What is the role of sports in a world facing pressing social challenges? How do we understand the possibilities and challenges of sports as a platform for social change? How do we examine and analyse sports and sports science research to find new perspectives on the role of sports? How can we look critically at the development of sports in relation to social processes such as globalisation, migration and urbanisation?

Sports Science: sports 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 sports, leisure, and health industries as platforms for social change.

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 sports science, sports studies, sports and exercise science, sports management, sports business, human movement studies, kinesiology, physical education, sports politics, sports coaching, sports 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 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 sports, 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 sports 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 sports science and the position and opportunities of those with a sports 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 the 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.


For a programme with start Autumn 2018:

Autumn 2018 - Semester 1
  • sports in Society - to Address Challenges, 7.5 credits (IV601G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
  • Globalisation, sports and Health, 7.5 credits (IV602G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
  • Perspectives on sports in a Changing World, 7.5 credits (IV603G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
  • sports Governance – from Local to International Level, 7.5 credits (IV604G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
Spring 2019 - Semester 2
  • sports and Sustainable Development, 7.5 credits (IV605G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
  • Research Methods in Sports Sciences, 7.5 credits (IV606G) compulsory
    Main field: sports Sciences
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 sports in Society, 15 ECTS
• Scientific Methodology and Analysis, 15 ECTS (Main field: sports Sciences)

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

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.

What career will I be prepared for?

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

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

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

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated January 31, 2019
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