Football Industries (MBA)

University of Liverpool the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 12000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 17325 per year

All study options

About Football Industries at University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

The MBA Football Industries programme (FIMBA) is a unique, 12-month MBA qualification, run in partnership with the English FA that focuses on the professionalism, business and marketing of the beautiful game, delivering high-calibre executives into the global football industry.

If you want to work in football, with clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies, this is the MBA programme for you.

 There are three principal objectives to the programme:

  • To introduce students to the modern football business, encourage them to understand theoretical debates around its functioning, and critically analyse processes and forces within it.
  • To introduce students to generic management study, and encourage them to apply industry and business concepts to modern football. 
  • To offer vocational training to students who wish to enter the football industry and peripheral industries, and to develop the skills and attributes required to be successful in this sector.

The programme has three elements: 

  • A  grounding in the core disciplines essential to management
  • Specialised football focused professional development by means of taught modules
  • A work based project or dissertation comprising an independent piece of research.

The FIMBA programme has some clear characteristics:

  • FIMBA is the original, and still the only, Football Industries MBA.
  • As an MBA programme; FIMBA has the real business focus that management positions in modern sport demand.
  • Professional development in the field of the football industries is combined with a critical awareness of the issues involved in football management, strategy, law, marketing, finance and administration.
  • FIMBA is at the centre of one of the best existing global networks in the football industry with alumni working for the top football / sports clubs, governing bodies, media and commercial organisations in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.
  • The programme utilises experts from the industry to engage with students and to offer placements.
  • Students choose to take the programme because they already work in football and want to develop their skills or because they wish to switch into either the football sector directly or to a closely related industry.
  • FIMBA is based in the football hotbed of the North-West of England and, more specifically, Liverpool. Its base in England, founder of the modern game and home to the prestigious Barclay’s Premier League, gives the programme an advantage when it comes to understanding the business of football with clubs used as laboratories for students to put theory into practice.

Network with employers on campus

You'll be able to listen to and meet high profile people from the football world. Recent speakers have included:

  • Peter Kenyon CEO, Chelsea, Manchester United
  • Rob Elstone CEO Everton
  • Rick Parry Former CEO, Liverpool FC
  • David Dein Former Vice-Chair, Arsenal FC
  • Delia Smith Director Norwich City
  • Neil Doncaster CEO, Scottish Premier League
  • David Sheepshanks Head of FA Learning and Director of Ipswich Town.
  • Gordon Taylor CEO PFA and President of FIFPro
  • Steve Nuttall Communications Manager, BSkyB
  • Dan Jones Deloittes Sports Business Unit
  • Andy Korman Partner, Sports Law Unit, Couchman Harrington

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 12000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 17325 per year
  • The awardMBAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6000International course fees find out

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to hold a 2:1 Honours degree (which may be in any discipline) from a UK university, or an equivalent professional qualification from a similar non-UK institution. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered. Candidates should normally be expected to have a minimum of three years appropriate work experience. All candidates must meet our required level of English. International qualifications Applications from international students are welcomed. Country specific information on entry requirements is listed on our website: International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. English language qualifications All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see for a full list. If you meet our other academic requirements but do not achieve the required level of English, it is possible to come and study at Liverpool on the University’s summer academic English programmes. The English Lanaguage Centre provides tuition and can arrange IELTS tests. Further details, including specific entry requirements for this programme/department, can be found here GCSE Grade C IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each band) TOEFL Paper 570 TWE of 4-4.5 International Baccalaureate Standard Level (Grade 5) Hong Kong use of English AS level C INDIA Standard XII 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards WAEC C6 Cambridge Proficiency C

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