The MasterBPA 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. The programme offers three possible fields of specialisation to choose from: Exercise Physiology, Science of Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing and Biomechanics
The programme offers three fields of specialisation:
- Biomechanics (muscle-tendon mechanics, neuromuscular function, human movement)
- Exercise Physiology (cellular and molecular adaptation, cardiorespiratory function, human physiology)
- Science of Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing (scientific bases and applications of fitness testing, strength and power training, endurance training)
The two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) 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. It also provides qualifications to apply for postgraduate (PhD) studies.
Our Master’s degree programme provides you with
- high quality teaching in English in a state-of-the-art research laboratory
- lectures given by leading international experts in the field
- an individual study plan
- 2-year full-time education
- experience of both the Finnish culture and an international campus
- comprehensive services organised by the International Office of the University
The master’s thesis will be constructed in the form of a scientific paper with the aim of publishing it in an international peer-reviewed journal.
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.
The two-year Master’s degree programme offers three possible fields of specialisation to choose from:
- Exercise Physiology, including cellular and molecular adaptation, cardiorespiratory function and human physiology
- Science of Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing, including scientific bases and applications of fitness testing, strength and power training, and endurance training
- Biomechanics, including muscle-tendon mechanics, neuromuscular function and human movement
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.
Please note that no tuition is charged if you:
- are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
- are in possession of a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, or EU Blue Card
University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme. Two scholarships covering 100% of the tuition fee and four scholarships covering 50% of the tuition fee are available.
Additional information on tuition fees and scholarships is available on the JYU website.
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.
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.
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.
The graduates receive a Master of Sport Sciences degree from the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä.
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.
The objective is to get acquainted with the terminology and research in the field of biology of physical activity, to understand the scientific research process and to achieve practical skills in measurements related to biomechanics, exercise physiology and fitness testing.
|LTKY006||Orientation to studies||1 ECTS|
|LTKY021||Qualitative research methods||1 ECTS|
|LTKY022||Quantitative research methods||3 ECTS|
|LBIA001||Scientific literature seminar||4 ECTS|
|LBIA003||Measurement of neuromuscular function and performance||8 ECTS|
|LBIA004||Measurement of cardiorespiratory function and fitness||8 ECTS|
The objective is to deepen theoretical knowledge and to get acquainted with the state of the art problems in the field of biology of physical activity.
|LBIA032||International Symposium||1-3 ECTS|
|LBIY005||Other courses in biology of physical activity||1-5 ECTS|
Advanced studies according to major subject
The objective is provide the student with qualifications as an academic expert in the field. The aim is that the student is able to think scientifically, master the theory, methods and their applications in solving practical problems. The Master’s thesis will be constructed in the form of a scientific paper with the aim of having it published in international peer-reviewed journal.
|BMES012||Applied biomechanics I||10 ECTS|
|BMES013||Applied biomechanics II||5 ECTS|
|BMES002||Research training in biomechanics||4 ECTS|
|BMES003||Research methodology in biomechanics||6 ECTS|
|BMES004||Advanced literature in biomechanics I||5 ECTS|
|BMES005||Advanced literature in biomechanics II||5 ECTS|
|BMES006||Thesis seminar I||5 ECTS|
|BMES007||Thesis seminar II||5 ECTS|
|BMES008||M.Sc. Thesis||35 ECTS|
|LTKS001||Maturity Exam||0 ECTS|
|LFYS012||Applied exercise physiology I||10 ECTS|
|LFYS013||Applied exercise physiology II||5 ECTS|
|LFYS002||Research training in exercise physiology||4 ECTS|
|LFYS003||Research methodology in exercise physiology||6 ECTS|
|LFYS004||Advanced literature in exercise physiology I||5 ECTS|
|LFYS005||Advanced literature in exercise physiology II||5 ECTS|
|LFYS006||Thesis seminar I||5 ECTS|
|LFYS007||Thesis seminar II||5 ECTS|
|LFYS008||M.Sc. Thesis||35 ECTS|
|LTKS001||Maturity Exam||0 ECTS|
Science of sport coaching and fitness testing
|VTES012||Advanced course in science of sport coaching and fitness testing||10 ECTS|
|VTES013||Applied expert training in science of sport coaching and fitness testing||5 ECTS|
|VTES002||Research training in science of sport coaching and fitness testing||4 ECTS|
|VTES003||Research methodology in science of sport coaching and fitness testing||6 ECTS|
|VTES004||Advanced literature in science of sport coaching and fitness testing||5 ECTS|
|VTES005||Advanced literature in science of sport coaching and fitness testing II||5 ECTS|
|VTES006||Thesis seminar I||5 ECTS|
|VTES007||Thesis seminar II||5 ECTS|
|VTES008||M.Sc. Thesis||35 ECTS|
|LTKS001||Maturity Exam||0 ECTS|
Application period: (08.01.2020 at 08:00 – 22.01.2020 at 15:00)
Student admission to study programme
These admission criteria are valid in student selections made in 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences reserves the right to make changes to the admission criteria, if needed, in between admission rounds. The number of study seats available in the programme is decided on yearly, and will be published in the Studyinfo portal before each admission round.
