Sport Sciences: Sport in Society, Master’s Programme (One-Year)

Programme - second cycle - 60 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
LAIDO revision 2
Swedish name:
Idrottsvetenskap: Idrott och samhälle, magisterprogram
Date of establishment:
13 October 2013
Date of ratification:
29 September 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019

Entry requirements

Basic Requirements and Special Eligibility:
A Bachelor degree with at least 180 credits or an equivalent foreign degree, a minimum of 90 credits in sport science, sport studies, sport and exercise science, sport management, sport business, human movement studies, kinesiology, physical education, sport politics, sport coaching, sport psychology, public health, exercise and nutrition, recreation management or equivalent.
The equivalent of English B / English 6 in Swedish secondary school.


The programme is full-time and leads to a one year master's degree in sports science after the student has completed course requirements for periods 1-2 below. The programme is taught in English.
The programme aims for the student to develop applied skills and a critical knowledge base in order to work with sport, leisure and health industries as sites for social change. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth ability to use different theories and methods for understanding, analysing, changing and using sport towards a sustainable and equal society.
The concept of sustainable society includes social, economic and environmental perspectives. Furthermore, the programme aims at providing local, regional, national and international perspectives on sports, sports science and a sustainable society. Urban and innovative local environments, with associated challenges and initiatives, are used as living case studies. The students also actively contribute with experiences from different countries and sports cultures. Based on these, the students problematize the Swedish and Scandinavian sports context.
The student is given the opportunity to develop skills and in-depth knowledge suitable for a wide range of jobs, entrepreneurship, and research in fields where sports and health are used, for example, to meet or create changes and contribute to social development. The student works for this in close dialogue with stakeholders external to the university.
In addition, the education prepares for research studies. The education is closely linked to the sports science research environment at Malmö University and its research areas, which are focused upon the social sciences. Emphasis is placed on highlighting and working with the multidisciplinary nature of sport science and the position and opportunities of those with a sport science education in society.

The programme consists of 60 higher education credits and contains compulsory courses. Teaching is based on scheduled tasks such as lectures and seminars as well as self-study. Some elements require on-campus attendance while others can be carried out remotely. In the programme, we work with a wide variety of educational forms and materials, using digital communication channels.


Course list:

Learning outcomes

Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Higher Education Act (1992: 1434)
Education at the second cycle level shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the first cycle level and shall, in addition to what is required at the first cycle level:
• Further develop students' ability to independently integrate and use knowledge
• Develop students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations
• Develop students' qualifications for professional activities that make substantial demands on the individual´s ability to work indipendently or for research and development work.

For the one-year Master's degree:
Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to demonstrate:
• knowledge and understanding within the main field of education, sport sciences, both generally and specifically in relation to sport in society and a specialised insight into current research and development work in the field.
• specialised knowledge of the scientific methods used in sport.
Skills and Abilities
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to demonstrate:
• the ability to integrate knowledge, analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations even with limited information
• the ability to independently identify and formulate research questions and to plan and, using appropiate methods, perform advanced tasks within a specified period of time
• demonstrate the ability in speech and writing to clearly report and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences
• demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work or to work in other qualified activities
Evaluation ability and approach
Following successful completion of the programme students should be able to:
• demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
• demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
• demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for their ongoing learning

Thesis work
For a one-year master's degree, the student must have completed an independent work (degree project) of at least 15 ECTS in the main field of education.


Master's degree (60 credits).

Master's degree (one-year) with main field of sport science, 60 credits.
Master's degree is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 60 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits with a gradual degree in the main field.
Upon completion of the programme, Malmö University issues a degree certificates upon application. The Swedish degree certificate specifies Magisterexamen i Idrottsvetenskap. The English translation of the degree certificate specifies Master (One Year/ 60 ECTS) of Science in Sport Sciences.

Other Information

English is the language of instruction in the compulsory courses.
This educational plan is a translation of a Swedish original text.
Each individual education plan (syllabus) contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.