Physical Activity and Health

Physical Activity and Health

Master of Science in Physical Activity and Health

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MSPAHE, Wed Sep 27 14:34:39 CEST 2023 | M2

Are you interested in learning more about how physical activity and exercise impacts health, performance, and societies? If so, one of the three specializations at the MSc in Physical Activity and Health could be the right choice for you.

The MSc in Physical Activity and Health has three specializations: Exercise Physiology, Movement Science and Occupational Science. There are some courses that all students on the programme take during the first year. These are: Physical Activity and Health (PAH3000), Writing and Communication (PAH3001), Statistics for Medicine and Health Sciences (MH3003), and Experts in Teamwork (EiT). The whole second year is devoted to the Master's Project.

Students also take two compulsory specialization courses, and there are several elective courses to choose from. This gives you to the opportunity to tailor the MSc according to your interests.

Read more about what you will learn

So-called life-style diseases have been increasing massively all over the world in the last decades and are still on the rise. In addition, the population keeps getting older, demanding that workers can maintain their work ability longer, and that people in stay healthier as they age. Hence, knowledge and skills within the area of physical activity and health is highly relevant and of increasing importance in all countries and societies, and in several fields.

Read more about career opportunities

Trondheim is known as the most popular student city in Norway and has a lot to offer in terms of recreation, sports, and culture. Being a mid-sized city, most offers are within walking distance from the campus. The student population makes out approximately a fifth of the total population in Trondheim, leaving a young and positive mark on the city.

Read more about student life

The MSc in Physical Activity and Health is a two-year, full-time programme starting in the autumn semester (mid-August). There are three main components:

  • Master's thesis (60 ECTS credits)
  • Theoretical and methodological courses (totalling 45 ECTS credits).
  • Electives (totalling 15 ECTS credits)

The first semester consists of the introductory course PAH3000, two courses required by each specialization and one elective course. The specialization courses are offered as electives to the remaining two specializations, in addition to those listed below. The list is not exhaustive, other courses may be accepted if regarded as relevant for the thesis work.

The second semester consists of one elective course and three compulsory courses.

The third and fourth semester are devoted to thesis work.

Read more about the programme structure

There are 60 places at the MSc in Physical Activity and Health. Each specialization has 20 places (Exercise Physiology, Movement Science, Occupational Science). You apply directly to the specialization you want to take. It is possible to apply to all specializations.

Read more about admission and requirements

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