The international Master of Science High-Performance Sport is a research-oriented degree emphasizing an international perspective. It is hosted by the Institute of Sports Science and the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University in Saarbruecken (Germany).

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. Additionally, it provides insights into a variety of elite sports. Graduates have the opportunity to gain sport- and discipline-specific knowledge and experiences 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.

Degree overview

  • 2 years
  • full-time
  • 120 CP
  • Mandatory units “Generic aspects: Methodology and Basic Theories”
  • Elective units “High-Performance Sport”:
    - 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

International exchange options

  • Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom; Erasmus+)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands; Erasmus+)
  • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

Career perspectives

The high-performance Masters programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work successfully with elite athletes, coaches and sporting organizations. It combines basic research and practice in elite sports with a strong international perspective. Students on the programme will learn about 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. Graduates from the programme can take up higherlevel positions in elite sports coaching, performance management, strength and conditioning programmes and talent development. They are also qualified to undertake advanced academic research (e.g. doctoral research for a PhD degree).

Admission requirements

  1. a Bachelor’s degree or a equivalent university qualification in sport science or a comparable subject.
  2. a 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.
  3. proof of English language profficency(at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Language profficency can by proven by:

a) English is the applicant’s native language

b) 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)

c) one of the following certificates: - TOEFL (iBT: 72) - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (Level: FCE) - IELTS (Score: 5.5)

d) having achieved a grade of at least ‘good’ (10 from 15 points) in an advanced English Abitur class or equivalent (Abitur: German higher education entrance qualification).

Application

  • for the winter term (applications for the summer term are only accepted if places are available)
  • online application degree programme website
  • deadline: 15th of July for the winter term (October - March)
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
Last updated October 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2020
Duration
4 semesters
Full-time
Price
Free
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Deadline
July 15, 2020
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