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New Research Masters in Sports Economics launched

Posted on: 05 Dec 2017

New Research Masters in Sports Economics launched

The Department of Economics at Cork University Business School (UCC) Ireland, are pleased to invite applications for a specialist postgraduate research masters in sports economics.

Participants in this programme will be enrolled in the full-time MSc (Commerce) - Economics (Full-Time) for one year, with a start date of October 2018. They will be paired with a supervisor(s) from the Department of Economics who is currently undertaking research in sports economics. 

Programme participants will conduct original research in sports economics. Specific topics and appropriate research methods will be co-developed by the supervisor and advisors, considering the participant’s application, interests and background.

Students will leverage their research, with their supervisors, with the aim of producing research articles for conference presentations and other academic outlets such as peer-reviewed journals.  By the end of semester 3, participants will complete a full research paper, between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length.

Applicants must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours (Grade One) in an approved primary degree or present other such evidence under the University’s Policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning for Admission to Research Degrees.

They must demonstrate an aptitude for creative problem solving, analytical and critical thinking, effective written communication, and capacity for self-directed and independent learning.

Applicants must also submit a research proposal (maximum 1,500 words) outlining an empirical question.  In this proposal applicants should explain how their research question relates to theory and the current literature. They should detail the relevant data sources, and suggest potential methods of analysis. A timeline for the research should also be provided.

An interview with the Programme Directors must also be successfully completed as part of the application process

Key advantages of the programme include:

  • Researching within a vibrant group of academics studying and publishing at the nexus of sport and economics.
  • Having the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and conferences where visiting scholars in the field present cutting-edge research.
  • Initiating a research platform to potentially grow further collaborative projects.

Applications should be made via the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) using the course code CKM07
Informal enquiries can be directed to either or
The 3rd Sports Economics Workshop, supported by the Cork University Business School was hosted in UCC recently. The workshop featured international guest speakers including Professor Bernd Frick, Professor Rob Simmons and Professor Joel Maxcy, the President of the International Sports Economics Association. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss and stimulate interdisciplinary research ideas from those working in the areas of economics, sport, coaching, public health, management, and related fields from Ireland and abroad. Photographed were: Joel Maxcy (Drexel University), David Butler (UCC), Robbie Butler (UCC), John Eakins (UCC), Rob Simmons (Lancaster University), Elish Kelly (ESRI) and Bernd Frick (Paderborn University). Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.