Golf Management - MSc

2025/26 Part-time Postgraduate course

Award:

Master of Science

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Campus:

Coleraine campus

Start dates:

September 2025

January 2026

Overview

Drive your career to success: Mastering Golf Management excellence at Ulster University

The University has robust approval processes to ensure the quality and standards of its new programmes.

Initially the University gives provisional approval of a proposed programme on the basis of an outline  description and that is what is presented in this prospectus entry.

The programme proposal is subsequently developed in detail and is then considered at a formal event, we call evaluation or validation, for final approval and through that process some significant changes may be made to the programme to enhance the final version.

You should therefore expect that some changes will be made to the programme as described in this prospectus.

Summary

The Master's degree in Golf Management is a comprehensive programme designed to equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the dynamic and evolving golf industry. This specialised curriculum integrates business manangement principles with an understanding of golf operations, hospitality management, event planning, tourism and industry trends. Situated on our north coast based Coleraine campus, alongside a range of internationally recognised golf courses and facilities in the region, including Open venue Royal Portrush, you will gain hands-on experience through practical projects, site visits, workshops and industry speakers.

Ulster University is ranked 2nd in the UK for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism (The Guardian University Guide 2024). Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, our qualifications are also recognised worldwide for international employment, hugely applicable to those who aspire to management or develop further their current managment knowledge, in a golf club or golf resort environment. In addtion our Coleraine campus has state of the art golf training facilities as part of our Centre for Golf Education and Research.

This master's qualification fosters a strong foundation in business acumen whilst also emphasizing the unique aspects of the golf indfustry, positioning graduates as sought-after professionals ready to drive success in the world of golf management.

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About this course

About

Course modules include:

Year 1 Semester 1

The Global Golf Industry

This module offers a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted aspects shaping one of the world's most prominent recreational and business sectors. From historical evolution, examination of current dynamics and emerging future trends, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the global golf landscape.

Contemporary Issues in Golf Management

This module explores and analyses the current challenges and opportunities shaping the golf industry. Covering a range of topical issues such as technology integration, sustainability practices, marketing and brand image, diversity and inclusion initiatives and evolving player demographics this module encourages a forward thinking approach, enabling students to effectively navigate the evolving landscape of the golf industry.

Year 1 Semester 2

Golf Tourism & Events

This module provides a comprehensive exploration of the strategic facets involved in organising and managing golf-related tourism, events and tournaments. Adressing aspects such as destination marketing context, event planning, customer experience, tourism and economic impact, the module delves into the unique intersection of sports management and tourism within the golf industry. As such it equips students with the holistic understanding of how to navigate such complexities and leverage the allure of golf for tourism and event success.

Leadership & Professional Development

This module places emphasis on professional development with a focus on a deep understanding of emotional intelligence and resilience, helping to empower learners to effectively coach and mentor individuals and teams’ performance, in response to the ever-evolving dynamics of global change. The module also examines the significance of ethical leadership and responsible decision-making in response to what is often global change.

Year 2 Semester 1

Golf Club/Resort Management

This module examines the intricacies involved in operating and overseeing golf facilities. From strategic managament of golf clubs to the integral challenges of golf resort administration, this module addresses key areas such as hospitality operations, member services, customer service excellence and revenue management.

Year 2 Semester 2

Golf Consultancy Project

This module engages students in real-world scenarios, allowing them to work directly with golf clubs and resorts, assess challenges, analyse operations, consider new developments and propose strategic solutions. Through collaboration with industry professionals and on-site experiences, students will develop the consulting skills necessary to contribute valuable insights and recommendations to enhance performance.

Dissertation/Management Project Planning

Preliminary advice sessions and workshops provide part time students with the opportunity to plan and prepare for their final project element, including a research/management proposal.

Year 2 Semester 3

Dissertation or Capstone Management Project

This module element will enable students to undertake either a research dissertation at postgraduate level on a topic of their choice related to golf or a more management focused capstone project integral to golf managment, building on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.

