Master's Programme Sports and Human Movement Science

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.

Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
Mode of Study
Study Code
C 066 825
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W)*
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

October 2018

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Medical Principles
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Sports Education and Sports Psychology
  • 35 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Kinesiology and Training Sciences
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  •   5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Statistics, Empirical Methods
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Theory Based Training (including Alpine Sports)

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Aspects in Competitive Sports/Health Sports
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Aspects of Sports Education, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Sociology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Aspects in Kinesiology/Biomechanics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Research Methods/Data Evaluation

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar in Training Sciences
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar in Sports Education, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Sociology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Supplementary Courses
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Key qualifications: Communication - Cooperation 

Third Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar in Kinesiology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar in Biomechanics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Theory-guided practice: Immersion and Specialisation
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Theory-guided practice: Enhancement
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis › continue fourth semester!

Fourth Semester »

› 20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Seminar in Health Sports
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Sports and Human Movement Science

Qualification Profile and Skills

Building on a Bachelor's Programme in Sports Science, the master's programme provides expanded and in-depth treatment of the sub-disciplines of movement science (biomechanics), training science (sport medicine) and sports psychology (sports sociology, sports education). Based on the state-of-the-art knowledge in these sub-disciplines, various research methods are applied in practical projects. 

Through independent treatment of relevant issues in research, students acquire creative problem-solving strategies, learn the use of various methods of measurement, and apply scientific knowledge to practical situations involving movement and sports.

Consistent with our location in Innsbruck, a thematic focus of the programme is placed on alpine sports.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess specialized knowledge in the areas of stress physiology, biomechanical movement analysis and psychosomatic dimensions of movement and sports. They are able to demonstrate their competences in areas involving practical and therapeutic concepts through a scientific and argumentative approach and innovative problem-solving skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Modern sports science explores the complex interrelated effects of behavioural changes and adaptations caused by movement and sports. Graduates are qualified to supervise and lead scientific projects in various areas of life and to assume responsibility for decisions in public and commercial sports institutions.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Ruedl

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