Master's Programme in Sports Physiology and Medicine, 120 credits

Start term: Autumn 2021 (open)

Do you want to increase your understanding of sports physiology, physical activity and nutrition? This programme offers you qualified knowledge for a future career within the sport and health industry. It also prepares you for doctoral studies.

Sports Physiology and Medicine Programme

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Specific entry requirements

A first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits, of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study sport science, physiotherapy, medicine, or biomedical laboratory science. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English 6" or course "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Tuition fees

EU citizens

If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are NOT required to pay application or tuition fees.

Non - EU citizens

Tuition fee, first instalment: 87644 SEK

Total fee: 350500 SEK

The programme provides thorough knowledge on physiological aspects related to cardiovascular, metabolic, muscular and cellular adaptations to acute and long-term exercise. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge on current physiological, histological and biochemical methods used in the field of sports physiology and medicine. The programme also provides transferable skills, including training in manuscript and research proposal writing and in oral scientific presentations.

Part of the programme is carried out in cooperation with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) in Oslo. This international collaboration further reinforces the scientific quality of this Master's programme and offers the students the possibility to address a broad range of current research issues in the field of exercise physiology and sports medicine.

All courses are taught in English.

Programme syllabus Master's Programme in Sports Physiology and Medicine, 120 credits

The programme comprises 120 credits alternatively 60 credits and is modelled around the main field of study, sport science, which on this programme has its focus on physiology and medicine. Students who wish to finish their studies after one year are required to do an independent project (degree project) of 15 credits. Students who wish to finish their studies after two years are required to do an independent project of 45 credits.

The programme opens with the course Research methods in Sport Sciences (15 credits). This is followed by three courses within the main field of study sport science (Exercise Physiology at Molecular Level, 15 credits, Molecular Biological Methods in Exercise Physiology, 7.5 credits; and Physiological Methods in Exercise Physiology, 7.5 credits).

The first year of the programme is concluded with either the course Degree Project, 15 credits, for those students aiming for a Master's degree (60 credits); or with the course Concepts in Nutrition and Physical Activity for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 15 Credits.

The second year of the programme begins with the courses Research Overview and Design (15 credits) and is concluded with a Degree Project of 45 credits in sport science.

Specific entry requirements: A first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits, of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study sport science, physiotherapy, medicine, or biomedical laboratory science. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English 6" or course "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

First semester: Autumn semester 2021

Pace of study: Full Time

Level: Second Cycle

Study places: 15

Selection: Number of credits obtained no later than on the last application date

Study venue: Örebro

School: School of Health Sciences

Qualifications: Degree of Master of Arts/Science [60 credits], Degree of Master of Arts/Science [120 credits]

Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.

Head of programme: Fawzi Kadi

Application code ORU-M7100

The content of this master is a unique opportunity to prepare students for doctoral studies in the field of exercise physiology and sports medicine.

Contact the Head of Programme Fawzi Kadi (This is an email address).

Yes, all modules are research based.

This means a Bachelor degree with a main field of study. 

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Cecilia Landberg

Why did you apply for the Master's programme in Sports Physiology in Örebro?
I am a chiropractor and I completed my training about three years ago. I wanted to get some further training and I checked out a few alternatives. I thought this programme sounded really interesting and applied as it felt like a good way to go for me.

I have stayed in Stockholm since I have my work and my life there. We do not have lectures every day, so commuting is not a problem. It also gives me four hours a day on the train that I can spend studying. But I might move to Örebro next semester, we'll see how it goes.

Tell us about the programme.
The programme is preparing students for a research career and it has a set study path, but with one or two elective courses on the programme. The programme concludes with us writing a 45 credit Master's dissertation.

We have just completed the first module on research methods in sports sciences, and have started a module of sports physiology. This semester focuses on theory. Next semester we will also have some laboratory practicals.

There is quite a mix of people in our group. Some have just completed their undergraduate training, others have spent a few years working. There are a number of international students and all teaching is in English. It is a great learning experience and it is challenging – and very stimulating.

Besides lectures and seminars, there are also a few group projects. For me as a commuter, it still works out as some things can be solved for example via Skype.

What are your plans for the future?
In the future, I would like to combine my work as a chiropractor with research. Chiropractic is really the heart of what I'd like to do so I am not prepared to let that go. I am thinking that I might latch it onto what I am studying now and perhaps go on to do a PhD.

How would you describe Örebro University?
It is a nice university. Since I am commuting I don't have time to see that much of campus. But there seems to be a lot of fun things happening.

Do you have any tips for future students?
Be prepared for a high pace, there is always something to do. Sometimes we are working on several parallel projects. But I am enjoying it and I am looking forward to the rest of the programme.

Igor Wladimir Moura Sanna

Why did you apply for the Master's Programme in Sports Physiology in Örebro?
As a former professional athlete, sports have always been a great passion – ever since when I was a child. I completed my Bachelor in Physiotherapy and decided to take my studies further in the field of sports medicine somewhere I could have a solid learning experience. After doing extensive research on Master's programmes worldwide I realised this programme would perfectly suit my needs so I applied for it.

What are your first impressions?
Since I come from practically the other side of the world, Brazil, I did a great deal of reading about Örebro University and the programme itself. I went through the website a few times and looked for pictures on the Internet. Even after extensively looking at pictures I was very impressed with the campus when I got here. It is much larger than I thought and very well constructed with many different ambient settings for studying, playing sports and leisure. Pictures really don't do it justice!

Would you recommend others to apply for the programme?
If you are a student who is interested in taking your sports medicine knowledge to the next level and be involved in the different aspects and current topics of sports physiology, this is your programme!

What are your impressions of campus and Örebro town?
The town is really beautiful! It is a smaller city where you still can find pretty much everything, besides being located between two great European capitals. I am really enjoying the smaller city lifestyle since I have lived in a bunch of large cities all my life. It is a great place to be a student with a lot of green areas around town and a large forest close to campus. The relaxing atmosphere around campus has been essential for a good learning experience.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to learn more and more, take the next step to a PhD programme and be able to pass along some of the knowledge I am acquiring by teaching new students.

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Master's Programme in Sports Physiology and Medicine