Launched in 2016, the German Sport University's M.A. in International Sport Development and Politics is entering its second year and is accepting applications until July 15, 2017.

This innovative new programme enables the graduates to link content from politics, history, sociology, economics, law and sports.

Given the international growth of numerous associations and sports, as well as the increasing importance of development with and through sport, this approach helps meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals who have the ability to think in an interdisciplinary manner

Ultimately, graduates are well-equipped for leading positions in all kinds of national and international sport clubs and organisations, governments and administrations, NGOs, social agencies and commercial enterprises. Graduates are also qualified for further academic research pursuing a doctoral degree.

The next semester begins in October 2017, and the application period runs until July 15 2017. For more information, and to apply, you can visit the programme website.

The University of Rome “Foro Italico”, an Italian state university excelling in the Sport Science studies, in consortium with the Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo (NOR), the University of Vienna (AUT), the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (DEN) and the German Sport University in Cologne (GER), leading European Universities in the field, offers a 2-year European Master in Health and Physical Activity (120 ECTS). The program is carried out in English and successful students will be awarded a joint European certificate plus single or double national second level degrees (that are equally valid in Italy as well as in the other European countries).

The development of the program, coordinated by the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, has set out targets favoring the convergence of European Higher Education systems and the creation of an European Higher Education Area. It responds to the need of creating international university programs, whose structure includes studying periods abroad and guarantees an education towards both high professional opportunities and research activities, by making use of regular curricular internships. Master graduates in Health and Physical Activity shall be able to integrate at high level their knowledge of movement sciences, into biomedical, psycho-pedagogical and sociological ones and, in particular, pertaining the use of movement science in the preventive and rehabilitative area, in different age groups.

Who can apply

Graduates in the Sport Science area are eligible to enter the European Master in Health and Physical Activity: in this case they already meet minimum requirements  and they have only to pass the entrance examination. Graduates in different degree courses, shall have earned at least 28 ECTS (12 ECTS in the biomedical area, 12 ECTS in Physical Education/Sport/Movement Science  and Kinesiology area and 4 ECTS in the psychological – pedagogical sociological areas) in order to be admitted to the selection  and, of course, to pass the entrance examination. Also those students who are going to graduate in the fall session are admitted to the entrance examination. However, their enrolment will be accepted on a provisional basis and will be confirmed only if the degree is obtained 30 November.

Entrance Examination

Entrance examination, scheduled in July (date TBA), will be in English and organized in two parts:
a) evaluation of each candidate’s study curriculum;
b) only candidates in possession of minimum requirements can enter the second part, consisting of an online test to ascertain their basic knowledge of topics related to preventive and adapted physical activity  and of an interview on the above topics and on their motivation. Their proficiency in English will be also tested.


How to apply

You will need to fill out and get ready specific documentation (Application form, Curriculum), that can be downloaded from websites http://www.uniroma4.it and http://www.europeanmasterhpa.it/, where you can also find detailed information about entrance requirements and the program. These documents, in addition to the pre-enrolment procedure indicated in the official announcement, shall be received by the European Master Board by deadline (15 July 2016, at 13:00 CET) in compliance with the conditions published on the above mentioned websites.

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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