Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)

Master of Science in Sports Science (M. Sc.)

Objectives of the master in sports science program

The master in sports science program imparts an extended and in-depth knowledge in the scientific, medical as well as social and health science fields of sport science. In accordance with individual interests, students can distinguish themselves in the technical and scientific fields of sports science, in the field of health sports or target group-specific with a focus on the movement and sport of children and adolescents.

The students are involved in ongoing projects and can thus gain insights into various research projects. The students learn to understand and critically analyze scientific studies, i.e. identify strengths and weaknesses of the studies and thus estimate their scope. Based on the identification of research deficits, the students learn to formulate their own research questions, to select and apply suitable methods and to evaluate, interpret and classify the results.

Thanks to the excellent equipment available in the institute’s various laboratories (biomechanics laboratory, robotic laboratory, physiological performance diagnostics, biomedicine) the students have the opportunity to study different methods of biomechanics, movement science, (sports) physiology and nutritional science and apply it in their own empirical work. Uniquely in Germany, Forschungszentrum für den Schulsport und den Sport von Kindern und Jugendlichen (FoSS) offers master's students the opportunity to work on a large number of different target group-oriented projects within sports science. In the master's program, special emphasis is placed on interdisciplinarity and cooperation with institutions from other departments.

Structure of the Master's program

The master's program comprises a total of 120 credit points (CP) and is designed to run over 4 semesters. As a rule, 30 credits have to be earned each semester, which corresponds to a full-time study of 2 years. It consists of a core subject, a profile subject and subject-independent modules.

In the core subject, the students are taught cross-sectional content that is relevant for all three study profiles. In the profile subject, students have the opportunity to choose between three study profiles:

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Subject-independent internships, key qualifications and the master's thesis provide further competencies for a research-oriented activity in a leading role.

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