Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Course of Study


Home Universities

Students can choose their preferred home university from the following three EMSEP partners: University of Jyväskylä (JyU), University of Thessaly (UTH), and  Lund University (LU). The selected 24 students will be distributed equally between these home universities.

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. This enables the students to meet each other and to meet the experts in the network as well as visiting scholars from other universities.

See detailed programme structure below.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

The students spend the first semester in their home universities (JyU, LU or UTH). The EMSEP programme will be launched with a common introductory session, with similar content throughout the consortium. Studies will be provided according to the local curricula.

Semester 2

For the second semester all students come together to study at the University of Leipzig. This ensures the provision of common core elements to all the EMSEP students. It also enables students to cohere and network as a group. In addition, the students meet the experts of the consortium and benefit from the teaching of invited scholars. The Intensive programme, ‘European dimensions in SEP’ will be organised during the spring term of the first year, including classes in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Master’s thesis seminars and practicum workshops. Teaching will be provided by the consortium teachers and visiting scholars from 3rd countries. During the study abroad period in Leipzig the students will acquire at least 30 ECTS credits.
During the first and second semesters, the students will learn the core substance areas, theories and methods of SEP, and begin the planning for the Master’s thesis. Modules 1 and 2 ensure that all the students, regardless of the major subject of their Bachelor's degree, get the same core knowledge of the SEP discipline.

Semester 3

During the third semester students will complete the practicum period and courses according to curriculum at the home university. For some students, the third semester may include a second mobility period. This mobility is obligatory for, and only offered to, those who have obtained their last degree in the country of the selected home university. Course and thesis work during the mobility period will be fully recognised by the EMSEP home university. The location of the second mobility period will be decided by the consortium, with consideration for the student's preferences.

Semester 4

The final semester will be spent at the EMSEP home university to complete the Master's thesis. Collaboration between students and teachers of the consortium continues throughout the programme with the help of a virtual learning environment.


The structure of the EMSEP programme, including mobility periods is described in the following figure:


Application period for 2013
  • 19 November, 2012 - 19 December, 2012 (for students of ALL nationalities) .
Contact information

emsep-mundus (at)sport.jyu.fi

Tel. +358 40 805 3397

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