Ultimate Frisbee

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At Heriot-Watt we have an extensive programme of over 90 sports clubs and societies to get involved in. You can try as many as you like or start one of your own!

Edinburgh campus accommodation

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world. Our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Living in Edinburgh

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Sport facilities

Oriam, Scotland Sports Performance Centre offers state-of-the-art sports facilities, for all levels of sport and ability

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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