MA Leadership in Sport

London , United Kingdom
2 years
The Institute of Sports Humanities seeks to establish a new relationship between academia and the sports industry. The MA Leadership in Sport, the inaugural programme at ISH, is designed for the next generation of leaders in sport.

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MA Leadership in Sport

The programme explores how sport developed into the third biggest industry in the world, driven by paternalist institutions as well as market forces. The MA interrogates how technology has influenced spectator sport, and how sport became an agent as well as beneficiary of globalisation. Students will study the biases that can work against good decision-making, and how effective leaders build consensus and effect change. The programme explores the relationship between data analytics and human judgement.

The MA examines the challenge of sustaining fair competition (cheating, doping, match-fixing) and best practice on how to retain and improve public trust. The programme explores the social function and value of the sporting event. Students will be introduced to sport’s reach and impact, its influence on local identify, as well sport’s role as an agent of cosmopolitanism. The sports event is always in flux: from the fan in the stadium, to the fan listening on the radio or watching on television, to the fan hooked into the digital world of social media. Students will study the power of sport as a projection of nationhood, and the wider issue of “sports diplomacy.” Students will be introduced to the influence of sport on race, gender and homophobia.

The first cohort of the MA Leadership in Sport will join a powerful network of second level thinkers inside sport, benefiting from new inter-relationships as well as new skills and insights.

Student Experience

The MA Leadership in Sport will be a 15-month non-residential course, designed so students can stay in their jobs while studying the MA.

Students will have full access to the ISH townhouse at 51 Gower Street, Fitzrovia, London, WC1E 6HJ, where tuition and follow-up work will also take place.

The course will feature 18 evening events in London, held at leading venues. Attendance at the events is encouraged but not compulsory. ISH is set up to be flexible with the emphasis on achievement and stimulation.

Confirmed events include:

  • Symposium on analytics and sport at Google HQ, London.
  • Panel discussion on risk and decision-making at the Bank of England (including Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane).
  • Unique visit to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst exploring how the British Army recognises and develops leadership (featuring the Director, Centre for Army Leadership).
  • Management masterclass at St George’s Park, home of England Football, in partnership with the League Managers’ Association.
  • Further bespoke events at Arsenal FC and Lord’s, The Home of Cricket.

Your Career

  • Gaining an edge inside sport.
  • Exclusive exposure to leading thinkers inside sport and beyond it.
  • Access to a powerful network of present and future leaders across the sports industry.
  • Tuition by world class academics.
  • Intellectually rigorous and professionally applicable.
  • Seeing the bigger picture in an age of specialisation.
  • Unique inter-disciplinary syllabus and philosophy.

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