L3 in Sport Management (MS)


Course administrator : Émilie SIMON / 04 72 43 16 79

Course tutor : Julie HALLE 
Field: Undergraduate degrees in STAPS: Science and Techniques of Physical Activity and Sport
Degree: Bachelor’s degree
Title: STAPS: Sport Management
Programme: Sport management

Course description

This degree, offering four specialisations, meets the criteria of the National Register of Professional Certification (RNCP).
Indeed, the course description for the first two years is based on the RNCP file for the DEUG in STAPS. Holders of this degree, as technical activity leaders, ‘safely supervise and teach groups within a facility or independently in the field of physical or sporting activities, at introductory, practice or leisure level, not including at competition level. They form part of a professional team and are able to propose and successfully implement an activity project.’

In the 3rd year, the Sport Management (MS) programme is based on the corresponding RNCP file:

This course aims to train sport management graduates who are operational in sales, communication and management assistant positions (‘sell and communicate’) in sports organisation in the broad sense of the term.
Lyon targets three professional sectors in particular: Amateur and Professional Clubs (CAP), Sport Tourism and Leisure (TLS) and the Manufacturing and Distribution of Sports Goods (IDAS). A three-month work placement enables students to commence their professional insertion.

This undergraduate degree course specialising in Sports Science (STAPS) is organised as follows:

• A 1st year (L1) common to all four specialisations Adapted Physical Activity and Health (APA-S), Education and Motricity (EM), Sport Training (ES) and Sport Management (MS): students take all teaching units for semesters 1 and 2, i.e. 60 ECTS ; the 1st year constitutes the STAPS FOUNDATION COURSE.

• A 2nd year (L2) worth 51 core ECTS (i.e. 85%) organised as follows: 10 common teaching units and 3 optional teaching units, specific to each specialisation (the choice of optional teaching units in semesters 3 and 4 does not restrict the student in their choices for the 3rd year).

• A 3rd year (L3) of specialisation, very specific to the sport management sector.

The combination of cross-disciplinary, core and professional specialisation courses from L1 to L3 gradually orients students towards their chosen career.

Skills acquired on this course

Graduates of the undergraduate degree in APAS master the general skills acquired on the DEUG STAPS course:

• They are able to teach and supervise different sports safely.
• They intervene appropriately given the characteristics of different types of public and institutional contexts.
• They are able to implement an activity leadership project forming part of a project to provide a service and a local educational project.
• They are able to contribute to a project as part of a team.
• They are able to use methodological tools to observe participants.
• They are familiar with using communication tools.

Further study and career opportunities

One year after graduating with a degree in Sports Science, surveys among 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 graduates show that:

• 13% of graduates, on average, enter employment directly after completing their undergraduate degree (16.7% for the APA-S programme; 4.95% for EM; 15.3% for ES and 14.7% for MS);
• Approximately 66% pursue further study on the various Masters in Sports Science offered at Lyon 1
• Only 11% leave Lyon 1 to pursue further studies in another institution.

In the 2016-2020 educational contract, EM graduates can continue their studies at Lyon 1 according to a selective application process (see Decree no. 2017-83 of 25 January 2017) for:

• Primarily, the Master in Management of Sports Organisations
• but also, on other Sports Science master courses: Training and Optimisation of Sporting Performance; Adapted Physical Activities and Health; Teaching , Education and Training Professions; and Gender Studies

Specific characteristics and admission requirements

In order to succeed on the Sport Management programme, students must have acquired the following:

• Academic knowledge in the field of sport and sport-relation sciences
• The ability to intervene in fields of action within the reference professional sectors
• Work, study and research methods
• Analytical and interpretational skills with regard to sociological and economic data.
• Professional experience (limited, even voluntary), for example in selling sports goods or assisting the organisation of a sporting event.

Initial education:

 Students already following the undergraduate degree programme in Sports Science (STAPS): candidates must have validated at least 3 semesters. Students must submit an application and attend a career guidance interview
Students from another field of study other than Sports Science: candidates must have obtained a 2-year higher education diploma or have validated at least 120 university credits. Admission by application and interview with an active career guidance commission. Information: http://sportmanagement.univ-lyon1.fr
Continuing education: admission on application, possibility of validating professional experience (for admission by means of a derogation). For more information regarding the procedures, contact the VAE unit: http://vae.univ-lyon1.fr/

Enrolment procedure:

The application and enrolment procedure is available directly on the website of UFR STAPS Lyon 1, by clicking here


The degree is obtained after validating each of the 3 years with an average grade.

Each year is validated by the validation of each semester or by compensation between semesters. A semester is validated with an average grade by compensation between the teaching units composing it. Specific procedures are approved each year and displayed in the component school.

For more information on Assessment, click here