What is the role of sport in a world facing pressing social challenges? How do we understand the opportunities and challenges of sport and sport sciences as a means for social change? 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 one-year master’s programme that tackles these questions and prepares students to work with sport and sustainable development. Throughout the programme, students develop applied skills and perspectives to work with sport, 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 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.


For programme with start Autumn 2018:

Autumn 2018 - Semester 1
  • Sport in Society - to Address Challenges, 7.5 credits (IV601G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
  • Globalisation, Sport and Health, 7.5 credits (IV602G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
  • Perspectives on Sport in a Changing World, 7.5 credits (IV603G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
  • Sport Governance – from Local to International Level, 7.5 credits (IV604G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
Spring 2019 - Semester 2
  • Sport and Sustainable Development, 7.5 credits (IV605G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
  • Research Methods in Sport Sciences, 7.5 credits (IV606G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences
  • Sport Sciences: One-year Master's Thesis, 15 credits (IV607G) compulsory
    Main field: Sport Sciences

What career will I be prepared for?

After completing the programme, you will have significantly deepened your knowledge and understanding of sport in relation to society's change processes, and have the competence, knowledge and understanding required to work with sport in relation to sustainable development and social change.

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

Program taught in:
Malmö University

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Last updated January 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
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