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Undergraduate Programmes

Sport Management and Sport Coaching

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management


Course Code: 1650-DP079A (CE 68-852-00/81)
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 15/002428/L5 Validity Period: 01/09/2015 to 31/08/2019
Ms. Louisa Chu
T: 2587 3153


Programme Overview

This degree programme aims to produce graduates who can demonstrate a critical understanding of the processes and practices that are central to professions within Sport Management. The programme is designed to provide top-up study opportunity for HD and AD graduates. It includes an academically and vocationally relevant curriculum that will stimulate students to become active learners, question existing practice and develop effective evaluative skills.

While the Sport Management programme emphasises the development of knowledge and skills central to the role of the aspiring sport manager. The vocational emphasis is underpinned by the theories and principles relating to human resources, marketing, management planning and organisational behaviour. 

The curriculum of the programme reflects staff expertise and research interests, key trends in associated national, international professional bodies and current sport policy, and the relevant national benchmarks.

Embedded transferable skills in areas such as information technology, problem-solving, communication and reflective practice will help students to prepare for a global market and pursue lifelong learning.

Programme Highlights

  • Unique top-up degree programmes offered by one of the top universities in the UK for international undergraduate study in sport;
  • Work placement opportunities in leading public and private organisations;
  • Scholarships, bursaries and CEF available;
  • Applications considered from AD/HD holders in Sport, Business, Management and related subjects;
  • Completed in 18 months of full-time study;
  • This programme has been accredited by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) as locally accredited degree programmes to reach HKQF Level 5, which is equivalent to the standing of bachelor’s degrees offered by local universities in Hong Kong.  

University of Northumbria at Newcastle


Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students. Northumbria is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment and nine out of ten of its graduates are working or studying six months after graduation. It is ranked 36th out of 117 universities in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey. Northumbria has a campus in London as well as Newcastle, and work in partnership with other higher education institutions across the world attracting students from 135 countries.

At Northumbria, students enjoy an educational experience that will set them up for life, taught by experts in their field with great passion. Northumbria’s courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. Its courses are highly rated. In the National Student Survey 2013, several disciplines achieved 100% satisfaction and half scored 90% or more. It has a strong national and international reputation for academic quality.

Our Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation is part of Health & Life Sciences along with Psychology, Health, Education, Community/Social Work and Applied Sciences.  Having no fewer than 11,500 full and part-time students, we offer a comprehensive range of expertise across the sport, psychology, health, education and science professions.  The Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation is committed to delivering excellence in every aspect of work it undertakes.  Our physiotherapy programme is rated #3 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015). We also cover sport & exercise science, strength & conditioning, exercise behaviour, physiology, and sport marketing, sport management & sport coaching.  Staff are internationally renowned within their disciplines and our research is pioneering helping to inform students, practitioners and Government policy.  The department also provides bespoke help and advice with a range of industries and professional bodies.


紐卡素諾森比亞大學是英國最著名的現代大學之一,學生人數逾30,000名,在與學兩方面的質素屢獲肯定,更連續三年享有The Times Best New University 之美譽。


Welcome Message

Kath McCourt
Kath McCourt
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health & Life Science

Northumbria has over 25 years’ experience of working with education partners outside of the UK and our current student population is made up of more than 35,000 students from 136 countries, meaning we are a truly international University. In addition, we have been keen to foster strategic partnerships across the globe in territories such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia which has resulted in over 6000 students studying our programmes overseas.

As such, Northumbria University’s reputation for sporting excellence spans international boundaries but it is also rooted in an enviable standing within the UK. As one of the original providers of Sport degrees, we are ranked as the second most popular institution in the UK for studying Sport* and are rated among the best sport universities in the UK in the Which? University Guide 2013 – voted for by students.

All our Sport programmes are underpinned by an impressive record of high quality teaching and world-leading research, which means there is significant demand for our programmes internationally because they are known for producing graduates who are highly valued by international employers. Whether you study at BSc or MSc level, our Sport programmes have been intentionally designed with Continuing Professional Development at their core so that our graduates meet and exceed the increasing expectations of such a highly progressive industry.

Professor Kath McCourt
Executive Dean
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
University of Northumbria at Newcastle

*Source: HESA 2011/12: Joint second place for the number of full-time/sandwich international students studying Sport in higher education.


Northumbria University scientists provide expertise to world-leading human performance lab

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
Duchess visited GSK Human Performance Lab

Scientists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, are working with one of the world’s largest consumer healthcare companies to test the performance of elite athletes such as Olympic diver Tom Daley.

One of these projects is examining the use of protein in exercise recovery and the other is aimed at improving our understanding of the brain’s influence in decision making.

Dr Glyn Howatson, a Sport and Exercise Physiologist from Northumbria, was appointed by Dr Ken van Someren – R&D Director at the GSK Human Performance Lab, a visiting professor at Northumbria and former head of science and medicine for the English Institute of Sport - to work in collaboration with the research team at GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) world-leading Human Performance Lab in London.

