Business Administration (Football Industries) PG Cert

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 9 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will require an MBA or equivalent postgraduate degree and a minimum of 2–3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector. A master's level qualification in Business/Management/Finance may also be considered.


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

The Football Industries MBA is named as one of the top 40 sports courses in the world, and the top-ranked sports MBA in the UK by the SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Ranking in 2018.

The Certificate in Business Administration Football industries programme provides those who hold an MBA (or international equivalent), with the opportunity to study the MBA Football industries football-related modules. 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 sport demand. 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 MBA programme for you.

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 training for the industry, 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.

This 9 month programme consists of five compulsory modules.  60 credits are taken in total.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

MBA Masterclasses

You'll be able to listen to and meet leaders from football and associated industries. Recent speakers have included:

  • Alan Switzer
    Director, Sports Business Group, Deloitte
  • Adrian Bevington
    Former Club England, Managing Director at the Football Association
  • Jane Purdon
    Head of Governance, UK Sport
  • Peter Moore
    CEO, Liverpool FC
  • John Watts
    Sports TV Director, ITV

MBA Student Community

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. Our students take advantage of all that Liverpool has to offer—from eating out, to visiting bars, theatres and art galleries, to enjoying the lively music scene. Football Industries MBA students are also encouraged to play, as well as study the beautiful game as part of FRUMBA FC.

For more detail about the programme visit our website.