New postgraduate course to help address the global crisis in sports integrity launched

The world of sport is increasingly beset by ethical problems, from corruption and match fixing to child protection, doping and illegal betting. The integrity of sporting bodies and competitions at every level are being brought into question, creating an urgent need to develop a coherent, professional response to these issues.

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Swansea University, along with its partners within the MAiSI consortium*, is seeking to establish a new, internationally recognised, profession within the field of sports administration and governance in both public and private sectors; to develop a generation of postgraduate experts selected from around the world, who will enrich sport agencies and organisations with their expertise in ethics and integrity and revolutionise the world of sport.


The uniquely innovative international Master level qualification  The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Sport Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI)  will provide the underpinning knowledge, skills and experience necessary to establish this new profession.  

Course director Professor Mike McNamee, School of Sports and Exercise Sciences, College of Engineering, Swansea University said: “The new and exciting MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI) benefits from the combined excellence of a team of internationally renowned scholars, scientists and experienced and successful practitioners from the world of sport. We are also supported by a diverse range of sports organisations including Union of European Football associations (UEFA), International Ice Hockey federation (IIHF), German Olympic Sports Confederation.

Mike McNamee

“At a time when confidence in the governance of international sport is at a low, this course may be one of the few chances to respond effectively and rapidly.  This course will establish sports ethics and integrity as a new, internationally recognised profession within the field of sports administration and governance in both public and private sectors.  We have 50+ prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships to offer the brightest minds in sport between 2017- 21. MAiSI graduates will go on to enrich sport federations, clubs and organisations with their expertise in ethics and integrity and revolutionise the world of sport.”



Swansea University secured a €2.9 million grant from EU funding organisation Erasmus+ to establish the new postgraduate qualification.  Erasmus+ is a European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. The Erasmus+ UK National Agency is a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

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The MAiSI course will focus on:

  • Global sports governance
  • Anti-doping and drugs education
  • Privacy and data protection issues
  • Fair Play, justice and human rights
  • Youth Olympics, ethics and education
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion (especially age and disability issues)
  • Illegal and irregular gambling
  • Match-fixing and sport manipulation
  • Legislation and codes of conduct
  • Equality and anti-discrimination (class, race, ethnicity, religion and gender issues)
  • Sustainability and legacy of sports events
  • Child protection and children’s rights
  • Olympism, peace, and The Olympic Truce

MAiSI graduates will benefit from opportunity to undertake practical placements within the partners’ extensive networks of advisory bodies, federations, policy-makers and commercial organisations, as well as from extensive international collaboration and training opportunities.

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  • The MAiSI consortium* comprises academics from Swansea University’s Sports and Exercise Science department and colleagues from Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), Katholieke University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) and the University of the Peloponnese (Sparta, Greece).

  • For more information about the courses on offer within the Sports and Exercise Science Department, College of Engineering, Swansea University go to