Erasmus Mundus MA Sports Ethics and Integrity

Course Overview


Responding to the global crisis in sports integrity this course is a world-first innovation for sports administration and governance.

Key Features

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 course 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


The MAiSI will equip students for high-level careers in sports administration and governance, with a focus on ethical sports, integrity and compliance. 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 MAiSI 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 MAiSI 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.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Erasmus Mundus MA Sports Ethics and Integrity is a first (1st) or second class honours, upper division (2.1) degree in a relevant discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with an overall score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


How To Apply

All applicants should apply via Swansea University’s online application system:

The deadline for applications for scholarships has now finished, however we welcome self-funding applications.

The deadline for self-funding applications will be 1st July, 2017.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time €4,500 €9,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

International Network

This course 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”‌‌‌


Academic Staff

The academic staff include

Swansea University

Professor Mike McNamee

Dr Camilla Knight

Dr Andrew Bloodworth

Charles University, Prague

Associate Professor Irena Martinkova

Professor Jim Parry

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Professor Holger Preuss

Professor Perikles Simon

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Professor Yves C Vanlandewijck

Professor Jan Tolleneer

Professor Andreas De Block

University of the Peloponnese

Professor Konstantiones Georgiadis

Professor Athanassios Strigas

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Professor Jose Luise Perez Trivino

Professor Alberto Carrio Sampedro