Course Programme

The FIFA Master is a one-year programme that combines top-class academic teaching and practical case studies supplemented by guest lecturers and field visits. The programme is based on four distinct modules, which are undertaken at three of Europe’s leading institutions.

De Montfort University Module, Leicester (England): from September to December

The first module focused on Sport Humanities and is taught at the International Centre for Sport History and Culture (ICSHC) at the De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, (England). During this module students will investigate the origins of modern sport, examine its cultural and global significance, discover how sport can help us understand society and different communities and the importance of gender and equality issues. The scope of the course is global, not only analysing how modern sport spread from its British origins, but also how other nations embraced sport within their own cultural contexts. As part of their studies in Leicester, students complete the follow sub-modules:Traditions and Ethics

  • The Birth of Modern Sport
  • Professional Sport in Context
  • Internationalisation of Sport
  • Transversal Themes (e.g. Development, Human Rights, eSport, Women’s Sport)
  • Research Methods

During this first module in Leicester, students have also the opportunity to become skilled professionals in the field of Communications. This sub-module allows students to attend a mixture of industry expert and academic theory lectures on themes such as, corporate communication planning, crisis communication and public affairs.

Finally, additional Finance introductory lectures are offered to students who have not studied accounting or finance at stage. They can thus gain fundamental knowledge that will further help them when they attend the management module in Milano.

The De Montfort University Module Co-Scientific Directors are Professor Martin Polley and Associate Professor Heather Dichter.


SDA Bocconi Module, Milan (Italy): from January to March

The second module focused on Sport Management and is taught at the SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan (Italy). During this module, in one of Europe's most prestigious business schools, students will investigate many topics of management issues applied to the sport context, from sport organisation and leadership to marketing, through strategy and events. This module intends to support the growing need for managerial skills in sport to be ready to cope with the challenges and the competitive environment in which sport organisations operate today. As part of their studies in Milan, students complete the follow sub-modules:

  • Foundations of Sport Management
  • Sport Finance
  • Sport HR & People Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Technology
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sport Sustainability
  • Sport Strategic Planning 

The SDA Bocconi Module Co-Scientific Directors are Professor Dino Ruta and Professor Marco Elefanti.


University of Neuchâtel Module, Neuchâtel (Switzerland): from April to June

The third module focused on Sport Law and is taught at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (Switzerland). During this module, in one of the top Law faculties in Switzerland, students will focus on a comprehensive array of legal aspects in sport to develop their understanding of this complex area. High-level theoretical teaching is combined with a clear approach to the problems and questions which arise in the practice of modern Sports Law. As part of their studies in Neuchâtel, students complete the follow sub-modules:

  • Introduction to Sport Law
  • Sporting Governing Bodies and Good Governance
  • Clubs
  • Sports Person
  • Comparative Sport Models
  • Legal Aspects of Financing in Sport
  • Ethical and Integrity Issues
  • Dispute Resolution in Sport
  • Events and Liabilities

The Law module Co-Scientific Directors are Professor Petros Mavroidis, Professor Antonio Rigozzi, Professor Petros Mavroidis and Associate Professor Madalina Diaconu.


Final Project Module, Neuchâtel (Switzerland): from June to July

The fourth, and final part of the course, start throughout the programme but takes mainly place while the students are in Neuchâtel from June to July. Working in small research team, students develop an inter-disciplinary research project with reference to the course themes of Humanities, Management and Law of Sport. Each research project is done under the supervision of academic staff of the three universities and is expected to have an applicable nature to issues faced in world sport today. Finally, the research project is presented to a specially invited audience of industry and academic experts during a special conference event in Neuchâtel: “The FIFA Master Final Projects Conference”.

Examples of the three last editions' Final Projects: 



Assesment Methods:

Our postgraduates are examined throughout the course by a variety of assessment methods. These include group assessments, written examinations, oral examinations, and research papers. The assessment timetable is devised by each of the three partner universities. 

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