European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP)

Degree: Master
University: University of Thessaly , Faculty: Department of Physical Education and Sport Science
City: Volos , Country: Greece
Discipline: Social Sciences
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline January 10, 2011
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology (EMSEP) is a two-year master level programme aimed at students from all over the world holding a Bachelor´s degree. The EMSEP programme is organised by four leading European universities in the field: the University of Jyväskylä (JyU, coordinator), the University of Leipzig (UL), the University of Thessaly (UTH) and Lund University (LU). The programme aims at educating highly qualified researchers and professionals for the growing field of SEP, for example, in the areas of motivation, performance, behaviour regulation, counselling, and preventive interventions within sport and exercise. The programme is a timely response to increased demands for experts in the field to address the major challenges related to ill-health and sedentary life style and the world of sports today.

    EMSEP partner institutions have particular areas of excellence, which will be accessible to an interested student via the mobility periods. The areas of excellence include: JyU - Social and emotional learning in exercise; Cultural sport and exercise psychology; LU - Group dynamics and team performance; UTH - Exercise and health; Motivational climate in physical education and sport; UL - Elite sport and performance enhancement; Gender and social aspects of exercise and sport.

    The curriculum of the two-year EMSEP course consists of 120 ECTS. The EMSEP provides a stimulating and challenging programme of study comprised of lectures and seminars, independent ICT-enhanced study, a joint intensive course, practicum placement, and a sustained Master´s research project. The language of instruction is English. The students spend the first semester in their home universities (JyU, LU or UTH). In semester 2, all the students study at Leipzig, where they benefit from instruction by the experts of the consortium and scholars coming from all over the world. The Intensive programme `European dimensions in SEP´will also be organised during the semester 2. Semester 3 includes a second mobility period (optional for some students), which provides additional opportunities for students to increase their intercultural competence. Semester 4 will be devoted to thesis work at the home university.

    The EMSEP programme prepares students for a research and/or professional career in Sport and Exercise Psychology through a combination of coursework, independent study, internship, and an extensive hands-on research experience. After successful completion of the course, graduates will be awarded a double degree. EMSEP graduates are expected to find employment in the private and public sectors of exercise, well-being and sport, for example, as health and fitness leaders, instructors, coaches, performance enhancement or psychological health consultants, or academic researchers in the field.

    The admission requirements include a Bachelor´s degree with good grades in sport sciences or psychology, good command of English, basic knowledge of research methods and proven interest in the field of SEP. Annual student intake is 24. Application will be done through University Admissions Finland:


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