European Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Classe LM67INT)


June 19, 2024
Deadline Thesis admission summer session A.Y. 2023-2024
July 8-9, 2024
Summer thesis session A.Y. 2023-2024
July 9, 2024
Thesis Admission Procedures summer session A.Y. 2023-2024
July 10, 2024 - h. 12:00 CEST
Deadline call for application A.Y. 2024-2025
July 15, 2024
Test basic knowledges (online)
July 17-18, 2024
Interviews (in presence or online)
July 23, 2024
Selection results A.Y. 2024-2025
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Piazza Lauro de Bosis, 15 - 00135 Roma
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Dipartimento di Scienze motorie, umane e della salute
2 years
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One international curriculum
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Presentazione e obiettivi del corso

Course presentation and goals

The European Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity is a 2-yr postgraduate program (120 ECTS), coordinated by the University of Rome “Foro Italico” since 2002 and involving other leading European Universities in the Sport Science studies:

  1. the Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo – Norway;
  2. the University of Vienna – Austria;
  3. the University of Southern Denmark in Odense – Denmark;
  4. the German Sport University in Cologne – Germany.


The program is carried out in English and successful students will be awarded a joint European certificate plus single or double national second level degrees (that are equally valid in Italy as well as in the other European countries).

It is an integrated program of study involving Faculty and students from Italy and other countries, aimed at upgrading the graduate in sport or movement sciences to a higher and broader professional profile, apt to deal, in a European perspective, with the complexities of the social demands increasingly expressed in the area of physical activity in health, fitness and wellness, reeducation and rehabilitation. In fact, prevalent sport science approaches have for a long time been tailored for competitive sport performance, but less so for needs related to health, prevention and wellbeing, to stress management, and the psychosocial and cultural dimensions, in daily life and in the various age and health conditions.

The development of the program has set out targets favoring the convergence of European Higher Education systems and the creation of an European Higher Education Area. It responds to the need of creating international university programs, whose structure includes studying periods abroad and guarantees an education towards both high professional opportunities and research activities, by making use of regular curricular internships. Master graduates in Health and Physical Activity shall be able to integrate at high level their knowledge of movement sciences, into biomedical, psycho-pedagogical and sociological ones and, in particular, pertaining the use of movement science in the preventive and rehabilitative area, in different age groups.

Curriculum and specialisations
First-year study subjects will cover, along with general aspects aimed at strengthening and widening the basic cultural background, specific aspects related to the theory and practice of physical activity in relation to health and wellbeing, as well as disease and disability, both in general and specifically at the various ages, dealing with such issues as:

  • Health and fitness, risk factors and prevention in the general population;
  • Movement therapy in functional reeducation & rehabilitation;
  • Wellness and coping in disability, chronic disorder, or other limiting conditions;
  • Movement in education, maturation and social integration, wellness and creativity, personal growth and expression;
  • Ethical issues, advanced IT and research methodology for health and social science research.


Students proceeding into the second year will need to select two different areas of professional formation and learning among the following internship offers:

  1. Children: Physical Activity in education, growth, development and maturation, and in relation to health and prevention, disease or disability, from childhood to young adulthood.
  2. Adults: Physical Activity and lifestyle for health and prevention, fitness & wellness, in the general population of average healthy adults, and in special groups with disease or disability.
  3. Elderly: Physical Activity in relation to health and prevention, fitness & wellness, as well as personal expression, and coping with age problems, disease or disability in the elderly.
  4. Musculo-skeletal disorders and sports activity joint diseases.
  5. Movement therapy in orthopaedic rehabilitation.
  6. Psycho-pedagogic aspects of preventive physical activity.


So, there will be one common path in the first year and several alternative specialisations in the second year focusing on physical activity in disease prevention and rehabilitation.

In the first-year, three Teaching Modules will take place at the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, in the Fall-Winter, while the fourth Teaching Module will take place either in Rome in Spring or in partner Universities.

In the second year, alternative Internships, involving specialisation learning and work, will then be offered in the Spring-Fall by partner universities, particularly Odense (Children and Elderly), Vienna (Adults), Cologne (Sport Therapy) , Oslo (Psychology), Rome (Movement therapy in orthopaedic rehabilitation).

The program will also be enriched by lecturers from other prominent academic, professional and research institutions from the Universities of:  Athens,  Marseille, Groningen, Stuttgart,  Poitiers, Swansea and others.

Language studies
The English course comprises:

  • Four on-line modules (approximately 10 hours work each) to be completed during the study intervals. Students have access to on-line tutoring in this period.
  • Four hours of classroom lessons per module focussing on introducing (and receiving feedback on) the language and academic writing skills components of the module.

Introductory classes offered to cope with local needs during study periods in Rome.

European and National Titles
Upon completion of the program, the European Master title will be issued jointly by the full partner Universities and be valid in the respective countries to all effects:

  • Italy – Laurea Magistrale in Attività Fisica e Salute (Classe LM 67) (national title)
  • Austria – Master of Science (national title, subjected to additional local requirements)
  • Norway – Master i Idrettsvitenskap (national title, subjected to additional local requirements)
  • Denmark – Cand. Scient. I Idrate og Sundhed (national title, subjected to additional local requirements)
  • Germany – European Master in Physical Activity and Health (national title recognition subjected to additional local requirements)


The title will be accompanied by a Diploma Supplement, which will certify the special characteristics of the program, with the intensive exposure to a European dimension and highly specialised teaching and research environment, and the high level of cultural and professional specialisation achieved.

Graduates, or qualified students in corresponding second-tier national programs, may have access to the European Master title upon completion of a special track, designed by the Faculty based on the student’s background and related assessment of integrative requirements, which will as a rule include English proficiency, part of the teaching sessions, a mobility period, and the thesis. Admission and the integrative program will be subject to approval by all partner institutions.

Participation to only parts of the program can also be foreseen for qualified students

The program is addressed to students with an undergraduate degree in the sport science or related area, with good knowledge of written and spoken English and adequate credentials.

A total of 35 students will be admitted, with possible extensions in case of qualified applications.
15 positions are reserved to students from partner universities.
5 additional positions are restricted to non-European students.

Wide international participation is encouraged.

Attendance, exams, dismissal
Not less than 90% attendance for each module is strictly required. Delays or absence can be tolerated for exceptional reasons but must be notified and replaced by a specific assignment. Repeated absence or delay, and generally lack of adequate participation may cause dismissal.

In the first year, exams will be held at the beginning of the next Module through the evaluation of written essays and other tutor-assisted procedures. The Italian and ECTS rating systems will be adopted. There will be one exam, and a corresponding mark, for each Module, combining various study subjects. The average of individual marks will provide the baseline for the final graduation mark.

In case of failure, an exam can be repeated. In case of a second failure, a final attempt is allowed, but in front of a Special Commission. After three failures, or in case no adequate participation to the program is shown, or in case of unacceptable behaviour, the Faculty may decide to dismiss a student, with a certification of the exams passed and credits obtained.

Risultati dell’apprendimento attesi

Learning outcomes

In particular this program is meant to respond to the following learning and professional outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding
The program is meant to provide to students a wider understanding of the scientific and cultural issues involved, along with a focus on the specific methodologies and technical skills needed to plan, organise, coordinate or conduct, physical activity in the various age/health conditions and settings, whether for leisure, functional maintenance, psychosocial integration and wellbeing, disease prevention, coping with disabilities, or recovery and rehabilitation.

The program is structured to allow various areas of specialisation, and involves a one-year program on basic science and physical activity-related health issues and a second year focused on one of three alternative areas of specialisation related to age groups: Children, Adults, Elderly.

Applying knowledge and understanding
The program will educate highly qualified professionals, divabcombining technical skills and management qualifications with a sound cultural background and a high-level specialist education acquired in a European context.

