London, Manchester, Burnley

About us

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world first in higher education, offering university degrees in the football and sports industry. Students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities across campuses in prime student locations; London and Manchester.

The higher education institution is dedicated to providing both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that prepare students for careers within the football and sports industry. A qualification from UCFB will allow students the opportunity to carve out successful careers in a market that shows no signs of slowing down.

At UCFB an incredible 90% of 2017 graduates are in employment within six months of graduation and almost two thirds of those graduates are working within the football and sports industry. Graduates work at the likes of The Football Association, Manchester United, Leicester City, the Rugby Football League and EDP Soccer in the US. The institution polled number one out of 425 in the employment prospects category at the University Compare Annual Student Experience Awards in 2017.

At UCFB we pride ourselves on providing students with a stimulating curriculum in a unique environment. We believe our world first approach to higher education gives our students the best possible chance of a successful career in the football and sports industry. What makes our education experience work so well is down to three key components: what we teach, where we teach and how we teach.

What we teach

Our degree programmes have been designed with these industries and their varied roles specifically in mind. Media, marketing, finance, psychology, coaching and event management, amongst others, are all sectors of these industries that are growing at a rate never seen before. New roles are being created on a daily basis.

Our approach sees traditional subjects, such as business and finance, taught in a format that encompasses a student’s area of interest and passion – in this case the multi-billion-pound football and sports industry. We believe that students with passion are more inclined to be interested and engaged in the financial reports of a Premier League club than those of a supermarket brand.

Where we teach

For students who aspire to work within the exciting industries we promote, there can be no more of an inspiring place to learn than at our state-of-the-art campuses – UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus have Wembley and Etihad stadiums right at their heart. We call this an immersive education; by living and learning around a stadium environment, students are preparing themselves to work in similar inspiring surroundings after they graduate.

By studying in this environment students have the opportunity to see first-hand how the sports industry operates and may have the chance to bump into professionals such as media officers, events coordinators or chief executives.

How we teach

At UCFB we believe there are three necessary requirements for a career in the football and sports industry: a degree, industry contacts and work experience on your CV.

The first is the classroom experience and learning from our leading team of academics, whose knowledge and experience of these businesses spans the world. Students learn through books, research and presentations before then hearing from our industry guest speakers on the intricacies of their profession.

Secondly our incredible guest speakers bring the theory to life, providing first-hand context of these industries from the highest level. The calibre of our guest speakers, which previously has included international football managers and players, as well as club chief executives and media personalities, means students are hearing from leading professionals and gaining unparalleled insight.

Lastly, once our students have learnt the theory and how to apply it, they’re encouraged to go out in the industry and do it themselves. Our incredible Employability & Enrichment team provides students with numerous opportunities to apply for unique work experience roles in the UK and abroad. UCFB has provided over 1,000 work placement opportunities at organisations including The Football Association, UEFA, Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as an array of sponsors, suppliers and events in the world of sport.

Global Study Hubs

From the 2019/20 academic year all UCFB students, including those studying online, and alumni have access to UCFB’s global study hubs which are located in some of the world’s most exciting sports destinations. New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will all play host to UCFB around the world, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

Student Life

The Students’ Union is there to make students’ time at UCFB pleasant and rewarding. Students that are elected to their post work hard to represent the student body and look to create an engaging atmosphere through social events as well as a being that point of contact between students and senior management.

The UCFB Athletic Union is the place for students to participate in a number of sports whilst studying at the institution. UCFB is inclusive of both male and female student teams in various sports, which includes football, netball, rugby, and basketball.

A number of teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and tournaments – the leading organiser of competitive activity among higher education institutions. 

Throughout your time at UCFB there are also many opportunities to set up new sports teams and write reports on crucial matches throughout the year.


UCFB offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across many areas of the football, sport and events industries.

Undergraduate Degrees

At UCFB we are dedicated to the delivery of ground-breaking undergraduate degree programmes in the strategic, operational and business facets of the football business and wider sport and events industries.

UCFB’s degree programmes give each student the opportunity to study a traditional academic subject within the context of an industry for which they have a genuine passion and interest.

Football Business & Finance BA (Hons)

Football Business & Marketing BA (Hons)

Football Business & Media BA (Hons)

Sports Business & Coaching BA (Hons)

Sports Business & Sports Law BA (Hons)

International Football Business BA (Hons)

Sports Psychology BSc (Hons)

Physical Education BA (Hons)

Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting BA (Hons)

Multi-media Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Football Coaching & Management BA (Hons)

Stadium & Events Management BA (Hons)

Football Coaching & Talent Development BA (Hons).

Postgraduate Degrees

At UCFB we are proud to be a market leader in Higher Education, dedicated to the delivery of university degrees in the strategic business facets of the football and sports industries. We have developed a profile of pioneering postgraduate qualifications to enable those working within the industry to drive forward their career, and to provide a gateway for those aspiring to pursue their ambitions of working in this exciting global multi-billion-pound market sector.

Sport Management MSc

International Sport Management MSc

Football Business MSc

Football Coaching & Analysis MSc

Football Communications & Digital Marketing MSc

Online Degrees

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB's) choice of online Masters programmes allow students the chance to further their career ambitions and knowledge of the global sports industry from the comfort of their own home.

Football Business Online MSc

International Sport Management Online MSc

Blended Degrees

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB's) choice of online and blended programmes allow students the chance to further their career ambitions and knowledge of the global sports industry from the comfort of their own home.

UCFB’s blended programmes mean the majority of studies will take place online through UCFB’s dedicated Online Hub. However, there will be the opportunity to learn on-campus at either UCFB Wembley, London or UCFB Etihad Campus, Manchester, for two weeks of each academic year.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching (Blended) 

MA Football Coaching (Blended)

Find out more

Find out more about UCFB, it’s unique campuses, exciting student life and amazing opportunities at ucfb.ac.uk.

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