International Programmes 2019/2020

MSc High-Performance Sport MSc High-Performance Sport

Saarland University • Saarbrücken

Degree
Master of Science High-Performance Sport
In cooperation with
Erasmus collaborations are established with the Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom), the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the UCS Institute of Sport and Health (Ireland). Besides the Erasmus opportunities, Saarland University has several international partnerships within and outside of Europe.
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

English is the sole teaching language within all lectures, courses and seminars. However, as close collaborations are established with the Olympic Training Centre as well as several sporting clubs and organisations, it is recommended to attend German language courses regularly. Saarland University offers intensive German language courses starting every March and October (between semesters) as well as seasonal courses during each semester (free for students). 

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
Applications for the summer semester can only be accepted if free places remain after the winter enrolment period.
Application deadline

Application deadline: 15 July for the following winter semester (October – March) and 15 January for the summer semester (April – September)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Yes
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

The international Master of Science High-Performance Sport is hosted by the Institute of Sport Science and the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University in Saarbrücken (Germany). It aims at qualifying sport scientists for jobs in professional and performance-oriented sport and for academic positions that deal with questions of relevance for high-performance athletes.

The international MSc High-Performance Sport wants to improve the scientific approach to elite sports, in particular by offering courses in advanced research methods and statistics as well as views from different sport science disciplines. Graduates have the opportunity to gain sport- and discipline-specific knowledge and experience that is deemed important for future appointments in the sport science support and/or academia. They will be educated in international methods of elite training, performance analysis and exercise physiology, international sport structures and talent identification/development programmes as well as strategies for international communication and leadership in elite sports, among other topics.

Course organisation

This international Master's programme has a regular duration of four semesters in which 120 credit points (CP) must be gained. The programme is accredited as a full-time, on-site degree and has a limited number of participants. At present 20 places are available, and the intake is usually once per year in the German winter semester (October to March). Students can apply with an undergraduate degree in sports science or related fields can apply.

The degree is divided into the “Generic aspects: Methodology and Basic Theories” mandatory units and the “High-Performance Sport” elective units. Modules within “Generic aspects: Methodology and Basic Theories” include advanced courses on research design and analysis, statistics, organisation and quality assessment. Within the “High-Performance Sport” elective units, students have to choose two out of the following core modules:

  • Medicine and exercise physiology in high-performance sport
  • Strength and conditioning in high-performance sport
  • Sport psychology in elite environments
  • Socioeconomics of elite sport

Additionally, we provide recommendations for elective courses that will help compliment the core themes of the Master’s degree specific to each student’s interests. This structure provides students with a broad knowledge in relevant disciplines within elite sports. Additionally, it offers the opportunity to focus on specific areas that are important for the students' individual careers.

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Types of assessment

Types of assessment include (but are not limited to) oral and written exams, written assignment, oral presentations.

International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The MSc High-Performance Sport is a research-oriented degree programme emphasising an international perspective. Compared with other programmes, our approach has a strong focus on international challenges within elite sports to prepare students for a global career. Thus, studying abroad is highly recommended.

Students have the option to study abroad via Erasmus+ collaborations. Current collaborations exist with the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU, England; Erasmus+ internship agreement), the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands; Erasmus+ study agreement) and the UCD Institute of Sport and Health (Ireland; Erasmus+ internship agreement).

Besides the Erasmus opportunities, Saarland University has several international partnerships within and outside of Europe. In general, exchanges outside of Erasmus are organised for research projects, especially for the Master's thesis. Thus, the exchange will be organised individually according to each student's study plan.

