Taught course

International Sports Business Management

University of Lincoln · Lincoln International Business School

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Sport is one of the largest industries across the globe, and an industry that connects people at local, national, and international levels. This postgraduate degree has been designed to examine critically the business decisions that shape this lucrative global industry.

From the outset, the programme focuses on the international business management of the sports sector, and explores the culture, policy, impact, and delivery of sporting opportunities. The programme aims to empower students to be critical thinkers in the global world of sports business in order to lead and develop industry practices and processes in responsible and strategically mindful ways.

This programme benefits from industry contacts forged across the sports industry including the English Premier League, the Team GB Olympic squad, and Formula One. Previous guest speakers at Lincoln International Business School have included former England and Liverpool football internationals John Barnes and Kevin Keegan, and football agent Dr Erkut Sogut, best known for working with former Arsenal FC and Germany international Mesut Ozil.

Students have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing sports leaders and sports managers across the globe, including the aspects of innovative value creation, strategic leadership, management, finance, equality, and sustainability.

Students are expected to develop their strengths to compete in the international jobs market, to include careers in own country. Proficiency in digital content, and understanding sporting brands and mega events, such as the Olympics, is at the heart of the course. Students who choose the Professional Pathway option will be supported in finding a relevant placement.

By developing the specialist knowledge and skills required, we aim for our postgraduate students to become globally prepared managers and leaders within an ever-changing society.

The course is offered with two separate pathways. Students can either complete one year of study, or undertake a two-year course where one year is spent in Professional Practice to gain hands-on experience through a paid placement. Students will be responsible for sourcing their own paid placements but will be supported by academic staff.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

12 months full time or 24 months with a professional practice year.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Team