What kind of people is the programme aimed at? What kind of careers does the FIFA Master prepare you for?
The course is aimed at people who normally have some professional experience but who are at a relatively early stage of their professional career.
The highly international nature of the programme makes it suitable for people with an interest in global management and who are internationally mobile.
Do I need work experience or can I be admitted straight from university?
There is a very strong preference for candidates with some (2-3 years) previous professional experience. However, in rare cases, admission may be given to candidates who present superior academic credentials and a particularly strong application in terms of sporting experience and interest, management potential, etc.
Does my work experience need to be as a manager or be business-oriented?
No. The programme is suitable for people who come from any background but who wish to develop a career in sports administration/management. We have, for example, accepted a student with a degree in food science technology, another with a degree in art history, but both showed in their application and in the subsequent interview, that they had serious management potential.
What are the characteristics of a typical participant?
Most postgraduates fall between the age range of 25-30 and a large majority have around 2-5 years of work experience. A key feature of the FIFA Master is the truly international mix of postgraduates and teachers. To date, each year there are around 20 different nationalities in the group of 25-30 postgraduates, from all over the world. The majority of candidates are currently male, with women lately representing around 30% of the class mix. Nearly all students travel alone, ie. without partners or family, mainly due to the logistics of moving 3 times and also to be able to mix fully with the other students without family commitments.
Why should I do this course?
The course is a forerunner in the world of academic sports-related courses and was named the 2012 best Sports Management course in Europe by SportBusiness International (number 2 world-wide). It has run successfully since October 2000 and so is now very well-established with a solid track record of graduate employment (90% of graduates are now actively working in the sports industry). In addition, the course has the financial backing of, and daily contact with, FIFA - the world's largest sports organisation. This does not, however, mean that the course is purely football-related - many other sports and the issues they raise are taught and discussed as well in lively classroom debates.