MSc Football Business (Online)


Program Description

Football is a global, multi-billion-pound business that shows no sign of slowing down. Bumper TV deals and huge transfer fees mean more money than ever is flowing through the game, ensuring it’s vital that there are personnel ready to jump straight in and shape its future.


Powered by the UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS), the MSc Football Business (Online) programme is designed for those who wish to develop an appreciation of key areas shaping the current landscape of the football industry. The programme provides opportunities to engage in different aspects of football business including areas such as governance and regulation, consumer engagement, operational management and business development. From TV deals to player transfers, football is now a global, multi-billion-pound industry that is in need of more industry-specific qualified individuals.

The football industry is one of many opportunities for budding professionals, and also poses numerous challenges on a personal and business level. Events like relegation can cause a club to lose millions of pounds overnight, so it is essential to have the knowledge and experience to be able to deal with such eventualities. This programme will allow students to be aware of the diverse and often unique situations that impact on the football business, as well as recognise best practice and ethical choices.

By having the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home, programme participants will be able to gain a further qualification to enhance their career prospects in a format that offers flexible hours and the chance to dictate their own work-life balance to fit around other commitments. This programme is ideal for those who already work, or aspire to work, in senior positions within the sports industry, and offers the flexibility to allow participants to gain a Master’s degree qualification around their busy lifestyle.

The programme is available through the UCFB Online Hub, which is accessible on mobile devices including tablets, phones and laptops. The UCFB Online Hub also has an app which you can download to access the programme content. This means you can truly study while on the go and around your other commitments.

  • Duration: 1-year full-time; 2-years part-time
  • Online Delivery: January, June or September start dates
  • Tuition fee: January 2020/May 2020: £7,950 FT; September 2020: £9,950 full-time 7,950


Our MSc Football Business (Online) modules have been developed in order to give you the best preparation for a leadership career in the football industry.

The order in which these modules are taught is dependent on which intake you begin your studies and whether you choose the full-time or part-time degree option.

  • Governance and Regulation in Football
  • Engaging the Football Consumer
  • Football Operations Management
  • Business Development in the Football Industry
  • Dissertation and Research Methods

Entry requirements

You will already hold a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree. Applicants who hold a sport-related degree classification of 2:2 or below or, a non-sport related degree, or significant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate sports management experience.

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may also be considered eligible.

Applicants will be expected to participate in and pass an academic-led interview with senior members of the GIS team, as well as submitting an outstanding personal statement and highly supportive academic and professional references.

Interviews can be held over Skype or, if the student is based in the UK, at UCFB campuses. Successful applicants will be invited to attend one of our interview sessions following a review of their application.

Admissions/Selection Criteria

  • Strong knowledge in the field of sports management suitable for Masters level academic work;
  • Evidence of engagement with professional and academic literature/publications relevant to CPD;
  • Ability to manage self-learning and professional duties where applicable;
  • Evidence of ability to manage work independently;
  • Proven track record of dealing with complex and multidisciplinary issues relevant to their chosen subject area.

How to apply

To apply for this programme please complete the application form, then return the completed form and relevant documents as instructed to

Career Prospects

The programme has been developed for those with aspirations towards senior management positions within the core functional departments of the football industry, spanning financial and accounting roles or operational roles within football, including the ability to rise to senior managerial roles due to the management aspect of the degree.

The broad, applied elements of this degree provide students with the skills and experience to progress and work either domestically or abroad in a multi-billion-pound global industry. GIS’ ability to provide further Employment & Enrichment opportunities engages students in career development allowing students to find their place in the football industry.

82% of Masters graduates are working in the football and sports industry within six months of graduating.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

UCFB's Global Institute of Sport (GIS) is a world first in sports education, offering university degrees in the football and sports industry. We provide an exceptional environment to live and learn in ... Read More

UCFB's Global Institute of Sport (GIS) is a world first in sports education, offering university degrees in the football and sports industry. We provide an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in two inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart. Read less
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