M.A. Olympic Studies

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Olympic Studies Centres (OSCs) are valued as an important link between the Olympic and academic worlds. The Olympic Studies Centre at the German Sport University Cologne (OSC Cologne) was founded in 2005 and was established as a central research and teaching facility in compliance with section 20 of the Federal Higher Education Act.

The forerunner of the OSC was the Carl und Liselott Diem Archive (CuLDA), which still exists as part of the current OSC. The OSC Cologne follows the tradition of the CuLDA in conducting research and delivering teaching about the Olympic Movement, Olympic Sport and the Olympic Games on a national and international level.

The profile of the OSC Cologne meets the expectations of a modern university landscape and its current activities in research, teaching, consulting and archival work are examples of how the key objectives of the OSC Cologne can be met. The activities are the following:

  • Transfer of academic knowledge on the Olympic Movement into the Olympic world through the international part-time programme M.A. Olympic Studies;
  • Development and expansion of research studies, information and documentation within the research centre;
  • Creating synergies in teaching, researching and consulting activities amongst national and international OSCs;
  • Strengthening links between the OSC Cologne and institutions linked to the Olympic Movement on the national and international level.


M.A. Olympic Studies - 8th Intake Application Process

8th Intake Application Process

On behalf of the M.A. Olympic Studies programme and all our partners, we are delighted to announce that the application period for the 8th intake is currently ongoing. The new intake is due to commence their studies in September 2021 and we continue to welcome all applications up until the...


Daniel Quanz on Coubertin´s philosophical foundations

OSC´s Daniel Quanz was invited to the "I CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE CIENCIAS DEL DEPORTE, OLIMPISMO Y MOVIMIENTO OLÍMPICO - RETOS DEL MOVIMIENTO OLIMPICO Y DEL DEPORTE POST-COVID 19" (1st International Congress on Sports, Olympism and the Olympic Movement - Challenges for the Olympic Movement and Sports after Covid 19", an...


International Olympic Academy: Appointment to the Programme Commission

Prof. Dr. Stephan Wassong has been appointed by the President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Olympia (Greece) to the newly established program commission. It is the task of the commission to develop new teaching programmes which the IOA offers for doctoral candidates, students, teachers, members of National...