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A world first in higher education, the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) offers unique university degrees focused on a career in the football and sports industry.


The worldwide sports industry has a worth upwards of $700bn (US). In the EU alone it employs 1.7m people, and nearly a third of those work in the UK. 

From marketing to coaching, media to finance and event management to hospitality, new roles and new opportunities are consistently presenting themselves. 


The 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.

The approach sees traditional subjects, such as business and finance, taught in a format that encompasses the student’s area of interest – football and sport. We find that students with a passion for these sectors are more inclined to be interested in the end of year financial reports of a Premier League club than those of, for example, a motoring company or bank.


The Research & Journal Club is an excellent tool to remove the traditional barriers found on the roles of staff vs. students. The key ethos encouraged is how everyone in the room is there for the same reason, and is equal; whether that be a senior academic or a second year undergraduate student, we’re all there to share ideas and discuss research.


We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a journey of professional and personal development. 

Our pastoral care and personal development programme ties in directly with career development, informing your work-related activities and ultimately leading to you finding the right place for you in the football, sports and entertainment industries. For those who wish to extend their studies at the end of their degree, opportunities to study at postgraduate will be encouraged.

Student services

Our Learning Support Team offer information, advice and guidance from application to graduation on a range of areas such as:

  • Support for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
  • Reasonable Adjustments (academic and assessment)
  • Support with setting up your Non-Medical Helper support
  • Obtaining up to date supporting evidence
  • Liaison with academic and support departments

Our Learning Support team at both the Etihad and Wembley campuses support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. We provide an individual pastoral service designed to meet your needs.

Housing services

GIS has partnered with two excellent accommodation providers to ensure students have access to comfortable and secure halls of residence close to both campuses.

Library services

The libraries at both UCFB campuses are full of topical reading material that covers the aspects of all the degree programmes on offer at UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS). The libraries also offer a place of quiet to study, read and accomplish during term time.

ICT services

GIS features a number of state-of-the-art technologies on campus, meaning we have an onsite team dedicated to any technological problems that may occur during your time with GIS.

Campus life

GIS students have access to UCFB’s two unique campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

With impressive on-site facilities available to aid your studies, including stunning lecture theatres and seminar rooms, student social areas and cafeteria, library, media suite and quiet study zones, it is hard not to be inspired by your surroundings.

GIS’ global study hubs are located in some of the world’s most exciting sports destinations and will all play host to week-long GIS Global Summits around the world, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

Sports facilities

UCFB’s Wembley campus at the heart of the UK’s capital offers a number of facilities including (but aren’t limited to):

  • Wembley Stadium – the heart of UCFB Wembley campus
  • The Hive, London – home to the UCFB Academy, Wembley
  • Vale Farm Sports Center – Vale Farm features a number of facilities including a 3G football pitch, tennis courts, state-of-the-art gym and sport hall for numerous sporting activities
  • Hendon FC – home to various UCFB football teams and a practical and theoretical teaching space for coaching programs
UCFB’s Etihad Campus boasts a state-of-the-art campus devoted to the football industry in the heart of Manchester – one of the world’s most famous footballing cities. 

Student clubs

The Students’ Union’s role is to represent GIS students and make your time here as exciting and rewarding as possible. The SU is also responsible for student involvement around each campus, such as planning unforgettable social events and being the student voice and point of contact with senior management.

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