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Master of Business Administration (Football Industries)

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Course overview

The Football Industries MBA (FIMBA) programme is the original, and still the only, Football Industries MBA. As an MBA programme, it has the real business focus that management positions in modern sports demand.

Introduction

Focusing on the professionalism and business of the beautiful game, if you want to work in the global football industry — with clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies — this is the programme for you.

The Football Industries MBA features in the top 31 SportBusiness postgraduate rankings for 2023. The core elements of the programme — leadership, strategy, organisations, innovation, international business and the global environment, entrepreneurship and managing financial resources — are delivered in concentrated blocks with a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning. The specialist football modules apply business concepts to modern football. You’ll gain a critical awareness of issues in football management, finance and law. Crucially, you’ll receive vocational industry training, including the Becoming a Football Executive module and Sports Operations Management module.

The broader skills you’ll acquire include analysis, problem-solving, creativity and decision-making. The Becoming a Football Executive module will also strengthen your career management skills and hone your interpersonal communication abilities. Based in Liverpool, the football hotbed of the North-west of England, clubs are accessible as laboratories for students to put theory into practice.

If you already hold an MBA or are working in the industry and would like to study the football-specific modules only, we offer a Certificate in Business Administration (Football Industries).

Who is this course for?

Candidates join our MBA programmes to achieve a number of professional goals. Typically they will have a minimum of 3 years of relevant management experience in the private or public sector.

Students may be planning to:

  • Start a new business
  • Move into a more senior strategic role
  • Improve the performance of their current company
  • Change the function, sector or country they work in.

 

Generous scholarships for 2024

If you have 3+ years managerial experience, you may be eligible for one of our generous Management School Awards. We’re offering 75%, 50% and 30% tuition fee discounts for this globally ranked MBA programme for students starting in September 2024.

Places are limited, so we encourage you to apply to the MBA programme early to avoid disappointment. Awards will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis, with applicants to the programme assessed automatically for eligibility.

What you'll learn

Key Features:

  • International study trips
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Dedicated career coaching

Accreditation

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

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Accreditations

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

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Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Semester one

The 12-month full-time programme consists of 11 compulsory modules and two optional modules, followed by a consultancy based project or a dissertation carried out over the summer period following Semester two.

There are six compulsory modules in Semester one. In addition to the five modules listed below we are developing one new module, Marketing Theory and Practice totalling 10 credits.

Further details on this module will follow.

Compulsory modules

FOOTBALL ECONOMICS AND ANALYTICS (ULMS804)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 1

The module will provide students with insights and advance knowledge of the economics of football. Students will be able to distinguish between conventional industries and the football industry by way of economic theory. Students will explore the economics of a range of core issues including the football players’ and managerial labour markets, the economic design of leagues and the demand for and supply of football across different media. From an analytic perspective, students are not expected to have a prior understanding of statistics, econometric or analytics. However, students will be able to interpret analytical results found in relevant literature and journal articles. Students will engage in data management and analysis and will be able to appreciate the role that statistics, econometrics and analytics (might) have in decision-making within the football industry.

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL INDUSTRY (ULMS763)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 1

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the structure and organisation of football across different international settings. The module will critically examine the relevant concepts, theories, models and structures of professional football leagues and other factors that influence decision-making across the various sectors of the football industries. The module will also examine the role and influences of major stakeholders including football federations, football leagues, football clubs, players and their agents, and consumers. The nature of and changes in the supply of and the demand for football will also be critically examined. Finally, the football economies in developed and emerging markets will be assessed. The use of concepts, theories, and principles from a range of business and management disciplines will underpin the module’s critical assessment of the international football industries.

LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION (ULMS847)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 1

This module explores topics in organisational behaviour at the individual, group, and organisational levels. At the individual level, the module looks at individual differences in key attributes that lead to work effectiveness such as personality and motivation. At the group level, the module builds on earlier content to establish how teams function and explores the role of effective leadership in influencing teams. At the organisational level, the module looks at organisational culture and change and consolidates the content by looking at a range of organisations and sectors. The module will offer students several reflection points on their work behaviours on which they will receive targeted feedback.

Managing Financial Resources (ULMS701)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 1

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of financial resources available to an organisation; how resources can be managed to add value; how business activities are summarised and the relationships between different activities summarised and predicted; and how the core skills and competencies of an organisation are identified and managed.

STRATEGY AND ORGANISATION (ULMS822)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 1

Leaders and managers of organisations today face many types of challenges. The essence of strategy is in successfully achieving the appropriate fit between resources and environment in an increasingly dynamic and turbulent world. The aim of the module is to provide the students with a comprehensive overview of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and implementation, and to enable them to develop and implement strategies in their own organisations. The module pays particular emphasis on helping students to understand the environment in which strategising takes place, including the industry and country environment. Furthermore, the module aims to enable students to understand and appreciate the organisational context in which strategic decisions are made. The module takes a critical approach. It draws on insights from a variety of sources and disciplines, including managerial and industry economics, but also behavioural perspectives and organisation theory in order to provide an integrative perspective on strategy.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

The MBA programme is delivered by the triple-accredited University of Liverpool Management School.

