DMU logo
adh-management-law-humanities-ma-hero-01

Management, Law and Humanities of Sport MA

The CIES International MA is a unique and highly regarded course that covers all the major issues facing sport and sports organisations. It is designed to prepare you for the increasingly complex world of sport management.

Overview

Reasons to study Management, Law and Humanities of Sport MA at DMU:

  • The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) International MA has been ranked the best sports management course in Europe by SportBusiness International in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. It was also named the best course in the world by the same rankings in 2014
  • The course offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling you to build up your own network of contacts, the key to a successful career in sport
  • You will learn from an expert and international teaching team, who are all research active in their specific area of expertise
  • You will benefit from studying at three different European university campuses and from studying with students from over 20 different countries
  • The course includes a comprehensive field visit programme to organisations such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club, AC Milan, International Olympic Committee, FIFA and UEFA
  • Former Patrons have included Lord Coe, Alexander Popov, Sir Bobby Charlton, Nawal El Moutawakel and Jonathan Edwards CBE
  • Around 90% of graduates from the MA are now working in international sport management

With over 15 years of experience this masters programme has grown to become one of the most respected programmes focused on developing all-round managers for international sports business. Course lecturers are some of the leading authorities in the study of sport and guest lecturers include speakers from top organisations in world sport.  This course has an excellent record of students finding jobs in sports management and the dynamic and thriving alumni association provides a valuable network both during and after the course.  

More courses like this:

Sport History and Culture MA

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time

Location: Leicester (UK), Milan (Italy) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: Visit the CIES website for full details.

The three partner universities all provide excellent learning resources and research environments, including libraries, specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs associated with your final project, which will vary depending on the nature of your research. You are encouraged to consider these as you develop your final project proposal, and to discuss what they may be with your supervisor.

Contact us: For more information email admissions@fifamaster.org or visit the CIES website

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Location: Leicester (UK), Milan (Italy) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Start date: September 2016

Fees and funding: Visit the CIES website for full details.

The three partner universities all provide excellent learning resources and research environments, including libraries, specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs associated with your Final Project, which will vary depending on the nature of your research. You are encouraged to consider these as you develop your Final Project proposal, and to discuss what they may be with your supervisor.

 

Contact us: For more information email admissions@fifamaster.org or visit the CIES website

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have a good honours degree or equivalent and a high level of fluency in written and spoken English. You are expected to have at least two to three years’ work experience. 

CIES

A proven interest or involvement in sport, previous professional experience, good motivation and reason for doing the course, and an international outlook will also be taken into consideration. For more information go to cies.ch 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules

The CIES International MA is based on four distinct modules, which are undertaken at three of Europe’s leading institutions.

The first module is taught within the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at DMU. It focuses on the history of sport, its ethics and its sociology. You will examine the origins and development of sport and investigate the lessons that the past can teach today’s sports administrators.

The second module is taught in Italy at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, one of Europe's most prestigious business schools. This module focuses on management of sport and includes topics such as sport organisation and governance, strategy, sport finance, sport strategic and operational marketing, sport event management, business planning and sport leadership.

The third module is taught at the Université de Neuchâtel, whose Law Faculty is one of the best in Switzerland. It looks at topics such as the legal aspects of the private sector of sport, the legal status of the sports person, legal aspects of sport and health, sport business and law, and methods of dispute resolution.

The fourth, and final part of the course, also takes place in Neuchâtel. It involves working in small groups on a chosen topic, considering it from all angles then preparing and completing a project which is then published and presented to sports industry representatives.

 

Overview

You will normally attend around 25 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, seminars and workshops each week, and be expected to undertake at least 10 hours of independent study each week. The Final Project group dissertation will be predominantly self-directed study (including meetings with your supervisor) during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week

Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways, including written exams, oral exams, project work and group presentations. The final assessment is a group project. Depending on the institution, the exams either take place on fixed dates throughout the module, or they are all taken at the end of the module. You must pass all modules of the course to graduate.

 

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

placements-img-01

Expertise

The Leicester module Co-Scientific Directors and some of their publications, are:

  • Professor Martin Polley: The British Olympics: Britain’s Olympic Heritage 1612-2012
  • Professor Pierre Lanfranchi: Moving with the ball: The Migration of Professional Footballers
dmu-global-img-01

Networking

“The course is unique. The exposure and insight into international sports organisations through the numerous guest speakers is the course’s strongest asset in my view. The professional experience is then complemented well by the personal experience of studying in three European countries in a truly multicultural class. My understanding of the sports industry has broadened along with my horizons, and I now feel well prepared for a career in the sports industry.”

Alex Proctor-Pearson, graduate

graduate-careers-img-01

Graduate careers

The highly international nature of the course makes it suitable for people with an interest in global management who are internationally mobile. The course is committed to supporting and guiding you in your job search, through the identification of potential placement opportunities and the promotion of the CIES International MA in the sports job market.

Through guest speakers, study visits and project assignments, the course offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling you to build up your own network of contacts, the key to a successful career in sport. Alumni have gone on to get jobs in a wide variety of top sporting organisations, including the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, FIBA, Adidas, Sauber Formula 1 Team, MLS and UEFA.

DMU Open events

Postgraduate Open Days

Register now

Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

Order now

How to apply 

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Find out more

More about your DMU

CIES
Milan (Italy)
Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Leicester (UK)
900x506-more-about-cies

International Centre for 
Sports Studies

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (law, sociology, geography, history and management), CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the sports world, with the aim of overcoming the complexities of sport in today’s society and improving how it is governed and managed.

900x506-more-about-milan

Milan (Italy)

SDA Bocconi has been Bocconi University’s School of Management since 1971. As the leading Italian management school, it is one of the most prestigious in the world with a sound ranking position and an excellent international standing.

900x506-more-about-neuchatel

Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

The University of Neuchâtel has an extremely strong reputation within Switzerland for the quality of its teaching staff and its learning methods, as well as for its extensive use of external experts during lectures and seminars. The Law Faculty is very active in the field of research with associated institutes and research centres.

900x506-more-about-leicester

Leicester (UK)

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

 
Events target area image
Events

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

News target area image
News

DMU is a dynamic university, read about what we have been up to in our latest news section.

Mission and vision target area image
Mission and vision

Read about our mission and vision and how these create a supportive and exciting learning environment.