Academics

An innovative and modular Master’s degree

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DIGISPORT aims to train a new generation of highly-qualified students ready to participate in this revolution in sport and physical activity and to take charge of these new emerging professions in a constantly evolving market.

From September 2020 onwards, DIGISPORT commits to offer a world-class training at the interface between sports, data and computer sciences, engineering, and humanities. Students enrolled in existing disciplinary master and engineering programs will have access to a database of learning blocks including multidisciplinary courses, research methods, group projects, and summer schools organized by DIGISPORT and its partners. The training program offers non-conventional teaching and relies heavily on interdisciplinary approaches carried out in collaboration with scientific and economic actors. This educational strategy is backed by a new high-level technological platform and a co-working space both dedicated to the practical training courses and interdisciplinary projects. This environment will offer the best teaching conditions to train students to become experts in the field of digital sport sciences.
Students registered within DIGISPORT courseworks along with their main enrollment will obtain a complementary certification from DIGISPORT.

A Catalog of learning blocks and syllabuses is currently being defined and will be available in the coming weeks. For now, the DIGISPORT graduate school is based on 6 core master’s degrees:
• In Sport Sciences: Training and Sports Performance Optimization (EOPS) master (Université Rennes 2); Development, Integration, Sport and Culture (DISC) master (ENS-Rennes, Université Rennes 2)
• In Computer Sciences: Research in Computer Sciences (SIF) master (INSA, Université de Rennes 1)
• In Data Sciences: Applied Mathematics and Statistics master, Data Sciences track (Université Rennes 2) and Data Sciences for Smart Data track (ENSAI)
• In Engineering: Electronics, Electrical Energy and Automation master (Université de Rennes 1 ); Complex Systems Engineering master (ENS-Rennes, Université de Rennes 1)



In September 2022 , a new master’s degree program in Digital Sport Sciences will be created, structured around interdisciplinary academic major and minor fields of study. This master aims at training students with a strong competence relevant to 2 disciplines including at least one in the sport sciences field. The majors will be composed of mandatory and elective courses to deepen the knowledge of each student’s initial field of study (e.g. sport sciences, digital or electronic sciences). Minor concentrations will enable the acquisition of complementary skills in another field (e.g. digital science for sport sciences students and conversely) and will allow students to build a unique profile tailored to their aspirations and competences.


The training programs will be linked to research themes in digital sport sciences and students will have access to options focused on research and lab classes to expose them to the world of research at an early stage. The courseworks will combine practical and fundamental courses, application and technological development, interdisciplinary approaches as well as innovation management. In addition, the EUR will organize courses in transferable skills such as communication, innovation, and entrepreneurship.







A stimulating environment for the PhD

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A foundational aspect of the graduate school is to offer a consistent training program to the PhD students in addition to the one proposed at the doctoral schools’ level.


The flagship measure is the creation of an interdisciplinary lab for young researchers. The PhD students' lab aims to bring together PhD students from the project's research teams and to take advantage of methodological and theoretical exchanges between the different disciplines of the EUR around a common thematic axis.




The PhD training emphasizes a strong proximity to high-level researchers worldwide by way of internships or visits to international partner laboratories. In addition, they are encouraged to participate in congresses and workshops to exchange with researchers and share their own work. The “expert mission” of the PhD students will also strengthen the links between research structures and companies.


Lifelong Learning

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DIGISPORT also aims at developing a substantial offer for continuing training by e-learning also available to foreign students. Lifelong training is enhanced by the innovative pedagogical tools, flexibility of enrollment and coursework over several years. These students will validate university degrees or certificates.

The consortium will grow continuously at the national and international level through networking between research units and shared interests with organizations operating in the same fields.

International positioning

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DIGISPORT promotes the enrolment of national and international students through competitive scholarships each year, language courses offered to foreign (French) or native (English) students and courses taught in English.

National and international PhD students are funded by academic PhD contracts - some of which co-supervised internationally- at the rate of competitive fellowships each year. Industrial PhD contracts will benefit from co-supervision between academic and industrial partners.
In addition, outgoing researcher fellowships will be funded to further develop an international network and to increase partnerships in research and training. The researchers will be mobilized to participate in our thematic schools, courses, student mentoring and student project evaluations.



They make the project

Regional and local Institutions

National Research Organizations

Universities and Grandes Ecoles

Become a partner

If you are a company, sports or academic institution and would like to be part of the challenging DIGISPORT project, please contact us at

digisport@univ-rennes.fr