Course plan

Syllabus Sports Science MA, Master Degree Project (one year), 30 credits

General data

  • Code: IV015A
  • Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 30
  • Progressive specialization: A1E - Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
  • Answerable department: Health Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 8/29/2019
  • Date of change: 6/10/2021
  • Version valid from: 8/15/2022


The aim of the course is that students should develop, deepen and apply their
knowledge of the academic research process. Students should be able to apply both
qualitative and quantitative research and analysis methods, as well as writing,
verbally presenting and defending scientific work at Masters (D) level.

Course objectives

After completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:

Module 1:
Knowledge and understanding
- Explain and evaluate different research methods and research traditions and understand when they are appropriate to use.
- Identify, summarise and evaluate previous research in your field of interest.
- Independently and systematically based on the chosen problem area formulate clear and substantive research questions.

Competence and skills
- Select population and design the study based on available and adequate methods
- Deepen knowledge of parametric and non-parametric statistics and deepen understanding of qualitative analysis methods and apply to limited material.

Judgement and approach
- Discuss principles of research ethics and apply ethical considerations to research design.
- Provide motivation for your ideas and consider constructive criticism.
- Reflect on the need for additional knowledge and take responsibility for knowledge development

Module 2:
Knowledge and understanding
- Explain and apply the basic elements of the empirical research process: study objectives, perspectives, design, data collection, analytical techniques and writing processes in quantitative and qualitative research.

Competence and skills
- Defend the concepts and methods used.
- Independently conduct systematic data collection and relevant analysis.

Judgement and approach
- Evaluate your project on the basis of reflective ethical reasoning.
- Draw conclusions and argue their validity.
- Provide motivation for your views and consider constructive criticism.


Module 1: project plan (15 credits)
- Literature and information search and analysis
- Quantitative and qualitative study design and analysis
- Principles of research ethics
- Study, analyse and work with research questions
- Write and orally defend a project plan
- Opposition of another project plan.

Module 2: independent project (15 credits)
- written independent project
- opponent- and respondent statements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree consisting of at least 180 credits, including a degree project of at least 15 credits in sports science, physical education, or physiotherapy.


A Bachelor degree consisting of at least 180 credits, including a degree project of at least 15 credits in another subject, as well as a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subjects: exercise physiology, testing methods in sports science, kinesiology, biomechanics, coaching and leadership, sports nutrition, sports medicine, and training sciences.


English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is delivered in English. Teaching takes place through lectures, online and on-campus seminars, and individual supervision.

Examination form

1000: Module 1, 15.0 hp
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

2000: Module 2, 15.0 hp
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

The course is examined as two compulsory modules:

Module 1, 15 credits (graded Approved (G) / Not approved (U)) is examined through active participation in workshops and seminars (including on-campus), oral and written presentation of the project plan and oral opposition of another student’s project plan.

Module 2, 15 credits (graded A-F) is examined through an oral presentation and opposition in addition to written submission of the Master Thesis.

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Retaking or resubmission with the purpose to improve passing grades is not permitted at Mid Sweden University.

Link to subject-specific grade criteria:

Grading system

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Reference literature

  • Author: O´Donoghue, P.
  • Title: Statistics for sports and exercise studies
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Edition: 2012
  • Author: Jersild, P.C.
  • Title: Medicinsk etik i fickformat
  • URL:
  • Author: Backman, J.
  • Title: Rapporter och uppsatser
  • Publisher: Studentlitteratur
  • Edition: 2008 eller senare

Required literature

  • Author: Vetenskapsrådet
  • Title: God forskningsed, Vetenskapsrådets rapportserie, 1:2011
  • URL:
  • Author: Thomas, J,.Nelson, J. & Silverman, S.
  • Title: Research Methods in Physical Activity
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics
  • Edition: 2011
  • Author: O´Donoghue, P.
  • Title: Research Methods for Sports performance analysis
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Edition: 2010
  • Author: Day, R.A & Gastel B.
  • Title: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Edition: 2006
  • Author: Cresswell,J. W.
  • Title: Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches
  • Publisher: Sage Publications ltd
  • Edition: 2003
  • Author: Berg, K.E. & Latin, R.W.
  • Title: Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
  • Edition: 2007
Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer.