There is an increasing demand for experts in the field of sport and exercise. In sport management this masters programme qualifies graduates to enter the working life, specialising e.g. in sport development and other expertise positions in public, voluntary and private sectors. Previous and current students in the programme have been employed e.g. in the management positions of major international sport events and as leading experts in sports departments of cities and municipalities or experts in sport organisations.
Graduates from sport psychology will be employed in the private and public sectors as, for example, psychological health and well-being consultants, performance enhancement consultants, or academic researchers in sport and exercise psychology.Sport and health organisations, business companies, sport clubs, and research institutes have offered job opportunities for previous students.
The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits spread over two years of full-time academic study. Each student will draft an individualised study plan in co-operation with the programme staff. The programme emphasises collaborative learning, supporting the autonomy of the students, and developing social and personal skills. To this end, the programme utilises action-oriented, student-centred and collaborative teaching methods. The study programme consists of general studies (25 ECTS credits), core studies (25 ECTS credits), major-specific specialication studies (60 ECTS credits, including the Master's Thesis) and optional studies (10 ECTS credtis).
Aside from the regular programme modules the Master’s programme also gives students the opportunity to complete an internship/practicum period, gaining valuable experience and expertise to increase their career opportunities upon graduation. These can also be completed abroad. Practicum is an ambitious element in the programme. All students participate and get hands on experience in the professional field. Employers and the professional sector have been associated with our course. For example, sport and health organisations, research institutes, business companies, and sport clubs offer practicum placements, and opportunities for thesis and projects work. Some students in sport psychology have also an option to obtain a double master’s degree by including a mobility period (30 ECTS cr.) in their studies, completed at the University of Thessaly, Greece.
The selection process comprises of two parts:
1) Reviewing the application documents2) Skype interview
Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern 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.
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