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About the course

This MBA is one of the first of its kind in the UK. It equips you with the advanced knowledge and skills of strategic leadership you need to advance your career within the rapidly growing sport and physical activity sector - currently worth in excess of $400 billion and employing over three million people.

If you are an ambitious individual aspiring to a strategic leadership position in sport and physical activity, this MBA is the course for you. Bringing together the expertise of the University of Bedfordshire’s Schools of Business and Sport Science and Physical Activity, it provides you with up-to-the-minute, industry-focused content across both fields, developing your critical understanding of the issues facing sport and physical activity in the UK and around the world. It is designed to develop your strategic thinking, and ability to apply creative and innovative approaches that encourage people to participate in sport and physical activity.

Why choose this course?

  • Analyse best practice, learn the latest leadership techniques and apply your learning to work-based projects
  • Benefit from our outstanding track record for supporting students into graduate-level employment, thanks to partnerships with Luton Town FC, Be Active Beds and Bedford Blues
  • Situated at our friendly, collegiate Bedford campus with its excellent sport science facilities including BASES-accredited laboratories and national-standard sports arena
  • Draw on the expertise of two University research institutes offering excellent research outcomes (REF, 2021): Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) and the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI)
Luton Town Official Education Partner

Course Leader - Stuart Wilson

I have been employed in the sport and physical activity industry since 1999, predominately in a Sports Development role. Most recently, I was a Relationship Manager within SkillsActive,  a national partners of Sport England, and worked with organisations such as National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sports Partnerships and Leisure Operators to create programmes that supported their workforce and business development.

What will you study?

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How will you be assessed?

This course is subject to approval


The skills, knowledge, theoretical concepts and practical experience you gain from this MBA will support you in progressing within the sport and physical activity sector, offering career opportunities at a local, national and global level. Roles include working for a governing body, professional club or sports-related charitable organisation. The leadership and managerial focus of the course also provides numerous transferable skills relevant to a variety of service industries. Upon graduation, you could also continue your studies at PhD level.

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