International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Applied Neurosciences in Sports & Exercise Applied Neurosciences in Sports & Exercise

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English (100%). Depending on the chosen internship facility German language abilities might be required. Therefore, German language skills are strongly recommended.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

31 May for international applicants for intake in October of the same year
(21 September for applications from Germany)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The international MSc in Applied Neurosciences in Sports & Exercise focuses on neuroscientific aspects of physical activity in sports and health care settings. Academic knowledge and research skills are conveyed within the two major scopes "Neurological and Neurodegenerative Diseases and Injuries" and "Training and Performance Development". Graduates will be able to pursue careers in related research or applied clinical occupational fields.
"Neurological and Neurodegenerative Diseases and Injuries" focuses on imparting specific knowledge of the symptoms and syndromes of diseases and injuries within the nervous system (i.e., different types of dementia and epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, concussion). Furthermore, the impact of physical activity in prevention and rehabilitation will be centred in different learning arrangements (literature based, experimental, applied).
"Training and Performance Development" focuses on imparting specific knowledge of the central nervous activity during training and competition (i.e., mechanisms leading to fatigue, injury, over-training). Furthermore, the impact of appropriately managing exposure and recovery will be centred in different learning arrangements (literature based, experimental, applied).
Gaining methodological competences represents another key area of education.

The programme complies with the increasing demands of professional expertise and scientific work to accomplish the following:

  • improve prevention and rehabilitation of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases and injuries by a differentiated application of the drug "physical activity"
  • improve exposure and recovery management in sports and exercise from a neuroscientific perspective to increase performance and reduce the risk of injuries
Course organisation

The required skills to manage a successful career in the related fields are achieved through a modular structured study programme. This study programme is divided into three successive stages of study within a total of two years of studies. The first semester covers basic aspects of sports neurology and the neuroscience of sports and exercise as well as methodological skills (competences in neuroscientific methods, general research skills). During the second and third semesters, students work in a project-geared period. Students have the opportunity to improve and apply their neuroscientific knowledge in training and therapy settings leading to the ability of an adequate implementation of sports and physical activity in these settings. The main part of the workload is generated through project work (literature based, experimental and/or conceptual work). In the third semester, students additionally chose two out of three modules to expand their expertise in the fields of nutritional sciences, communication, and/or a "Studium Generale" (general studies in a chosen field within the courses offered by the university). At the end of the third semester, a four-week internship should help transfer the gained knowledge into occupational work. The fourth semester includes the Master's thesis. Besides neuroscientific knowledge, interdisciplinary elements within the programme enforce the development of personal skills, such as communicating, reporting, and presenting their own work or the work of a group. Project groups, which bring together about 10 students who work on the solution of a scientific problem, will specifically focus on these skills. The topics are typically derived from current research interests, and frequently lead many of the students to their Master's theses topics. The group is challenged to organise their own work and to schedule, design, and implement a complete project, which is then presented to the public. The Master's thesis has similar requirements and is typically a single person's work. The educational concept is designed to enable graduates to appropriately and successfully act in research-oriented and professional fields of work with strong emphasis to application in common practice.

International elements
  • Training in intercultural skills
Integrated internships

An internship of four weeks has to be completed during the summer break between the second and third semesters or during the winter break between the third and fourth semesters. Programme advisers will assist students with finding an appropriate internship.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Moodle based blended learning / e-learning course
Description of e-learning elements

The course deals with applied statistics and includes elements like blogs, video learning, virtual arrangements, chats and discussions, individual and small group tasks in an e-learning surrounding accompanied by regular meetings to combine face-to-face and virtual learning advantages.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
300 EUR per semester
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in sports science, health science, physiotherapy, or neuroscience (or equivalent) with an overall grade of 2.5 or better according to the German grading system

Language requirements

Knowledge of English at the B2 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR)
Applicants can demonstrate knowledge of English by submitting any of the following (not older than two years):
- a certificate confirming that they have achieved level B2 (TOEFL: 87 (iBT) or 550 (pbT); IELTS: 5.5 or FCE (Cambridge ESOL); Unicert II or an equivalent form of proof)
- proof of a Bachelor's degree completely taught in the English language (in native speaking countries like USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and Australia as well as in Germany)

German language skills are not mandatory for admission but strongly recommended if the internship is planned in German facilities. It might then be necessary to communicate with i.e. patients or athletes in German.

Application deadline

31 May for international applicants for intake in October of the same year
(21 September for applications from Germany)

Submit application to

For international applicants: AND
Paderborn University
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

For German applicants:,-N000568,-Awelcome%5Fbuz

Possibility of finding part-time employment

In individual cases students can obtain paid jobs as tutors as well as do technical work or support research projects within one of the research groups of the department.


The University of Paderborn offers several student accommodation possibilities on or near the campus. As an alternative, students can look for a room or an apartment on the private market. The typical rent is between 200 EUR and 300 EUR per month.

Paderborn University

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