The international Master of Science High-Performance Sport is hosted by the Institute of Sport Science and the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University in Saarbruecken (Germany) and starts with the upcoming winter term (October 2018).
It aims at qualifying sports scientists for jobs in professional and performance-oriented sport and for academic positions that focus on research fields relevant for high-performance athletes. This international Master´s program has a regular duration of four semesters in which 120 ECTS (often referred to as ´Credit points´or CP in German) must be gained.
The programme is accredited as a full-time, on-site degree programme. The number of participants is limited. In total, 20 places are available, and students can usually begin the Master´s programme in the winter semester of each year (October to March). Students with an undergraduate degree in sports science or related fields are allowed to apply.
The international M.Sc. High-Performance Sport aims at improving the scientific approach to elite sports, in particular by offering courses in advanced research methods and statistics Furthermore, it gives insights into other sport science disciplines. Graduates have the opportunity to gain sport- and discipline-specific knowledge and experience which are deemed important for future appointments in the sport science support and/or academia. Among other topics, they will be familiarised with international methods of elite training and performance analysis, international sport structures and talent identification/development programs as well as strategies for international communications and leadership in elite sports.
Erasmus collaborations are established with the Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). The University of Technology Sydney (Australia) and Saarland University are in the process of finalizing a joint Master´s programme, offering the possibility to earn a double degree in the field of High-Performance Sport
The degree is divided into the mandatory units “Generic aspects: Methodology and Basic Theories” as well as the elective units “High-Performance Sport”. Modules within “Generic aspects: Methodology and Basic Theories” include advanced courses on Research design and analysis, Statistics, Organisation and Quality assessment. Within the elective units “High-Performance Sports” students have to choose two out of the following core modules:
- Medicine and exercise physiology in high-performance sport
- Strength and conditioning in high-performance sport
- Sport psychology in elite environments
- Socio-economics of elite sport
Additionally, we provide recommendations for elective courses that will help compliment the core themes of the master’s degree specific to each student’s interests. Thus, students are provided with a broad knowledge in relevant disciplines within elite sports. Additionally, the degree programme offers the opportunity to focus on specific areas which they find important for their individual careers.
Students seeking admission to the M.Sc. programme ‘High-Performance Sport’ shall:
1. have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university qualification in sport science or comparable subject.
2. demonstrate their particular academic aptitude for the Master’s programme by having acquired the first degree with an overall grade of at least 2.5 on the German academic grading scale. University qualifications obtained outside Germany shall be assessed for equivalence on the basis of the guidelines issued by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK – Kultusministerkonferenz) and the grade obtained shall be converted using the modified Bavarian formula.
Admission to the programme also requires students to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English. English proficiency (of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) may be demonstrated:
a) by providing proof that English is the applicant’s native language or
b) by providing proof that the applicant obtained either of the following from an English speaking country: a higher education entrance qualification or a qualification from an academic institution enabling them to be employed in a recognized professional field (typically, a Bachelor’s degree) or
c) by presenting one of the following certificates as proof of English proficiency (at least CEFR level B2): - TOEFL (iBT: 72) - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (Level: FCE) - IELTS (Score: 5.5) or - - by the applicant having achieved a grade of at least ‘good’ (at least 10 from 15 points) in an advanced English Abitur class or equivalent (Abitur: German higher education entrance qualification). Equivalence shall be determined by the ‘Sport Science’ Examination Board at the Faculty of Human and Business Sciences at Saarland University. (3) In the event of different modular structures or differences in the designations of module elements (teaching units) in equivalent degree programmes, the ‘Sport Science’ Examination Board at the Faculty of Human and Business Sciences at Saarland University shall decide on how these are to be assigned to the core areas of content within the field of sport science.
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