Interested in obtaining a rewarding and exhilarating career in the sports industry post-graduate degree? Well if you are, then you’re in luck. We bring you a rundown of the UK’s top sporting universities as ranked by The Complete University Guide 2017, the courses they offer and what you currently need to achieve your place and begin your career journey through this exciting, ever-changing, global industry.

Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University is currently ranked as the number one institution in the UK for Sports degrees. Not only are most of their sport-related staff involved in various sports themselves, they are incredibly passionate about research and continue to advise government departments, provide analysis to media outlets and organise international conferences in the arena. Edinburgh University can boast that Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, Scotland Rugby Captain Kelly Brown and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sarah Adlington studied or study there, which is testament in itself to the success of the institution where sport is concerned. Edinburgh University provide two courses in sport, BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science & BSc (Hons) Sport & Recreation Management.

Entry Requirements for Sport & Recreation Management:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6
  • National 5: English and Mathematics at Grade C
  • A Levels: ABB
  • GCSEs: English and Mathematics at grade C
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects
  • SL: English and Mathematics at 4

Loughborough University

Loughborough has historically been hailed as one of the best sporting universities in the UK and its reputation continues to uphold itself. Alongside its success for sport, Loughborough is a Top 10 UK university, so if you get in not only are you getting a sterling sports education but you’re getting a degree from one of the best universities the UK has to offer. Over 98% of Loughborough’s sports graduates are in work within 6 months of completing their studies which is a staggering number and reassuring for budding sports management superstars. Offering state of the art facilities and a number of different sports degrees to get your teeth stuck into, there really is something for every sporting hopeful at Loughborough.

Entry Requirements for Sport Management:

  • A-Level: ABB Science A
  • SQA AHAB, plus Highers: majority A/B grades
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL including at least 5 in English and 5 in Maths

University of Bath

Ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects, hopeful students who desire a degree place at the University of Bath should rest assured that they would be faced with some of the best graduate prospects in the country job-wise. Another university with a great reputation for sporting success, Bath can currently count 4 University of Bath swimmers as part of Team GB’s swimming squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Entry Requirements for Sport and Social Sciences:

  • A-Level: AAB or A*AC or A*BB from GCE A Levels
  • IB: 36 points with 6,6,5 in three Higher Level subjects
  • SQA Highers: AAABB at Higher level and AB at Advanced Higher level

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is known for having one of the best sports research facilities in the UK, making this institution a great place for a formal education in sport. Named as The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2016, in recognition of excellence in sports performance, education and research, the University of Exeter is currently acknowledged by many as the best in the country for both their academia and athletic achievement across the entire sporting spectrum. Exeter are interested in giving their sports undergraduates the best possible chance of employment offering a number of options to sports graduates dependent upon which path they wish to tread post-graduation. This includes modules in leadership and business (run by the Business School), law for non-lawyers (delivered by the Law School), physical education and employability/career development.

Entry Requirements for Exercise and Sport Sciences:

A-Level: AAA-AAB

IB: 36-34

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was the first university in the UK to offer a sports degree, setting off what can only be described as trend for other universities to follow suit and offer equally competitive education in sport. The courses offered at Birmingham for sport are very scientifically charged and would hugely suit a student who is interested in physical aspects of sport and the human body.

Entry Requirements for Sport and Exercise Sciences:

A-Level: AAA–ABB

IB: 6,6,6 – 6,5,5  in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall