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Master of Sport Directorship

For the first time, you can now gain a fully accredited Master's degree that qualifies you for one of the most important roles in modern sport.  The Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) is a two year, part-time course that teaches a unique curriculum tailored to meet the real demands of leading sporting organisations.

Covering sports leadership and personal development, enabling high performance, masterminding innovation and change, sport governance and best practice in addition to a research dissertation, the course provides unrivalled preparation for the role of Sport Director, alongside a diverse range of hands-on, extra-curricular activities.

Exclusive to the Master of Sport Directorship is the study of neuroscience and its application as a performance management tool, harnessing the power of the mind to enable and enhance achievement in sporting and business arenas.

Designed to fit on-campus and remote study around work commitments, the Master of Sport Directorship equips sports and business professionals with all the skills and practical experience needed to take their next career step with confidence.

Entry requirements

It takes a special type of person to take part in the Master of Sport Directorship.  We’re looking for self-starters who possess a rare combination of skills, experience and ambition which provides the foundation for the role of Sports Director.

You may already be working in a sporting environment, for instance: in a medical, coaching, finance or marketing role, and looking for the next crucial step in your sporting career.  The role of Sports Director is appealing because you recognise it’s the way forward in the modern game.

Alternatively, you may already be in a business role and seeking to make the move into sport. If you are looking to use your business skills in a new way, the Master of Sport Directorship is ideally suited to help you adapt your talents.

In addition, this course offers ex-players and sports professionals currently in management a means to acquire the business skills needed to take the step into the position of Sports Director.

Ideally, students should be postgraduate or be able to demonstrate sufficient business experience to Manchester Met Business School.  A first year foundation course is available for those whose qualifications aren’t enough to gain immediate acceptance on the course. This will bring those students up to the required Master's Degree entry level.

Course modules

You will study five units across the two years:

  • Personal Leadership to Shape, Inspire and Develop
  • Leading a High Performing Sports Organisation
  • Masterminding Innovation and Change
  • Sport Governance and Best Practice
  • Sporting Directorship in Practice


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MScD Part-time £ 17,500 (Whole course) 2 Years

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