Master's degree in Sports and Health

General

Program Description

At the master's program in Sports and Health, you can look forward to studying at the highest level - and look forward to getting an exciting job when you graduate.

The master's program contains two possibilities for specialization:

  • Sport and health
  • Competitive and elite sports

The specialization in Sports and Health educates students to handle specialized interdisciplinary tasks within dissemination, analysis, development, planning and research in relation to sports, exercise and health.

The specialization in Competition and Elite Sports educates students to handle functions within sports organizations, elite clubs, elite sports municipalities and special federations.

You have good opportunities to shape your own education on the master's program and to take a study stay abroad as part of your education.

The education is closely linked to an active and strong research environment, which in 2018 was named the sixth best sports research institute in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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The structure of the education

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The master's program in Sports and Health can be studied either as a 1-subject master's program with 120 ECTS in sports or as a central subject with 75 ECTS in sports and 45/75 ECTS in an optional study.

There is a study time extension of 30 ECTS if the option is within the social sciences or humanities.

The master's program is made up of a number of compulsory and optional modules. In the study, a neighborhood structure is used with eight weeks of teaching and followed by a week set aside for the exam.

Master's specialization in Sports and Health

Over the last few decades, it has become increasingly clear that regular physical activity independently contributes to the strengthening of general well-being as well as the prevention of a number of diseases and premature death. At the same time, sport is an important focus area in relation to learning in children, young people and adults.

There is therefore a need for university graduates who have extensive knowledge of both interdisciplinary and monodisciplinary issues and results within Sports and health's central and adjacent disciplines.

Taken together, this makes Sports and Health a socially relevant education. Working with complex fields such as exercise, sports and health requires expanded abilities to work across disciplines and professional traditions. You learn this at the master's program in Sports and Health.

The education is closely linked to our strong research environments and it is structured so that you get a broad, interdisciplinary insight into how you can work with sports and health in, for example, political, cultural and educational contexts.

At the same time, you have the opportunity to specialize through a number of elective modules. Here you can dive into topics that are particularly relevant to what you want to deal with.

Master's specialization in Competitive and Elite Sports

There is a growing demand for sustainable talent development. As a graduate with an extensive knowledge of competitive and elite sports, you will therefore be in demand in the labor market.

As a student on the master's specialization in Competitive and Elite Sports, you have the opportunity to shape your education. The education consists of compulsory and optional modules as well as an internship period, where the link between the education's theoretical foundation and the sport's practice is in focus.

With this, you get an academic education at the highest level that is attractive to, among others, sports organizations, elite clubs, elite sports municipalities and special federations.

The Master's specialization in Competitive and Elite Sports is closely linked to research in performance optimization, talent development and management, as well as in sports as part of civil society.

The aim is to support evidence-based practice by linking the theoretical parts of the education with practice in an organization, a municipality, in national and international environments or club systems.

There are per. September 1, 2020 a maximum of 25 places on the specialization in Competitive and Elite Sports.

Competence profile

Knowledge - the candidate has:

  • In-depth insight into and knowledge of theories, methods and interdisciplinary issues within the sports discipline.
  • Knowledge of key and / or current scientific issues and innovations within the field of sports.
  • Application-oriented knowledge within sports and health's central and adjacent disciplines.

Skills - the candidate can:

  • Argue, analyze and reflect independently and critically on an academic level.
  • Identify relevant issues and conduct studies that live up to current research and professional standards.
  • Understand and apply scientific theories and methods of relevance to the sports discipline.
  • Analyze, assess and develop practical processes in relation to specific initiatives within the sports and health professional area.
  • Analyze, synthesize and advise according to research-based knowledge relevant to sports and health.

Competencies - the candidate can:

  • Take responsibility for own and closest colleagues' professional development within larger and / or specialized parts of the sports area.
  • Apply relevant test and measurement methods in relation to own practice, evaluation and / or development projects.
  • Apply his professional knowledge in job functions and maintain and further develop his intellectual competencies.
  • Participate in the implementation of scientific projects within sports and health.