Attendance

The course starts with a 3 day induction period to introduce you to your new network of students and staff.

All modules are taught in 3 day blocks (usually Wed-Fri 9-5) so you can fit your learning around your lifestyle. Classes are taught on the Coleraine campus of the university.

One module is delivered approximately every 4 weeks during each semester (3 semesters in total) with a number of half day Learning Sets (tutorial learning support toward module assessment) per module to allow you to meet with your tutors and student groups.

The calendar of scheduled teaching will be made available to you prior to you starting the course and part time students discuss their schedule with the Course Director prior to each Semester commencing.

Start dates

  • September 2025
  • January 2026

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A range of teaching methods will be employed, including traditional lectures, case studies, workshops and business simulations. We also arrange a number of site visits to internationally recognised golf clubs, courses and facilitles in the region. Guest speakers from industry will also contribute in the form of guest talks and industry workshops.

There are no formal examinations. Assessment includes written reports, essays, short synopsis, reflections and peer reviews, case studies, business reports, individual and/or group presentations.

Attendance and Independent Study

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

  • Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10, 20, or 40 credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate courses typically 15 or 30 credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Teaching and learning activities will be in-person and/or online depending on the nature of the course. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes.  You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessments. This feedback may be issued individually and/or issued to the group and you will be encouraged to act on this feedback for your own development.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification, the assessment timetable and the assessment brief. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised. The module pass mark for undergraduate courses is 40%. The module pass mark for postgraduate courses is 50%.

  • Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study.

    In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

    Figures from the academic year 2022-2023.

Academic profile

You will be taught by academics who are highly qualified and experts in their fields.

All of the teaching colleagues in the department have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and seven of these team members have Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 60% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (19%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (22%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic and learning support staff (85%) are recognised as fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advance HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures from the academic year 2022-2023.

Coleraine campus

Accommodation

A laid-back campus at the heart of a global tourist attraction.

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Sports Facilities

Our Campus in Coleraine boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities that are open all year round to students and members of the public.

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Student Wellbeing

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Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have gained:

A second class honours degree or better from a recognised university of the UK, Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved professional qualification or other qualification; and

Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Non-English speakers must demonstrate that English ability is appropriate for studying at this level and provide evidence of English competence to IELTs 6.0.

Applicants do not have to hold their primary degree in a cognate area, but prior knowledge of studying business and/or golf at an undergraduate level or relevant work experience may be beneficial.

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Do you have another qualification awarded by Ulster University or by another university or other educational institution, or have evidence of accreditation of prior learning?

These may be considered for exemption from part of the programme, provided that you register as a student at Ulster University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

What exemptions can I get?

The Course Director can advise candidates as to the eligibility of their accredited course.

How do I apply for exemptions?

When accepted on the course, you are asked to complete an exemptions form, which is reviewed by the Course Director and exemptions are then agreed during the Induction process.

Exemption is not permitted from the dissertation or management project.

Careers & opportunities

Career options

This Master's degree opens up a range of exciting career options within the dynamic and ever-growing golf industry. Graduates from this specialised degree are well equipped to pursue roles that blend an interest and passion for golf with key business acumen and management skills. Potential career paths include clubhouse operations and management, golf course management, golf resort management, tournament and event management, golf tourism and destination management and golf industry consulting.

Work placement / study abroad

There is no defined work placement on this course.

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Start dates

  • September 2025
  • January 2026

Fees and funding

2025/26 Fees

Postgraduate fees are subject to annual review, 2025/26 fees will be announced in due course.

See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2024/25 entry.

Additional mandatory costs

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

We know that choosing to study at university is a big decision, and you may not always be able to find the information you need online.

Please contact Ulster University with any queries or questions you might have about:

  • Course specific information
  • Fees and Finance
  • Admissions

For any queries regarding getting help with your application, please select Admissions in the drop down below.

For queries related to course content, including modules and placements, please select Course specific information.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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