Taught course

Sport Policy, Business and Management (distance learning)

University of Birmingham · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject International students Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

This programme seeks to prepare students for work in the leisure industry, including HE sports, sports agencies and local authorities by developing high quality graduates in a research active environment. It is expected that students taking the programme will develop the skills to allow them to critically evaluate new developments/theory and integrate this knowledge where appropriate into their professional practice.

Graduates of the programme will be developed as lifelong learners with a conceptual understanding of the theories behind sport policy and management.

Students will learn through innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with leaders in the programme fields. They will be encouraged to develop their use of theory in practice.

Module delivery will be through e-learning distance education. In addition to this students will spend 1-2 whole weeks on campus in face to face learning environments.

Students will be required to attend three to four compulsory block teaching weeks during September, December and March. When attending these taught sessions on the University’s Edgbaston campus, you will be required to book and pay for your own food and accommodation. A list of accommodation is available from the programme administrators.

Modules are briefly outlined below:

  • Research methods in sport

This module will develop your research skills within the areas of sport and physical activity. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment. Through this module you will gain an in depth understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity environment which will allow you to develop as a research-led practitioner. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.

  • Professional practice in sport

This module seeks to develop enquiring, critical and innovative approaches to professional practice in sport. Linking theory and practice, you will be encouraged to critically evaluate strategies used to facilitate and support professional development in your own workplace. Further, in the context of sport pedagogy, you will examine the relationship between learners, educators and context in facilitating professional learning.

  • Professional case study

In this module you will work on a real-life case study link to a sport-related organisation. You will be expected to draw upon knowledge and skills gained in the other modules to produce a critical piece of work agreed with the organisation to which you will be linked. As part of this you will be expected to integrate theory into practice in analysing a small case study agreed with your host organisation. Sportex has links to numerous National Governing Bodies of Sport, UK Sport, Sport England and other sport organisations.

  • Sport Policy and Management

This module is specifically designed to equip you with the tools necessary to understand sport policy priorities in a variety of national settings, including shifting emphasis on ‘sport for all’ and ‘elite sport’ undertaken by many national governments. Such an insight is of central importance for those looking to work in sport management, as is an understanding of the wider context in which sport organizations operate. Nowadays, sport organizations are run on a quasi-business basis, necessitating good governance principles and knowledge of the competitive market in which they compete.

  • Dissertation (after successful transfer to MSc)

In this module you will integrate the areas covered in the taught modules within the programme. You will propose a research project, submit ethics, undertake and write up a piece of academic empirically based research relevant to your area of practice and interests in coaching.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£7,650 FT
International students
£14,850 FT

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-72 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005