An important goal of sports science is the development of scientifically sound procedures designed to optimize sporting activities not only in competitive sport, but also for the purposes of injury prevention and medical rehabilitation. Exercise physiology and sport therapy play crucial roles in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and many other health disorders and in the subsequent rehabilitation phase. Exercise and sport therapeutic methods have become an integral part of the rehabilitation regimes for a great many diseases and health issues. Sports science research is also becoming increasingly important in the domain of competitive sports. Research work in sports science covers a broad range of issues from performance enhancement to how sporting activity is affected by societal constraints and institutional infrastructure. Students taking the M.Sc. programme "Sports Science" at Saarland University can choose to specialize in one of these two areas.

The research-driven Master's programme is split into two phases. During the first phase, students take a broad spectrum of advanced modules on such topics as: research methods; methodology and statistics; diagnostics, assessment and intervention in sports science and sports medicine; organizational research, evaluation and quality assurance, and communication and cooperation. In the second phase of the programme, students select an area of specialization appropriate to their proposed future career paths: "Exercise and Sport Therapy" or "Competitive Sports".

Graduates from the M.Sc. programme can work in the fields of injury prevention and rehabilitation in clinics, hospitals, and health centres, they are also qualified for administrative positions in sports organizations and for work in physical education and sport institutions. Graduates can also find work as personal fitness trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, in the sports goods industry and sports media, as well as in areas associated with sport such as the tourism and wellness sectors.

Course of study Sports Science
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester (if possible)
Admission restriction Yes
Next application deadline 15.07.2018 for winter semester 2018/19
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Institute of Sports Science