The admission process comprises of two parts.
Phase 1: Online application and required attachments
First, the applicant submits an online application and required electronic attachments in the Studyinfo.fi portal. The applicant submits hard copies of application attachments to the University of Jyväskylä Admission Services, as per instructions. Instructions on submitting attachments will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
All eligible applications are evaluated according to the criteria explained below. Ineligible applications will not be processed further, after they have been found not to meet the eligibility criteria and/or documentary requirements.
|Completed (or provisionally completed) B.Sc
|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)
|Study content and quality of B.Sc
|Relevance of courses to the programme, research/lab based content, evidence of a thesis project|
|International experience (work, study, living)||3 points: over 6 months
2 points: 3-6 months
1 point: 1-3 months
|Experience in research projects, e.g. project assistant, date collection / analysis etc.||3 points: over 6 months
2 points: 3-6 months
1 point: 1-3 months
|Work experience in a related field||3 points: over 1 year
2 points: 3 months – 1 year
1 point: 1-3 months
|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|
Phase 2: Evaluation of interview
After the first phase, the highest-scoring applicants are invited to an interview, which is conducted online. Interviews will be evaluated according to the criteria stated below.
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.
After the evaluation of the interview, each applicant’s scores from the first and the second phase of admission are added together to form the applicant’s final admission score. Applicants will be ranked according to their admission score, and the highest-scoring applicants, in accordance with the number of study seats in the programme, will be admitted.
The maximum possible final score is 55 points (i.e. 30 + 25). Applicants need to score at least 50 % of the points in order to be considered for admission to the programme.
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.There are no arrangements for clearing i.e., study places for those accepted students who do not wish to enroll will not be reallocated.
All applicants will be informed on the results of the admission round via email by the deadline given on the University’s website. In connection to the results, applicants will be informed on the policy and deadline for appealing against the admission decision.
Application for the tuition fee scholarship
Applicants, who are liable to pay tuition fees, can apply for a tuition fee scholarship from the University of Jyväskylä. The application for the scholarship is integrated in the admissions application. In this Master’s programme, two (2) scholarships, which cover 100% of the tuition fee for two years, and four (4) scholarships, which cover 50% of the tuition fee for two years, are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme. The scholarship-applicants will be ranked according to their admission score. The two highest-scoring applicants will receive the 100% scholarship, and the four next ones will receive the 50% scholarship.
If two or more scholarship-recipients have the same admission score, higher weight is given to the points received from the following categories, in the following order: 1. Interview, 2. Previous degree, 3. Study content and quality of the previous degree.
If the applicant applies for the scholarship to more than one Master’s programme at the University of Jyväskylä and gets admitted to more than one programme, the applicant can receive the scholarship only to one programme, according to the preference she/he has stated on the application form.
If one of the scholarship-recipients does not accept the scholarship, it can be transferred to the next-best scoring applicant. The scholarship can be transferred from one applicant to another only once.
Admitted applicants will be informed on the result of their scholarship application together with the Letter of Admission.
Eligible applicants to the Master’s degree programme must have a suitable higher education degree and adequate proficiency in the English language demonstrated in one of the ways described below.
1) Higher education degree, which meets the following requirements:
Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s level education in the country in which the degree was issued. Applicants holding a degree, which gives eligibility to Doctoral programmes, should primarily seek admission to Doctoral level.
