Sports Law, Ethics and Governance (MA) (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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MA Sports Law, Ethics and Governance (SLG) builds from a multidisciplinary approach, in-depth analysis of legal, political and economic issues. You will focus on the current and future key challenges faced by sports organisations (specificity of sport, competitive balance, exploitation of commercial rights, social dialogue, match-fixing, doping, social responsibility, governance structure, etc.). 

As the landscape for performance sport changes, so does the shape of the market and the nature of professional required.The disciplines within this Masters underpin the contexts of application allowing professional practice to remain central, whilst drawing upon a dimension of the sports sector, namely Performance Sport , you will explore governance and leadership challenges faced by sports organisations.   

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Study style

Within the course, students will be exposed to work in ethics, law and management studies, students will grasp the foundations of ethical theory and practice applied to sports problems and legal responsibilities of sport organisations in a coherent and aligned interest of performance sport.  The MA Sport Law, Ethics and Governance (SLG) seeks to add natural progression for students in both the Sports related provision and the Business community completing undergraduate degrees.  This will be supported with co-curricular opportunities (professional visits). This academic outlet at Level 7 will create a coherent route to employment in performance sport settings.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate related discipline, typically a degree in the field of sport-related studies, such as Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sports Management, Sports Law, Sports Coaching, Physical Education, Leisure and Tourism.
  • Students will be expected to have a strong command of English with an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.


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  • Club/organizational leadership and ethical practice roles
  • NGB governance and leadership
  • Advisory & consultancy

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Industry links

The course links to a wide diversity of national and International Sport clubs, National Governing bodies and placement providers.  Students can focus on a sport of your choice, engaging with participation, club or performance sport.

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Students gain from a range of benefits including confidence that employer-led professional standards have been included in course design, enabling the development of work-ready graduates. 

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Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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