Integrated internships

The Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine and the Institute of Sport Science provide an excellent infrastructure for research and practice in the elite sport environment. As both institutes are located next to the Olympic Training Centre Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland and the Saarland Sports Federation (LSVS), close collaborations have been established, leading to the title “Sport Campus”. Besides teaching and research, both institutes provide sport science and medical support to all athletes at the Olympic Training Centre. These services include (but are not limited to) eligibility screening, training management and scheduling as well as performance analysis. This close collaboration offers students a sport scientific and medical education with a high emphasis on practical relevance. As such, some collaborations are organised together with local/national athletes and coaches to prepare students for a variety of jobs within elite sports.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • ERASMUS+
  • Other (e.g. state level)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
283 EUR/semester
Costs of living
Prices for student rooms start at 225 EUR/month. Health insurance is compulsory for students in Germany. Proof of health insurance will be needed before students can enrol at the university. Students from an EU member state (other than Germany) who are insured under a statutory health insurance scheme should ask their home insurance to issue them with an EHIC chip card or a substitute certificate. Students from countries outside the EU need to purchase student health insurance cover from a health insurance in Germany.
Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic Admission Requirements

Requirements for enrolment in the MSc in High-Performance Sport are:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Sport Science or a related field
  • Proof of eligibility by means of an above average final grade (at least 2.5 in the German grading system or Grade B according to ECTS). International degrees will be verified for equivalence according to KMK regulations and grades transferred into the German grading system via the modified Bavarian formula.
Language requirements

Proof of English language proficiency (level B2 within the European reference agreement) is required, proven by:

a) Native language
b) High school and/or university degree studied and passed in an English-speaking country
c) Accepted certificates are TOEFL (iBT: 72), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (Category: FCS), IELTS (score: 5.5)
d) Means of a “good” final grade in English within the German “Abitur” (equal to at least 10 of 15 points; level: E-course), or equivalent

Equivalence of other certificates will be decided by the examination board of the faculty.

Application deadline

Application deadline: 15 July for the following winter semester (October – March) and 15 January for the summer semester (April – September)

Submit application to

Applications have to be submitted via the online application tool of Saarland University: https://bewerbung4.uni-saarland.de/qisserver/rds?state=wimma&stg=m&imma=einl

Possibility of finding part-time employment

As many employment opportunities in Germany require German language proficiency, we recommend the language courses offered by the university. Furthermore, student counselling is available via the programme coordinator and/or general university counselling to help students with finding employment.

Accommodation

In contrast to other countries, students at German universities do not receive accommodation on enrolment. International students have the opportunity to either rent a room in a student residence or find a private accommodation (single apartment or shared flats). Student accommodation provides either fully furnished rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens or single/shared apartments with a bathroom and a small kitchen. More details about accommodation including the application forms are available on the university website. Please note that the university only provides a limited number of student residences, which are usually very popular. Therefore, applications for a room or apartment have to be completed and sent back to the university by 15 July to be considered for the following winter semester. Prices for student rooms range between 170 and 265 EUR per month. Private accommodation is also available and can be found online.

Useful information about general living expenses in Germany can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Furthermore, a guide for international students is available from the International Office at Saarland University.

Further general information on the application process as well as administrative regulations is provided on the university website (https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/studies/international/home.html) and is also provided by the International Office (https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/international/profile/institutions/international-office.html).

Career advisory service

Career advisory service is provided by the university. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that interested students contact the degree coordinator for counselling in advance to ensure that the courses and internships will complement the areas possibly important for the students' individual careers.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
Supervisor-student ratio
4:5

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Saarland University coordinates the international Master's degree programme in High-Performance Sport. The Institute of Sport Science and the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine provide an excellent infrastructure for research and practice in the elite sport environment. Close collaborations are established with the local Olympic Training Centre as well as several sporting clubs and federations. This offers students a sport scientific and medical education with a high emphasis on practical relevance. As such, some collaborations are organised together with local/national athletes and coaches to prepare students for a variety of jobs within elite sports. 

The Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine is a licensed FIFA (Féderation International of Football Association) Medical Centre of Excellence and a Medical Examination Centre of the German Olympics Sports Federation (DOSB). Due to activities with highly trained football players and the long-term extensive cooperation with the German Football Federation (DFB), it offers a profound expertise in football science and medical care for athletes and patients.

University Location

As both institutes are located next to the Olympic Training Centre Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland and the Saarland Sports Federation (LSVS), close collaborations have been established, leading to the title of “Sport Campus”. In addition to teaching and research, both institutes provide sport science and medical support to all athletes at the Olympic Training Centre. These services include (but are not limited to) eligibility screening, training management and scheduling as well as performance analysis.