Sports management master’s ranked 30th in the world

Posted July 19, 2017

  • 89 percent of graduates gained full-time employment after six months
  • Course ranked 13th overall in the world when it comes to salary
  • Graduates earn $60,000 on average

SportBusiness International magazine has ranked the MSc in Sports Management at University College Dublin 30th in the world.

The course scored well in terms of the number of graduates who secured employment in the sector after they had completed the course. 

Some 89 percent of graduates gained full-time employment, became self-employed in the sector or registered for a sports-related PhD within six months of graduating.

The course was also ranked 13th overall in the world when it comes to salary, with graduates earning $60,277 on average.

The MSc in Sports Management is taught at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

Pictured: Dr James Matthews academic director of MSc in Sports Management at UCD

Well known figures, including former Irish rugby international and Leinster player, Bernard Jackman, and RTE sports presenter, Evanne Ní Chuillin, have completed the master’s course in recent years.

“We have developed an innovative module on the management of high-performance sport which provides students with an in-depth understanding of the key components of high-performance sport from the boardroom all the way down to the pitch. This module has been very well received by students,” said Dr James Matthews, academic director of the MSc in Sports Management at UCD. 

Now in their sixth year, the rankings attract entries from postgraduate sports management courses around the world. Only postgraduate courses that fully involve the teaching of the business and administration of sport, and have been running for at least three years, are considered.

Each year, course leaders and alumni take part in surveys, which provide the information the magazine uses to score the courses. 

SportBusiness International is an industry specific magazine that delivers sports news and analysis primarily to businesses whose commercial success depends on their ability to understand the sector.

By: Jamie Deasy, digital journalist, UCD University Relations