Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 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 hold the gold standard 'triple-crown' accreditation from AACSBAMBA and EQUIS.

The MBA programme is ranked amongst the top 100 MBA programmes in the world featuring in The Economist 'Which MBA?' top 100 2021 global ranking, and achieved Tier 1 Status in CEO Magazine’s 2020 Global MBA Rankings.

The Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA is ranked at number 31 in the SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Rankings for 2020.

Programme Overview

BHA logoThis unique Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA is the only masters-level qualification in the world to be delivered through an exclusive partnership with British Horseracing Authority, the Horserace Betting Levy Board and The Racing Foundation.

 The programme combines the Management School’s expertise in sports industry management, with the specialist equine knowledge of the University’s School of Veterinary Science. As an MBA programme it has the real business focus that management positions in modern horseracing demand. This is based on links with key sectors of the industry — from racecourses, horseracing governance and administration, trainers, owners and breeders, to the gambling industry and the media.

The programme supports both those working in the horse racing and associated industries, and prospective career-changers, to develop their management and leadership skills. It is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online teaching, which allows participants to remain in full-time employment.

The core elements of the programme—leadership, strategy, organisations, marketing and managing financial resources—are delivered online.

The specialist modules apply business concepts to modern horseracing. You’ll gain a critical awareness of issues in the management of racecourses and training establishments, marketing, advertising, sponsorship, bloodstock management and relevant veterinary issues. These will be delivered in concentrated blocks in Liverpool, London and Newmarket.

Practical learning opportunities include visits to racecourses, studs, training facilities and media companies. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on real projects for sponsoring organisations through work based projects.



Why University of Liverpool Management School?

Work based projects

These provide a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge and leadership skills. Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA students have undertaken work based projects with providers including:

  • British Horseracing Authority
  • Jockey Club Racecourses

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

MBA Masterclasses

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

  • Claire Sheppard, CEO, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association
  • John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses
  • Nick Rust, CEO, British Horseracing Authority
  • Tony Kelly, Executive Director, Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Rod Street, Chief Executive, Great British Racing Limited
  • Joe Osborne, Managing Director, Godolphin Ireland


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.

For more detail about the programme visit our website.