Master's Degree Programme in Biology of Physical Activity, Master of Sport Sciences (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Sport Sciences
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
English
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
10 000 Euros

Study objectives

The programme educates academic experts who understand the interactive mechanisms between different physiological systems and physical exercise, and their theoretical background. The programme is designed to prepare students for careers in research centres, medical rehabilitation centres, sports medicine and exercise testing centres, sports academies and physical exercise and sports organisations. It also qualifies students to apply for postgraduate studies in the field.

 

More about the language of instruction

The programme is taught completely in English.

Study contents

The two-year Master's degree programme offers three possible fields of specialisation to choose from:

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.

In this programme, the tuition fee is 10.000€/academic year. It is possible to apply for a scholarship. More information of the scholarships can be found on the website of the programme.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

If you are unsure about whether you'd be subject to tuition fees, you can find more information from the University's web page: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/tuition-fees

 

Structure of studies

The 120 ECTS required for the Master’s Degree consists of 25 ECTS common courses, 80 ECTS advanced studies according to the major subject, and 15 ECTS complementary courses that you can choose freely.

Final project

The Master's thesis is an essential part of the programme and it will be constructed in the form of a scientific paper with the aim of having it published in international peer-reviewed journal. After completing the thesis a student is able to carry out  and report a vast empirical study. The scope of the thesis is 35 ECTS credits.

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to prepare students for careers in research centres, medical rehabilitation centres, sport medicine and exercise testing centres, sport academies and physical exercise and sports organisations. Graduates of the programme are also qualified to apply for PhD studies at the higher education institutions in the field.

Qualification

The graduates receive a Master of Sport Sciences degree.

Internationalization

The students come from all over the world and also the teachers have a great deal of international experience.  Students have frequent possibilities to attend lectures by internationally recognized scientists from all over the world.

Postgraduate study opportunities

This Master’s programme qualifies graduates to continue studying to PhD level and many of our graduates are completing or have completed a PhD, mainly in the field of Sport Sciences.

Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1)      Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

2)      Phase II: Skype/phone interviews and final student selection

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

University Admissions Finland pre-processes the educational certificates including credential evaluation and verifies the language skills. The applicant will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

After pre-processing, all applications will be sent to the University of Jyväskylä for student selections. The student selection committee at JYU assesses the content of the applications -- ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background, statement of purpose/motivation letter, research orientation and proven interest in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

 

Criteria

 

Max. points

Completed (or provisionally completed) B.Sc.

max. 2

2 points: B.Sc. in a relevant field

1 point: B.Sc. in another field but studies in a relevant field (minimum of 35 ECTS credits)

10

Study content and quality of B.Sc

max. 8

Relevance of courses to the programme, research/lab-based content, evidence of a thesis project

International experience (work, study, living)

3 Points: over 12 months

2 points: 6-12 months

1 Point: 1-6 months

3

Experience in research projects, e.g. project assistant, data collection / analysis etc.

3 points: over 6 months

2 Points: 3-6 months

1 Point: 1-3 months

3

Work experience in a related field

3 Points: over 1 year

2 Points: 3 months – 1 year

1 Point: 1-3 months

3

Motivation Essay

Clearly articulated reasons for applying; orientation to the field of biology of physical activity; quality of written English; research interests

8

Other merits

e.g. co-authorship of published work, conference presentation, membership of relevant working groups or societies

3

Total

 

30

 

Phase II: Skype/phone interviews and final student selection

The student selection team ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to a Skype/phone interview. Phone interviews will be performed by the head of the programme and (at least) one professor of the department. Interviews will take place via Skype (with video connection) or telephone. Questions will be asked about motivation, major subject, research methods, funding and future plans. Applicants who score less than 12 points on the phone interview will automatically be excluded.

The maximum possible final score is 55 points (i.e. 30 + 25). If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.

Eligibility

1) Bachelor of Science degree (minimum duration of three years, 180 ECTS credits) in a related field, for example

  • Biomechanics, Exercise physiology, Sport coaching and fitness testing (major subjects)
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Biomedical engineering, Physics
  • Kinesiology, Motor control
  • Biochemistry
  • Human biology
  • Other field relevant to biology of physical activity

Eligible applicants for the Master`s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field by 17 July 2018.

2) Proof of English language proficiency. A good command of both written and spoken English is required. Proof of proficiency can be provided in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 59
  • CAE, CPE: A, B, C
  • Secondary education (high school/upper secondary school) completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution. If this option is chosen, a certified school or degree certificate must be enclosed in the application package. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16.

Please note

  • In cases where language proficiency is proven with a language test, if the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed at all.
  • The language test cannot be older than two years and it has to be valid until the end of the application period.

3) Additional selection criteria

  • relevant research / work experience
  • international studies completed abroad
  • basic knowledge in statistics and computer skills
  • clearly articulated motivation for applying for the programme

Required attachments

Required documents for application

The following documents need to be included in the supporting documents package:

1) Copy of passport or other official identification document (i.e. identity card, driving license)

2) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition (EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland).

