The programme recognises that contemporary leadership and management are multifaceted and there is a need to draw upon numerous perspectives to have an impact in the current international sport business environment. This course is designed to introduce and bring together theories, styles and philosophies of leadership, provide an extensive understanding of business practices, and their practical application in the context of sport.
Developmental themes embedded within the programme relate to team work, sustainability, critical reflection, management development and leadership construction. This programme provides the foundation for individuals to develop their own leadership philosophy, extend their knowledge of the sport business industry, and critically reflect upon how they can be influential and effective leaders and managers in global sport. The course also provides opportunities to undertake applied research and develop leadership and management skills by helping solve real problems confronting sport businesses in the current landscape.
Students will examine the rapid growth in the business of sport and its accompanying impacts in an era of significant social, economic and technological change. Through this examination you will be able to identify industry trends, understand customer needs, and establish and evaluate the organisational practices required to remain competitive in a global sport marketplace.
Students will enhance their understanding of leadership and business through on-location site visits at top sport organisations and other complementary leadership environments. In this format students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various different management contexts and gain first-hand perspective from top leaders in their field. Previous locations include UK Sport, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Google, the Royal Ballet, and the Royal Military Academy.
Students will explore the nexus between their leadership and business knowledge, work/life integration, and their own personal experiences and ambitions through a series of leadership retreat activities. This unique format allows for students to immerse themselves in the course content with a focus on developing their capacity for relationship management, problem solving, and strategies for approaching challenging environments.
a) Analyse and evaluate leadership challenges and responses facing middle management and senior management sport professionals
b) Develop students critical thinking to assess the development, evaluation and implementation of innovation as a process and its application in sport governance and management
c) Develop students as sports leaders through practical application and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to sport leadership challenges in real time
d) Develop a critical understanding of the social, environmental and economic issues that are essential to leadership in sport
e) Recognise the importance or research in improving leadership practice
f) Demonstrate an ability to complete a research project that investigates sport leadership
g) Develop students critical thinking to assess the development, evaluation and implementation of innovation as a process and its application to sports leadership
To complete the MSc Sport Leadership, students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules. Students must choose 1 of the 3 optional modules in semester 2. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits. Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University London Institutes in the first semester.
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1 year full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.
Minimum of an upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent from a wide range of subjects/disciplines. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess these requirements, but who has substantial relevant work experience
English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. See www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/.
This programme prepares students for careers in middle and senior leadership positions in government, commercial, not-for-profit and international sporting organisations.
Fees and Funding
£11,700 (UK/EU) / £22,000 (International)
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