Reasons to study Management, Law and Humanities of Sport MA at DMU:
- The CIES International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport has been ranked the best sports management course in Europe by SportBusiness International in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. It is the first and only course to receive this top award on six separate occasions.
- The course offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling you to build up your own network of contacts, the key to a successful career in sport
- You will learn from an expert and international teaching team, who are all research active in their specific area of expertise
- You will benefit from studying at three different European university campuses and from studying with students from over 20 different countries
- The course includes a comprehensive field visit programme to organisations such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club, AC Milan, International Olympic Committee, FIFA and UEFA
- Former Patrons have included Lord Coe, Alexander Popov, Sir Bobby Charlton, Nawal El Moutawakel and Jonathan Edwards CBE
With over 15 years of experience this masters programme has grown to become one of the most respected programme focused on developing all-round managers for international sports business. Course lecturers are some of the leading authorities in the study of sport and guest lecturers include speakers from top organisations in world sport. This course has an excellent record of students finding jobs in sports management and dynamic and thriving alumni association provides a valuable network both during and after the course.
Structure and assessment
The CIES International MA is based on four distinct modules, which are undertaken at three of Europe’s leading institutions.
The first module is taught within the ICSHC at DMU. It focuses on the history of sport, its ethics and its sociology. You will examine the origins and development of sport and investigate the lessons that the past can teach today’s sports administrators.
The second module is taught in Italy at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, one of Europe’s most prestigious business schools. This module focuses on management of sport and includes topics such as sport organisation and governance, strategy, sport finance, sport strategic and operational marketing, sport event management, business planning and sport leadership.
The third module is taught at the Université de Neuchâtel, whose Law Faculty is one of the best in Switzerland. It looks at topics such as the legal aspects of the private sector of sport, the legal status of the sports person, legal aspects of sport and health, sport business and law, and methods of dispute resolution.
The fourth, and final part of the course, also takes place in Neuchâtel. It involves working in small groups on a chosen topic, considering it from all angles then preparing and completing a project which is then published and presented to sports industry representatives.
Facilities and features
The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
The module of the course based in Leicester is taught by some of the leading figures in the study of sports history.
The Leicester Co-Scientific Directors are:
- Professor Martin Polley – author of Moving the Goalposts – A Historyof Sport and Society since 1945;The British Olympics: Britain’sOlympic Heritage 1612-2012
- Professor Pierre Lanfranchi –author of Moving With The Ball:The Migration of ProfessionalFootballers and 100 Years ofFootball: The FIFA Centennial Book
The highly international nature of the course makes it suitable for people with an interest in global management who are internationally mobile. The course is committed to supporting and guiding you in your job search, through the identification of potential placement opportunities and the promotion of the CIES International MA in the sports job market.
Through guest speakers, study visits and project assignments, the course offers a unique opportunity to meet top executives from high-level international sports federations, clubs, agencies and organising committees, enabling you to build up your own network of contacts, the key to a successful career in sport. Alumni have gone on to get jobs in a wide variety of top sporting organisations, including the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, FIBA, Adidas, Sauber Formula 1 Team, MLS and UEFA.