The Lab is focused on applied and discovery research, combining GSK science expertise, external advisors and cutting edge technology. It works with some of the world’s top athletes – from extreme environment athletes to current Olympic champions – enabling them to break through the limits of human performance.

GSK HPL and Northumbria have so far collaborated on two postgraduate studies to look at key research projects which include the use of protein in exercise recovery and improving our understanding of the brain’s influence in decision making. Lee Eddens and Sarah Browne, who are both doctoral researchers at Northumbria, are now involved with the scientific support of athletes at the very top of their sport, including Tom Daley, F1 driver Jenson Button and golfer Rory Mcllroy.

Dr Howatson said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the GSK Human Performance Lab on these exciting projects that will impact on elite sport.  The PhD candidates (Lee and Sarah) have a rare opportunity to conduct their research in state of the art research facilities at the lab and Northumbria whilst also providing sport science support for elite athletes.

“The PhDs themselves are focussed on understanding the limits of human performance, but interestingly this innovative science has the potential to be translated to the wellbeing of many wider populations to develop applications that enable people to do more, feel better and live longer.”

Lee, whose research interests are the growth and increase of the size of skeletal muscle, said working at the GSK Human Performance Lab has given him new techniques that will improve the quality of his post graduate research.

He said: “The studentship at the GSK Human Performance Lab has afforded me ample opportunities to help provide cutting-edge diagnostic support to elite athletes, while aiding my professional development from a practical perspective.

“Being able to work with and learn from the HPL the science team has been invaluable in understanding the requirements of working as a scientist in a world-leading organisation and the quality that is demanded. The dynamic environment of the Human Performance Lab has helped to stretch my skill set and accrue new techniques that can be incorporated into my PhD research.”

Sarah added: “Conducting my PhD with the GSK Human Performance Lab has provided me with a unique opportunity to gain applied sports science experience in a world-class facility while I complete my postgraduate studies.

“Providing in-depth sport science support to elite athletes has complemented my academic work while accelerating my professional development. Working within a multidisciplinary team has enabled me to learn from colleagues with a range of experience while also learning new techniques within and surrounding my research area. This has enhanced my development as a well-rounded sports science practitioner.”

The impact of almost two-thirds of Northumbria University’s Business and Management research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University’s Corporate Executive Development Centre also works with more than 700 business leaders and managers offering learning experiences that enable significant and sustainable change.



Content and

Programme Structure

The entire Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management programme comprises 360 credits in total. Students enrolled in the programme are required to take 120 credits worth of modules each year and normally complete the entire programme in three years of full-time study in the UK.

In Hong Kong, graduates of the Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management# awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE are exempted from 180 credits. Students with maximum credit exemption will be required to undertake seven modules and a dissertation over three semesters of study to gain a further 180 credits to be eligible for graduation.

#Specific modules apply.

Year Semester Unit Title
Year 2 Semester 1 Strategic Planning for Sport
The Business of Sport
Sport Research In Practice
Year 3 Semester 2 Sport Organisations: Policy to Practice
Sport Facility & Operational Management
Sport Event Management CEF
  Semester 3 Professional Development Through Sport
Sport Development, Management and Coaching Dissertation

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide by prospective students. The University of Northumbria reserves the right to vary sequencing of modules within the structure. 

Duration of Study

With maximum exemptions granted, students can complete the enrolled programme in 1.5 years. 

Teaching Mode

All modules will be taught through face-to-face classes conducted by HKU SPACE lecturers that may be supplemented by occasional seminars held by UNN staff. Each module comprises 60 contact hours in a combination of lectures and tutorials.


The programme incorporates a wide variety of assessment methods enabling the ways in which student achievement is measured and evaluated to be appropriate to the learning outcomes of each module. Appropriate techniques are chosen to fit the subject and context for the students involved. The range of assessment methods includes: porfolios, essays and assignments, oral presentations, article reviews, business plans, poster presentation, project reports, literature reviews and group assessments. Student achievement is assessed through reference to a set of generic grade descriptors (provided to students via a student handbook) with specific marking criteria identified within each module outline.

Teaching Staff

In association with University of Northumbria at Newcastle

  • Programme Leaders

    COOK, Paul


    BSc Plymouth; MA UWICK; PhD Northumbria​

    RADLEY, Rebecca


    BA (Hons), PG Cert Northumbria

    VICKERY, Will


    BSc, PhD Newcastle Aust

    TAM, M.L. 


    MSc Lough
  • Programme Manager

    YUEN, Winsome Y.L. 


    BEd (Hons) Liv; PG Dip VU
  • Teaching Staff - University of Northumbria at Newcastle
    ALLIN, Linda BSc Birmingham; PGCE, MSc St Andrews; PhD Brunel
    BOYLE, Spencer BEd Lancashire; PhD Sheffield
    COOK, Paul BSc Plymouth; MA UWICK; PhD Northumbria​
    FINDLAY-KING, Lindsay  BA (Hons), MA Sheffield; PhD Northumbria
    RADLEY, Rebecca  BA (Hons), PG Cert Northumbria
    WOOD, Michael BSc Hull; PG Diploma Northumbria
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHU, Charles F.W. MSc Leicester; DMS North London Polytechnic
    HO, Jackson C.S. BEd (Hons) (PE) Liverpool; MEd (PE) HKU;
    KALMUND, Peter R. BEd, MEd La Trobe; GradDip Wales
    KWONG, Cherie C.H. BBA CUHK; MScoSc HKBU
    LIU, Raymond Y.K. BEd ChesterMPhil Loughborough; PhD Loughborough
    TAM, M.L. MSc Lough
    TSANG, Eric C.K. BEd, MED CUHK, PhD Nottingham Trent
    VECANSKI, Igor MSc Northumbria
    WHITBY, Dennis Dip Lough; BA Alberta; MSc, MA, PhD Oregon
    YUEN, Kenny C.F. BBA, MSc Texas

Award and


Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the programme may apply for the membership of the Hong Kong Recreation Management Association and the World Leisure Organization - Hong Kong Chapter.

Work Placement

Work placement opportunities are available in the module Professional Development Through Sport and students have had volunteering opportunities with organisations such as the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, National Sports Associations, NGOs and private clubhouses.

Career Opportunities

The sports and recreation sector is one of the most dynamic industries globally and demand for jobs is high. Many of our students gain graduate based work very soon after graduation. Graduates work in a variety of jobs and for different organisations including commercial and public sector positions. Recent graduates have taken posts within a wide range of fields including: event management, facility management, sport development, sport marketing, sport media, manufacturing and retail, sport coaching and clubhouse management.

Further Studies

University of Northumbria qualifications are recognised internationally. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management programme, graduates in Hong Kong are eligible to apply for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management offered by HKU SPACE that articulates to the MSc International Sport Management awarded by UNN offered in Hong Kong.

Alternatively, graduates may apply for entry to the MSc International Sport Management offered by UNN in the UK, and students may be recognised for fee discounts and scholarships.


Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for 2017/18 intake is HK$125,150 for the whole programme, payable in three instalments. The fee covers charges for all lectures, seminars, tutorials, marking of assignments, examinations and registration.

Continuing Education Fund

HKU SPACE shall submit certain selected modules from Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management programme for application to be included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes. 


The University of  Northumbria at Newcastle's Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management programme delivered in Hong Kong is successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Full-time students are eligible to apply for Hong Kong government grants and low-interest loans, i.e. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and Non-means tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). For details, please refer to

University of Northumbria at Newcastle Scholarship

Scholarships will be given by The University of  Northumbria at Newcastle to new student with outstanding achievement in their Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma study for enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Management programme. The amount of scholarship is HK$10,000.

Western Harbour Tunnel Elite Athlete Education Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to an elite athlete who does not currently receive financial support for the BSc (Hons) Sport Management or BA (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching. The amount of the scholarship is in the region of HK$12,000 – HK$40,000.

Application Deadline : May 31st prior to the coming academic year commencing in August.

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact HKU SPACE Sport, Exercise and Recreation Management subject group at: 2587 3154 or email to


Entry Requirements

1. Applicants shall hold a Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution#

2. Applicants, who are graduates of programmes taught in English, are normally regarded as demonstrating the required English Proficiency. In other cases, IELTS 6.0 is required. 

3. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or an English test.

Applicants from (1) should have completed the required elective of the Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management. 

#Equivalent qualifications such as Advanced Diploma/ Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma in other related disciplines such as Sport, Exercise, Management, Business, Social Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism granted by a recognised institution may be considered for entry. Applicants may be required to take additional module(s) before the start of the programme. 

Applications from mature students over 21 years of age may be considered on a case by case basis. 

Who should be interested in the programme?

The programme is designed for those who possess the Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or equivalent. However in the past students demonstrating a background in sport have been admitted on the basis of holding Associate Degrees and Higher Diplomas in related areas that were considered equivalent by UNN such as Management, Business, Social Sciences, Arts, Hospitality and Tourism.


Student Work
and Activities

HKU SPACE Sport and Recreation Professional Partner Presentation Ceremony 2015

Sport Ceremony 2015  Sport Ceremony 2015

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Expanding Horizon Talk Series: Achieving Excellence

Case from Sport by:

Law Sum Yin                                  Geng Xiaoling

Expanding Horizons     Expanding Horizons Expanding Horizons

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IC-ECNU Shanghai Winter Study Programme

This programme enables students to broaden their intercultural outlook by exploring Shanghai’s past and present, discovering local culture, lifestyle and art development. They can also experience East China Normal University’s campus, hall life and study with ECNU students.



QF This programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework. For details of the QF level, registration number and validity period, please visit:

This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.