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Leisure Management / Bainistiú Fóillíochta

DT411

What is... Leisure Management? 

The leisure industry is the broad and exciting sector which spans between leisure, recreation, sports and cultural organisations.  The variety of recreational needs of the population makes this an exciting and flexible area of work.  Students learn the academic and practical skills to become supervisory managers in their chosen sector of the leisure industry.  Students especially acquire the necessary business skills to become industry professionals.

The BA in Leisure Management focuses on the broad leisure industry and includes a professional internship, practical modules and academic subjects, while preparing students for leadership in this field.  

What are my... Career Opportunities?

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to work in the leisure industry.  Successful graduates will be prepared for entry into the sector at supervisory management level in areas such as leisure centres, theme parks, activity centres, aquatic centres, golf and sports clubs, hotel leisure centres and other recreational spaces.

Many of our graduates have established their own leisure companies.  Opportunities are also available in postgraduate education. 

Graduates have developed careers as activity co-ordinators, consultants and project managers, event organisers, facility managers, personal trainers, sport and leisure development officers with local authorities, national governing bodies and educational institutions.  Graduates have also developed roles in sales and marketing, membership management, information technology, and have progressed to general management and group management functions within leisure organisations. 

What other options do I have after completion?  

Graduates have found the BA programme an excellent foundation for continuing their studies to acquire a Level 8 BSc (Honours) in Leisure Management (DT411H) and other programmes at Honours Degree and Masters level in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?  

Students are taught how to become supervisory managers. Therefore there is a strong emphasis on academic subjects such as business, marketing, human resource management, leisure law, management and accounting. 

Some practical modules include gym supervision and a safety programme for leisure management.  Within some of the options, students are assessed for recognised qualifications in lifesaving and personal training.

European Languages are becoming ever-increasingly important in the world of work and therefore students also study one European language’

In the final year students choose from a range of options which allows them to tailor their studies to their particular interests. The range of options can vary from year to year but has included modules in coaching, community development, event management, sports and exercise nutrition and managing innovation.  

Module Listing 

Year One  

Semester 1 

  • Leisure Studies
  • Computer Applications
  • Applied Communications
  • Languages
  • Management
  • Safety Programme for Leisure Management

Semester 2 

  • Applied Communications
  • Marketing
  • Languages
  • Leadership in Health, Activity & Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Leisure & Sport Sectors OR Aquatic Studies  

Year Two 

Semester 1 

  • Human Resource Management,
  • Accounting for Tourism & Leisure
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Database & Industry Software
  • Leisure Management Behavioural Competencies
  • Leisure Operations

OR

  • Exercise Health Studies & Personal Training

Semester 2 

  • Professional Internship and Career Management 

Year Three 

Semester 1 

  • Facility Safety in Leisure
  • Management Accounting - Costing and Decision Making
  • Strategic Management – an Applied Approach
  • Leisure and Sport Policy and Planning

2 Option Modules  (may include Students Learning with Communities)

Semester 2 

  • Sustainable Leisure Facilities Management
  • Leisure Law
  • Management Accounting– Planning & Controlling
  • Contemporary Leisure Issues

2 Option Modules  (may include Students Learning with Communities)

Internships/Work Placements 

We want our graduates to be ready for the workplace upon completing their degree. Internships give students an edge when it comes to getting that job in the leisure industry. Employers place huge value on first hand experience on top of college education and we ensure that our students have both of these. 

These are unique networking opportunities to make contacts for careers in the future. In preparing for their internship, students are encouraged to gain experience in organisations that will develop their learning as part of their studies. 

Each student completes an internship/placement in industry during the second semester of year 2 in either Ireland or abroad. 

Recent Internships have included university sports complexes (e.g. Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University), national sports facilities (e.g. Croke Park, National Aquatic Centre), national Governing Bodies and regional (e.g. GAA).

Are there study abroad options?  

The BA in Leisure Management participates in the Erasmus + study abroad programme. This is the unique opportunity to undertake a semester abroad in a partner institution/university. This is an option in the second semester of Year 2 where participating students take a similar number of modules abroad.

Students also have the option of completing their fifteen week internship abroad.  If work placements are completed outside Ireland and within the EU, grants are available through the EU Erasmus + programme.  

Further Information  

School of Hospitality Management & Tourism

T: 01 402 7583 (Dr Catherine Gorman)

T: 01 402 4352 (Mary Dineen)

E: Catherine.Gorman@dit.ie

E: tourism.hospitality@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/hospitalitymanagementtourism/

What our Students say!

“I had a keen interest in sport and fitness so I picked the BA in Leisure Management. It was a great course and now I’m working at the Rugby world cup in New Zealand, the Australian Open in Tennis and the Melbourne Grand Prix in the next year.”

“Leisure Management is a well-rounded course. From a manager in the leisure industry or a fitness instructor in a gym, it will provide you with the skills and theory to support you in your career. You can change your mind about what you want to be, and are able to use the knowledge you have gained in moving forward in whatever area you want.”

“I really enjoy the practical parts of the course. It covers a broad aspect of the leisure industry and opens a lot of doors for potential careers.”

“Leisure management is a brilliant course and a great experience.”

“Leisure Management is more than just leisure - it equips you with the skills and knowledge to set up your own business. By having both business and practical skills the course opens up a variety of opportunities.”