Each year our MBA students form lasting friendships and build a supportive global network. The MBA student community meets regularly, following a calendar of social events to make the most of all Liverpool has to offer.

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What students say...

FIMBA is the one and only MBA with a focus on football, worldwide. It provides the who’s who of football industry professionals and lecturers. Giving you the chance to be part of the strongest and most diverse football network.

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Careers and employability

Our MBA Career and Leadership Development Programme is designed to enrich your MBA journey by challenging your thinking about your own professional, career and leadership development. Active participation in the Programme will deepen your awareness of yourself, your strengths, motivations and aspirations, and support you in confidently articulating and leveraging your MBA with impact and influence.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

Networking events

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

In practice, the Career and Professional Development Programme offers:

  • Full psychometric profiling and feedback
  • A personal career development plan
  • Unlimited access to support throughout the year and up to five years after graduation
  • Access to a Mentoring Programme, connecting with leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators who will inspire and guide you
  • Support with interviews, CVs and job applications.

Networking is a central part of the MBA journey, network with peers, MBA Alumni and Guest Speakers. The Programme enhances professional networking skills both in person and virtually.

Careers support doesn’t end when you graduate from your MBA programme. You are a lifelong member of the MBA community and we encourage you to stay connected and in turn become mentors to the next generation. You will also benefit from access to a wide range of careers and professional development support, advice and webinars up to five years after you’ve graduated.

Some of our most recent graduates are now working in the following football clubs and related organisations:

  • Adidas
  • AEG Europe
  • Asian Football
  • Confederation
  • BATE Borisov [Belarus]
  • Celtic FC
  • Chinese Football
  • Association
  • England Netball
  • European Broadcasting
  • Union
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • FC Colo-Colo [Chile]
  • FC Seoul [South Korea]
  • Gremio FBPA [Brazil]
  • Liverpool FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • NBA
  • Nike
  • Octagon
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Santos Laguna [Mexico]
  • Scottish Professional Football League
  • The [English] Football League
  • UEFA
  • Women in Football

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £25,950
International fees
Full-time place, per year £32,950
Please note the fee for this course includes one international study trip to a European destination, including accommodation and excursions. The fee does not include any additional costs associated with the trip, such as flights and visa applications. The School cannot guarantee that visa applications connected with the study trip will be successful. Fees will not be refunded to students who do not participate in the international study trip.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.


Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re a new international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of up to £5,000 off your tuition fees.

This includes £2,500 if you have a first-class degree, or equivalent qualification, and £2,500 if you’re from a Commonwealth country.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

Completed your undergraduate degree, or studied as an undergraduate exchange student, at the University of Liverpool?

You could get a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off the tuition fees for this course from September 2024 entry.

  • £1,500 tuition fee discount for eligible UK University of Liverpool graduates
  • £2,500 tuition fee discount for eligible international University of Liverpool graduates.

ULMS Liverpool MBA Excellence Scholarship

  • Home and international students

The ULMS MBA Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to eligible UK, Republic of Ireland and international applicants joining the Liverpool MBA and Football Industries MBA and studying on campus in academic year 2024/25.

You’ll need to demonstrate academic and professional excellence. You must:

  • hold at least a high 2:1 or equivalent (65%+ in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree)
  • have four or more years of professional/managerial experience
  • be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

If you don’t have a degree equivalent to a high 2:1 or above, you could still be considered for this scholarship. You’ll need to have 10 or more years of professional or managerial experience and be able to demonstrate your continuing professional development.

ULMS Women in Football Scholarship

  • Home and international students

The ULMS Women in Football Scholarship will be awarded to eligible UK, Republic of Ireland and international female applicants joining the Football Industries MBA in academic year 2024/25.

You’ll need to be able demonstrate academic and professional excellence. You must:

  • hold at least a high 2:1 or equivalent (65%+ in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree)
  • have three or more years of professional/managerial experience
  • be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

If you don’t have a degree equivalent to a high 2:1 or above, you could still be considered for this scholarship. You’ll need to have 10 or more years of professional or managerial experience and be able to demonstrate your continuing professional development.

ULMS MBA Latin American Excellence Scholarship

  • International students
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

The ULMS MBA Latin America Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to eligible Latin American applicants joining the Liverpool MBA and Football Industries MBA and studying on campus in academic year 2024/25.