3) Official transcript of records from your institute of higher education both in the original language and in English or Finnish (if your institute of higher education cannot provide an English version, please have it translated by an authorised translator). Where the original language of the transcript is Finnish or English, one certified copy in either language is sufficient. Note that the transcript must contain information on courses taken, dates of completion and grades and credits obtained. The grading scale needs to also be explained in the document. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. If a transcript is not obtainable, an officially certified list, by your institution, of academic work done or examinations taken each year will be sufficient, on condition that the information on the contents of the courses is also submitted. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be followed to the letter.

4) Certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English or Finnish (if your institute of higher education cannot provide an English version, please have it translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language of the degree certificate is Finnish or English, one certified copy in either language is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be followed to the letter.

NOTE: Applicants who will graduate or receive their degree certificate after the application deadline need to attach either a temporary degree certificate or an official letter from their institution of higher education stating when the student is expected to graduate. The official letter of your institution of higher education should contain at least the following:

  • The expected/the first possible date of graduation
  • Name/field of the degree
  • Total amount of credits of the completed degree
  • Credits completed by the date of the certificate/letter
  • Major subject
  • Contact information of the university
  • Stamp and signature of the university official

5) Certificate of the English language proficiency. Proof of the proficiency can be provided with one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 59
  • CAE, CPE: A, B, C
  • Secondary education (high school/upper secondary school) completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution. If this option is chosen, a certified school or degree certificate must be enclosed in the application package. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. More information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16.

Note 1: As there are often some delays in the process of language proficiency testing please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline.

Note 2: All above mentioned language tests are valid only if they have been completed within 2 years of the application deadline. Older test results will not be accepted.

Note 3: If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

Sending the language test results:

  • When completing the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admissions Finland's Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field.
  • IELTS test results can be sent by the applicant together with the application package. However, if you take the IELTS test, you can address the test results in section 23 (Applications to Recognising Organisations) to University Admissions Finland (please see address above).
  • For CAE and CPE, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland. An applicant's copy of the test score is acceptable, as your results will be verified from the test organiser. Include your Candidate's ID (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret code (4 numbers), if applicable (available for tests taken after 2005). If you do not have these codes, you can request them from the testing organisation. If the codes are unavailable, you should ask for the Statement of Results from Cambridge ESOL to be sent directly to University Admissions Finland. Test scores sent as email attachments will not be accepted.
  • Test results for PTE Academic are typically available within 5 working days following the test session. Once you receive your test score, send it to University Admissions Finland from your PTE account. Choose Finland as the ‘Country’, ‘University Admissions Finland’ as the‘Institution’ and click on ‘Search’. Then select the university you wish to send your results to and confirm your order. After this, UAF should have access to your test results within 48 hours. Be advised that online language test results will only be accepted from the test organiser

6) Testimonials or work certificates regarding relevant work and/or research experience or voluntary work in the field of sport. A testimonial is needed for each of the activities that you mention in the application form, otherwise no points will be given for the activity in the application process. At least the following information should be stated in a testimonial: 1) Dates of the activity, 2) Full-time or part-time (how many hours/week), 3) Type of activity, 4) Name and type of organisation, 5) Your own duties/role 6) Contact details of the organisation/supervisor

7) Curriculum Vitae giving information concerning your previous studies and professional experience.

 

Please note: A motivation letter/statement of purpose will be one of the questions in the application form. You may write it beforehand and copy it to the application form. Do not send it separately.

Remember to write your application number (given in the electronic application system) to all of the supporting documents in order to make the selection procedure as smooth as possible.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required documents for application
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
00170
HELSINKI
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

Admission timetable

  • Application period opens 15 November 2017
  • Application deadline 10 January 2018
  • Notification of interview latest in February 2018
  • Interviews will take place during February-March 2018
  • Notice of acceptance latest in 28 March 2018
  • Confirmation of study place by student by 20 April 2018
  • Conditionally accepted students need to provide their graduation documents by 17 July 2018
  • Studies begin in August 2018

Tuition fees

For EU/EEA citizens: No tuition fee
For non-EU/EEA citizens: €10000/academic year

Contact Information of the programme

Email: masterbpa@jyu.fi
Tel. +358 40 805 4808

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES Seminaarikatu 15 (T-Building, 2nd floor)

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O. Box 35 (T-Building), FI-40014 UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ

E-mail: admissions@jyu.fi
Telephone: +358 40 805 3018
https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarship.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Further information: www.kela.fi

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healtcare.

Information about accommodations

Comfortable student apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the campus.

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilometers from the University main campus and the city center. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä.

Insurance

All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland.

Contact details

Visiting address:
Keskussairaalantie 4 (Liikunta)
JYVÄSKYLÄ

Postal address:
PL 35
40014 JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO