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BA Management, Leadership and Leisure
Develop management and leadership skills for a variety of leisure sector careers.

BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

The BA (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure centers on the study and development of management and leadership skills, and is taught in the context of the leisure sector. Exploring the specific leisure industries of sports, events and tourism, the course is more comprehensive than traditional leisure and management degree courses which normally focus on management in just one specific area, for example, either sport or events management. This course covers both management and leadership, and allows you to choose modules from the three areas of sport, events and tourism. This flexibility allows you to either specialize in one area which you are passionate about, or to develop knowledge of all three, giving you greater choice over your future career direction.

Your academic study will be supported by three applied study periods, which are similar to work placements and last two weeks in year one, four weeks in year two and 10 weeks in year three. They will give you the opportunity to take the theories you have studied at university and apply them to real life projects/operations in the leisure industry. Previous students have enjoyed applied study periods at local, national and international organisations, including: Manchester United; the BBC; Visit Manchester; Chelsea Football Club; Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Sandown Park Racecourse;  Gap PR and Marketing Ltd; the Co-operative Group; the Grand Hyatt Tokyo; and the YMCA.


The BA (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure is a three year degree programme that combines academic study with professional training. It offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature and scope of management and leadership in the leisure industry, whilst gaining practical experience to develop skills and boost your future employability.

Special features

  • Tailor your degree through options in sport, tourism and events management
  • Build industry contacts and gain vital employability skills through UK and international work placements
  • Manchester's leisure, cultural and tourism sector is thriving; as well as major music and sports venues, the city boasts a number of museums, art galleries and theatres

Teaching and learning

The main methods of teaching are lectures and seminars, which you will supplement through wider reading, small group work and other classroom activities.  Seminars involve a small group of students meeting with a tutor to discuss issues arising from lectures, or wider reading, case studies or problem-solving exercises. You may be asked to give a presentation or review a subject as a basis for discussion. You may also visit leisure amenities or other places of interest, including a three day residential field trip at the beginning of your first year.

Applied study periods, similar to work placements, in the first (lasting two weeks) and second (lasting four weeks) years will provide first-hand experience of the leisure industry. They offer the opportunity for you to both observe and again new skills, plus relate the course content to its application in industry. In your final year, you will undertake a research-based project during your 10 week extended study period. The teaching team is well connected with the leisure industry and your personal tutor will advise and assist you in securing applied study periods with organisations/sectors in keeping with your career aspirations.

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by a balance of formal written examinations, presentations, portfolio submissions and course assignments. Across the three years of the programme, an average of 70% of your assessment will be coursework, offering you the chance to be innovative and creative in demonstrating your knowledge of management and leadership theory and the leisure sector. In your final year, you will undertake a research project (12,000 words), an oral presentation and an evaluation report on your extended applied study period.

Course content for year 1

The first year draws upon the disciplines that underpin management and leadership and provides an introduction to the nature and scope of the leisure sector.  At the beginning of the first year we run a three day residential field trip to North Wales, where you will get to know other students and staff, as well as learning about management issues in the countryside. Year one also includes a two week applied study period, providing the opportunity to get work experience in the leisure industry.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sociology of Leisure EDUC10211 10 Mandatory
Study skills and applied research in management, leadership and leisure EDUC10751 20 Mandatory
Financial Management I EDUC10761 10 Mandatory
Business Economics EDUC11231 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Management and Leadership EDUC11251 20 Mandatory
Marketing and Consumers EDUC11282 10 Mandatory
Human Resources Management I EDUC11382 10 Mandatory
Event Feasibility EDUC10682 10 Optional
Introduction to Tourism EDUC10832 10 Optional
Introduction to Sport EDUC10842 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

In your second year, you will continue to study leadership, human resource management, marketing, finance and research methods. There are optional units in sport, events and tourism, plus you can take options from the University's Faculty of Humanities undergraduate courses, including Manchester Business School and the University Language Centre. In addition, a career management unit focuses on building your transferrable skills and the practicalities of graduate job hunting. There is also a four week applied study period providing the opportunity to build upon your experience in year one by working for a similar organisation or by diversifying into other industries. 

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Marketing and Promotion I EDUC20221 10 Mandatory
Human Resource Management 2 EDUC20231 10 Mandatory
The Applied Study Period & Employability EDUC20261 10 Mandatory
Financial Management II EDUC20262 10 Mandatory
Leadership EDUC20282 10 Mandatory
Research Methods - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods EDUC20650 20 Mandatory
International Management EDUC21501 10 Mandatory
Sports Business EDUC20332 20 Optional
Tourism Destinations EDUC20592 20 Optional
Live Events EDUC20690 20 Optional
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics EDUC22002 20 Optional
Digital Technologies in Education EDUC22021 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The final year aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of management-related processes and marketing and promotion. The year is split into two distinct semesters. Semester one continues with management, leadership, marketing and research methods, and more detailed study takes place through optional units in sport, events and tourism, as well as running your own business. Semester two has an extended applied study period (10 weeks) and a research project (dissertation). The applied study period in an amenity or agency is normally chosen according to your interests or career aspirations; in addition you also have the opportunity to complete the data collection for your final year research project whilst on placement.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Leadership 2 EDUC30201 10 Mandatory
Strategic Management EDUC30211 10 Mandatory
Applied Study Period EDUC30252 10 Mandatory
Research Project EDUC30262 40 Mandatory
Designing and Conducting your Research Project EDUC30471 10 Mandatory
Sport and Development EDUC30221 20 Optional
Event Strategy EDUC30241 20 Optional
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

No specific academic scholarships available for this course.


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education which has its own Undergraduate Hub where you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff in one place, and is also a place to sit and relax. Manchester Institute of Education is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building where there is also a common room, cafe, computer clusters, teaching rooms, and a meeting room for students to book for group work. The Ellen Wilkinson building is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK.  Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases. The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.

The University of Manchester is home to several cultural and tourist destinations, including The Manchester Museum, the John Rylands Library and the Whitworth art gallery, which has recently reopened following a £19 million refurbishment. The city of Manchester's leisure and cultural sector is thriving; making it an ideal location to study this course. Manchester is home to several major music venues including; the Albert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall; Manchester Opera House; Manchester Arena; The Academy which is part of Manchester's Student Union, plus lots of smaller, more intimate live music venues. The city also hosts the annual Parklife music festival. Sports venues include: Manchester Aquatics Centre; the National Cycling Centre and National Squash Centre at Sportcity; Manchester United and Manchester City football stadiums; and Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Manchester and its surrounding area also boasts several museums and art galleries, including The National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Art Gallery. Plus HOME is a new £25 million city centre arts centre which includes two theatres, five cinema screens and gallery space for contemporary

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