Olympic University Scholarships

September 8, 2015

Two graduates from Dublin University  have received Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarships to study a Master of Sport Administration (MSA) in the Russian International Olympic University , Sochi , for the 2015/16 academic year.

David Stephenson and David Joyce (pictured holding the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch) , graduates of Dublin City University will start their academic studies shortly. The scholarships have been arranged through the Olympic Council of Ireland.

The MSA course is designed for individuals who have higher education qualifications, leadership qualities and an ambition to develop their professional expertise and make an outstanding career in sport administration.

The main objective of the programme is to produce a new generation of effective sport managers with both strategic and operational skills.


  1. international faculty including 19 world-class experts from 10 countries;
  2. location in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics;
  3. integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience in managing Olympic venues;
  4. opportunities for practical application of skills at the Olympic venues;
  5. international group of students;
  6. unique combination of winter and summer Olympic sports.

The course is based on the rich diversity of the Olympic legacy transformed into an original and innovative educational product. Students study both general and sport specific management subjects including the international business environment, sport diplomacy, economic theory, strategic management, marketing, finance and legal regulation within the sports industry. They also learn how political institutions (governments and other public authorities) work in the sport sector.

Professional management skills are polished and developed through studying sport logistics, project management, risk management, event organisation, negotiating techniques, and other subjects.

The curriculum utilizes a wide range of modern educational technologies: lectures and seminars, consultations, workshops, case studies, interactive classes, cascade training, practical application, master classes by sport celebrities, and research projects.

The programme culminates in a graduate qualification paper (thesis).

Language of instruction: English

Programme duration: 39 weeks (3 semesters) from September 2015 through June 2016. Each week includes five study days.


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