The higher education degree must be in the fields of
- Biomechanics, Exercise physiology, Sport coaching and fitness testing (major subjects)
- Sport and exercise science
- Biomedical engineering, Physics
- Kinesiology, Motor control
- Human biology
- Other field relevant to biology of physical activity
The higher education institution awarding the degree has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country, i.e. to be listed as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).
If the applicant holds a degree, which gives general eligibility to Master’s level studies, but the field of the degree is not wholly compatible with that of the Master’s programme, it is possible for the Faculty to accept the applicant, if she/he can complete the required studies as electives included in the Master’s degree. However, if complementary studies are required, which would cause the total amount of credits in the degree to exceed 120 ECTS, the applicant cannot be admitted.
The degree used for proving eligibility may be unfinished at the time of application, in which case the applicant can be conditionally selected. In such a case, the degree must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be received by JYU by the given deadline. The deadline will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
2) English language proficiency demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- Upper secondary education, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
- A higher education degree, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
- An international language proficiency test in English. Approved language tests and required minimum results are as follows:
- TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 92
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE): A, B, C or C1
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): A, B or C
- PTE Academic: 62
PTE, IELTS and TOEFL results are valid for two years. The result must be valid until the end date of the application period. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of Cambridge tests completed in 2005 and thereafter.
- The Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests completed in 2002 and thereafter.
Applicants should register for a 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. Receiving the test results may take up to two months.
If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for admission.
No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones listed above will be accepted. No waivers to the language proficiency requirements are given.
Some of the attachments can be submitted as electronic attachments to the online application form, whereas others need to be submitted as hard copies by postal mail. The specific requirements concerning hard copies will be published on the University’s website before each admission round. The applicant is responsible for reading the instructions and submitting the required documentation accordingly. The applicant must make sure that she/he complies with the requirements for the correct admission round.
Documents received by the University, which are not listed below, or which do not meet the University’s document requirements, or which are received by the University after the given deadline, will not be considered in the evaluation process of applications.
If an applicant has several higher education degrees, or separate studies in higher education that are not part of a degree, all of these can be considered for defining the applicant’s eligibility and calculating the admission score, provided that attachments proving these studies meet the University’s document requirements. If the applicant submits documentation of more than one degree, the admission score will be calculated using the degree and separate studies, which give the highest admission score to the applicant. Only studies from a higher education institution, which is a recognised part of the official national education system of the country in which the institution is located, will be considered.
Required attachments include:
1. A) Official transcript of records of a higher education degree
A transcript of records is a document issued by a higher education institution containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained by a student. If the awarding institution issues transcripts or their translations in English, Finnish or Swedish, a transcript of records in one of these languages is sufficient, and the translation mentioned in part 1. B) is not needed.
B) Official translation of the transcript into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the official transcript of records is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the official transcript in original language.
2. A) Copy of degree certificate of higher education degree
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and has graduated. If the degree certificate is in English, Finnish or Swedish, the translation mentioned in part 2. B) is not needed. A copy of degree certificate is not required in the application phase from applicants, whose degree used for proving eligibility is unfinished at the time of application.
B) Official translation of the degree certificate into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the degree certificate is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the copy of the degree certificate.
3. Certificate of English language proficiency
A certificate for proving English language proficiency can be:
- An electronic copy of a language test certificate submitted as an attachment to the online application form (these will be verified from the test organization)
- A copy of an official educational document
The accepted means for proving language proficiency are stated in the eligibility criteria of the programme. Instructions for submitting different kinds of certificates for proving language proficiency will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.
4. Copy of a valid passport
A copy of the identification pages of a valid passport with the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality, and expiry date of the passport, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. In case the applicant does not hold a valid passport, another official identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license) stating the same information is accepted. A copy of passport is not required from citizens of Finland, because their nationality can be confirmed from a national database.
5. Copy of residence permit card, if needed
A copy of both sides of the residence permit card, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. Required only from applicants holding a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen.
6. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
An electronic attachment to the online application form. Curriculum vitae is a document, which provides information on the applicant’s educational and work history, skills and competencies.
7. Motivation letter
An electronic attachment to the online application form. In the motivation letter, articulate clearly your reasons for applying. Consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of the Master’s programme. Relate your plans after graduation, in case you are admitted to the programme. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters in Latin alphabet, including breaks and punctuation.
8. Research plan for Master’s thesis/Research interests
9. Testimonials or work certificates
10. Letter of reference
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