Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI)

February 01, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
Leuven, Prague, Mainz, Tripoli, Barcelona, Swansea


The MAiSI is a full time two year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sports Ethics and Integrity. Innovative and multidisciplinary, the programme is a catalyst for a profession that has been lacking within the sports administration sector. Concentrating on the development of ethical sports cultures and structures, and the development of tools for sports integrity education and compliance, MAiSI is delivered by six prestigious universities in Europe and the UK. MAiSI is based on strong theoretical foundations and the development of core competencies needed to develop sports integrity expertise. Scholars are equipped to identify ethical issues, engage in critical ethical thinking, and translate decisions into ethical actions at the highest level of sports governance and administration.


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.


Develop critical thinking in the following areas of able bodied and Paralympic/disability sport.

  • Sport as a Social Practice: Norms and values in sport, athlete welfare and safe sport; equality, diversity, and inclusion; moral psychology of sport; disability and Paralympic ethics.
  • The Nature of Sports Ethics and Ethical Theories: Deontological, consequentialist and virtue ethical theories; conventionalist, formalist and internalist theories of sport; key issues such as athletes’ rights, fair play and officiating, homophobia, transgender eligibility.
  • Ethics of Anti-doping Policy and Practice: This covers all ethical aspects for anti-doping policy from its rationale to the implementation of the WADA code. Key issues for discussion include the whereabouts system and rights to privacy, strict liability, fairness and sanctioning, and the Therapeutic Exemption process.
  • Research Methods, Knowledge and Competencies: This module is held as part of the summer school and introduces students to the major techniques and methods of data capture in social scientific research. This includes questionnaire design and analysis, qualitative interview and focus group techniques. Students also take part in a “dissertation supermarket” talking with supervisors about potential areas of study for their Master thesis.


  • The third semester focuses on in-depth organisational issues that will equip you for the managerial, economic and legal aspects of healthy sports governance. You will also begin your Master thesis in this semester. This entails research topic selection, developing research problems and questions, literature review and preparation of research ethics applications.


  • During the fourth semester, you will have the benefit of being hosted by one of the MAiSI consortium partners to complete your Master thesis. Semester 4 also includes your final taught module in Olympic studies, which is taught as part of the Summer School, and incorporates sites of historical interest from the Ancient Olympic period.

This course is a product of an international collaboration of the following universities:

  • KU Leuven
  • Charles University
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Swansea University
  • University of the Peloponnese
  • University Pompeu Fabra

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Degree requirements:

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI) requires successful applicants to hold a Bachelor’s degree. Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of the course we will consider applications from any degree discipline. Degree subject areas of particular relevance to the Masters in Sports Ethics and Integrity are Business, Management, Disability Studies, Ethics, Governance, History, Law, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sports and Exercise Sciences. However, this is not an exhaustive list.

Language requirements:

All applicants who have not obtained a previous diploma in a programme taught in English in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English.

A list of tests accepted by KU Leuven can be found on:

  • The required minimum IELTS score is an overall 6.5 (and no component below 5.5).
  • The required minimum TOEFL score is 80 on TOEFL IBT (and no component below 19)
  • The required minimum score for Cambridge Assessment English is an overall C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE) score of 176. The B2 First (FCE) is not accepted by KU Leuven.


Deadline: February 01, 2022

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Who can take part?

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. EMJMDs award EU-funded scholarships to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds. The scholarship is open to many individuals and organisations, although eligibility varies from one action to another and from one country to another. Countries that can take part are divided into two main.


To receive Erasmus+ financial support, you must first be admitted onto the programme by the organising consortium and then be selected for an EMJMD scholarship.

The EMJMD scholarship covers your participation costs (including the tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to your participation in the Master); it represents a contribution to your travel and installation costs and includes a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the study programme.

The total amount of the scholarship varies according to the duration of your course and your nationality (non-EU students receive larger scholarships). More information on the calculation of the scholarship can be found here.

A minimum of 75% of the scholarships are awarded to candidates from Partner countries.

For more information on the scholarship, visit the European Commission website.

Please note: If you have already received an EMJMD or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship, you are not eligible for an additional EMJMD scholarship. You cannot benefit from another EU-funded scholarship scheme while you are receiving an EMJMD scholarship.

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