Football Industries MBA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 2–3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector.


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

The MBA programme is ranked amongst the top 100 MBA programmes in the world. It is one of only 15 UK based MBA programmes to feature in The Economist ‘Which MBA?’ top 100 2017 global ranking.

The programme achieved Tier 1 Status in CEO Magazine’s 2018 European MBA Rankings.

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.

Programme Overview

The MBA Football Industries (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 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 to encourage a deeper understanding, 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 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. Based in Liverpool, the football hotbed of the North-west of England, English 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).

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

Work based projects

provide a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge and leadership skills. Football Industry MBA students have worked at football clubs, leagues, associations and federations. Work based project providers have included:

  • Celtic FC
  • Everton FC
  • Liverpool FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • The Football Association
  • UEFA

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.