The EMSEP Consortium
The European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology programme (EMSEP) is a joint programme organised by a network of four leading European universities in the field: University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Thessaly, Greece; Lund University, Sweden and University of Leipzig, Germany. The network has a long history of cooperation in developing and implementing joint study programmes since 1996. The EMSEP programme, launched in 2010, is the result of this successful cooperation, rewarded multiple times by the European Commission.
Students will be placed at one of the following three EMSEP partners: University of Jyväskylä, University of Thessaly and Lund University. The students spend the first, third and fourth semesters at the appointed home university. For the second semester, all of the students go to the host university, University of Leipzig. Placements are made according to students' preferences and university availibility.
The University of Jyväskylä is the coordinating university for the EMSEP consortium, as well as a home univeristy. It is one of Finland's largest multidisciplinary universities, with 15,000 students and 2,600 staff members. The seven faculties and eighteen departments offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes in more than eighty major disciplines. The core fields of research and education are natural sciences and mathematics, human-centred sciences, sport and health sciences, and teacher education. JyU strives to construct creative cross-disciplinary research and teaching environments, utilizing its extensive network of partner universities around the world. It has an active role in the European Union Framework Programmes and experience in Erasmus, Comenius, Tempus, Thematic Network, and several other EU-supported projects.
The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences consists of three departments: the Department of Biology of Physical Activity (PA), the Department of Sport Sciences, and the Department of Health Sciences. The Faculty has 27 professors and produces an average of 11 doctors each year. The Department of Sport Sciences has offered courses in sport and exercise psychology (SEP) since 1963 and currently runs the SEP master's and doctoral degree programmes. The research expertise covers sports pedagogy, motor learning, lifelong physical activity, and health promotion. Previous collaboration projects with other institutes of research excellence include the Research Institute for Olympic Sports and the Foundation for Sport and Health Sciences.
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The University of Thessaly is a home university for the EMSEP programme. The university was founded in 1984. It is comprised of seventeen departments in four schools, and three independent departments. The University of Thessaly actively participates in more than 150 exchanges with higher education institutions in the framework of bilateral agreements LLP/ERASMUS mobility programmes. The Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, located in Volos and Trikala, is one of the independent departments founded in 1994. The Department admits 120 students each year, and there are about 450 undergraduate students and 232 master's students in the three master's programmes (Exercise Psychology, Exercise & Health and Exercise & Quality of Life, the latter of which is a joint programme with the University of Thrace). The four-year studies at the department lead to a degree that qualifies the graduates to teach at all levels of education. The department also operates a doctoral programme.
Read more at: www.uth.gr
Lund University is a home university for the EMSEP programme. The university was founded in 1666. With eight faculties and a multitude of research centres and specialized institutes, it is currently the largest unit for research and higher education in Sweden. Approximately 41,000 students study within any of the 85 programmes, the fourteen international master’s programmes, or in the 1,100 courses. Almost three hundred courses are, or can be, conducted in English for the benefit of international exchange students. Lund University offers international students more than 80 Master’s degree programmes, all taught in English.
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The University of Leipzig is the location of the EMSEP mobility period, which takes place during the second semester for all EMSEP students. Students from all three home universities gather at the University of Leipzig to persue a comprehensive courseload in preparation for writing the masters thesis. The University of Leipzing is the second oldest university in Germany, with a history of nearly 600 years. Currently, Leipzig University has about 30,000 students. Leipzig is a university of the State of Saxony and is publicly funded. The Faculty of Sport Science has had professors and staff members in sport and exercise psychology for almost fifty years. The field of sport and exercise psychology is presently covered by a full and an assistant professorship. The Faculty of Sport Science has twelve professors and about twenty staff members holding doctoral degrees. The faculty hosts an international continuing education program in Sports Science for physical education teachers and coaches from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caucasus. This programme lasts for five months and is offered twice a year, with various specialisations available for the 120 international students admitted annually. Sport psychology is offered as a mandatory course in each programme, and also as a specialisation every three to four years.
Read more at: www.uni-leipzig.de