Master's in Sport Science Research

The Bern MSc in Sport Science Research (SSR) is studied as a mono master's program worth 120 ECTS credits and is aimed at bachelor's graduates in Sport Science who wish to pursue an academic career. For this reason, studies involve an in-depth insight into social and behavioral scientific research methods and access to the Institute's excellent research laboratories.

The interdisciplinary SSR master's enables students to focus in-depth on particular research interests in various offices. The integrated teaching concept covers topics including Sport Psychology, Sport Pedagogy, Sport Sociology, Sport Economics and Movement Science, as well as Research Methods. A core element of the program is collaboration on a project in one of the Institute of Sport Science's areas of research focus, with students being mentored by a Senior Researcher. The standard duration of study is usually 4 semesters. The consecutive SSR master's program is completed as a mono master's with a master's thesis (major 120 ECTS credits).
Admission requirements for the SSR master's can be found in the FAQs.

Recommendations of courses and subject combinations that are typically ideal for the professional field of Sport Science Research are listed below.

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Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Sport Science Research, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

In the Sport Science Research (SSR) master's degree program, students address issues in depth regarding the phenomenon of sport, specifically from a social and behavioral scientific perspective. In-depth courses on sport science and research methods provide the requisite knowledge for dealing with complex issues relating to sport. In-depth courses on Sport Science Research support students in developing their own research questions. The compulsory options enable SSR students to construct their own individual education profile by means of selected seminar courses that build upon the in-depth sport science courses. The free options also enable students to integrate vocationally oriented and sport science skills. The final master's thesis is a key component in acquiring the special qualification in the master's study program.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualification is required for admission to the master’s degree program in Sport Science Research (mono):

  Bachelor's degree from a recognized university, or an equivalent degree, with a major in the branch of studies Human Movement and Sport Sciences *


Application with a bachelor's degree from a recognized foreign university:
Academic qualifications will be assessed to ensure that they are consistent with the University of Bern bachelor's degree. 

Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These 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.

The bachelor's degree is valid for five years without restriction. Recognition will be individually decided upon if the degree is more than five years old.

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

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Sport Science Research, Universität Bern 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
Steps from application to registration

Application with an international degree

Online application
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Steps from application to registration

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

The master's study program in Sport Science Research is not a vocational qualification. However, its research and interdisciplinary orientation provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a career in research. To achieve this objective, suitably qualified master's graduates may go on to study Sport Science at doctoral level.