Why choose Buckingham
Study Sports Leadership at Buckingham, the home of the two-year degree, ranked in the top 10 for Graduate Prospects (The Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022). Students are at the heart of everything we do: our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies. You will love our personalised teaching model, dedicated student support team, and beautiful, safe campus.
Sports Leadership degrees
Are you ready to become the next big leader in sport? At the University of Buckingham’s Institute of Sports Humanities, our MA, Diploma, and Certificate in Leadership in Sport have been designed for the next generation of leaders: from players, to captains, entrepreneurs, and even the sports media.
Led by the former England Cricket Selector, Ed Smith, the sports leadership degree explores how sport has developed into the third biggest industry in the world, examining issues such as cheating, doping, match-fixing and fair competition.
In this London-based course, you will gain knowledge from some of the most experienced sports leaders in the UK. It will cover a range of modules, including management and decision-making; the sports industry and entrepreneurship; sports governance, ethics and research methods; globalisation; the sporting event and society.
The programme will combine taught academic content and talks from leading industry professionals, along with independent research.
Featured Sports Leadership courses
Nikhil, Sports Leadership
“The MA Leadership of Sport programme is fantastic at challenging your thinking and allowing you to pursue different aspects of Leadership. The pillar of sport to hone this is particularly resonant as the impact of sport on our world grows. This course brings together different people to develop thought processes whilst exploring the sporting landscape. This is hugely beneficial to prepare for the future in sport.”
Experience Sports Leadership
Meet our lecturers
Ed Smith, Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Sports Humanities
Ed Smith is a distinguished scholar of the history and sociology of sport, and a former international cricketer who has represented England, Cambridge University, Kent and Middlesex. He developed, and leads, the MA Leadership in Sport.
Your future career
You will develop the skills to progress into the many different roles within sports leadership, from management to sports journalism. With your understanding of the best modes of practice, what makes good decision-making, and the relationship between data and human judgement, you will be equipped to launch a leadership career in sport.
The programme will combine the latest academic research with seminars by leading practitioners. Speakers include Ed Smith, National England Selector England Cricket; Sir Andrew Strauss, Former England Cricket Captain; Mervyn King, Former Governor of the Bank of England; Howard Marks, Investor and writer; Simon Kuper, sport journalist and Sam Zussman, Co-President of IMG Media and Events.