Entry requirements

It is essential that students already hold an MBA or equivalent postgraduate degree (which may be in any discipline) from a UK university or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution. Students who possess a Masters-level qualification in Business/Management/Finance may also be considered. All candidates must meet our required level of English.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

The Certificate in Business Administration Football Industries course provides those who hold an MBA (or international equivalent), with the opportunity to study the MBA Football Industries football-related modules. The modules, which are delivered in association with the FA Learning, focus on aspects of the football industry such as professionalism, business and marketing. The certificate is also suitable for those seeking to work in, or those already working in football, with modules suitable for clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies.

Our partnership with FA Learning enables CBA(FI) students to benefit from the expertise of one of the sport’s biggest governing bodies through guests speakers and practical learning opportunities as well as developing distinct pathways from education into employment. Courses like Sports Operations Management, run in conjunction with UEFA, give practical insight in managing some of the world’s biggest sports events.

If you wish to gain industry experience our placement scheme will assist you in this. CBA graduates have an excellent record in terms of either gaining employment in the football industry or developing their existing careers in football.

CBA students are taught alongside students studying the prestigious MBA Football Industries (FiMBA) programme. CBA students therefore benefit from this network as well as gaining access to the FiMBA Alumni Network, made up of over 300 graduates, most of whom are currently working in football.

Taken full-time, the programme runs from the end of September to the start of May with a one month break over the Christmas period, and students on average will need to be in Liverpool for one full day a week. Students who already possess football industry experience may instead choose to start the programme in mid-November.

Alongside the taught aspects of the programme, CBA students will also benefit from:

  • A comprehensive programme of guest speakers drawn from top football executives throughout the world
  • A series of football industry visits and networking events (including a stand at Soccerex’s Global Forum in Manchester)
  • A dedicated football industry archive
  • A placement co-ordinator and football-specific careers advice
  • Support provided by a FiMBA or FiCBA alumnus currently working in the football industry.

This 9 month programme consists of five compulsory modules. The programme can also be delivered on a CPD basis.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927