Sports with specialisation in Elite Sports

Practical focus: This master’s degree programme is practice-oriented and interdisciplinary, and allows you to choose a major in Training Science or Sports Management.

This degree programme:

  • is aimed at sports-minded students with a bachelor’s degree, who are interested in going on to work in a training science or sports management-related field in the world of elite sports;

  • is a prerequisite for working in an academic/scientific capacity in elite sports;

  • provides comprehensive knowledge of your chosen major, training science or sports management;

  • allows you to consolidate your knowledge of your chosen major in at least one three-month work placement;

  • offers you the opportunity to acquire professional skills and knowledge during your work placement and to establish connections in your chosen environment;

  • allows you to explore your chosen major in depth in a master’s thesis;

  • ensures that you are up to date with the latest elite sports-related developments in training science;

  • informs you about opportunities in the elite sports market and enables you to identify relevant success factors and meet the challenges of this market;

  • enables you to work competently with elite sports-relevant research methods and critically evaluate research projects;

  • teaches you the skills required to taken on demanding, complex roles and to interact in the elite sports environment;

  • enables you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses and take these into account in your work organisation;

  • is based in Magglingen, the heart of Swiss sport, allowing you to benefit from applied research in competitive sport and the ‘day-to-day’ proximity of the elite sports world.


  • Title/Degree Master of Science (MSc)
  • Specialisations Major in Training Science or Sports Management
  • Mode of study Full-time study for 4 semesters (= standard) or part-time for max. 8 semesters (e.g. while working)
  • Start date Monday in calendar week 38
  • Application deadline 2018/2020 cycle: 30 April 2018 (please note: course runs every 2 years)
  • ECTS credits 120 ECTS credits
  • Teaching language German / French / English
  • Location Magglingen
  • School Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen

This degree programme is offered in German. For detailed information, go to the German page.

Qualification + Career prospects

With its MSc in Elite Sport, the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM offers a practice-centred, interdisciplinary degree course. Graduates are able to blend theory and practice and therefore successfully apply their knowledge of sports science to the practice of performance sport.

Degree + Title

Those who successfully complete a master's course will be awarded a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Sports Science “with a focus on EHSM top-level sport" (specialisation in training science) or (specialisation in sports management).

Career prospects

  • Performance directors
  • Education directors
  • Coaching scientists
  • Sport developers
  • Team and event managers
  • Sports entrepreneurs and marketers
  • Coaches/head coaches (in combination with Sports Coach Education Switzerland)