Eligible nationalities are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

You’ll need to be able demonstrate academic and professional excellence. You must:

  • hold at least a high 2:1 or equivalent (65%+ in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree)
  • have five or more years of professional/managerial experience
  • be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

If you don’t have a degree equivalent to a high 2:1 or above, you could still be considered for this scholarship. You’ll need to have 10 or more years of professional or managerial experience and be able to demonstrate your continuing professional development.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

Postgraduate taught and research students from Chile are eligible for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

The University, in partnership with Chevening, is delighted to offer this generous scholarship to students who are studying a master’s programme and who have future leadership potential. Please note that there is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional tuition costs over £18,000. You will still receive all additional allowances.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

The University of Liverpool has an agreement with CONACYT to support postgraduate taught and research students from Mexico.

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught and research programmes. Must be Mexico national.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US and another is available for a postgraduate research student to undertake a three to six month research stay from the US

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

Up to ten awards are available for Masters or Research students from Mexico in receipt of FUNED loans. The award gives students a 20% reduction in fees for all applications received.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

The University is able to offer competitive scholarships for both postgraduate taught master’s and research programmes.

HRM Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

The University is able to offer one award to a new postgraduate taught master’s student from Thailand.

The scholarship is open to all subjects offered as a one-year taught master’s programme.  However, priority will be given to those students who wish to study in a subject area associated with HRH Princess Sirindhorn such as science, IT, medicine, the arts, geography, history and languages.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

Residents of State of Guanajuato, Mexico, wishing to study at postgraduate taught and research levels are eligible for this scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US to cover the cost of tuition fees. Another, to the value of £20,000, is available for Doctoral study visit: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/

The Kick It Out Scholarship

  • Home students

Sky and Kick It Out have partnered with the University of Liverpool Management School to offer Scholarships to four Football Industries MBA offer holders from under-represented ethnic groups in 2023/24; as part of Sky UK’s 3-year partnership with anti-racism organisation Kick it Out.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

Postgraduate taught and research students from Turkey are eligible for this scholarship, see the Turkish Ministry of Education website https://meb.gov.tr/ for more information.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

The three awards available cover full tuition fees, visas and support for accommodation and living expenses.

This scholarship is open to support people who have recognised status as either refugees or are under humanitarian protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention. This status must be held outside of the UK.

The scholarship is open for all postgraduate-taught programmes, excluding medicine, dentistry, veterinary and nursing.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

The University of Liverpool will award five University of Liverpool International College students, who achieve the highest academic excellence (minimum 75%) in their UoLIC Pre-Master’s programme, the prestigious UoLIC Excellence scholarship.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

University of Liverpool International College recipients of the Kaplan awards will receive the £3,000 Progression Impact Scholarship, deducted from first-year tuition fees, on successful progression to their UoL degree programme.

To be eligible for our Impact Progression Scholarships, students must apply for one of the Kaplan Impact Scholarships demonstrating their commitment to making an impact across issues of importance to the University and Kaplan. Themes include:

Sustainability
Women in STEM
Community
Career Focus (Employability)

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for China

  • International students
  • China

Details are:
1 (one) Full scholarship
2 (two) £10,000 scholarships
5 (five) £5,000 scholarships
10 (ten) £1,000 scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded after the formal registration at the University and will take the form of a fee waiver.

Please note: This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships or bursaries provided by the University.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

Professional Experience

MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector.

They will have managed budgets/people/projects.

Qualifications

Candidates will normally be expected to hold a 2:1 Honours degree (which may be in any discipline) from a UK university, or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution.

Non-graduates who possess extensive professional experience (more than 5 years) and/or a postgraduate qualification are encouraged to apply.

Non Standard Entry

Non Standard entry relates to applicants who may not hold a degree or the required degree classification. We would still encourage applications if you have:

  • Significant management experience (more than 5 years),
  • Below 2:1 or no formal university degree
  • Substantial record of achievement in business and leadership (for example accredited training courses, learning & development courses).

Each application is considered on a case by case basis and will include an informal, online interview with the MBA team. The interview is an opportunity to discuss your suitability to MBA programme, your experience and interest in the MBA programme.

Applicants should apply via the normal route. For more information on this non-standard entry process, please contact ulmsmba@liverpool.ac.uk.

Personal Statement

The personal statement encourages students to write between 100-200 words for each of the following sections:

  • your interest and experience in this subject area,
  • your reasons for choosing this particular programme,
  • your future aim or career plan
  • how the programme of study enables you to achieve this.

GMAT Score

A GMAT score is not a mandatory requirement; however, we do encourage candidates who have undertaken the examination to submit their scores for consideration alongside other criteria during the admissions process.

We look for a balanced score across all components of the GMAT and will only accept scores which are still valid (attained within the last 5 years) by the time of entry to the programme.

Our institution is listed as University of Liverpool, University of Liverpool Management School and the programme code for the full-time MBA is: ZCC-MW-25

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
GCSE Grade C
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component below 6.0
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
International Baccalaureate

Standard Level (Grade 5)

TOEFL iBT 88 overall, with minimum scores of listening 19, writing 19, reading 19 and speaking 20
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
WAEC C6 or above

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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