M.A. International Sport Development and Politics

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

The learning outcomes of the M.A. International Sport Development and Politics are reflected in the five categories: academic orientation, career orientation, international outlook, diversity and key competences. 

Academic orientation: The course combines approaches and concepts from social sciences and humanities to ensure the underpinning for an academic analysis of sport and physical culture. Based on this, the course aims at providing basic knowledge and tools for the analysis of central subject areas such as Sport Polities: Values, Frameworks and Institutions, Sport Policies: Comparative and International Sport Structures and Processes, Sport Politics: Past, Present and Future Fields of Challenges for Sport Development. In addition, the understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods is a key learning outcome.  

Career orientation: During the first two semesters the acquisition of knowledge in lecture and seminars takes centre stage. The third and fourth semester aim at specialization of the acquired skills as well as their testing and application in the current research and professional world both at home and abroad. The goal is to make students able to integrate their newly acquired skills and perspectives to solve real-world problems both in the field and in academics

International Outlook: When comparing sport and physical activity cultures around the world, it is clear that an increasingly complex, comprehensive system of complementary and overlapping structures has arisen in the sport. Against this background, basic knowledge of sports systems, sports structures and sports development are taught in the programme. 

Diversity is another learning outcome of the programme. The students enrolled come from diverse and varied backgrounds. And subjects range from a variety of topics and take into account various factors, including issues such as nationality, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation and disability.     

Key Competencies: Through dialogue and interaction in the programme, the following key competences are acquired:

  1. Project-related methodological skills (including project planning, organization and implementation)
  2. Data-based assessment of competencies (including elaboration of source criticism, evaluations)
  3. Socio-political reflection skills (including uncovering of social structures, opportunities for participation)
  4. Social communication skills (use of teamwork and facilitation skills), intercultural skills (including identification of inclusion and exclusion).

Language skills, as the M.A. is carried out as an English programme. 


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