Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2023/24)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2023/24)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code

6G89

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

We offer an amazing overall student package that prepares you for an exciting career in all areas of Sport Management. You will stand out from the crowd.  On this course you will:  

Top 3for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism subject area**Includes BA (Hons) Sport Management - The Guardian University Guide 2023
9th in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching - BA (Hons) Sport Management**Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2023
100%of students agreed staff are good at explaining things**BA (Hons) Sport Management - National Student Survey 2022

Programme Accreditation

This Sport Management programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which is dedicated to promoting excellence in management and leadership. It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI L5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

The Diploma is the benchmark for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re equipped for senior sport and business management roles. There is no additional cost, and you won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve this Diploma.

Throughout the degree you will have access to CMI networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and employability.  

Recognised Degree Status

This programme is also a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) recognised degree meaning that the marketing content of the course has been mapped against the CIMs unique professional marking competencies. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the high standards required by those working as marketing professionals in sport. You will gain exemptions from the CIM Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing to advance your career. 

Professional Mentoring

The CMI accreditation will open up an extensive network of professional contacts within sport and business management for you. You’ll have the opportunity to be supported by a CMI mentor at every stage of your degree.

Your mentor will be a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI with a wealth of insights and management experience to share with you. They will advise and support you, showing how sport and business management principles can be applied directly in the workplace.

Guaranteed Work Placement

You are guaranteed work placement hours at our professional League One football club Derby County at every stage of your degree. You’ll take learning from the classroom and put it straight into practice in the workplace.  

In the first year you’ll experience working in all departments of the club including marketing, commercial, ticketing and community. You’ll also receive an induction including talks from senior managers and departmental heads. In the second year you will specialise in a department of your choice and have the opportunity to work on matchdays including crowd and safety management. In the final year you will have the opportunity to present your research findings ‘Apprentice style’ to senior managers at the club.    

Grace Vivian and Jack Webster tell us about their time studying BA (Hons) Sport Management, and how the course's placement opportunities led to graduate employment at Derby County Football Club.

Expert Teaching

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team with an impressive track record for teaching, research and broad industry-based experience. The team has extensive contacts in the sport management industry, and you will be able to network with those connections to support your learning and development.   

Unique Learning Experiences

Your learning will be enriched by a range of unique learning experiences at every stage of the degree. You’ll plan a one-day sport event at Derby County FC in the first year with the opportunity to ‘play on the Pride Park stadium’ pitch at the end of the season. In the second year you’ll be involved in the planning and delivery of the Derby 10km road race. In the final year you will work with other students to plan your own sport event. There will also be opportunities to work on live assessment briefs with Sporting Communities, Mickleover FC, Pastures Golf Course and Derby Rugby Club.    

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Relationship with Derby County is key for Jade

Our close relationship with Derby County was key to Jade Shilton choosing to study with us. And our links with the football club have boosted her academic and career progression.

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"The three years that I spent studying this course were amazing. After graduating, I started my first full-time job as a Racing Sales Executive with Uttoxeter Racecourse, as I had already completed a placement there during my studies. I now work for Porsche Club GB as a Digital Executive and I’m responsible for all social content for their events. I always knew I wanted to work in motorsports but without this course, I would never have been able to achieve it." Becky Tarling, Sport Management Graduate

Sport and Exercise Science - your questions answered

In the below video, Head of Discipline for Sport and Exercise Science, Andy Hooton, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Andy Hooton, Head of Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science.

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Sports Scholarships

The University of Derby is a sporting hub for talented athletes and coaches. We have a track record of improving the performance of our University sports clubs and we have created an infrastructure to provide support for talented athletes. We offer a  programme that aims to help talented student-athletes realise their sporting potential while supporting them through their academic studies. We offer scholarships of up to £6,000 and provide tailored athlete-support packages delivered by an experienced multi-disciplinary Performance Sport team. Two of the Universities most recent successful sports scholars are Charlie Tanfield (World Champion and Commonwealth Cycling gold medallist) and Jack Burnell (European Open Water silver medallist 2016 and Olympian 2016).

Join Team Derby

If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with  which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities. You can also take part in the national BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Learning in the classroom

Our teaching methods are varied, interactive and engaging. You'll take part in:

Learning in the workplace

Areas of work experience at sporting organisations such as Derby County FC includes:

We also have a diverse range of guest speakers to inspire you and share their stories. Previously we have had Stephen Pearce (Derby County CEO), Darryl Eales (Chairperson Solihull Moors FC), Dr. Cham Kang (Managing Director Qinesis) and Don Amott (Leisure Business Owner & University of Derby Honorand).

Industrial Placement Year

You can choose to take a placement year between year two and three of your degree, which can enhance your employability and improve your prospects post-graduation. We can help you find a placement and provide support during your year in industry. One example was a student who completed a placement year at Adidas, completed their studies and returned to the company full-time on graduation.  

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Charlene Sharp, BA (Hons) Sport Management graduate

How you're assessed

Our assessment strategy has been informed by employers, the CMI and the CIM. We assess you on the sort of tasks that you might undertake in the workplace. There are therefore no formal examinations on the programme. We sometimes assess you as an individual and at other times you will be working as part of a group. Your assignments could include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Lee Mark Pridmore
Programme leader

Lee is the leader of the BA (Hons) Sport Management programme. He has over 15 years experience of leading modules, programmes and other roles in the discipline area of sport at the University of Derby.

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Entry requirements

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A LevelBBB-BBC
T LevelMerit
BTECDDM-DMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees (August 2023 - July 2024)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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International students

Applications for September 2023 are now open. Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Careers

Your qualifications and experience will equip you for a rewarding career in sport and/or business management. They will also identify you as having the potential for promotion to senior management positions and as someone who can work to high ethical standards. Careers include marketing, media, finance, human resource management, sport sponsorship, event management, ticketing, and data management.

Former graduates of the programme have gone on to work as a range of sport organisations including Football League Clubs, Adidas, Porsche and Gulliver’s Sport Travels for example. Others have become business consultants, sport development officers, education managers or event organisers. Some even plan to work in sport management overseas including the NFL, NBA or MLB. Some students go on to use the entrepreneurial skills gained during their degree to set up their own business.

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Managing Excellence

When Mark Faghy first arrived in Derby as a teenage undergraduate, he stated proudly that his goal was to become manager of the England football team. Now he is a respected research academic leading an international collaboration in the fight against Covid. And his students are helping.

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Human Sciences Research Centre

Our Human Sciences Research Centre conducts theoretical and applied research into the prevention and treatment of diseases and into improvements to the quality of life for people of all ages.

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Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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