MSc International Sports Management

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


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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 international sport management, such as the principles and application of international sport management and the professional practice placement course.

This programme has been designed for students who would like to pursue a career leading international sporting organisations and managing staff from a range of unique disciplines and diverse backgrounds towards attaining excellence in the delivery of sport services and opportunities.  

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.

This programme is new for September 2023 subject to final approval. You can now register your interest before applications are officially open via the link at the top of the page.

Course content

Semester 1

Three mandatory courses plus one optional course.

Mandatory courses

International Sport Finance

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

One optional course.

Semester 2

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

Mandatory courses

Applied International 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 International 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

One optional course.

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:

  • The governance of the International Olympic Committee
  • The financing of football in Scotland
  • Sponsorship of the World Cup
  • The management of volunteers at the Commonwealth Games.

Entry requirements

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have a good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

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)


Additional fees information

Tuition fees for Sept 2023 entry
Status Full-time
UK £9,120
Overseas £19,752
  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.

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.

Additional scholarship 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.