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Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Education

Universitat de Barcelona
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Application deadline: 1st Period: 2020-06-30; 2nd Period: 2020-09-04
Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Education

Program description

Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Education

The master's degree in Motor Activity and Education is organized by the Faculty of Education with the collaboration of the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC). The course provides specific training in the educational use of motor activity in a range of contexts, and provides the knowledge and resources required for research and innovation in this field.

The advanced training acquired over the course of the degree will enable students to reach an advanced level of competence in the development of motor education activities, physical education programs and social interventions; to disseminate the results of their research and innovation activities; and, where appropriate, to access doctoral studies and prepare a doctoral thesis.

The master's degree addresses new training requirements in the field of motor activities, in areas such as physical activities for people with special education needs, sports for people with disabilities, social intervention, population ageing, and innovation in the traditional practices of physical education and sport. The teaching staff have therefore been selected for their expertise in various areas of psychology, health and social intervention.

The course is designed for physical education and sport education professionals, social educators and general education professionals, as well as university graduates in education and physical education who wish to continue their studies at doctoral level and carry out research in the field of physical education and sport.

The program is also available in Catalan. 

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

This master's degree provides the core epistemological, methodological and technical knowledge that students need for advanced research and innovation in physical education and sports. The course also complements the training of professionals already working in this field, as it provides specific knowledge and resources associated with the use of motor activity in formal and informal educational contexts. The concepts that are used illustrate the social and educational dimension of motor activity.

The aim of the master's degree is to define the ways in which motor activity is manifested in both formal and informal education. This first level of definition will enables students to identify other potential expressions of motor activity, for example in health or in elite-level sport. The course examines the role of motor activity as a means of social intervention; as a key factor in education through its main expressions; and as an area for innovation and applied education research.

Continuing studies

The research training provided by the master's degree also satisfies growing demand for graduates interested in research in this field and in continuing their training at doctoral level. Finally, in the field of physical education, there is a growing need for professionals with training in innovation, either for direct application to education or for use in related areas in which physical activity can be used to bring about social improvements.

Career opportunities

The growing demand for physical activity in formal and informal education has created a need for professionals with an in-depth knowledge of social intervention, innovation and research in physical activities and sports. Therefore, this master's degree enhances the training profiles of primary and secondary school teachers and of university lecturers seeking research training in these fields. In the field of social work and action, there is a need for professionals with training in sports, leisure and social intervention who are capable of working with groups that have special needs and require specialized training, including innovative professionals in prisons, in health centres, in sports centres, and in sport for people with disabilities.

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The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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