BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

BA Management, Leadership and Leisure is a unique degree that focuses 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 course units from 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 ten 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 in the leisure industry.

Previous students have enjoyed applied study periods at local, national and international organisations including Manchester United Football Club, the BBC, Visit Manchester, Chelsea Football Club, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sandown Park Racecourse, Gap PR and Marketing, the Co-operative Group, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, and the YMCA.

Special features

  • We run a residential field trip to Wales at the beginning of your first year. The three-day trip is a great opportunity to get to know your tutors and fellow students, as well as learning about management issues in leisure organisations. Our students tell us that the friends they make on this field trip stay with them throughout the course and beyond.
  • Join the Management, Leadership and Leisure Student Society, which enables students to use the talent from all three years of the course to organise events that all the course's students can benefit from. It organises social events throughout the year where students can mix with other year groups - invaluable when it comes to choosing your course units for the next semester. The Society also oversees student representation for the course and therefore ensures that teaching staff are kept up to date with student views on course content.

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.

In your final year, you will undertake a research-based project during your ten-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 will be assessed by a balance of formal written examinations, presentations, portfolio submissions and course assignments.

Across the three years of the course, 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

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 EDUC10212 10 Mandatory
Field Study Unit EDUC10242 10 Mandatory
Study skills for management, leadership and leisure EDUC10751 10 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 EDUC10831 10 Optional
Introduction to Sport EDUC10842 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

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
Digital Marketing & Promotion 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 EDUC20692 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

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 EDUC30472 10 Mandatory
Sport and Development EDUC30221 20 Optional
Event Strategy EDUC30241 20 Optional
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has its own Undergraduate Hub. Here, you can relax and find all of your teaching and support staff in one place.

MIE is located in the Ellen Wilkinson building, where there is also a common room, 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.

Manchester has a thriving leisure and cultural sector, making it an ideal location to study this course. The University is home to the John Rylands Library, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, while the wider city has facilities including:

  • Museums  - National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Imperial War Museum North.
  • Music venues  - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Arena, The Academy.
  • Sports venues   - Manchester Aquatics Centre, National Cycling Centre, Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Close to the University, you can also find HOME - a new £25 million arts centre with two theatres, five cinema screens, and contemporary art gallery space.

For more information, see  Facilities  .

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