The International Centre for Sports Studies’ (CIES) FIFA Master has been named Europe’s best postgraduate sports management course by SportBusiness International magazine for the second year running.

The FIFA Master fended off competition from the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland after again scoring highly in the categories of student satisfaction and the employability of its alumni.

Vincent Schatzmann, general secretary of CIES, expressed delight at this continued recognition. “To be ranked as the leading sports management programme in Europe, twice in a row, is a wonderful achievement," he said.

“This result is both a reward and an encouragement. A reward for the team of the CIES and its scientific staff, but also for the teachers of the three partner universities of the FIFA Master: De Montfort University in Leicester, SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and the University of Neuchatel.”

Schatzmann added: “We would also like to congratulate the work and successes of our alumni who are now working for so many different sporting organisations around the world. They have all helped to make the FIFA Master such a global leader in sports business education. Finally, we must also thank FIFA, as without whom this course would not be possible.”