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The MSc in Sport Management

This one year full time (two year part time) MSc programme is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is offered by the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science. It provides graduates who are motivated and passionate about Sport the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop a successful management career in the Sport industry. It also provides current professionals with the opportunity to further enhance their management skills. 

The programme is informed by the exciting research carried out by our faculty and by Sport industry experts who contribute to both the design and delivery of the programme curriculum.  Throughout the programme, students are provided with the opportunity to engage and network with leading figures from the Sport industry.

The programme also offers the unique opportunity to study how high performance sport is managed from government policy to the views of key stakeholders within a sport organisation.

A part-time format is available in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career.

For more information please click on this link MSc Sports Management (Sport) or contact the Programme Director, Dr James Matthews 

Modes of Delivery

Programme modules will be delivered one day a week (i.e., Friday morning and afternoon) across both academic semesters. In addition, there will be two weeks of block lectures for selected modules.   Delivery is carried out by faculty members and external industry experts. These external contributors come from across the Sport industry continuum for example, national governing bodies (Federation of Irish Sport, Sport Ireland, FAI, GAA, IRFU), international federations (World Rugby, UEFA),  professional sports clubs (Leinster Rugby) and commercial sports organisations (Racing Post).

In delivering the programme the faculty and external lecturers facilitate a vibrant teaching and learning environment. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods such as, experiential learning, problem-based learning with an emphasis on reflection and peer-to-peer learning,  industry seminars, site visits, and group project work. Assessment strategies include essays, critical analyses, case studies, oral presentations, reports and project work.

Application Process

You can apply for the MSc Sport Management (Sport) at

The School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science approves all applications. Applications are reviewed by the Programme Director and approved at School level. All applications must be supported by official transcripts of the undergraduate degree. Applicants who have been approved by the School will be given either a firm or conditional offer online and will receive an email which details how to accept or decline the offer.


Dr James Matthews, Programme Director, MSc Sports Management


Dr John Shuttleworth, China Liasion Support, MSc Sports Management


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