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International research Master (2nd year) in

Social Sciences of Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The International research Master (2nd year) in Social Sciences of Sports, Leisure and Tourism (MIR 3SLT) offers to the students the opportunity to follow a research path open in the 2nd year of Master at the UPFR SPORTS (the Sports Promotion, Training and Research Unit) of the Université de Franche-Comté (UFC) and at the UFR STAPS (Training and Research Unit in Science and Techniques of Physical and Sportive Activities) of the Université de Bourgogne (UB). According to the ranking of the HCERES (High Council for higher education and research evaluation), it is at the C2 level, namely a training with formalized international partnerships including an integrated mobility within the cursus.

More generally speaking, this path, which is more in the sector of the sciences and techniques of physical and sport activities (STAPS), considers to develop, through research, reflexive and critical abilities around physical and sport (recreational or touristic) practice in the social sciences field.


This training is thus at the center of the production and dissemination of knowledge and know how in sport, leisure and tourism social sciences in the perspective of scientific development on a multi or interdisciplinary point of view. The learning made within the framework of this research major will allow each student to follow his – her own disciplinary research direction (sociology, history, anthropology, ethnology, management, economics, psychology, etc.) and by the breakthroughs in related disciplines.

The MIR 3SLT is primarily backed by the Culture, Sport, Health, Society laboratory (C3S, EA 4660) of the COMUE UBFC (Community of universities and other higher education establishments) UBFC (Université de Bourgogne et de Franche-Comté), by specific laboratories of the Universities of Bourgogne (C3S branch UB EA4660, SPMS recomposé - EA 4180) and of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (L-VIS) and by foreign partner laboratories, especially the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio of the University Politecnica de Madrid (Espagne) and the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (French) of the University of Galway (Irlande).


The year of training of the Master is organized in two semesters:

1st semester

UE 91 - Research landscapes
UE 92 - Sport and bodily practices : cultural and artistic heritage
UE 93 - Wellness, health and bodily practices
UE 94 - Sport and consumer society
UE 95 - Innovations and dynamics of change

2nd semester

UE 101 - Seminars
UE 102 - Research in laboratory placement


New model 2017/2022

Training details


General skills acquired through the International Research Master (3SLT)

   Mastering theoretical and methodological knowledge of the research fields in social science 

   Ability to conduct a high quality critical thinking

   Ability to complete a fundamental and/or multidisciplinary research in social science

Specific skills acquired through the International Research Master (3SLT)

   Develop a creative topic of research from a multidisciplinary literature review

   Understand complex and pluralist issues related to sport, recreational and touristic activities

   Frame encountered and exploited theories, concepts and notions according to the contributions of other fields

   Suggest a creative and tailor-made problematic to a well-defined research topic as a result of inter and/or multidisciplinary analyses and reflections

   Complete a high level research resulting in a scientific production (oral communication during a seminar or a colloquium and scientific article to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal)

   Extensive knowledge of research structures and operating procedures in STAPS (CNU - University National Committee, HCERES, indexed scientific journals, ANR - National research agency, international scholarships, funding files, etc.)

   Be able to submit to an international journal (in French, but also and above all in another language) the review of a scientific book related to one’s research area

   Answer to requests from the field on the basis of theoretical knowledge

   Create new needs by adopting a deductive downward reasoning

Relevant public

Admission in M1 common STAPS Major Research : Licence 3 STAPS


Non systematic admission in M2 Research “3SLT” : hold a M1 research, primarily in STAPS

(sport management, education and motor ability, sports training, adapted physical activities, or ergonomics) or in another scientific field of the human and social science (SHS) area. Admission by the selection commission (selection based on applications).


Continuing education : resumption of studies or validation of prior experience (VAE)

Getting a higher education

The M2R “3LT”  is the first step towards research. Thus it gives the opportunity to get registered as a PhD student with one of the University lecturers, researchers and accredited research directors of one of the support laboratory : CIS (EA4660) in Besançon or Dijon (branch) C3S.


Holding a PhD (after the MIR 3SLT) gives access to the professions of public or private higher education lecturers and researchers, searchers in public institutions (INSEP, INJEP, SNCF, INR, etc.), research engineers, and consultants.

Exits towards employment are prepared all through the program (local and regional authorities, private audit firms, etc.)


Internships in a laboratory under the responsibility of lecturers and researchers of the laboratories Culture, Sport, Health, Society (C3S, EA 4660) of the COMUE UBFC, of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (L-VIS) and of foreign partner laboratories, such as the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio of the University Politecnica of Madrid (Spain) and the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (French) of the University of Galway (Ireland).


Organisation of the training

To facilitate the organization, first semester courses are exempted from October to December.

In the second half of the year, International exchanges should also be fostered through the set up of partnerships between the universities and the various laboratories, while improving the linguistic skills in the field of sport social science (courses and seminars in English and Spanish).


Training locations

- 1st semester : Besançon (primarily)

- 2nd semester : The student can choose to conduct his research in France (Besançon, Dijon, and Lyon) or abroad (Galway and Madrid) according to his project.


The main aim of the program is to present the various developed researches by the partner laboratories, after a review of the theoretical models being used. Therefore they allow each student to discover the variety of points of view and theoretical, methodological and technological resources of human and social leading-edge research in order to help him / her to develop his / her own work (construction of the study focus, problematisation, problematic, concepts, processes, methods and tools, etc. while he / she prepares a master’s thesis, which is a key element of the assessment.  The work objective is the step toward the autonomy of the student who systematically benefits from an individual monitoring.


Unity academic chiefs

Christian VIVIER - Full Professor

Sébastien LAFFAGE-COSNIER - Lecturer