Sports Science
(Master of Science)

Photo shows two men with heart rate monitors © Alfred Effenberg / LUH
© Alfred Effenberg / LUH
Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Summer semester, Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German, English
Language Requirements

German HZB: English B2
International application: English B2 and German B2
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The aim of the specialist Master’s degree programme in “Sports Science” is to provide job-oriented and research-based training to sports scientists in the thematic area of health promotion. The programme draws primarily on the natural sciences. The Master’s programme builds on sport science degrees at undergraduate (bachelor’s) level, and profoundly qualifies graduates to pursue a career outside school or an academic career.

The study programme revolves around the question of how optimised settings (i.e. interaction between different interdependent content areas such as the selection of medical exercises, training, social framework conditions, educational measures and organisational framework conditions) for successful, sustained health promotion can be planned, structured, implemented and evaluated. Besides taking into account preventive and therapeutic aspects, students also learn about ability development and retention, tailored to the specific needs of individual target groups. Additional components in this context include the various dimensions of the cognitive effects of physical activity (development support, rehabilitation and stabilisation of areas of cognitive ability), occupational health care as an example of a setting, and intensive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Areas of Focus

  • Development, implementation and evaluation of health-related training and exercise programmes
  • Movement and sport in the prevention and therapy of diseases
  • Performance and health diagnostic methods
  • Social scientific and social aspects of health promotion
  • Health information and health education strategies
  • Physical activity and mental fitness, development of cognitive performance
Course Content

The specialist master’s degree programme comprises eleven modules, including a final module and a job-oriented project module. In their first year, students undergo an intensive phase of academic training, focusing on the methods and content involved in sports science. The degree programme collaborates with several cooperation partners, such as Hannover Medical School, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable interdisciplinary insight.

In their second year, students apply the knowledge gained and the scientific working techniques they have learnt: they gain valuable practical experience by completing a job-related project, which they can build on to develop the topic of their master’s thesis. This project stage may be combined with a period abroad; students are expected to complete their projects externally in a relevant field of work. They are closely monitored during the preparatory and implementation stage.

Students acquire supplementary key transferable skills, which they choose from a wide range of courses on offer.

Recommended Abilities
  • An undergraduate degree with a sports science orientation (see admission regulations for details)
  • A strong interest in sports science research and health promotion, as well as enjoyment in producing scientific work
Career Opportunities
  • Non-school-based educational work and advisory activities
  • Occupational health management / health care / health promotion
  • Development, accompaniment and evaluation of exercise and sports activities
  • Prevention and therapy
  • Scientific advice, concept and product development
  • Research and teaching
  • municipal facilities, ministries, social security institutions,
  • sports organisations
  • Facilities for the elderly, social facilities, institutions for therapeutic training, rehabilitation facilities and clinics, health centres and doctor’s surgeries
  • Commercial sports and fitness facilities,
  • universities, research institutions
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

Note: Sports as subject in the Bachelor’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education (Bachelor of Science), only with a written bachelor thesis in sports.

For master''s degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester


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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover