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About the programme
Quota 2018: all qualified applicants admitted
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The two-year MSc degree programme in Sport Science at Aarhus University targets students from tertiary education institutions in Denmark and abroad. The degree programme is both practical and research-oriented and is aimed at the business community, research institutions and the public sector. The degree programme is also flexible and shaped to match your academic interests, and you can therefore specialise in a particular subject area within sport while at the same time acquiring general competencies in sport science.

The teaching at the university is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the lecturers are active researchers. The Master’s thesis written during the last year of the degree programme carries considerable weight and, in this context, students benefit from the down-to-earth, informal atmosphere between staff and students. When you write your thesis, you will have excellent opportunities for being associated with a group of researchers. In this way, students will be able to participate in the group’s research projects, academic discussions and possibly the writing of articles. Students can specialise in a topic within a broad area, including one of Aarhus University’s two main study areas in sport science:

  • The Humanistic and Social Science Track
  • The Exercise Biology track

Learning from sport: exercise for body and soul

The Department of Sport Science is located in the suburb of Frederiksbjerg, close to the woods and the beach. Facilities include classrooms, computer rooms, a gymnasium, a library and recreational rooms.

The study environment is intimate and characterised by committed and active students with a strong sense of team spirit. As a sport science student, you can influence your environment, which combines leisure time with lectures.

Sports consultant, project worker or...

A considerable number of sport science graduates currently work as teachers, for example in Danish upper secondary schools or preparing pupils for higher preparatory examinations.

Students also have the option of following a one-subject MSc degree programme in Sport Science. This enables you to specialise in topics specifically related to sport, and provides opportunities which include a career in sport science research. Other graduates find jobs in areas such as sport for disabled people, municipal projects, the private business sector, consultants for sports organisations and special associations.

If you are interested in health and disease prevention, as a graduate of the programme, you can find work in the public sector and with organisations such as the Danish National Board of Health, which organises courses on topics such as the prevention of lifestyle diseases. This area is growing rapidly, as more and more people realise the importance of good health.  

Admission requirements


On the Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science, it is possible to choose between three tracks

  • The humanistic and social science track
  • The sport biology track
  • The double-subject Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science with Master's supplementary subject.

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the single-subject Master's degree programme

  • Bachelor's degree in sport science with a minimum of 135 ECTS within the area of sport science from Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen or Aalborg University, or a Bachelor's degree in sports and health from the University of Southern Denmark.

“The following Bachelor's degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the dual-subject Master's degree programme

  • A Bachelor’s degree programme in Sport Science with a maximum of 135 ECTS within the area of sport science from Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen and Aalborg Universityith 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school, and also a Bachelor’s degree programme in Sport and Health from the University of Southern Denmark ith 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.”

The following other courses of study may qualify students for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science:

  • Other courses of study of a level, scope and content which, according to the university's assessment, correspond to the degree programmes mentioned above may qualify students for admission to the Master's degree programme. In connection with admission, further requirements for the composition of the course of study may be made.

Legal right of admission

Students on the Bachelor's degree programme in sport science at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science on condition that application for admission is made with a view to starting the Master's degree programme immediately after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme. Students have a legal right of admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Sport Science, but not to a specific track. This legal right of admission is conditional upon the application being received by Aarhus University by the applicable deadline.  

Restricted admission

If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places offered (60*), the qualified applicants will be prioritised based on a weighted average mark for the disciplines assessed according to a graded scale which are part of the qualifying course of study and which have been passed as of the time of application.

*This figure is guiding only and subject to change by the university.

Restricted admission to tracks

Twenty-five places are offered on the sport biology track. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places offered (25), the qualified applicants will be prioritised based on a weighted average mark for the disciplines assessed according to a graded scale which are part of the qualifying course of study and which have been passed as of the time of application.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

Sport is smart – exercise for both body and soul

The Section for Sport Science is housed in Frederiksbjerg near the forest and the beach. Here you can find classrooms, computer labs, sports halls, laboratories, a library and open spaces.

The study environment is characterised by closeness and team spirit among committed and active students. As a sport science student you have the chance to influence an environment that combines recreation and lectures.

Not far from researcher to student

Sport science is a relatively little degree programme. This means that the environment at Dalgas Avenue 4 is more informal than at other university programmes. The distance between lecturer and student is short and most people know each other.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Sport science graduates find work in a wide range of fields – from consultancy positions in sports associations and municipalities to trainer and instructor jobs in the public and private sector. For specific examples you can look at some of the job profiles in the sub menu on the left.

Consultant or trainer?

As a consultant you might work in municipal projects in the area of health and sport. You can also work as a consultant for sports organisations and associations or for Team Danmark, where you can e.g. advise on the allocation of financial support and talent development.

Health and disease prevention

If you are more interested in health and disease prevention there are career opportunities in municipal and regional government and the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, which works with the prevention of lifestyle diseases. This is a growth area, as there is a major political focus on health.

The urge to teach?

If you have a passion for teaching and communicating, this career path is an obvious choice. Many sport science graduates currently work as upper secondary school teachers or in similar positions.


You can also choose a research career and begin to direct your degree programme toward a PhD already towards the end of your Bachelor programme. At the Section for Sport Science you have the opportunity to carry out research in the areas of biology and the humanities and social sciences. In both areas you work with a scientific research project and are gradually trained through courses and individual supervision to become a researcher.


Other ways to study

Studying abroad is a unique chance to experience a foreign country, a new culture, a new language, and a different way of studying. Around the world you will find student environments and universities different from Denmark, and this helps put your own education, career and life into perspective.

Valuable experience

A study abroad period is particularly relevant for anyone considering an international career. But there are also many students who are planning to seek a job in Denmark who still take the opportunity to study abroad. Our experience has shown that if you take some of your study programme abroad, in addition to the academic aspect you also gain many social, cultural and language experiences that can be utilised later in your career. If you apply for a PhD programme, one or more study abroad periods will be included as a natural part of the programme. You will also participate in international conferences, summer schools, etc.

Foreign partners

The Section for Sport Science works closely with other Scandinavian countries in relation to outdoor recreation courses. You can visit Norway and Sweden and take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation, rock climbing and hiking etc. The section also has a special collaboration with two universities in USA: George Mason University – in the area of sport management – and West Virginia University, which specialises in sports psychology.

Aarhus University also has exchange agreements with universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and China. Under these agreements you can study for six to twelve months at one of these universities without having to pay for tuition.

Find out more about your opportunities at Aarhus University’s Go study abroad portal.


The Section for Sport Science has two research units. These are concerned with central biological and humanistic-social scientific areas of sport and physical activity.

The Research Unit for Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics carries out research into optimising performance within muscle physiology, circulatory physiology and movement analysis. The research is aimed at both performance optimisation within elite sports and selected patient groups, where physical training is used as rehabilitation.

The department's humanistic and social scientific research takes place in The Research Unit for Sport and Body Culture. The unit's work is concentrated on cultural-analytical studies of sport and body culture with an emphasis on elite sport and body cultural extremes. Specific focus is currently on doping, which is used in elite sport as well as in fitness and bodybuilding environments. Research is also focused on the so-called fan culture that is associated with elite sport but includes transgressing forms of rivalry between different groups of fans.