A new vocational degree that offers students a unique blend of business expertise and knowledge of the sports industry, with its global career opportunities.
3 years (full-time) OR
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BA (single honours)
September 2022 entry: 112 points
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.
Pursue your sports interests to suit your career aspirations, and benefit from Roehampton's excellent range of partner organisations in the fields of football, tennis and athletics.
The course sits within Roehampton's School of Education, which has been ranked either top or second in London for Education for the past three years (Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022).
Examine the worlds of sport and businesss through an academic lens as you study sport's current social, legal, ethical and public health issues.
Course and Module Details
If you are motivated by the idea of working in the sports industry, one of the most versatile and exciting sectors in the world, then our BA Sports Management is an excellent degree choice for you.
Sport is a fast growing and dynamic global industry that brings together commercial, social and political interests. There are fantastic opportunities for graduates who have a good understanding of the sports industry to apply their management, leadership and business skills.
Students of this degree course will benefit from Roehampton's partnerships with a range of prestigious sports organisations such as Crystal Palace FC, Fulham FC, The Lawn Tennis Association, Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club, schools and coaching agencies.
This programme was designed with input from our partners in the professional sports industry. They have given us insight into what really matters in the business of sport, and we have designed a programme that reflects the skills and knowledge required of graduates who go on to become successful in that business.
Through our association with the Roehampton Business School, we will be able to equip you with business, management and marketing skills. You will then further develop and apply these skills in a number of varied and dynamic sport-related contexts. We will give you insight into the complex world of sports marketing, sponsorship and media, and explain their relationship to, for instance, eSports and other emerging markets
As such, the aim of the programme is to produce graduates who:
- can demonstrate a theoretical, analytical and practical understanding of the prinicples that underpin the sports management sector
- can demonstrate a range of skills in relevant sports-related contexts
- are capable of working in interdisciplinary environments
- are equipped to meet the challenges of the local, regional and national sports management industry
- have developed an academic curiosity and a set of academic skills that encourages further study
Here are some of the example modules you may take on this course. Please note that module availability is subject to change.
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Fees & Funding
BA Sports Management at the University of Roehampton prepares you for a variety of careers within the sports industry. Our graduates may work with professional sports teams and leagues, or pursue careers in marketing, sponsorship, management and development of sport. They could equally consider management of health, fitness and sport centres. During your time with us, we will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to pursue these careers and more.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You'll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). And don’t hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
We fully intend to be able to welcome all students to join us on our campus at the start of term in September 2021. However, should students need to, we can allow late enrolment on most of our courses.
We are lucky enough to have London’s most beautiful campus, and are planning to deliver teaching in person at the start of term, but if the situation requires it, we will support you to study remotely online.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2021, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:
You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:
- You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.
- You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.
September 2021 entry
You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:
- You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.
- You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.
The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.
Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.
Merijn Van Willigen
Hi I’m Merijn, the programme convenor for the BA Sports Management, and a senior lecturer in Sport and Physical Education.Read More
Hi I’m Merijn, the programme convenor for the BA Sports Management, and a senior lecturer in Sport and Physical Education. I’m a graduate of Roehampton University, having achieved my Master’s in Sport, Culture and Development here in 1999, before I gained a further Master’s in International Sports Law from Anglia Ruskin. I’ve got over 20 years’ experience teaching in Higher Education, and I’ve taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My main interests are in policy and politics, inequality and coaching. I’m also currently completing my PhD in physical education. Alongside my academic career, I’ve had a successful history in coaching hockey; I was assistant coach to the Welsh senior women’s hockey team that won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Rome in 2009, and then qualified for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. More recently, I’ve been involved in club hockey, having twice achieved promotion to the Premier League, and a bronze medal in the National Championship with Reading in 2016.
Following a lifetime’s worth of experience in sports, exercise, fitness and health, I joined the University of Roehampton in 2010 to work on the sports programmes.Read More
Following a lifetime’s worth of experience in sports, exercise, fitness and health, I joined the University of Roehampton in 2010 to work on the sports programmes. It was my honour to deliver the first ever lecture on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching which ‘gave birth’ to today’s full three-year BA Sport Coaching degree. As well as being a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education for coaching, I also work on the new BA Sports Management degree programme, and I am the Programme Convenor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Personal & Professional Development in the Business School. My greatest interest in sport is sports psychology but I’m also really interested in developing the students’ critical thinking skills and how these relate to their next steps and their success after graduation. Seeing students progress, develop and thrive is far and away the most satisfying part of my role. Philosophically I take a ‘BR=BR’ approach to my students and to my colleagues – a firm belief that better relationships equals better results, and this permeates all the way through my work. I make a concerted effort to create a supportive working environment where good relationships can flourish. We have a wonderful physical environment here at Roehampton with the beautiful grounds and facilities, which motivate us and make us feel we’re part of something great.
Doing all we can to support our student's lives at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.