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Academic Qualification: Masters in Sport for Development 2021

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development (ICSSD) will again offer its MPhil, Masters in Sport for Development as a block course in Cape Town, South Africa.


(Published - 10 September 2020)


Masters in Sport for Development 2021
(NQF  Level 9,  180 Credits)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development (ICSSD) will again offer its MPhil, Masters in Sport for Development as a block course in Cape Town, South Africa.

ICSSD is the only Research Centre in Africa focusing on Sport, Development and Peace offering this postgraduate qualification of a Masters in the field.  Besides its MPhil it also offers a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 8) on Sport, Development and Peace in block format.

This Masters offers students the opportunity to challenge and further develop their individual professional vision, to acquire more intimate knowledge about the use of sport and recreation as a tool for development ranging  from  concepts and latest trends in Sport for Development,  Socio- Economic Development,  Olympic Education, Peace and  Social transformation  to Gender, Community development, sport and recreation management and  institutional and leadership issues.  A focus is placed on Sport and the SDGs and the importance of networks and partnerships in the field both locally and internationally and to know key decision makers from various backgrounds and their agendas.


This Masters programme offers students and professionals in the field of sport, recreation and development a unique opportunity to acquire an in-depth training while retaining their current position and developing a relevant research thesis on a topic of their interest and passion.  

With a strong developmental and cross-cultural emphasis, the programme addressees most relevant issues in the field from a practice-orientated perspective and at the same time critically examines the potential role and use of sport and recreation as a local and global tool for socio-economic, youth and community development, conflict prevention, social transformation, and peace building. The Course offers a research methodology component that is linked to the future aspirations of participants as well as practitioner oriented approaches and tools and knowledge international stakeholder and their programmes.  In the centre of the course is the research proposal development and thesis.  The course aims at promoting an educational process, to generate greater awareness and understanding of the complexities of using sport and recreation as a vehicle for developmental efforts. The Course supports ethical and value-based and human-based rights approaches to the development management and governance of sport and recreation.  Course work will run for 2 semesters in 2021.  During the first semester students are expected to develop their proposal and work on their thesis after year 1 to complete in their second year of enrollment.

Admission Requirements

  • BA/BSc Degree or equivalent (at the discretion of the University).
  • All candidates should demonstrate a basic knowledge of the field of sport and recreation, development and transformation.
  • Work or study experience in a community and multicultural context and/ or in a sport and recreation related environment is an added advantage

The course target representatives from government, academia and civil society as well as practising
trainers, teachers, community and social workers and facilitators from diverse backgrounds. 
The course is designed for leaders, managers, sport and development practitioners, coaches, government departments, civil society, schools, the corporate sector, those working in research and evaluation, the field and other like-minded individuals who work in the field of sport, recreation and development and peace.

Course Beginning and Format: The course will run for the 2021 academic year as follows:

The course will be offered in form of online teaching, self-study and interaction via e-learning.
(Should the COVID  situation change  and blended /face to face is possible , we will inform you )

Classes will be offered in 2 blocks of 3 weeks each:    
Block 1:  22 February - 12 March  2021 (3 modules) and
Block 2:  2 August -20 August 2021  (3 modules).

Teaching and Class format:
This course will be taught with equal reference to theoretical content and practical applications drawn from local, national and international contexts and from participants own experiences. Class format will include modern-day teaching and learning methodologies, including interactive facilitation, the use of case studies, lectures, individual and group tasks, assignments, class discussions, information searches, self-study as well as group projects.  The teaching method will be highly participatory and actual practitioners with practical experience are used to offer the course.  Students will also be exposed to interaction via e-learning and experiential exercises which can form part of their own sport, development, conflict transformation and peace building tool box.

Moderation and Assessment
The programme and student performance will be subject to all university requirements and will be internally and externally moderated.

A MPhil of the University of the Western Cape will be issued to those participants who successfully meet the assessment criteria.

Modules and Credit Distribution:

Modules  for MA Sport for Development 2021

 First Block:
22 February  – 12 March /03 (*Masters)

Second Block:
2 August  – 20 August (*Masters)

Module Name







Concepts & Trends in Sports for Development





Semester 1
22 -26 February

Prof. M  Keim

Applied Research Methods





Semester 1
1-5 March

Dr. E. Mc Kinney

Socio-Economic Development





Semester 1
8-12 March

Prof. C de Coning






Semester 2


Sport, Peace & Social Transformation





Semester 2
3-7 August

Prof. M  Keim

Gender in Sport





Semester 2

Dr. Mc Kinney

Sport & Community Development





Semester 2
17-21 August

Dr. Marie Young

Request necessary documentation: 

For  registration the following information needs to be submitted:

·  Copy of ID / Passport
·  5 page proposal
·  Motivation Letter
·  Reference letters X2 (preferably by 2 academics)
·  SAQA documentation for those with qualifications obtained outside of SA
·  Academic Transcripts
·  Additional documentation: Study Permit and Medical Aid info

For more information please contact:   Ms Bulelwa Manxiwa on
or   Tel.: 021 959 3859 or international: Tel: +27 21959 3859

For more information , please contact;
Prof. Marion Keim   at,  Administrator, Ms Bulelwa Manxiwa at
Tel: 021-9593859 or cell WhatsApp:  082 202 3454   or 0782915299


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