What will I learn

Master of Science in Physical Activity and Health

What will you learn?

Collage of physical activities and measuring.
Photo: Geir Mogen & Kim Sørenssen/NTNU

This two-year International Master in Physical Activity and Health offers a practical, and theoretical study of physical activity and exercise, and their role in enhancing health, physical function, and performance. The first year of the master’s contains several courses while the whole second year is devoted to the master's project.

The MSc in Physical Activity and Health has two specializations: Exercise Physiology and Movement Science. Both specializations equip you with expertise in physical activity and health relevant to medicine, physiotherapy, health, sports, rehabilitation, and sports medicine.

Exercise Physiology is a field that emphasizes understanding of the mechanisms governing the supply and demand of oxygen transport, along with the neuromuscular underpinnings of muscle strength. The primary aim is to pinpoint the responses to exercise training, devise and manage effective strength and endurance training programs, and investigate their influence on health and performance.

Movement Science emphasizes understanding of the interaction between physical activity, function and performance in daily life, health and disease, as well as in competitive sports. In addition, Movement Science focuses on state-of-the-art skills and methods to evaluate and improve movement techniques, physical function, performance, and activity.

Most courses during the first year are compulsory for both specializations, but one elective course and a large variety of master’s projects give room for specialization.

The courses that all students on the programme take during the first year contain four programme specific courses: Training Circulation and Oxygen Consumption, Training Muscle and Force Production, Movement Evaluation in Sports and Clinical Science and Evaluation of Physical Activity. In addition, all students take Epidemiology and Statistics 1 (MH3021 EpiStat1), Clinical intervention studies - Research methodology (KLH3206), and Experts in Teamwork (EiT).

One elective course can be chosen. As elective course, the programme provides Movement Control and Change, but also a variety of other courses can be chosen provided by other programmes at the faculty of medicine and health or other faculties at NTNU.