Taught course

Sport Management, Politics and International Development

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of disciplines including sports science, social science, arts, engineering, sciences and other technical disciplines.

Months of entry


Course content

The global sport industry is an important, growing and diverse area of employment, particularly in relation to management, development, politics, policy, commerce and governance. This programme covers these areas to prepare you for a career in sport and sport-related fields.

Our MSc in Sport Management, Politics and International Development will provide you with a strong critical understanding of sport management, sport politics and policy, and sport development in an international context. The programme is taught by our diverse team of staff who are recognised globally for their research and teaching in these areas.

Our academic staff are committed to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to work in the global sport industries and in wider sport-related fields of employment. You will benefit from their experience in undertaking projects with many leading organisations including: the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, UK Sport and various United Nations agencies.

The programme draws on our strong ties across the sport sector and with sport-related organisations in business, government, and non-profit fields. Key representatives from these organisations will contribute to the programme through guest lectures and/or via supporting other collaborative learning opportunities for postgraduate students, adding further value to your studies.

The programme also benefits from its affiliation to the UNESCO Chair in Sport, Physical Activity and Education for Development, which was awarded to Loughborough University in January 2022. You will have the opportunity to join the Chair’s new student network, which supports UNESCO initiatives.

Who should study this programme?

Our Sport Management, Politics and International Development MSc addresses a wide range of contemporary issues, social scientific theories and research methods with relevance at local, national and global levels. It will suit students aspiring to pursue careers in different areas of the sport industry, particularly in sport management, sport policy and politics, and sport development, as well as those interested in pursuing further postgraduate research.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0)1509 226302