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Football Industries MBA

The Football Industries MBA (FIMBA) programme is the original, and still the only, Football Industries MBA. As an MBA programme, it has the real business focus that management positions in modern sport demand. The programme focuses on the professionalism and business of the beautiful game. If you want to work in the global football industry—with clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies—this is the MBA programme for you.

The FIMBA programme is the top ranked sports MBA in the UK and the top-ranked football master’s in the world (SportBusiness International’s 2015 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings).

The core elements of the programme – leadership, strategy, organisations, managerial economics, innovation, international business and the global environment, entrepreneurship and managing financial resources – are delivered in concentrated blocks to encourage a deeper understanding, with a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning.

The specialist football modules apply business concepts to modern football. You’ll gain a critical awareness of issues in football management, finance, law, marketing and sponsorship.

Crucially, you’ll receive vocational training for the industry, including the Becoming a Football Executive module and a Sports Operations Management module.

The broader skills you’ll acquire include analysis, problem solving, creativity and decision-making. The Becoming a Football Executive module will also serve to strengthen and hone your interpersonal, communication abilities. Based in Liverpool, the football hotbed of the North-West of England, English clubs are accessible as laboratories for students to put theory into practice.

Entry requirements

Professional Experience

MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 2–3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector.


Candidates will normally be expected to hold a 2:1 Honours degree (which may be in any discipline) from a UK university, or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution.

Non-graduates who possess extensive professional experience are encouraged to apply.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. 

Course modules

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules

  • Becoming a Football Executive (Part 1) (ULMS824) 
  • International Football Industry (ULMS763) 
  • Leadership, Management and Organisation (ULMS847)
  • Managerial Economics (ULMS848)
  • Managing Financial Resources (ULMS701)
  • Sports Marketing and Sponsorship (ULMS844)
  • Strategy and Organisation (ULMS822)

Semester 2 Compulsory Modules

  • Becoming a Football Executive (Part 2) (ULMS824) 
  • Football and Finance (ULMS724) 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ULMS 704)
  • International Business and the Global Environment (ULMS849) 
  • Sport and the Law (ULMS721)
  • Sports Operations Management (UEFA) (ULMS829) (10 credits) 

Summer Compulsory

  • Work Based Project or Dissertation 


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MBA Full-time £ 16,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
MBA Part-time £ 16,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
MBA Full-time £ 23,000 (Academic year) International 1 Years
MBA Part-time £ 23,000 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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