During this course you’ll delve into the diverse world of sports marketing. You’ll explore sport commercialisation through broadcast, sponsorship and branding arrangements. Learn how to navigate intellectual property issues and discover how to align businesses with target audiences. We’re looking for critical thinkers with a strong interest in sport, marketing and media. We’ll cover this dynamic industry and give you the skills needed to enter it once you graduate.
What this course will cover
With a strong business studies foundation, this course will give you a deep understanding of the unique challenges that face sports marketers. You’ll explore consumer culture, how it affects the sports world and how to spot marketing opportunities within it.
The course will take you through the targeting and positioning of brands, paying attention to issues such as market competition and saturation. We’ll cover the management of digital media and explore the role it has to play in this field. You’ll also look at how to measure campaign effectiveness. From market research techniques and digital analytics, you’ll learn how to establish the best return on marketing and communications investments.
Getting ready for business
In today's economy, marketing plays a vital role in all organisations. Here, you'll develop your skills and learn how marketing can enhance the performance and perceptions of an organisation.
You’ll develop key transferable skills in business management. Time will be spent looking at the impact of emerging markets and the process companies use to explore the potential of moving into international markets. You’ll look at strategic sport management and finance as well as the regulation of sport business.
Developing innovation and enterprise
During this course you’ll have the opportunity to actively engage in marketing and agency briefs. This is designed to help you to develop personal enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial capability. You’ll also learn how to communicate effectively with various people within this industry, from athletes and sports participants, to professional and governing bodies of sport.
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: 7N75
We have strong links with a number of sports organisations and a bustling business department, packed with expertise. Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, and gives you the chance to gain experience with some great businesses. Our focus on real world experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.
We believe that having full professional and personal support makes a huge different to the university experience. We make sure you have one-to-one teaching with our lecturers. At Bucks, we build relationships where lecturers know their students by name, not by number.
We have great links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
You’ll work towards two qualifications at the same time on this course. We embed Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) modules with our degree modules so, once you graduate, you can register with the CIM. We’re really close to their headquarters - so they often visit our students and give them really valuable advice.
You’ll also go to CIM events and work with industry leaders. By joining with students on other Business degrees, you’ll get vital experience while building your business skills. And you’ll be creating a network of friends to take with you when you graduate.
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
- The Sport Business
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sport and Society
- Sport Marketing Principles
- Data Insight for Business Decisions
- Introduction to People Management
- Financial Decision Making
- Principles of Marketing
Year 2 Modules
- Digital Business and New Technologies
- Sport Broadcasting and Media (optional)
- Sports Operations Management (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Sport Sponsorship and Events
- Strategic Marketing
- Measuring Campaign Effectiveness
Year 3 Modules
- Sport Commerce and Regulation
- Strategic Sports Management & Finance
- Research Dissertation
- International Marketing Management
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