M.Sc. Sport & Exercise Science

Course Objectives

The aim of this study course is to train competent graduates who can act as creative problem solvers and who hold outstanding applied knowledge in sport scientific research fields. Our graduates will be able to engage with cutting edge topics in sport research and will have highly developed communicative abilities and entrepreneurial perspectives.

Students will acquire expertise in the various disciplines of sports science and have competency with technology that is relevant to sports diagnostics. Specifically, this means they are capable of:

• Carrying out diagnostic procedures in various fields including: biomechanics, human movement science, performance physiology, sport psychology, neuromechanics, and performance analysis.

• Preparing decisions on the basis of their diagnostic results. These decisions can involve the selection of interventions or training recommendations. They can be tailored to individual or group needs, and will be suitable for areas such as health or competitive sports. Graduates will also be capable of professionally interacting and cooperating with occupational groups (physicians, trainers, researchers).


In the course of the study program, graduates will learn to interact with technology used in sports science (e.g., smartphones, robotics, diagnostic equipment) and to prepare them for widespread use by different audiences. Graduates of this Master's degree program will be capable of pursuing research questions and working in scientific teams. Specifically, they will be capable of:

• Planning, conducting, and analyzing, sports science studies, as well as discussing these studies both orally and in writing.

• Applying sports scientific research methods in many areas of sport (performance/physiological, biomechanical, psychological, medical, epidemiological, etc).

• Interpreting research results and discussing the current state of sports science research.

• Developing and investigating their own sports science research questions, and applying adequate solutions to these questions.


Graduates will engage with both the problems and possibilities of sport in our society. In doing so, our graduates will be capable of:

• Analyzing the socio-political problems of sport, particularly in competitive sport (doping, corruption, etc). They will be capable of developing creative solutions and can promote their interventions in various settings.

• Understanding the challenges and concomitants of an aging society and creatively develop ways to improve quality of life.

• Purposeful discussions with different stakeholders, and can convincingly explain their own arguments.

• Innovating business ideas in the field of sports, specifically in the areas of prevention and rehabilitation. Furthermore, they will be equipped to recognize and realize their market potential.

• Effectively debating controversial topics and convincing listeners with scientific arguments.

Target Group

The program is aimed at graduates of bachelor's degree programs in sports science. These students should be interested in engaging with the sports sciences in an interdisciplinary manner. They should have a scientific interest in sports sciences while also being prepared to deal with socio-political issues associated with these sciences.

Career Profile

Sport is an important part of the German and international economy. In Germany the estimate is that 1.765 million people work in the field of sport, sport also contributes 3.7% to the gross domestic product. Sport and Exercise Scientists are employed by universities, sports clubs, cities, insurance companies, sports associations and sports companies.

The development of key skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication and entrepreneurship will make our graduates highly competitive in the sports-related job market.

Language and Internationalization

Sport and movement are important topics worldwide, which is why the language of instruction for this program is English. This program is designed to meet international labor market requirements as a means to attract international applicants and to prepare graduates for the international labor market. The concept of the Master's program "Sport and Exercise Science" is based on international models and thus opens up more opportunities to establish or expand existing international cooperation.

Proof of adequate knowledge of the English language is required when applying. No other evidence of English skills are accepted besides those listed.

Educational Organization

Prospective module structure from winter semester 2019/20 (without guarantee)


All information about the application can be found here.

Softskills Information (5 Credits)

Which courses are recognized?

Recognized courses can include those from the Sport and Health Science faculty, other faculties of the TUM, and external providers (universities), which contribute to the development of personal, social, and methodical competences. "Soft skills" refers to extracurricular or interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Examples of possible accreditations include courses from the TUM Carl von Linde Academy, language courses from the TUM Language Centre or the Bavarian Virtual University etc. Courses from the Wahlmodul A and Wahlmodul B cannot be accepted as a soft skill. 
Under "Wahlmodul C" in the study tree (TUMonline) you will find suggestions for accredited courses in the future.
The workload must be clearly defined for the course, i.e. credit points must be earned. Partial completion of a module for which no credits are awarded cannot be recognised. Please check in advance whether you will receive credit points in the course (at the place where you take the desired module).
Graded or ungraded  courses can be credited. In the case of graded services, the grade is automatically included in the overall grade.
In principle, no achievements from a previous course of study can be submitted.

Definitions of soft skill:

• Non-specialized or interdisciplinary competences which include personal, social and methodical competences.

• Those competencies that determine professional and private success in addition to professional skills. These are primarily social/communicative skills and methodical expertise. Additionally, aspects such as intercultural experience, emotional intelligence, or personal commitment are considered, although these areas of competence can only be vaguely separated due to their overlapping nature.

• Soft skills are one's own character strengths and weaknesses. These include the skills and characteristics that distinguish one in the exercise of an activity (usually profession).

Soft skills can include:

• Ability to Work in a Team
• Independence
• Resilience
• Discipline
• Logical thinking
• Motivation
• Willingness to Learn
• Reliability
• Personal Responsibility
• Communication Style

How is the course recognized?

The respective verification for the course (with number of credits) must be submitted to Ms. Beate Hufnagel during office hours (Mon-Thu 9:15-11:15 and Tue 13:30.-15:00). The examination result is then entered directly in TUMonline. Please do not bring the verification until you have completed 5 credit points. For example, an examination achievement of only 2 credit points cannot be entered in TUMonline. For courses offered by the TUM, which can be enrolled in via TUMonline, it is sufficient to inform Mrs. Hufnagel beate.hufnagel@tum.de that you wish to have this course recognised for "Wahlmodul C - Softskills".

Student Advisory Service

Student Advisory Office
Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Campus D, room R604
Georg-Brauchle Ring 60/62
80992 Munich

phone: +49(0)89.289.24614
E-Mail: Studienberatung.sg(at)tum.de

Current information and availability of the Student Advisory Service

Student Advisory Service

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Annette Bauer

Sprechstunden: Mittwochs: 14.00-15.00 Uhr (telefonisch), Mittwochs: 15:00-16:00 Uhr (persönlich, ohne Voranmeldung) Donnerstags 09:30-11:00 Uhr (persönlich, ohne Voranmeldung) Alle Anfragen zum Studium werden ausschließlich unter studienberatung.sg@tum.de bearbeitet!

Postal address

Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60_62
80992 München

Director of Course Management

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Prof. Ph.D. David Franklin

Postal address

Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60_62
80992 München