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Ulster University Business School’s MSc in Sport Management has been given a top global rating by SportBusiness International in its 2017 Postgraduate Course Rankings.

The 12-month full-time programme which is led by Dr Robert Kerr and Dr Paul Kitchin at Jordanstown was ranked in the Top 20 Global list and also claimed 6th place in the Top European Post-Graduate Sports Business Courses.  In both lists the Business School was the only provider in the UK to be ranked.

SportsBusiness Group, which is a leading provider of data and analysis in the sports sector, created the rankings from over 1,000 submissions from across the world.  Courses were assessed based on the overall quality of the student education, taking into account the quality of course content; the standard of teaching; the number and standing of guest speakers; the provision and quality of work placements / internships; and the programme of alumni support.

Course Director, Dr Robert Kerr explains,

“Regarded as the most reliable and respected rankings system for postgraduate sports management courses across the world it’s a real coup to be recognised by SportsBusiness International at this level.  Our MSc in Sport Management has achieved an excellent reputation within the sector attracting students from as far apart as Canada to India.  A highly successful employment record has also enhanced the course’s profile with alumni taking up posts in all aspects of the industry including management, communications, licensing, fashion and equipment manufacturing. It’s really encouraging to have achieved these rankings and a real tribute to the academic delivery team.”

Graduates of the course have been fulsome in their praise of the programme.  Stephen Cleary, who is now Social Media and Community Manager in Adidas Global Headquarters in Germany, said, “I can safely say that the MSc course at Ulster University Business School prepared me for employment in my dream job.”  Sarah Semeraro added that, “thanks to the MSc Sport Management I got the job as Sky Pro-Cycling Sponsorship Executive.”

Congratulating Dr Kerr, Professor Mark Durkin, Dean of Ulster University Business School, said,

“I'm delighted to see this acknowledgment for this excellent programme which in many ways captures what the Business School is all about - translating thought into action.  The value the graduates are creating with their employers is evident as they are using their cutting edge knowledge to create meaningful impacts in sport-related companies far and wide."

SportsBusiness International is the online sports magazine owned by SportBusiness Group.  Established in 1996 the SportBusiness Group is acknowledged worldwide as a trusted source of business intelligence and informed commentary on the sports sector.

The MSc in Sport Management, both full-time and part-time programmes, is currently open for applications for the 2017/18 academic year.