Sports Science (M.Sc.) – Movement and Wellbeing

(English-language degree)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission

(starting from summer semester 2024; subject to the approval of all relevant committees)


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: English
Required language certificate: English Level B-2

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Sport & Sports Science (B.A.)

or a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Science) from one of the following fields: sport, exercise or sport science, social sciences, health sciences, life sciences or a comparable degree.


Department of Sports Science


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

From the point of view of human rights, human life goes beyond health without excluding or neglecting it. Whether wellbeing can be achieved without health or wellbeing is even necessary for health is one of the problems to be discussed in this master profile. Furthermore, we will teach a variety of methods for achieving
wellness related to movement, nutrition and related activities as well as their philosophical backgrounds. The understanding of wellbeing and the methods for achieving this differs with cultural background. In addition to Western approaches, the traditional Chinese and Indian ways to well-being will be the focus of this
Master‘s program. More specifically, some time for the studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda will be spent in China and India at our partner universities. Another major aim of this master program is the study of contemporary scientific methods based on western understanding of science in theory and practice for adequate measurement and mdiagnosis based on psychophysiological variables. Measuring brain states on the basis of the electro-magnetic and haemodynamic activity of the brain, effects on different heart beat dependent variables, changes of skin resistance, variations in the infrared spectrum or the changes in gas discharge are just a few examples that will be taught for precise diagnosis of changes related to

Study Plan

1st semester

  • Methodological and Epistemological Foundations
  • Movement and Wellbeing Individually and Socially
  • Complex Systems and Sport Psychology

2nd semester

  • Related Transdisciplinary Aspects
  • Movement and Wellbeing Projects
  • Key Qualifications

3rd semester (study abroad)

  • Movement and Wellbeing in Ayurveda and Yoga
    (Ujire, India: Mar./Apr.)
  • Movement and Wellbeing in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China: Sep./Oct.)
  • Specialized Internship

4th semester

  • Master’s Thesis

Entrance Requirement

Proof of a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Science) from one of the following fields:

  • Sport, Exercise or Sport Science or
  • Social sciences or
  • Health sciences or
  • Life sciences or
  • a degree from a domestic or foreign higher education institution that does not deviate significantly from the above.

Besides the above described required Bachelor‘s degree applicants must proof English language skills at least at level B2 proven by one of the following certificates:

  • Proof of at least four years with at least "sufficient" completed school lessons
  • University entrance qualification or undergraduate degree program taught in English
  • "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 213 (computer-based test, CBT), 79 (internet-based test, IBT), 550 (paper-based test, PBT) - no more than three years old as of the application deadline
  • IELTS with a minimum total score of 5,5 - no more than three years old as of the application deadline
  • First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) or higher (Advanced (CAE) oder Proficiency (CPE) - no more than three years old as of the application deadline

A further prerequisite for admission is that the examination entitlement for the chosen programme has not yet been lost. A corresponding declaration must be submitted for this purpose.

If a Bachelor‘s degree certificate is not available by the end of the application period, an application is still possible
(a) if at least 135 credit points of academic achievement are certified by the previous higher education institution; or
(b) on the basis of a provisional certificate of recognition of the
Johannes Gutenberg University for foreign degrees.

Such an admission is provisional until the submission of a final Bachelor‘s certificate within a period specified in the notification of admission. If this proof is not provided in due time, the admission expires.

The programme is restricted. Therefore, even if the admission requirements are fulfilled admission is completed in compliance with the university‘s selection statutes.

Applicants can only enter the programme in the summer semester.

In the selection interview (15-20 minutes), it is determined whether the applicants have sufficient motivation for the degree programme and whether there are any possible misconceptions regarding the requirements of the degree programme. In addition, the identification with the degree programme and the intended profession is ascertained. In addition to the interview behaviour of the applicants, the competence in dealing with open questions and problems from the sub-disciplines of sports science are also taken into account.

You can find more information on the selection criteria on the corresponding website of the Department of Sports Science.

Study Abroad

During the third semester you will acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of Ayurveda/Yoga (Module 7A) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)/Qigong (Module 8A). In order to provide you with a well-founded and genuine insight into the ‚motherlands‘ of Ayurveda/Yoga and TCM/Qigong, we conduct these events at our partner universities in Ujire (India) and Shanghai (China).

We offer both modules as an extended course: In an 8-week training you will first learn the necessary theoretical basics of both healing systems. The associated therapeutic applications are then learned and applied in clinical internships in hospitals and practices. In addition, you will learn practical basic elements
of yoga and Qigong and how to teach them.

We have planned the stays on the outskirts of the summer semester (Mar./Apr. and Sep./Oct.) in consultation with the partner institution’s lecture times.

Prescribed Internships

Aim of the internship is the application of the previous study contents in a professional practice as well as getting to know possible future occupational fields.

Internships can be completed at home and abroad, preferably at state-authorised and recognised institutions, and should be related to the Master‘s programme topic. The interns are supervised by the internship institution and a teacher of the Master‘s programme.

The duration of the internship is 11-15 weeks (450 hours, i.e. 30-40 hours/week). The internship is completed during the third semester and can be completed as part of the stay abroad.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).