Football Industries MBA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector.

Module details

The 12-month full-time programme consists of twelve compulsory modules, followed by a work based project or a dissertation carried out over the summer period following semester 2. A dissertation enables you to undertake an in-depth study of a sector, an industry, a subject area, or a company. 180 credits are taken in total.

Becoming a Football Executive (ULMS824)

This module is key to the MBA Programme in its focus on the development of the whole person. As well as an emphasis on the football job market, the module involves a football management simulation that enables students to critically reflect on their performance in a high-pressure situation. (10 credits)

Football Economics and Analytics (ULMS804)

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. (10 credits)

International Football Industry (ULMS763)

The module develops a critical understanding of the structure and organisation of football across different international settings. It examines the role and influences of major stakeholders including federations, leagues, clubs, players and their agents, and consumers. The supply of and the demand for football form part of the module’s analysis. (10 credits)

Leadership, Management and Organisation (ULMS847)

Discover how individuals, groups, and organisations interact to impact culture, ethics and performance. This module helps you develop as a reflective manager and leader. (10 credits)

Marketing and Supply Chain Management (ULMS846)

Supply chains can be designed to build, develop, and sustain competitive advantage. Through numerous case examples, learn how marketing strategies and supply chains interact and impact products and services. (10 credits)

Managing Financial Resources (ULMS701)

What are the financial responsibilities of organisations to their various stakeholders? This module explores how financial resources can be managed to add value and optimise shareholder wealth. (10 credits)

Strategy and Organisation (ULMS822)

Organisational strategy is at the heart of understanding managerial decision making. This module explores how different environments have affected a range of organisations and their strategies. (10 credits)

Football and Finance (ULMS724)

How do you solve football’s finance? This module provides students with an understanding of club and league finance; current regulations and licensing; ownership structures and development finance; and the importance of sound financial management to the successful implementation of strategy. (10 credits)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ULMS704)

Through guided sessions and guest speakers, students are exposed to the issues and dilemmas in 'doing' innovation and entrepreneurship in practice. (10 credits)

International Business and the Global Environment (ULMS849)

In today's global economy understanding issues around location and international strategy is critical. This module helps students assess the implications of internationalisation of business activities. (10 credits)

Sport and the Law (ULMS721)

In today's global economy understanding issues around location and international strategy is critical. This module helps students assess the implications of internationalisation of business activities. (10 credits)

Choose to study either ULMS829 or ULMS885

Sports Operations Management (ULMS829)

This module focuses on the theory, principles and practice of managing sports operations and events. Guest speakers and visits to clubs allow students to develop an awareness of the practical, regulatory and legal issues involved in running major sporting events. (10 credits)

Advanced Analytics for Business (ULMS885)

Critically evaluate reports and data analysis produced by different functional and operational specialists. Identify how data and analytics can be used to support decision making, and learn how to effectively articulate and explain results. (10 credits)

Dissertation (ULMS706)

This module comprises two elements: a series of Research Methods seminars and workshops introduces students to the principles and practices of researching and writing dissertations and results in an agreed outline plan of work. The second element involves the implementation of the research work plan and the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation over the summer period. (60 credits)

Work Based Project (ULMS823)

This module allows students to extend the knowledge and skills acquired during the programme, and apply this in a live organisational setting, over the summer period. Initially students will take part in a series of seminars and workshops to develop an understanding of relevant research methods. Then, using appropriate management research and data collection methods, students will explore an area of interest with a host organisation or client. (60 credits)