Research Methods in Sport Sciences


Syllabus for students spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
IV606G revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Sport Sciences
Date of ratification:
29 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: IV605G-Sport and Sustainable Development.


The aim of the course is to develop deeper understanding of research methods, with special focus on qualitative methods, and ethical considerations in the field of sport science.


The course addresses qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. Scientific texts with a sport science focus are assessed from a methodological perspective. Moreover, ethical considerations and requirements within sport science research are discussed.
During the course, the student also develops knowledge about emerging methods within sport science, for example the use of social media, decolonizing methodologies and auto-ethnography.
In addition, special emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills to write a project plan for a well-defined sport science research project. This includes identifying and formulating questions within a limited field of interest, and presenting methodological and ethical considerations.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. assess different types of qualitative scientific texts with focus on methodological questions,
  2. assess ethical issues in relation to qualitative research,
  3. show a developed understanding for and ability to problematise different research methods,
  4. formulate and justify research questions for a qualitative study and, based on these, discuss ethical and methodologial considerations.

Learning activities

The course contains varied work formats that can consist of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. The sessions that require compulsory attendance are announced at the start of the course.


The course is assessed as follows:
Annotated Bibliography 2 credits, 2 hp; graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcomes 1 and 2.
Portfolio 3 credits, 3 hp; graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcomes 2 and 3.
Project Plan 2,5 credits, 2,5 hp; graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcome 4.
For grade A on the course, two of the examinations should be graded A and one examination, A or B.
The grading criterion are announced at the start of the course.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Silverman, David (2013). Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook, Fourth Edition. Sage. (488 p).
Smith, Brett and Sparkes, Andrew (2016). Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge. (518 p)
250 pages of peer-reviewed articles.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Course reports


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department Sport Sciences.

Further information


24 February 2020 - 29 March 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program