MESGO 2014-2016

The Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) is a unique programme designed for senior sports sector professionals wishing to master the complex dimensions and the diversity of  professional sport at the international level. It offers a unique platform for training, social and professional contact, knowledge-sharing and personal development for sports’ organisations’ elected representatives and managerial and professional staff.

The MESGO is a unique vocational programme, in which the key stakeholders of European sport come together to analyse the characteristics of its specific model, consider the main challenges it faces and reflect on measures that could be put in place to ensure its future prosperity. It is designed to stimulate the analytical reflexes of decision-makers in sport; it invites them to analyse the governance of European sport at its most complex and explore the diversity of international practice. The particular strength of the MESGO lies in its consideration of European sport from multiple angles. It incorporates economics, politics and law, draws comparisons between different sports and uses carefully selected examples from other sectors (private business, public sector, non-governmental organisations) to help participants develop appropriate responses to the important challenges they face.

It is designed for managers working, within an international orientation, in national, European and international sporting institutions; from federations, clubs and leagues, public authorities, commercial partners, and all the stakeholders in European sport.

The programme is delivered exclusively in English. It is delivered in ten one-week blocs over an 18 month cycle. With the final bloc devoted to the oral defence of the professional thesis which each participant must submit as part of the programme assessment process, the other nine blocs address the following key topics in sport governance and management: the International Environment of Sport – the institutional and economic operating environment; the Internal Governance of Sport Organisations; Sport Competition Design and Regulation; the Legal Framework of Sport with particular reference to the role of European Union institutions; Strategic Marketing in Sport; the Organisation of Sport Events; Ethics in Sport; the North American Model of Sport; the Future of Sport Governance. The teaching faculty consists of leading academic experts in sport governance and management together with leading figures from the global sport management community.


The MESGO is organised by five European Universities/Research Centres (Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London – England; Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport – Limoges, France; Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz –Germany; Institut Nacional d’Educacio Fisica de Catalunya and Lleida University – Barcelona, Spain; Sciences Po Paris – France). The MESGO Master’s degree is awarded by Science Po Paris (60 ECTS credits).

The MESGO is supported by six European sport federations (EHF – Handball; FIBA Europe – Basketball; FIRA- AER – Rugby; UEFA – Football; CEV – Volley-ball; IIHF – Ice hockey).



This programme is designed for experienced managers and executives working in:

  • International, European and national federations;
  • Clubs, leagues and trade unions;
  • European institutions and governments;
  • Partners of, and stakeholders in, sports organisations (media, sponsors, etc.).




The application process starts 1 January 2016 and ends 14 April 2016.
To be eligible for this executive master’s programme, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • minimum of five years’ experience at managerial level;
  • educated to degree level;
  • fluent in English.



Tel: +33 (1) 45 49 63 34

For further details on MESGO contact:
Sean Hamil
Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
Tel: 020-7631 6763


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