Management, Law and Humanities of Sport: The FIFA Master MA

Management, Law and Humanities of Sport: The FIFA Master MA

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About the course

This highly intensive course provides a complete international learning environment. Course lecturers are some of the leading authorities in the study of sport and guest lecturers include speakers from the leading organisations in world sport.

Sponsored by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world governing body of football, the FIFA Master is a unique and highly-regarded course that covers all the major issues facing sport and sports organisations and is designed to prepare you for the increasingly complex world of sport management.

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Each year a group of 30 students from around 22 different countries take the course. The first module on the Human…

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About the course

This highly intensive course provides a complete international learning environment. Course lecturers are some of the leading authorities in the study of sport and guest lecturers include speakers from the leading organisations in world sport.

Sponsored by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world governing body of football, the FIFA Master is a unique and highly-regarded course that covers all the major issues facing sport and sports organisations and is designed to prepare you for the increasingly complex world of sport management.

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Each year a group of 30 students from around 22 different countries take the course. The first module on the Humanities of Sport is provided by the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University. The second module in Sports Management is delivered by SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy.

The final module on Sports Law is offered by Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Overall co-ordination is provided by Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) in Switzerland.

Guest speakers and an extensive field visit programme add to your learning experience. The course has an excellent record of students finding jobs in sports management and a dynamic and thriving alumni society provides a valuable network both during and after the course.

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Key facts

Duration: One year full-time

Location: Leicester (UK), Milan (Italy), Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Start date: September 2012

Entry and admission criteria

You should have a good Honours degree or equivalent and a high level of fluency in written and spoken English. At least two–three years’ work experience is expected. In addition, a proven interest or involvement in sport, previous professional experience, good motivation and reason for doing the course, and an ‘international’ outlook will all be taken into consideration. For more information go to cies.ch
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Teaching and assessment

Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, guest lectures and visits to sporting organisations. On average there are around five hours of teaching each day of the course, although ample time is given for preparing presentations, assessments and exams.

Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways, including written exams, oral exams, project work and group presentations. The final assessment is a group project. Depending on the institution, the exams either take place on fixed dates throughout the module, or they are all taken at the end of the module. You must pass all modules of the course to graduate.

Course modules

The FIFA Master is based on four distinct modules which are undertaken at three of Europe’s leading institutions.
The first module is taught within the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University. It focuses on the history of sport and its ethics and sociology. It examines the origins and development of sport, investigating the lessons that the past can teach today’s sports administrators.

The second module is taught at the SDA Bocconi School of Management, 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 sportsperson, 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, and involves working in small groups on a chosen topic, considering it from all angles, and preparing and completing a project.

Academic expertise

The module of the course based in Leicester is taught by some of the leading figures in the study of sports history.

  • Professor Tony Collins is author of A Social History of English Rugby Union; Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain and Mud, Sweat and Beers: A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol
  • Professor Richard Holt is author of Sport and the British; Sport and Society in Modern France and Sport in Britain Since 1945
  • Professor Matt Taylor is author of The Association Game; The Leaguers: The Making of Professional Football in England 1900–1939
  • Professor Pierre Lanfranchi is author of Moving With The Ball: The Migration of Professional Footballers and 100 Years of Football: The FIFA Centennial Book
  • Professor Charles Korr is author of More Than Just A Game – Football v Apartheid
  • Professor Tony Mason is author of Association Football and English Society 1863–1915 and Passion of the People – Football in South America
  • Professor Jeff Hill is author of Sport, Leisure and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain
  • Dr Neil Carter is author of The Football Manager: A History
  • Dr Dil Porter is author of Amateurism in British Sport: it matters not who won or lost? and Professionalism in Post-War British Sport
  • Dr Jean Williams is author of A Game for Rough Girls? The History of Women’s Football in Britain; The Beautiful Game

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Work experience and placements

“The course is unique. The exposure and insight into international sports organisations through the numerous guest speakers is the course’s strongest asset in my view. The professional experience is then complemented well by the personal experience of studying in three European countries in a truly multicultural class. My understanding of the sports industry has broadened along with my horizons, and I now feel well prepared for a career in the sports industry.”

Alex Proctor-Pearson, MA graduate

Graduate careers

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 FIFA Master 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 from the previous FIFA Master Editions have gone on to get jobs in a wide variety of top sporting organisations including, but not limited to: the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, FIBA, Adidas, London 2012 Organising Committee, MLS and UEFA.

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