PGCert International Sports Management
Develop world-class and cutting-edge International Sports Management acumen and take your career to the next level with our PgCert International Sport Management. Build your career momentum by studying as you work and bringing fresh insights to the to ever-evolving sports industry.
Gain industry-relevant skills and expertise
Explore topics and learn from experts that are at the forefront of a rapidly growing sports industry, such as financial management, strategy development, international sport development, marketing, media rights and sponsorship.
World-leading sports education partner
The industrial relevance of the programme is enhanced with expertise from the World Academy of Sport (WAoS), an organisation valued globally for the quality of sports education it provides to the dynamic and broad international sports sector.
Access a wealth of resources
You’ll have access to a variety of interactive learning resources that foster an engaging and motivating learning experience. This PGcert provides monthly live teaching sessions delivered by industry experts who provide you with mentorship on the tailored industry and academic pathway students’ consultancy projects and taught material.
Join our Global Learning Community
Connect and co-learn with fellow students and tutors who are experienced experts in the sports industry including Olympians, activists, entrepreneurs, innovators world champions, executives and leaders of sports federations and NGOs.
Leading distance learning institution
The University of London is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the UK, with 45,000 students in 190 countries, studying on over 100 degree, diploma and certificate programmes.
The programme is available to be studied as a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).
You complete four courses for the PGCert:
- Four compulsory Level 7 courses (two core modules and two elective modules).
Students can study one module on a standalone basis without registering for the full PGCert.
If you then successfully apply to progress to the PGCert, you will be credited with any individual modules completed within three years of your registration.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what courses you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised, academically sound and industry focused qualification that is highly valued by sports organisations.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the PGCert in a minimum of one academic year to a maximum of five years.
Individual modules can be completed in a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years.
Each module is assessed through either a combination of coursework elements of different weighting, consisting of a range of assessment types including reports, policy documents, limited-text presentations and (recorded) oral presentations with only one module via two-hour unseen written examination. All modules are equally weighted.
The written examination will take place in January and June each year
A student may choose whether or not to be formally assessed in the credit-bearing individual modules for which they are registered. Students who choose to be formally assessed will be assessed in the same way as students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate.
World Academy of Sport study centres
To enhance your learning experience the option exists for students to combine their online studies with face-to-face tuition. Initially, this with be available through accredited World Academy of Sport study centres.
Initially, if prospective students are interested in exploring WAoS study centre opportunities, please contact WAoS at email@example.com
The University of London is the awarding body for this programme, which has been jointly developed with WAoS. The PGCert ISM academic team is comprised of leading scholars in International Sport Management, led by Dr. Oscar Mwaanga as Programme Director. Dr. Mwaanga's extensive professional career spans across various fields such as International Development, Sport for Development (SDP), Higher Education and social-entrepreneurship and innovation-making him a true 21st century global leader in the SDP movement who co-founded several renowned SDP programmes including EduMove, EduSport Foundation, Kicking AIDS Out and Go Sisters. His impressive credentials also include being an Associate Professor Emeritus at Solent University; a visiting scholar at universities such as Tsukuba (Japan), Zambia and Pan African University (Nigeria); along with being a visiting professor at Kwame Nkrumah University (Zambia). In addition, he acts as sports development consultant for the African Union too.
WAoS has partnered with many of the world’s leading International Sport Federations(IFs), government institutions and major events organisers on the provision of sports management education. From its work with all future Organising Committees of the Olympic and Paralympic Games through to coach development with IFs and supporting emerging athletes at the school level, WAoS is a known innovator across the sector. Due to its work and relationships, WAoS can truly be described as a "World Sport’s Education Partner".
|Programme starts||September 2023|
|Programme starts||February 2024|
What qualifications do you need?
PG Certificate route
- An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second-class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University or
- Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with any final classification (e.g. bachelor), from an institution acceptable to the University plus two years acceptable work experience* or
- At least five years acceptable work experience* in a sport related management role or
- Other qualifications such as professional awards will be considered on an individual basis
- Students can study one module on a standalone basis without registering for the PGCert.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with any final classification (e.g. bachelor), from an institution acceptable to the University or
- Two years acceptable work experience* OR
- Other qualifications such as professional awards will be considered on an individual basis
* acceptable work experience is to be considered on an individual basis once a formal online application has been submitted
English language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
- TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
- Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
- Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.
Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you do not have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need to be able to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session and are effective from 24 January 2023. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Academic year 2023-2024|
|Individual module fee||£1168|
|Examination/Coursework resit fee||£334|
|Online examination fee*||£10|
|Second deferral fee||£350|
|Full programme fee||£4088|
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The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).
*The online examination administration fee is charged for each examination paper held online, including resits. This does not apply to any coursework submissions.
You will also need to budget for:
- Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
- Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams
- Tuition costs if you study at a Recognised Teaching Centre.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees. (If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment.)
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.
Four University of London scholarships are available for newly registered students – see the scholarship page for full details and how to apply.
Your qualification will help open doors to a range of exciting opportunities in sports management. Our graduates are highly sought after for their contemporary and industry-specific management skills. With these abilities, international sports management graduates have been successful in taking up a wide range of senior management positions within the sporting industry.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
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