Descriptive

Master in Sports Coaching

Official duration

Years: 2      Semesters: 4      ECTS Credits: 120

Objectives

The main objectives of this Master 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. 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.

When compared to the previous cycle of studies, the 2nd cycle in Sports Coaching differs:

  • At the professional level, with the inclusion of training within the intervention with people with specific needs;
  • At the scientific level, with the inclusion of topics on scientific research methods, statistical methodologies, and the possibility given to the student to choose to write a dissertation.

The main career prospects of the course are:

  • Sports coach: children and youngsters, elite athletes, and people with disabilities
  • Coach’s training
Coordination

Coordinator
Prof. Doutor Francisco José Bessone Ferreira Alves

Assistant Coordinator
Prof. Doutor Pedro Vítor Mil-Homens Ferreira Santos

Curricular Structure

The course is organized in two branches:

  • Professionalizing
  • Research

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

  • Biology of Physical Activities (BAF) - 78 ECTS
  • Psychology and Motor Behavior (PCM) - 9 ECTS
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics (MAE) - 6 ECTS
  • Pedagogy and Intervention Methodologies in Motor Activities (PMI) - 3 ECTS
  • Biology of Physical Activities OR Psychology and Motor Behavior OR Pedagogy and Intervention Methodologies in Motor Activities OR Sociology, Cultural Studies and Management of Physical Activities and Sports (BAF / PCM / PMI / SEG) - 24 ECTS (elective)

Comment: he elective course units are chosen from a list of Course Units taught in the FMH 2nd cycle courses. This list is defined every year by the FMH Scientific Board, under the proposal of the Master Coordination, and is released in the beginning of the academic year.

Study Plan

Please click HERE.

Quantitative limitations
  • Numerus clausus: 30
  • Minimum number of student enrolled required to enable the course opening: 15
  • 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 each of the following course units: Treino e Avaliação das Qualidades Físicas; Treino da Técnica e da Tática Desportivas; Treino Desportivo em Pessoas com Deficiência; Formação Desportiva; Psicologia do Treino Desportivo; Treino do Jovem Atleta; Periodização e Carga de Treino; Medicina do Treino Desportivo.

Selection Jury: Francisco Bessone Alves, Full Professor (President), José Gomes Pereira, Full Professor, and Pedro Mil-Homens, Ph.D. (members).
Accreditation Jury: Francisco Bessone Alves, Full Professor (President), Pedro Mil-Homens, Ph.D., and Carlos Colaço, Ph.D. (members).

Specific admission requirements | Ranking Criteria

To apply for this Master, applicants must be:

  • Holders of a Degree, or legal equivalent, in the area of Sport Sciences (Sport Coaching, Exercise and Health, and Physical Education and School Sport), or a similar area, as well as holders of a Degree in Dance and in Psychomotor Rehabilitation;
  • Holders of a foreign Higher Education Degree awarded after the completion of a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the Bologna Process, by a State adhering to this process, in the area of Sport Sciences or similar;
  • Holders of a foreign academic Degree recognized by the FMH Scientific Board for meeting the objectives of an undergraduate degree.

The selection of the applicants to the Master in Sport Coaching comprises a global assessment, taking into account the following criteria/weighting:

  1. Overall final result in the Degree (weight: 40%), scored 1-5, according to the algorithm: 0,4*result-3 for results between 10 and 20. If the final result of the academic Degree is awarded in a different scale, an equivalent conversion will be done. Different situations will be analysed by the selection jury.
  2. Academic, scientific, and technical curriculum (weight: 40%), scored 1-5, according to the following aspects:
      • Specific graduated or post-graduated training in Sport Coaching;
      • Other graduated or post-graduated training in the area of Sport Science, Dance, and Psychomotor Rehabilitation;
      • Extension and relevance of the participation in research projects, seminars, conferences, and other relevant events;
      • Extension and relevance of publications and scientific projects;
      • Prizes and awards analysed by the election jury;
      • English proficiency.
  3. Professional experience in the area of the Master course (weight: 20%), scored 1-5, according to the extension and relevance of the professional activities performed in the areas of Sport Sciences, experience as an athlete at national or international level, Elite athlete status.
Tuition Fee

Total amount: 3.200,00€ (2.240,00€ in the 1st year + 960,00€ in the 2nd year)

Regulation

Course schedule

weekdays

Legislation

Erasmus Incoming