Taught course

International Sport Management

Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

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)

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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