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

Summary

What is the role of sport in a world facing pressing social challenges? How do we understand the possibilities and challenges of sport as a platform for social change? How do we examine and analyse sport and sport science research to find new perspectives on the role of sports? How can we look critically at the development of sport in relation to social processes such as globalisation, migration and urbanisation?
Sport Science: Sport in Society is a two-year master’s programme that tackles these questions. During the programme, students develop applied skills and a critical knowledge base to work with sport, leisure, and health industries as platforms for social change.

Admission 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.

Selection:

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About

This two-year master’s programme is tailored for those who have undergraduate experience in sports science, physical education, health science and management.

When embarking on this programme, you have the advantage of being schooled in the latest theories, while being given the opportunity to apply these theories and concepts to real-life projects and challenges through individual assignments and group projects. 

What makes this programme unique?

Located in the dynamic Öresund Region, the programme is linked to Malmö's urban environment and its position as a multicultural, innovative and sustainable city. Throughout the programme, both Scandinavian and international contexts are used as case studies, and the programme is carried out in close collaboration with industry partners such as local organisations.

The programme strives to offer an international classroom practise and brings together students from different backgrounds and experiences. This allows you to deepen your knowledge and gain an overview based on the academic backgrounds and practical experience of other students, which will allow you to be able to work transcultural in your future professions.

The education is closely linked to the sport science research environment at Malmö University, which has a strong research environment and a prominent role in the debate on sport issues.

What career will I be prepared for?

After completed studies, you will have significantly deepened your knowledge and understanding of sport in relation to society's change processes. You will have competence, knowledge and an understanding required to work with sport in relation to sustainable development.

The education is relevant for a wide range of jobs and roles where sport is used in a context of change, ranging from working with elite athletes to sporting federations or public health sectors.

This two-year master’s programme also provides a pathway to PhD studies or industry in research and development. 

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2018

Programme Code:
LAIDT revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Idrottsvetenskap: Idrott och samhälle, masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
13 October 2013
Date of ratification:
16 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 September 2017

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.

Organisation

The programme is full-time and leads to a master's degree in sports science after the student has completed course requirements for periods 1-4 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 120 higher education credits and contains both compulsory and optional courses. The master's programme includes compulsory courses at advanced level of 105 higher education credits, of which 90 credits in the main field, and optional courses of 15 higher education credits. The elective courses must be relevant to the master's programme. Optional courses can be chosen at Malmö University as well as at other colleges and universities in consultation with the programme administrator.
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.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2018:
Autumn 2018 - Semester 1
Spring 2019 - Semester 2
Autumn 2019 - Semester 3
  • See comment below
Spring 2020 - Semester 4
  • See comment below
Semester 2 includes Optional course, 15 ECTS

Semester 3
•Research and Development (R&D) with Focus on Sport in Society, 15 ECTS
•Scientific Methodology and Analysis, 15 ECTS (Main field: Sport Sciences)

Semester 4
•Sport Sciences: Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS (Main field: Sport Sciences)

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.

Learning outcomes for the two-year master's degree:
Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the programme students should be able to demonstrate:
• knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work
• specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study

Skills and Abilities
Following successful completion of the programme students should be able to demonstrate:
• the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge, analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations, even with limited information
• the ability to critically, autonomously and creatively identify and formulate issues, plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the development of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
• the ability, in both national and international contexts, in speech and writing to clearly explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different groups
• the skills required to participate in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.
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 scientific, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
• insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and human responsibility for its use
• the ability to identify their need for further knowledge and take responsibility for their ongoing learning

Thesis
For a two-year master's degree, the student must complete an independent work (thesis) of at least 30 ECTS in the main field of study. The independent work may consist of less than 30 credits, but at least 15 credits if the student has already completed an independent degree of at least 15 ECTS in the main field of study or equivalent from foreign education.

(Higher Education Ordinance 1993: 100 Appendix 2)

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Masters Degree (two-year) with main field of Sport Science, 120 credits
Master's degree is obtained after the student has completed programme requirements 120 ECTS credits, of which at least 90 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 Masterexamen i Idrottsvetenskap. The English translation of the degree certificate specifies Master (Two Years/120 ECTS) of Science 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.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department School of Teacher Education.

Further information

Paola Mendoza Frödin, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-6658225
Kelly Knez, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657744
Karin Book, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658123

Application

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mah-86129

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 160000 SEK

Application deadline 15 January

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