University of Jyväskylä

Biology of Physical Activity, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The MS in Biology of Physical Activity programme offered by University of Jyväskylä 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 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.

Programme Structure

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 trainin
  • Biomechanics, including muscle-tendon mechanics, neuromuscular function and human movement

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

1) Bachelor of Science degree in a related field, for example

  • Biomechanics, Exercise physiology, Sport coaching and fitness testing
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Biomedical engineering, Physics
  • Kinesiology, Motor control
  • Biochemistry
  • Human biology
  • Other field relevant to biology of physical activity

2) A good command of both written and spoken English

  • documentation in terms of a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, CAE or CPE test score is required; more information in the section "Application Process"

3) Additional selection criteria

  • relevant research / work experience
  • international studies completed abroad
  • basic knowledge in statistics and computer skills
  • clearly articulated motivation for applying for the programme

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Jyväskylä

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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