University of Edinburgh

MSc Sport Policy, Management & International Development


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Sport Policy, Management & International Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This MSc provides an understanding of key concepts invaluable for employment and critical engagement across all sport sectors. The programme examines the commercialised and mediatised world of professional sport, and the often undervalued realm of community sport. Recognising that sport managers operate in a highly politicised environment, the programme reviews the role of government policy in shaping sporting opportunities and sport’s contribution to economic and social policy agendas.

The programme critically assesses sport’s contribution to government social policy concerns (such as crime prevention, health improvement, education attainment and community building), and its role in conflict resolution, gender empowerment, disease prevention and poverty reduction in different parts of the world. It critically analyses sport policy and sport management issues in the UK and compares these with experiences across a wide range of countries.

You will focus on management issues in contemporary sport organisations, the media’s role in sport management debates, and sport marketing and communications concepts. The programme also explores fundamental aspects of research methods and links these to sport management concerns. Your understanding is enhanced through the extensive involvement of local and national sport organisations.


This programme provides the higher-order knowledge required for recent graduates to enter employment in the sport industries, and for current sport practitioners to advance their careers. The qualification can lead to rewarding careers in areas such as sport marketing, sport sponsorship, sport events, sport development, sport social enterprises, sport facility management, and sport and international development. The masters degree can also lead to PhD study.


  • Our reputation for excellence - We’re ranked 1st in Scotland and in the UK’s top 10 universities for sport and exercise research (REF 2014) so you can be confident that the teaching and support you‘ll receive will be from leading academics who have shaped, and are shaping, the theory and practice of sport and exercise in the UK and beyond.
  • Our diverse and welcoming community - Take a postgraduate programme in sport at the University of Edinburgh and join a world-leading university where you’ll be part of a vibrant and stimulating postgraduate community located in the heart of one of Europe’s finest cities.
  • Some of the best facilities in the UK - You’ll also have access to some of the best sports facilities in the UK.  Our Centre for Sport and Exercise has been used by some of the world’s greatest athletes including Edinburgh graduates and Olympians Sir Chris Hoy MBE and Katherine Grainger CBE.


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International Student Requirements:

cIf you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

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Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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