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Responding to the global crisis in sports integrity the Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity is a world-first innovation for sports administration and governance.

Key features of Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity

The world of sport is increasingly beset by ethical problems, from corruption and match fixing to child protection, doping and illegal betting.

The integrity of sporting bodies and organisations at every level is being brought into question, creating an urgent need to develop a coherent, professional response to these issues.

Our response is to establish sports ethics and integrity as a new, internationally recognised profession within the field of sports administration and governance in both public and private sectors; to develop 100 new postgraduate experts between 2017-21, selected from around the world who will enrich sport federations with their expertise in ethics and integrity and revolutionise the world of sport. This may be one of the few chances to respond effectively and rapidly to the global crisis in sport integrity.

‌‌‌The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity will focus on:

  • Global sports governance (e.g. FIFA, IOC)
  • Anti-doping and drugs education
  • Privacy and data protection issues
  • Fair Play, justice and human rights
  • Youth Olympics, ethics and education
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion (especially age and disability issues)
  • Illegal and irregular gambling
  • Match-fixing and sport manipulation
  • Legislation and codes of conduct
  • Equality and anti-discrimination (class, race, ethnicity, religion and gender issues)
  • Sustainability and legacy of sports events
  • Child protection and children’s rights
  • Olympism, peace, and The Olympic Truce

Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity Course Structure

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity will equip students for high-level careers in sports administration and governance, with a focus on ethical sports, integrity and compliance. Sports Ethics and Integrity students will receive training that enables them to identify ethical issues, engage in moral thinking, and translate decisions into moral actions – the three core skills required to develop sports integrity.

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and IntegrityI will support students in developing an ethical mind-set and transferable skills that are indispensable for addressing the value and integrity issues facing national and international sporting federations, national Olympic Committees, and Paralympic Committees with a focus on:

Year 1

  • Ethical theory, sports and integrity
  • Anti-doping: ethics, policy and practice
  • Sport integrity, corruption and gambling
  • Ability, disability and athlete integrity
  • Sport vales, fair play and integrity

Summer School at the International Olympic Academy - Greece

Year 2

  • Olympism and the Olympic Movement
  • Research methods and skills
  • Governance, law and sport integrity
  • Sports, management and integrity
  • Student Dissertation

Summer School at the International Olympic Academy, Greece

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity graduates will benefit from opportunities to undertake practical placements within the partner’s extensive network of advisory bodies, federations, policy-makers and commercial organisations, as well as from extensive international collaboration and training opportunities.

International networks

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity is a product of an international collaboration of the following universities:

  • Swansea University, founded in 1920, is a rapidly growing, UK top 30, research-intensive University with world-leading sports science research and productive international partnerships. Swansea has pioneered globally the ethics of sports as an area of applied research and consultancy in elite sport.
  • Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest University in Central Europe, and is consistently ranked first among the Universities of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, founded in 1477, is one of the top research universities in Germany of national and international recognition. It is a founding partner of the groundbreaking Executive Master in European Sports Governance.
  • KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest Universities in the world, and ranks among the world’s top 100 Universities. It is a leading centre of international excellence in disability and Paralympic sport.
  • The University of the Peloponnese is the most recently founded of Greek Universities, and draws on extensive links with the International Olympic Academy and the Olympic Movement. It hosts summer schools on Olympic Studies at its Ancient Olympia campus, adjacent to the archaeological site of the Ancient Olympic Games
  • The University Pompeu Fabra is ranked as the 1st University in Spain, the 7th in Europe and 13th worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) top Universities under 50 years old. It is recognised as a “Campus of International Excellence”‌‌‌

Visit the Erasmus Mundus Sports Ethics and Integrity MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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