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Two new master’s programmes in Sport Sciences


Starting this December, Malmö University will be accepting applications for two new international master’s programmes in Sport Sciences. Students can choose to take the one or two-year programme, and will explore the role of sport in relation to issues like diversity, social justice, urbanisation and sustainability. 

While many traditional sport sciences programmes have a biomedical focus, Malmö University is taking a different approach. Asking questions like, ‘how can we think critically about the role of sport in a world facing significant social and political change?’, students will analyse sport from a social science perspective. At the same time, they will gain skills to work with complex issues within the field.

Sport in a shifting world

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sport Sciences, Kelly Knez, believes that the new programmes are front-runners when it comes to relevant and exciting education.

“We are set apart by our emphasis on the social dimensions surrounding sport, but also because geographically, our location makes the programme unique,” she says.

“Malmö is such an exciting city for so many reasons. The sustainability, entrepreneurship, urbanisation and cultural diversity that the Öresund region is known for provides a really interesting platform for students to build upon.

Sport in Malmö

“We want students to think globally and locally. The world is not static and nor is sport. By drawing on the relevance of current world events as well as their surroundings, students can unpack and explore sport in an ever-changing world.”

Covering all bases

In addition to courses like ‘Sport and Sustainable Development’ and ‘Sport, Health and Globalisation’, the master’s programmes give students the opportunity to apply theories to real-life case studies by collaborating with local community organisations.

The two-year programme is more suited to students who want to independently shape their education according to individual needs and interests. However, Knez stresses that the content of both programmes is valuable, whatever students’ future field of work.

“If we think about what Europe is currently experiencing - population shifts, urban changes, political tensions, and an increased awareness of the vulnerability of our environment - sport has a unique position within all this. If you have the skills to understand these different social forces surrounding sport then you can use that knowledge in an applied setting, regardless of whether you work with elite athletes, sporting organisations or in the field of sport and recreation more broadly,” Knez explains.

So for students considering a degree in sport sciences, the ball’s in your court. 

Text: Maya Acharya

Last updated by Maya Acharya