BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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 two applied study periods, which are like work placements and last 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 extensive professional experience through your Applied Study Periods, normally 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 (normally 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, normally 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.

Important notice

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) aim to run advertised fieldwork as planned and we very much hope that students will be able to enjoy the fieldwork experience in the usual way. The ability of fieldwork to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork might be necessary, will remain subject to the current global situation and factors such as the:

  • rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
  • outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
  • educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
  • availability of appropriate insurance cover;
  • availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.

We will therefore assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any decisions to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.

Any fieldwork that does go ahead will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.

If the fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.

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
Introduction to Study Skills (incorporating the Field Trip) EDUC10751 20 Mandatory
Financial Management I EDUC10761 10 Mandatory
Business Economics in the Cultural and Creative Leisure Industries 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

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
Leadership EDUC20282 10 Mandatory
Research Methods - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods EDUC20650 20 Mandatory
Financial Management II EDUC20661 10 Mandatory
International Management EDUC21502 10 Mandatory
Sports Business EDUC20332 20 Optional
Contemporary Perspectives on Events and Tourism EDUC20450 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
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional

What our students say

My applied study period at an art gallery in Rotterdam was such a great experience where I met so many different people and made many interesting contacts.

Lisa, final year student.

Read more about  Lisa's experience  in her blog.


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has trained more than 5,000 teachers in the last 15 years and has a strong heritage - education has been a field of study at The University of Manchester since 1890. 

You will benefit from studying within an environment that has a national and international reputation for quality in teaching, scholarship and research in this field.  

We pride ourselves on close staff-student relationships and guided, one-to-one supervision. 

The Institute promotes equality and diversity, and you will study in an environment that embraces values of cultural diversity and is fundamentally committed to equality of opportunity, regardless of race, disability, religious or other beliefs, sexual orientation or age. 

MIE provides opportunities for progression to taught and research master's degrees as well as our Ofsted `Outstanding' Primary PGCE. 

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

  • Bridgewater Hall; 
  • Etihad Stadium;  
  • HOME; 
  • Manchester Academy;  
  • Manchester Arena;  
  • Manchester Art Gallery; 
  • National Football Museum; 
  • Old Trafford Cricket Ground;  
  • Old Trafford Stadium;  
  • Whitworth Art Gallery. 

For more information, see Facilities .

Disability support

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