M.A. International Sport Development and Politics

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. Since the students will bring different expertise from their BA degree programmes, Module 1 primarily aims to bring everyone to the same knowledge level.

Module 2 presents methodological skills and thus marks an intersection between disciplinary background and expertise on content.

With strong integration of the humanities and social sciences approaches with elements from the fields of sport management and sport economy, the degree programme supports both broad and specialized academic development. Modules 3 and 4 focus on European sports and on Olympic policy, both of which are key topics in international sports development. The teaching of core knowledge is deepened in the second half of the programme. Module 5 focuses on sociological and legal aspects. Module 6 delves into economics. And Module 7 offers students to conduct a concrete research project.

The third semester then bundles the previously acquired qualifications in light of the instrumental and systemic competences. Modules 8 to 11 are based focus on sport for development, sport policy and sport systems and focus on both current research questions and professional examples.

Finally, in the fourth semester, these combined skills lead to self-guided research as reflected in the Master’s Thesis, which represents Module 12.

Teaching is carried out by the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies as well as the Institute of Sport History, other institutes at the German Sport University Cologne and external teaching staff from Europe and overseas strengthening the international perspective of the degree programme.

Amongst others the following researchers and practitioners have given a guest lecture or a complete seminar:

  • Tamara Awartani  (Palestine Sports for Life)
  • Ursula Bitzegeio (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)
  • Alexander Cardenas  (Platform on Sport for Development and Peace)
  • Johannes Curtius (German Olympic Sport Confederation)
  • Cristo de Coning (University of the Western Cape)
  • Michel d’Hooghe (FIFA/UEFA)
  • Paul Downward (Loughborough University)
  • Daniel Duben (University Mainz)
  • Fadi El Yamani (Right To Play)
  • Katrin Grafarend (German Olympic Sport Confederation)
  • Olaf Handloegten (GIZ)
  • Tim Jacobs (Mainz/Wiesbaden)
  • Marion Keim (University of the Western Cape)
  • Jacob Kornbeck (EU)
  • Roger Levermore (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  • Beatrix Meija (Grupo Internacional de Paz)
  • Clemens Mulokozi (Jambo Bukoba)
  • Oscar Mwaanga (Southampton Solent University, UK & EduMove)
  • Richard Parrish (Edge Hill University)
  • Jane Ruseski (West Virginia University)
  • Axel Schäfer (MP, SPD)
  • Jeroen Scheerder (KU Leuven)
  • Stefan Scholl (University Siegen)
  • Sven Schröder (Right to Play Germany)
  • Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)
  • Philippe Vonnard (University Lausanne) 

Sample Timetable / Course Catalog

The sample timetable for M.A. DEV represents exemplarily the schedule of the first semester. 

sample timetable M.A. DEV


By means of a brief instruction, it is possible to use the online course catalog in order to set up a timetable of the current semester. 

brief instruction


The following graphik gives an overview of the modules and timeline of the entire study:

Module Overview and Timeline