This professionalizing education will find a practical realization in different employment opportunities, ranging from public health services to private health companies, workplace health promotion, physical reeducation and rehabilitation, adapted physical activity for special groups, fitness or wellness clubs, social services, schools, leisure and recreation, tourism industry, etc.

Making judgements
The acquisition of specific knowledge and professional skills will guarantee the graduates to develop autonomy in understanding and focusing on the specific problems connected with planning, organising, coordinating or conducting physical activity programs specially meant to different populations/requirements.

Communication skills
runnerThe program is specifically designed to increase the communication skills of the graduates in an European perspective. Actually it is part of the process of European integration and the internationalisation of the university system. Its aim is to contribute to the expansion of student and Faculty mobility and the development of European curricula and titles and joint degrees. The curriculum will be developed in English and an advanced course of English as well as an extra-language study are part of the teaching plan. The program is also conceived to give an implementation of informatics skills

Learning skills
To give to the graduate autonomous learning skills is one main goals of the program. After the intensive teaching and internship periods, supplemented by tutoring, guided study, and some recourse to distance learning procedures, graduates should be able to continue the studies independently, utilizing study resources and skills learned during the curricula. This learning skills will be useful both for professional implementation and research purpose.

Complete European “Dublin descriptors “on Course Catalogue

Biomedical issues in health and exercise (LM67I-1B)
Changing behaviour towards a lifelong healthy lifestyle: from childhood to adulthood (LM67I-2B)
Movement therapy and physical activity for elderly and special population (LM67I-3B)
Research methodology (LM67I-5A)
Specialised teaching and internship on physical activity in disease prevention and rehabilitation (LM67I-7A-S)
Profili professionali e sbocchi occupazionali

Professional profiles and career prospects

Graduates find professional opportunities in public or private structures in the following areas:

  • Health and Fitness;
  • Health, physical fitness, and wellbeing;
  • Designing, based on the emerging know-how from research, conducting and managing physical activities aimed at contributing to physical efficiency (Fitness) and wellbeing (Wellness), individual and collective health, and the prevention of risk factors, particularly those related to chronic diseases.

Therefore, the graduate can perform functions as:

  • advanced fitness instructor/personal trainer;
  • specialist instructor in exercise aimed at health;
  • public health promoter;
  • Fitness and Health activities manager for developmental ages, aging, functional re-education, and special populations;
  • specialist in education and training of differently-abled individuals – (;
  • instructor of non-competitive sports disciplines.
requisiti d'accesso

Who can apply

Graduates in the Sport Science area are eligible to enter the European Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity: in this case they already meet minimum requirements and they have only to pass the entrance examination.

Graduates in different degree courses, shall have earned at least 28 ECTS (12 ECTS in the biomedical area, 12 ECTS in Physical Education/ Sport/Movement science and Kinesiology area and 4 ECTS in the psychological – pedagogical –sociological areas) in order to be admitted to the selection and, of course, to pass the entrance examination.

Also those students who are going to graduate in the fall session are admitted to the entrance examination. However, their enrolment will be accepted on a provisional basis and will be confirmed only if the degree is obtained before  November 30.

How entrance examination will be carried out
Entrance examination, scheduled in July (check the date here), will be in English and organised in two parts:

  1. evaluation of each candidate’s study curriculum;
  2. only candidates in possession of minimum requirements can enter the second part, consisting of an online test to ascertain their basic knowledge of topics related to preventive and adapted physical activity and of an interview on the above topics and on their motivation. Their proficiency in English will be also tested.



Candidates are eligible to apply if:

  1. they hold one of the following qualifications:
    a) at least 3 years (180 ECTS) undergraduate degree in sport science area awarded by a European University or equivalent degree released by non-European Universities;
    b) at least 3 years (180 ECTS) undergraduate degree in different areas or equivalent degree awarded by a non-European University;
  2. They are going to obtain relevant qualification by 30 November 2016 and at the time of application have acquired at least 155 ECTS. Candidates who will obtain relevant qualification by 30 November 2016, will compete only for positions not assigned in the graduate ranking list.

Students enrolled at accredited universities where the 3-cycle system has not been implemented may be admitted provided that the European Master Board ascertains they are in possession of:

  • 15 years of education, 3 of whom at university level;
  • 180 ECTS or equivalent, acquired in the proposed field of study of this degree program.


Possession of 180 ECTS will be ascertained on the basis of the student’s study curriculum and will be considered valid only for the admission to the European Master, without issuing any 1st level degree. This type of students will be admitted if all positions have not been assigned and subject to passing examinations indicated in the paragraph “Selection Criteria and ranking”.

Candidates holding a non-italian degree and presenting their application in Rome (see below) shall submit by the closing date for receipt of applications:

  1. Degree certificate listing all passed exams, translated and authenticated in Italian;
  2. Official proof of degree validity issued by the Italian Consulate in the country where the degree was conferred and it should be clearly stated that the degree is valid for the application for admission “in Loco” to the second-level course.
  3. Annex B, “Information about graduate studies ” filled in and signed. In this case documentation as in points 3.a) e 3.b) should be sent to the appropriate offices within 4 months from enrolment. Applications falling outside these requirements will be cancelled.


Candidates meeting admission requirements can be admitted to single modules by payment of € 800,00 each. Foreign students will not be asked to pass the Italian language test.

Needed documentation
You will need to fill out and get ready specific documentation (Application form, Curriculum), that can be downloaded from this section where you can also find detailed information about entrance requirements, procedures and deadlines. These documents, in addition to the pre-enrolment procedure indicated in the official announcement, shall be received by the European Master Board by deadline in compliance with the conditions published on the above mentioned pages.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be carried out by the Consortium Evaluation Board, appointed by the partners at the various consortium head offices. Candidates from countries other than the consortium will be examined at the head office in Rome.

Selection process shall evaluate:

  1. Undergraduate degree qualifications;
  2. Basic knowledge of topics related to preventive and adapted physical activity.
  3. Candidate’s motivation and skills;
  4. English proficiency (level B2/C1).


Information, applications, and selection procedures
The application to participate to the selection shall be presented no later than July 10, 2024 – h. 12 p.m. (CEST):

a) to the respective consortium head office following local procedures. Candidates from non-consortium countries shall present their application to the head office in Rome;

and at the same time:

b) online by filling in proper form on Esse3

First, you will need to register to use the system. During registration you will be asked to provide your personal data. You will then have to take note or stamp your username and password necessary for next steps. From now on you will be able to enter website to complete your application. After logging in, access “segreteria”, then “test di ammissione” and proceed with the enrolment. In this phase all required documents must be attached in pdf format.

Detailed info below:

Docenti del corso
Aagaard Per
Baca Arnold
Baumann Freerk
Borrione Paolo
Brancucci Alfredo
Caporossi Daniela
Caserotti Paolo
Crescioli Clara
Ekelund Ule
Felici Francesco
Giesdal Siv
Grazioli Elisa
Gronved Anders
Kaer Geil Anne
Kornfeind Philipp
Lenzi Francesca Romana
Loland Sigmund
Macaluso Andrea
Margheritini Fabrizio
Morino Francesca
Ortenblad Niels
Parisi Attilio
Paronetto Maria Paola
Pesce Caterina
Petry Karen
Pigozzi Fabio
Rocchi Jacopo Emanuele
Romano Spica Vincenzo
Sacchetti Massimo
Sgrò Paolo Giuseppe Maria
Skovgaard Thomas
Temprado Jean Jacque
Tschan Harald
Valeriani Federica
Vannozzi Giuseppe
Professore Associato
Weiss Otmar
Wessner Barbara
Wilke Christian
Zelli Arnaldo