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This course develops your understanding of the business of sport, exploring the sports industry in the UK, as well as from a broader global perspective. You’ll learn key business concepts and theories, using them to review modern sports businesses and best practice in sports management. Throughout the course, we put a strong emphasis on the leadership and management of sports events, as well as developing the strategic skills you’ll need to be successful in today’s sports industry. We’ll help you develop your entrepreneurial skills, so that when you graduate you’ll have a balanced portfolio of knowledge and practical skills which really boosts your employability.

Why choose this course?

The course has a strong theme of practical experience being applied to an environment of your choice. You will also benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the country, and have opportunities to support research.

What job can I get?

After your course, you’ll be well equipped for careers in sports management including event management, sports administration and leisure centre leadership, working for private sector sports businesses or developing your own sport-based business model. You could also study at postgraduate level or join a graduate scheme, either in the public or private sector.

Course details


Graduates are equipped for careers in sports management for example event management, sports administration, leisure centre leadership, private sector sport and leisure and operating their own business models in the area of sport. Sports graduates may also transfer into related sector graduate schemes within business or local government. Our students are well equipped for postgraduate study.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Physical Activity and Sport Policy in Practice - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Sport Industry - 15 Credits
  • Sport Business Management: National and International Perspectives - 15 Credits
  • Sports as Social and Global Phenomena - 15 Credits
  • Developing an Academic Approach - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Management of Sports Events - 30 Credits
  • Research Methods for Sports Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Sport Experience Learning - 15 Credits


  • Facilities and Funding for Active Communities - 15 Credits
  • Process and Practice in High Performance Sport - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Sports Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives of Sports Development - 15 Credits
  • Applied Sports Coaching - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Sports Management Experience Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Sports Studies Experience Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Creating Business Strategies for Sport - 15 Credits


  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - SPS - 0 Credits
  • Insight and Evaluation of Sports Development - 15 Credits
  • Behaviour Change for Physical Activity and Sport - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Coaching - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points

A Levels

Minimum of 2 A levels 


BTECs must contain a minimum of 180 units (three grades) in DMM profile.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB - 112 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). GCSE Maths and English Language @ grade 4 (C) or above.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Find out more about international application requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)