Master's in Sport Didactics

In conjunction with PHBern, the Institute of Sport Science offers an MSc in Sport Didactics (FDS), which aims to provide students with a foundation for subsequent work in teacher training in the field of Sport at universities of teacher education. The mono master's, worth 120 ECTS credits, is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in Sport Science or at teaching staff with a bachelor's or master's degree from a university of teacher education.

The specialized Joint Master’s in FDS provides an in-depth insight into the subject sport didactics, especially with reference to physical education. The program includes courses offered by the Institute of Sport Science, the Institute of Educational Science and the Bern University of Teacher Education. In terms of content, the program is divided into two parts: 1) in-depth sport science courses and 2) studies in didactics in sport with a specialization in teaching & learning and didactics of sport. The standard period of study, including fulfillment of individual requirements, is approximately 6 semesters. The Joint Master’s in DoS is completed as a single subject (mono) master's with a master thesis (120 ECTS credits). To successfully complete the program, students must have a teaching diploma.

Admission requirements for the MSc degree program for graduates of a bachelor's degree in Sport Science and a degree from a university of teacher education (as well as their transfer practices) can be found in the FAQs of the ISPW and the following links:

Requirements for graduates of a bachelor’s degree in Sport Science (status August 2019; document in German) (PDF, 206KB) Requirements for graduates of a bachelor’s degree in (pre) Primary Education from a university of teacher education (status March 2019; document in German) (PDF, 153KB)
Fachdidaktische Diskussion zwischen Dozent und Studierenden
Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Fachdidaktik Sport, Universität Bern und PHBern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

The joint master's study program in Sport Didactics (FDS) designed in conjunction with PHBern uses academic theories and practice to address issues on teaching sport from social and behavioral scientific perspectives. In-depth courses on sport science, education, research methods and life-stage didactics provide the foundation for working on more complex issues in sport didactics, particularly in a school context. The final master's thesis is a key component in acquiring the special qualification in didactics in the FDS joint master's study program.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the specialized joint master's degree program in Sport Didactics (mono):

a) Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with a major in exercise and sports science or
b) recognized Swiss teaching diploma issued on the basis of a bachelor's or master's degree

For the above degrees, the following conditions or additional requirements are possible:

a)

Applicants with a university bachelor's degree with a major in exercise and sports science will receive additional requirements totaling a maximum of 60 ECTS credits from sports didactic and professional practice training as well as from the bachelor's degree program in sports science.

b)

Applicants with a bachelor's degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen (EHSM) will receive additional requirements totaling a maximum of 60 ECTS credits from the sports didactic and professional training as well as from the bachelor's degree in sports science.

c)

Applicants with a recognized Swiss teaching diploma based on a bachelor's or master's degree will receive additional requirements totaling a maximum of 60 ECTS credits from the bachelor's program in sports science.

For students with a bachelor's degree with a major from other fields of study and a minor in exercise and sports science amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits, additional requirements or conditions amounting to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits may be set.
Degrees of graduates from foreign universities are checked for their equivalence. The admission requirements of the University of Bern apply.

Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Language requirements

Very good knowledge of German.

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Fachdidaktik Sport, Universität Bern und PHBern, by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

The joint master's study program in Sport Didactics is not a professional qualification. However, together with a teaching diploma at school level, it forms an excellent base for a future career in a university of teacher education. Subsequent to the master's program, suitably qualified master's graduates may continue to study Sport Science at doctoral level, focusing on sports didactics.