International Programme in Sports Management

Programme duration: 1 year
Delivery language: English
Certificate awarded: International Programme in Sports Management
Admission deadline: 1st round interview: 20 February 2023 – 2nd round interview: 22 May 2023
Interview dates: 27 February 2023 / 3 March 2023 – 30 May 2023 / 2 June 2023

The International Programme in Sports Management is a 12 months diploma offered in association with the International Centre for Sport Studies (supported by FIFA) and in collaboration with UAE Football Association.

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The objective of the programme is to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to work in the global sports industry, which is playing an increasingly important role for the culture and economy of the Gulf region. The programme focuses on selected areas within the management of sport, providing students with the tools needed to manage a federation, an association or a club in accordance with the laws of the United Arab Emirates.

During the year, students are introduced to a range of pertinent subjects related to the management of sports institutions including sport law, sport communication, financial management, sport event management and sponsorship and marketing. Students will learn about the planning and management of sports institutions through a variety of specialised modules designed to give the student a well-rounded perspective of management. Topics include contract law, financial planning, sponsorship agreements, event management and communication amongst others.

Throughout the programme, students are taught using a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars, events and guests from around the world to deepen their learning experience and prepare them for successful careers in sports management.

Graduates of the Diploma in Sports Management are well placed for a range of international careers in the private and public sectors including sponsorship, marketing, event management and TV broadcasting amongst others.

Typical delivery format of the courses*

Day Morning Evening
Monday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm

*This is the usual pattern of the courses, changes may sometimes occur.


Course Timetable 2022 – 2023

Programme tuition fees: AED 52,700 (approximately US$ 14,350)
Payment of fees: Fees and Charges Details
Methods of Payment and Refund Policy

Discounted rates

This Diploma is open for discount rates in some specific cases. Please refer to the document “fees charges and details” mentioned above. This diploma is not open to scholarships.