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Sport and Exercise in Childhood and Adolescence

Degree Master of Science
 Application mandatory
Course commences winter semester only
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Lanuage requirements         English (on application)
Language of instruction German
Other features post-graduate / consecutive

Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies


Course outline

This M.Sc. course is a cooperative project involving Heidelberg University, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Karlsruhe Research Centre for School Sport and Sport in Childhood and Adolescence, and the Universities of Education at both locations. Both in design and content, the programme (which in Heidelberg encompasses the two profiles “Prevention & Rehabilitation” and “Development & Talent”) is unique throughout Europe.

The M.Sc. course sets out to impart to its students theoretical, methodological and practical sport-scientific and sport-pedagogical knowledge suitable as a basis for the developmentally adapted planning and conduct of the holistic advancement of physical exercise in childhood and adolescence. Given the continuous decline in general physical activity on the part of children and adolescents over the last few decades, the significance of remedial action has greatly increased. The observable lack of physical exercise impairs not only the (everyday and sporting) stamina of children but also their cognitive and mental development. Against this background, the objective of the course is to train qualified sport scientists to elaborate, conduct and evaluate innovative strategies and programmes in the field of sport for children and adolescents. The foundations of the scientifically oriented course are the base module “Communication & Project Development” and the general modules “Development & Socialisation”, “Learning & Instruction” and “Performance & Training”. In the course of the programme, students will specialise either in “Prevention & Rehabilitation” (profile A) or in “Development & Talent” (profile B). Profile A concentrates on the many aspects and effects of physical activity on health, while profile B focuses on the regularities and principles governing high-performance sport in childhood and adolescence.

Course structure

The M.Sc. course is structured as follows. Some modules can also be attended in Karlsruhe. For more information on module eligibility, consult the academic advisors listed below.

1st semester
Base module   Communication & Project Development
General module I Development & Socialisation
General module 3 Performance & Training
Practical module Practice in Different Sports
Additional module 2 Key Qualifications
2nd semester
General module 2       Learning & Instruction
Profile module 1A Children and Adolescents with Chronic Illnesses
Profile module 2A      Rehabilitation Science
Profile module 1B      Development & Education
Profile module 2B Talent
Practical module Practice in Different Sports
Practicals Profiles A & B
3rd semester
Profile module 3A Planning, Realisation, Optimisation
Profile module 3B Structure & Law
Additional module 1 Target Group-Oriented Action
Additional module 2  Key Qualifications
Research module Topical Research Projects
Practicals Profiles A & B
4th semester
Thesis M.Sc. thesis and defence of same

Subsidiary (minor) subject

The M.Sc. course in Sport and Exercise in Childhood and Adolescence can also be studied as a subsidiary (minor) subject accounting for 20 CP.

Main research interests

The main research interests in the M.Sc. course are determined by the two profile modules.

In profile module A (Prevention & Rehabilitation) students are given in-depth insights into rehabilitation research on childhood and adolescence in general. The discussion of crucial aspects of rehabilitation science is supplemented by an extensive survey of the most important chronic illnesses affecting this target group in our day and age. With special reference to practical implementation in the professional context, emphasis is also placed on encouraging abilities and skills in planning and realising health-enhancing and health-preserving strategies for physical exercise on a scientific basis and optimising them on the basis of sound evaluation. Excursions to institutions working in the field of prevention and rehabilitation represent an ideal link between science and practice.

Profile module B (Development & Talent) is devoted to high-performance sport in childhood and adolescence. Central concerns are sport-pedagogical aspects and development and education in this age-group with reference to the connection between individual and institution. The profile provides extensive insight into talent diagnostics, investigating in this context various models for talent encouragement programmes and evaluation strategies in youth sport. The profile is rounded off with the acquaintance of various organisation forms and structures in the sport sector and broad basic knowledge of sport-related business management, executive management and law.

Formal requirements

The course is access-restricted and admission-restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students (both German and international) must apply directly to the University in via an online application procedure.

Application deadline

15 May for the winter semester

Further information

Current information on procedure

Internet pages of the Institute of Sport and Sport Science

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (23 April 2010)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisor

Dr. Christina Roth
Im Neuenheimer Feld 720
69120 Heidelberg, Office 105
office hours by appointment
phone: +49(0)6221-54 4632


Institute of Sport and Sport Science
Im Neuenheimer Feld 700/720
D-69120 Heidelberg

phone: +49 (0)6221 548622
fax: +49 (0)6221 544387


Student representation
Im Neuenheimer Feld 700

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