Career

A targeted and broad education

Graduates specializing in Sports and Health.

With a master's specialization in Sports and Health, you can handle professionally specialized functions and / or development functions within:

  • The culture and leisure sector
  • The social and health sector
  • Youth education
  • Sports continuation schools and folk high schools
  • Interest and sports organizations
  • Research and teaching institutions - eg universities and University Colleges with a special focus on physical activity and health

Graduates find work as:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Grant administrator and project employee
  • Center manager in gym
  • College leader
  • Nutrition advisor
  • Fitness instructor
  • Prevention consultant
  • Association consultant
  • Leisure guide
  • High school teacher
  • Sports and volunteer coordinator
  • Sports physiologist
  • Sports consultant / coordinator
  • Consultant in the field of inclusion
  • Cost responsible employee
  • Dietitian for the elderly over 65
  • Exercise consultant
  • Personal Trainer
  • PhD student
  • Project Assistant
  • Project manager / consultant
  • Project maker and after-school teacher
  • Drug consultant
  • Sports employee in leisure club
  • Health promotion employee
  • Health consultant / smoking cessation counselor
  • Talent coordinator
  • Talent coach
  • Development consultant
  • Development consultant in sports association
  • Development consultant in the municipality
  • Teacher at after school
  • Teaches at UC
  • Research assistant

The latest figures show that about nine out of ten graduates are in employment within the first year after graduation. And it is noticeable that these are appointments that fall within their field of education.

Graduates specializing in Competitive and Elite Sports

With a master's specialization in competitive and elite sports, you can handle professionally specialized functions and development functions within:

  • Elite sports municipalities
  • Special sports federation
  • Interest and sports organizations such as the Danish Sports Confederation
  • Team Denmark
  • Larger elite sports clubs
  • Research and teaching institutions - eg universities and University Colleges with special focus on talent development and / or elite sports

Completed graduates are expected to find work as:

  • Talent development / coach
  • Physical and Personal Trainer
  • Sports nutrition supervisor
  • Assistant Professor at UC
  • Sports psychology consultant
  • Self-employed
  • Continuing education teacher
  • Talent developer

Admission requirements and admission

To apply for admission to the master's program in Sports and Health, you must have a relevant bachelor's program. You can apply for the master's program if you have one of the following bachelor's programs:

  • Sports - the education from SDU gives you legal requirements for admission
  • Public Health Science
  • Medicine
  • Clinical Biomechanics

If you have passed one of the following professional bachelor programs, you can apply for admission provided that after admission you pass a specially arranged supplementary course before the start of studies - read more on the page about starting studies in Sports and Health.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Primary school teacher (with line subjects in sports)
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Global Nutrition and Health
  • Psychomotor

You can also apply for admission if you have a corresponding bachelor's or professional bachelor's degree. Once you have applied, the study board will assess whether your education is qualifying.

Two-professional?

If you want admission to a two-subject master's program with a central subject in Sports and Health, a two-subject university bachelor with a central subject in Sports of 135 ECTS and a (typically high school-relevant) minor subject of 45 ECTS that can be continued at master's level are required.

Language requirements

Requirements for your Danish skills

  • If you are applying for a Danish-language master's degree on the basis of a Danish education where the language of instruction is Danish, you do not need to document your language skills further.
  • Applicants with a foreign entrance examination (also Danish citizens) must have passed Danish A, the study test in Danish as a second language or be able to document corresponding Danish skills, eg through an Individual competence assessment at VUC. See VUC.dk

Requirements for your English skills

If you are applying for an English-language education, you must document your language skills

Selection criteria

There are a limited number of places on the program.

If there are more qualified applicants than there are places, the following criteria are used for selecting applicants without legal requirements:

  • The grade point average of your admission-granting bachelor's program - if the program is not completed at the time of application, an average of the subjects passed at the time of application is calculated.
  • Documented work experience from sports-related areas of at least 3 months duration (CV and appendices attached)
  • Documented courses in sports-relevant areas of at least 3 months' duration (CV and appendices attached)
Last updated Oct 2020

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