Course plan

Syllabus Sport Science MA, Sports specific exercise training, 7,5 Credits

General data

  • Code: IV009A
  • Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Health Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/22/2010
  • Date of change: 10/4/2019
  • Version valid from: 8/1/2020


The aims of the course are to identify and review current developments and research in a specified sport and to critically analyse different training plans using scientific evidence.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:
- search and critically evaluate scientific articles in the field of exercise training
- summarise and explain the training methods which have scientific evidence for improving sport performance
- Illustrate benefits, disadvantages and effects of different training plans from physiological and/or biomechanical perspective
- Translate scientific training methods and training plans to practical application in a training program


- Principles for and setup of aerobic and anaerobic endurance training
- Implementation of strength training
- Concurrent strength and endurance training
- Rationale and methods for training of flexibility
- Planning of exercise training, periodisation and peak performance
- Case-study in a specified sport

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree of minimum 180 credits (including a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent internationally recognised degree) in Sports Science, Physical Education, Physiotherapy or equivalent. English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course is delivered in English. The teaching methods vary and include individual and group exercises. Examples of teaching methods are lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops and practical exercises. Detailed information is given in the study handbook.

Examination form

The course is examined through compulsory assignments on campus (that require physical presence) together with an individual written assignment.

If a student has a written decision from the coordinator at Mid Sweden University for students with disabilities, the examiner has the right to adjust the examination.

Retaking of passed exams to improve grades is not permitted by Mid Sweden University.

Link to subject-specific grade criteria:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Chandler, T. J., & Brown, L. E.
  • Title: Conditioning for strength and human performance (3rd ed.)
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Edition: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-7360-9409-2

Reference literature

  • Author: O'Donoghue, P
  • Title: Research methods for sports performance analysis
  • Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge
  • Edition: 2010
  • Comment: ISBN: 9780415496230
  • Author: Australian Institute of Sport
  • Title: Physiological tests for elite athletes (2nd ed)
  • Publisher: Leeds: Human Kinetics.
  • Edition: 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-920828-9
  • Comment: ISBN: 9780736097116
Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer.

Scientific articles will be provided during the course.
Other information
The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Students accepted to previous versions of the course have the right to be examined 3 times within 1 year according to that syllabus, except module(s) that require physical presence where 1 examination opportunity per year is offered. Thereafter students are transferred to the latest version of the syllabus.