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BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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 around Manchester, the UK and even further afield; in the past, students have completed their work experience in countries around the world, including:

  • Australia;
  • Indonesia;
  • Thailand;
  • Korea;
  • Barbados;
  • the Netherlands;
  • Romania.

Students who have chosen to stay in Manchester for their Applied Study Periods have spent time gaining professional experience at:

  • Manchester United Football Club;
  • Ear to the Ground (marketing agency);
  • On the Beach;
  • Invasion;
  • Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel;
  • the Co-operative.

Special features

  • Join a UK top five university for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism studies (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
  • Gain more than 500 hours of professional experience through your annual Applied Study Periods, working in Manchester, around the UK or anywhere in the world, in a relevant role in an industry of your choice.
  • Be part of AMsoc, the course society that brings together students from all three years of the course to share knowledge and skills, while organising exciting social events throughout the year.
  • Meet your new course mates and teaching staff on the pre-course fieldtrip to Wales - a great opportunity to make new friends, and be introduced to the management issues of leisure organisations.

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
Introduction to Study Skills (incorporating the Field Trip) 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 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
Contemporary Human Resources Management 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

Scholarships and bursaries

We are committed to attracting and supporting the very best students from all backgrounds to study this course. You could be eligible for cash bursaries of up to £2500 to support your studies.

Find out more at Funding opportunities .


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). The Institute is located in the Ellen Wilkinson building where you'll find a common room, computer clusters, teaching rooms, and a meeting room for students to book for group work.

The city itself is a hive of activity for leisure studies. You'll find various cultural and sports venues around Manchester, including:

Cultural venues

  • HOME
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • National Football Museum
  • Whitworth Art Gallery

Music venues

  • Bridgewater Hall
  • Manchester Academy
  • Manchester Arena

Sports venues

  • Etihad Stadium
  • Old Trafford Cricket Ground
  • Old Trafford Stadium

For more information, see  Facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: