Master in Elite Training

Official Duration

Years: 2      Semesters: 4      ECTS Credits: 120

Introduction

This Master course is primarily aimed at Sport Sciences Physical Education and Sport Sciences graduates performing technical and pedagogical leadership functions in Elite Training, who wish to enhance their education and knowledge within the bio-social, and pedagogical and scientific foundations of sports training. This Master course also aims to provide information and updated tools on scientific research methodology in sports science.

The Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth has recognized this Master Course (Order No. 14 835-CJ / 2007) in the General Training component for Grades I, II, and III.

Objectives

The main objectives of this Master Course are:

  1. To contribute to the specialization of sport coaches, enabling them to gain and to deepen knowledge and intervention methods referring to the planning, conduction, and assessment of the Elite Athletes training process.
  2. To contribute to the specialization of sport coaches, allowing them to master assessment and training control tools regarding different sports.
  3. c. To contribute to the specialization of sport coaches, allowing them to gain and to deepen knowledge viewing the prevention of health related problems, from muscle-skeletal injury to accumulated fatigue and immunodepression associated to overtraining.
Coordination

Coordinator
Prof. Doutor José Gomes Pereira | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coordenador Adjunto
Prof. Doutor Francisco José Bessone Ferreira Alves | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scientific Areas

The predominant scientific area of the course is Sport Sciences. The course is organized in the following scientific areas:

  • Biology of Physical Activities (BAF) - 104 ECTS
  • Pedagogy and Intervention Methodologies in Motor Activities (PMI) - 10 ECTS
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics (MAE) - 3 ECTS
  • Psychology and Motor Behavior (PCM) - 3 ECTS
Study Plan

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Quantitative limitations
  • Numerus clausus: 30
  • Minimum number of student enrolled required to enable the course opening: 15
  • Number of vacancies primarily allocated for applicants from Portuguese speaking countries: 4
  • Number of vacancies allocated for applicants graduated in the special period of examinations to complete the undergraduate course: 4
  • Number of vacancies allocated for the attendance of isolated course units: 10 vacancies allocated to the following course units - Metabolismo Energético e Função Cardiorrespiratória; Crescimento, Maturação e Desempenho Desportivo; Função Neuromuscular; Biomecânica das Técnicas Desportivas; Métodos e Técnicas de Investigação em Ciências do Desporto I; Desenvolvimento das Qualidades Físicas; Planeamento do Treino; Psicologia do Treino e Métodos e Técnicas de Investigação em Ciências do Desporto II.

Selection Jury: Pedro Mil-Homens, Ph.D. (President), José Gomes Pereira, Full Professor, and António Paulo Ferreira, Ph.D. (members).

Accreditation Jury: Pedro Mil-Homens, Ph.D. (President), Francisco Alves, Full Professor, and Fátima Baptista, Ph.D. (members).


Besides the information in the Regulation of the Course, the following specific criteria will be weighted:

  • Overall final Result in the Degree:
    • Applicants with a Degree in Sport Sciences, or legal equivalent, in a University, will be awarded the following scores:
      • Overall final result: 14 – 4 points;
      • Overall final result: 13 – 2 points;
      • Overall final result lower than 13 – 1,5 points
    • Applicants with a similar Degree in other Higher Education institutions, will be awarded the following scores:
      • Overall final result: 14 – 3 points;
      • Overall final result: 13 – 1,5 points;
      • Overall final result lower than 13 – 1,5 points
    • Applicants holders of other Degrees, will be awarded the following scores:
      • Overall final result: 14– 3 points;
      • Overall final result: 13– 1,5 points;
      • Overall final result lower than 13 – 1 point.
    • Additionally, in all the above mentioned cases, 0,5 points will be awarded for each point above 14, up to a maximum of 5 points.
  • Curricular Assessment: Curricular assessment takes two factors into account: professional, technical, and scientific education/training, and professional experience. The assessment of professional, technical, and scientific education/training, will be carried out according to the following criteria:
    • 0,10 points for each training course attended, regarded as relevant by the jury, up to a maximum of 1 point;
    • 0,20 points for each participation as speaker in training actions and courses, regarded as relevant by the jury, up to a maximum of 2 points;
    • 0,20 points for each published in the area of Sport Sciences, up to a maximum of 2 points.
  • Professional experience: Professional experience will be scored 0-5 points to assess professional experience in the area of sport coaching, based in the following criteria:
    • Years of practice as a coach, up to a maximum of 2 points. 1 point will be awarded to 5 or less years of professional practice, and 2 points for more than 5 years’ professional practice.
    • Additionally, the quality of the intervention model will also be valued, according to the following criteria:
      • 1 point for professional practice with teams/athletes at national level;
      • 2 points for professional practice with teams/athletes holders of national titles or records;
      • 3 points for professional practice with teams/athletes participating in European and World Championships, or Olympic Games.
    • Alternatively to the professional experience as a coach, 1-2 points may be awarded to the applicant’s experience as elite athletes.

In case of a tie, the following elements will be used, in descending order of importance:

  1. Degree overall final result;
  2. Score in the item regarding the curricular assessment;
  3. Score in the item regarding professional experience.
Tuition fee

Total amount (2015-2016): 2.000,00€ (1.040,00€ in the 1st year + 960,00€ in the 2nd year)

Regulation

Course schedule

Fridays: 9H00-13H00 and 14H30-18H30
Saturdays: 9H00-13H00

Legislation

 

Erasmus Incoming