Programme Profile: M.A. International Sport Development and Politics

Louis Moustakas
April 28, 2016

The Deutsche Sporthochschule (German Sport University) will be accepting applications for its Master's in International Sport Development and Politics from June until 15 July. 

The Master Programme enables the graduates to link interdisciplinary content from politics, history, sociology, economics, law and sports.

The curriculum
Broken down into 12 modules, the curriculum features basic, advanced and specialized courses that enable a progressive learning process:

  • Module 1 is primarily aimed at acquiring a general expertise in the field
  • Module 2 presents methodological skills and thus marks an intersection between disciplinary background and expertise on content
  • Modules 3 and 4 focus on European sports and on Olympic policy, both of which are key topics in international sports development
  • Module 5 focuses on sociological and legal aspects
  • Module 6 delves into economics
  • Module 7 offers students to conduct a concrete research project
  • Modules 8 to 11 are based on sport for development, sport policy and sport systems and focus on both current research questions and professional examples
  • Module 12 applies these combined skills in self-guided research as reflected in the Master’s Thesis

Admission requirements

  • Completed degree (no less than six semesters) in a related field of study (subject specific requirements regarding the relevancy are listed in annex A of the admission regulations)
  • Proof of ability (above-average final grade of either 2.5 or higher in the German system or B according to ECTS)
  • Personal qualification (proven by Curriculum Vitae (CV) and letter of motivation) and professional qualification
  • Proficiency in English: lectures and courses will be held in English. Test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) are required (exceptions for native speakers, graduates holding a Bachelor of an English degree programme obtained at an university within the European Union or in a country where the official language is English)
  • German language proficiency is not compulsory but basic knowledge is strongly recommend
  • Completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree with at least 180 credit points according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The programme should predominantly focus on (at least 90 credits) either sports science, social sciences, humanities, culture or economics. In terms of methodology, the majors of the Bachelor programme should reveal foundations of empirical social research and hermeneutics (at least > 10 CP) and in terms of content historical or current sociopolitical sport or academic developments (at least must include > 25 CP)

The master study programme only starts in winter semesters (start in October). Since there are only few places in the programme, the admission depends on personal qualifications of the student proven by application.

The applicant’s CV and motivation letter have to be in English. Applicants with previous professional and/or academic experience need to submit proof of academic records, professional experience, or sport practical experience (in English or German language). During the application period (from the beginning of June until 15 July) you can apply for the master study programme and find out more about the current status of your application through the DSHS Köln Online Application Portal.


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