Year 3 entry only
The International Sports Management field is a growing and dynamic industry. If you're passionate about sport and have the desire to professionalise your career in this area, GCU can help you gain the skills and experience to succeed in the management of sport, fitness, leisure and recreation.
You'll study key aspects of international management in the context of sport, and through a range of specialist modules, including language options, you'll develop the skills to pursue a successful career at both a local and international level.
This programme is delivered by an experienced team who combine their academic track record with a practical approach to learning and impressive industry connections.
You will benefit from profiled guest speakers and field trips including an international trip experiencing the European snowsports industries. Furthermore our students work on live consultancy projects with sporting clients, each designed to provide you with networking opportunities and key insights into this expanding industry.
Graduates of the programme may pursue employment working in the sports management field within areas including sports event management, community sports coaching development, managing sport volunteers, sports facility management, sports development, sports tourism, sports marketing and promotion and health and fitness management.
Students enter this course at Year 3
The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Marketing Strategy, Sports Coaching Management, Sport Governance, Sports Management option module
Dissertation, Global Sport, Sport and Volunteering, Critical Issues in Sport Management, option module
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"This course has created so many opportunities for me, including working at both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Baku 2015 European Games. I am now not only informed in an area of study that I really care about, but I have also gained great work experience. Everything I have achieved so far in my career is a result of my time at GCU."Craig McIntyre, GCU Sports Management graduate
Active Schools Coordinator, Clackmannanshire Council
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
- HND Coaching and Developing Sport or HND Fitness, Health and Exercise or HND Applied Sports Science with AB/ABB in the Graded Units.
- Other sports-related HND programmes may be considered.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
Combining practical and academic skills will put you in a great position to succeed. Throughout your degree, you'll be encouraged to get relevant experience working in the sports industry.
Our teaching team has excellent industry links with private and public sports providers. Every year, we help students gain internships and volunteer opportunities working with organisations at foundation level right through to elite sport in national and international settings.
You can choose to study language modules as part of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, Spanish, German and Italian from beginners to professional level.
You can choose to add an international experience to your programme with a study exchange at one of our partner institutions across Europe, Canada, USA, Australia or Latin America.
There are also opportunities for students to undertake work placements with our European partners as well as being offered international short study trips in a variety of areas including physical education, sports development and the snowsports industry.
Our approach to the learning, teaching and assessment of our students is tailored to the needs of the sport and leisure sector. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you not only gain knowledge and understanding of the international business world, but also develop your intellectual and personal skills.
All modules include examinations and coursework in line with learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and include: unseen examinations, sporting case study interventions, class tests, written course work, presentations and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical and relevant to the needs of students and employers. We focus on a more independent learning approach, where you will be encouraged to generate and critically evaluate theory and practice.
As well as the traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that includes a wide range of supporting material, including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study. The nature of the classroom setting is a balance between knowledge transfer, interactivity and group activities; with students having the opportunity to contribute to the learning environment.
The range of modules from theoretical to practical and business-orientated, will equip you with a critical awareness of the role of sports management in society and the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to take on leadership positions in the sports industry and social business, or to launch your careers as an entrepreneur.