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Clinical Exercise Science | Master/Ph.D.

This research and professionally oriented Master’s program studies the use of physical activity in the areas of prevention and rehabilitation. Clinical Exercise Science differentiates between clinical applications for patients and the uses of physical activity in professional and popular sports.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameClinical Exercise Science
DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instruction
English
Start of study (1st semester)
Winter semester
CampusAm Neuen Palais

Program Content

During the Master’s and Doctoral Program in Clinical Exercise Science you will be studying the effects of physical activity in the prevention and rehabilitation of illnesses. The focus is on medical training therapy (clinical applications) and high performance physiology (usage in health, popular, and professional sports).

Besides these theoretical, methodological, and experimental fundamentals, the program also includes professionally oriented segments. These are offered in cooperation with hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Other opportunities include the medical supervision of athletes at Olympic training facilities and tutoring and mentoring work.

Raul De Souza, Student

"The program’s structure, especially the academic projects and the option to conclude the course of study with a doctoral degree, has helped me develop a broad range of scientific skills."

Course Objective and Future Career Options

With the demands of a professional work environment in mind, you will gain crucial skills for pursuing managerial and scholarly professions alike. The goal of the Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary, scientific, and career oriented cooperation with different professions in the health sciences.

The goal of a doctorate in Clinical Exercise Science is to prepare you for a career in research and teaching.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

The general prerequisite for enrolling in a Master’s program is a first academic degree that qualifies you for a profession, e.g., a Bachelor’s degree. Your first degree should be in Sports Therapy and Prevention. In principle, applications with degrees in disciplines related to prevention and rehabilitation in sports and medicine or similar fields are also acceptable. The final decision is made by the department’s examination committee.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language skills that correspond at least to the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Raul De Souza, Student

"The program’s structure, especially the academic projects and the option to conclude the course of study with a doctoral degree, has helped me develop a broad range of scientific skills."

Niklas König, Student

"Of course a doctoral degree prepares me for a career at a university, but the degree also grants me better opportunities in the private sector. And I definitely want to continue working in research."

Prerequisites for Admission to the Doctoral Program

After successful completion of the first segment of the Master’s / Doctoral program with a good or excellent grade (at least B or 2.3), you may apply for admission to the Doctoral program. The examination committee reserves the right to hold interviews during this first section of your Master’s program in order to determine your academic aptitude.

If you have completed your first joint program segment with a module grade average below B (or better than 2.3), a recommendation for continuing with the Master’s program (second segment) is generally made. Exceptions are decided by the examination committee on a case-by-case basis.

If you have completed a program of study of at least 4 years in a field related to prevention and rehabilitation in sports and medicine or in a similar field, and if you have completed such a program with a degree higher than a Bachelor degree (with a grade of at least 2.3 or B), the examination committee may recommend you for immediate admission into the doctoral segment of the program.

If your Master’s thesis was assessed as excellent (A or at least 1.3), you may also apply for the doctoral segment of the program.

Generally, this English-language Master’s program requires very good knowledge of English, which could for example be demonstrated with a TOEFL score of at least 213 points (computerized test) or comparable results from other language tests. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Program Structure

During the four semesters of the Master’s program you will earn a total of 120 credit points (CP). For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

Niklas König, Student

"Of course a doctoral degree prepares me for a career at a university, but the degree also grants me better opportunities in the private sector. And I definitely want to continue working in research."

CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS

Modules

Credit points

Foundation Modules
48 CP

Scientific Methods and Evaluation

Exercise in Prevention and Rehabilitation

Applied Sciences

Scientific Skills

12 CP

12 CP

12 CP

12 CP

Specialization Modules
42 CP

Scientific Methods and Evaluation

Exercise in Prevention and Rehabilitation

Applied Sciences

12 CP

12 CP

18 CP

Master's Thesis & Colloquium30 CP
Total120 CP

Structure of the Doctoral Program

During the eight semesters of the doctoral program you will earn a total of 240 credit points (CP). For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS

Modules

Credit points

Mandatory Modules (4.-8. semester)70 CP

Scientific Writing

Applied Science I

Scientific Qualification

30 CP

20 CP

20 CP

Dissertation & Disputation
80 CP
Total150 CP

Contact

Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Anja Hanisch | Departmental Advising

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais | House 12, room 0.32

The Advantages at a Glance

Besides academic training, this Master’s program also offers you professionally oriented segments during which you can apply theory and research in practice. We cooperate closely with hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, outpatient rehabilitation centers, and specialists in the medical supervision of athletes at Olympic training facilities.

The University of Potsdam has taken into account the actual conditions among students and introduced the option for part-time study into several degree programs. This also pertains to European Media Studies. For more information, go to part-time studies at the University of Potsdam.

Application

Are you interested in studying for the English-language master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Contact

Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Anja Hanisch | Departmental Advising

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais | House 12, room 0.32

This description is based in part on the information provided by the Program-Specific Regulation for the Internationales Master-/Promotionsprogramm Clinical Exercise Science (CES) at the University of Potsdam, dated 16 July 2009 (AmBek Nr. 5/10, S. 98).