Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in International Sports Management


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Program Description

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in International Sports Management is a globally-recognised, academically sound and industry-focused qualification which has been collaboratively developed by the University of London and World Academy of Sport (WAoS).

The PGCert in International Sports Management aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the latest sport management strategies and develop the skills needed for the professional management of organisations and projects within the dynamic sport industry.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Critically engaged with and apply a range of management functions including strategic planning, marketing, finance and events and facilities management.
  • Plan and undertake systematic research into sport-related business and management issues, making selective and critical use of a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies.
  • Take a critical international and professional perspective that is demonstrably informed by knowledge and expertise in issues including the relations between sport and businesses, societies, and the environment.

How you study

The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised, academically sound and industry-focused qualification that is highly valued by sports organisations.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives useful information about your relationship with the University of London through to graduation.
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, past examination papers and other study materials.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Time commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the PGCert in a minimum of one academic year to a maximum of five years.

Individual modules can be completed in a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years.


Each module is assessed through either a two-hour unseen written examination or a combination of coursework elements of different weighting, consisting of a range of assessment types including reports, policy documents, limited-text presentations and (recorded) oral presentations. All modules are equally weighted.

The written examination will take place in January and June each year.

Individual modules

A student may choose whether or not to be formally assessed in the credit-bearing individual modules for which they are registered. Students who choose to be formally assessed will be assessed in the same way as students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate.

Programme structure

The PGCert in International Sports Management consists of two core modules and two optional modules.

Two core modules

  • Sports strategy, governance and leadership
  • Financial management in sport

Plus two optional modules

Select one of the following

  • International sport development


  • Sports marketing, sponsorship and media


  • Sports entrepreneurship


  • Sports event management

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK upper second-class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University.

If you do not meet the entrance requirements you may still apply for the PGCert if you have successfully completed an individual module on a stand-alone basis. Each application will be considered on an individual basis by the programme director, giving attention to alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.

To be eligible to study an individual module, academic consideration will include work experience.

English language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you do not have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this programme, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. You will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files. You will be to be able to record audio and save recordings to a digital format. You are also required to have Microsoft PowerPoint or a similar slideshow presentation programme capable of saving to PDF.

Career opportunities

Your qualification will help open doors to a range of exciting opportunities in sports management.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register.

Last updated Feb 2020

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