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FIFA Master MA is best in Europe

Patron Jonathan Edwards and FIFA Master students

A postgraduate course that is partly delivered by De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester has been named as the best sports management course in Europe.

The FIFA Master MA – co-ordinated by the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) in Switzerland – led the rankings in a major new survey carried out by SportBusiness International.

Students on the intensive one-year course spend their first term at DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture, where they study the humanities of sport.

They then continue their studies at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan – where they learn about sports management – before completing their final module in sports law at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

“This is a welcome endorsement of the work that we’re doing at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture,” said James Panter, FIFA humanities of sport co-ordinator at DMU.

“We’re extremely proud of the FIFA Master – and we’re extremely proud of our graduates, who go on to take top jobs in sporting organisations all around the world.

“Their success is helping to make the FIFA Master a global leader in sports business education.”

The course came out on top thanks to high levels of student satisfaction with the quality of teaching and extra-curricular support – and an employability rate of 90 per cent.

The survey recorded that 90 per cent of FIFA Master graduates were in permanent employment within three months of graduation, with the majority working for major sporting organisations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA, the Asian Football Confederation and Adidas.

As well as leading the European rankings, the FIFA Master – which is sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – was also ranked second in the world, just behind Ohio University in the USA.

“This result is both a reward and an encouragement,” said CIES president Bertrand Reeb.

“It’s a reward for the CIES team, and the scientific directors and teaching staff of the three partner universities, but it will also encourage us to continually improve our programmes in response to our competitors.”

Now in its 12th year, the FIFA Master is always over-subscribed, with fierce competition for just 30 places.

Students come from all around the world to do the course, with this year’s intake including students from Australia, Guatemala, South Korea, Canada, Bhutan and Chile.

CIES director and IOC executive committee member Professor Denis Oswald said: “I am pleased that the hard work and dedication of the academic and administrative team has been independently recognised with this award.

“To be ranked as the leading sports management programme in Europe is a wonderful achievement and we are very lucky to have such a talented team working to deliver this complex academic programme.”

More information about the FIFA Master MA is available at 

The SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking 2012 is the first-ever authoritative assessment of teaching in the sector of postgraduate education catering for the business of sport. The ranking assessed courses that were Masters level and above, 100 per cent focused on the business of sport and that have been running consecutively for more than three years.

SportBusiness Group is the world's leading supplier of information, media and B2B marketing services to the sports industry.

More information about the rankings is available in the May issue of SportBusiness International, which includes a full 14-page feature on the postgraduate sports course sector.

Photo caption: Jonathan Edwards CBE, patron of the 12th edition of the course, with current FIFA Master students

Posted on Tuesday 15th May 2012

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