Sport Business Management prepares you for your future career, opening many doors in commercial and operational management roles throughout the UK and beyond. You’ll have a strong interest in sport and be able to develop good leadership qualities and have a desire to understand the unique challenges that face this fast-paced, energetic industry.
What this course will cover
Whether you plan to start your own business or take the reins of an existing one, you’ll need to be well-equipped with a number of skills. You’ll build a solid foundation in business studies, focusing on areas such as marketing, finance, digital media and operations. You’ll gain a diverse range of industry specific skills and an understanding of sport business management.
While on this course, you’ll improve your entrepreneurial skills and become more confident in making crucial decisions. We make sure that you develop as a person, gaining new abilities in strategic thinking, problem solving and communication.
Business and management is important today, providing the majority of employment in the UK. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified managers; having this degree will help you stand out in front of employers.
While you’re studying with us, many businesses ask our students to help with live projects. Before you even graduate, you will have had opportunities to make connections with businesses in the area.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: N880
We have strong links with sports organisations and a bustling business department packed with expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and personal support.
Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links. You’ll have the chance to gain experience with different businesses. Our emphasis on real world experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.
Learn about the Business from well-seasoned experts in management
Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We get many guest speakers visiting, some of which are former students. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.
Some of our lecturers have their own interests in the business, some with their own businesses. Their main interest is your teaching and they are ready to support you through your studies.
We run Bizfest every year, where successful business leaders come to Bucks to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.
We have a state-of-the-art gym and our human performance laboratory is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. We are also the only university in the UK to focus on disability sport, an area of increasing importance.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Financial Decision Making
- Organisation of Sport
- Organisational Behaviour in Sport
- The Sport Business
- Applied Sports Field Study
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sport and Society
- Sport Marketing Principles
Year 2 Modules
- Digital Business and New Technologies
- Financial Performance in Sport Business
- Football: The Global Game (optional)
- Golf: The Global Business (optional)
- Rugby Union: The Global Game (optional)
- Sport Sponsorship and Events (optional)
- Sport Broadcasting and Media (optional)
- Sports Operations Management (optional)
- Understanding People in Sports Business (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Sport, Diversity and Well-being (optional)
- Applied Strength and Conditioning (optional)
- Strategic Marketing
Year 3 Modules
- Club Business: Football (optional)
- Club Business: Rugby (optional)
- Communications and PR in Sport (optional)
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Sport Commerce and Regulation
- Sport Tourism (optional)
- Strategic Sports Management & Finance
- Club Business: Golf (optional)
- Funding for Sport (optional)
- Professional Development and Employability
- Research Dissertation
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks