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International Master’s Degree Programme Psychology of Physical Activity, Health, and Well-Being (PsyAct)

General aspects

Attainment level (B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD): M.Sc.

Name Organisation/ University: University of Jyväskylä     

Address: Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, P.O. Box 35 (L),

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Country: Finland

Organizational aspects

Number of spots: 15

Costs/ tuition fee: No tuition fee (citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland), € 8 000 (non-EU/EEA students)

Start of the program: September 1st

Application deadline: Application round: From 7th January to  20th January 2021

Language of tuition: English

Admittance of foreign students: Yes

Study duration/Workload (ECTS): 4 semesters (2 years), 120 ECTS

Study structure/mode: full-time

Practical internship (yes/no): Yes

Formal supervision (yes/no): Yes

Additional aspects

Target group and Study focus:

The PsyAct programme provides both research and practice -oriented master’s level education for future experts in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Content includes:

  • Exercise Psychology: theories and techniques of physical activity and health behaviour change, applications of physical activity promotion

  • Sport Psychology: psychology of coaching, group dynamics, emotional regulation in sport

  • Enabling studies, including intercultural interaction skills, integrated research communication, multilingual and intercultural communication, language studies

  • Optional studies from a large selection of courses, including studies in general psychology


The program targets graduates with a degree in psychology or a degree in sport science, or in other related field.

PsyAct also provides qualifications to apply for postgraduate (PhD) studies.

What to do afterwards, jobs perspectives

The programme is designed to prepare students for careers in the private and public sectors as, for example, psychological health and well-being consultants, performance enhancement consultants, or academic researchers. The programme includes a practicum period to be carried out within sport and health facilities, private companies, sport academies, or training centers. As the programme is both research and practice oriented, alumni of our previous programme in sport and exercise psychology have been well employable. In addition, graduates of the programme are also qualified to apply for PhD studies at the higher education institutions in Finland or in other countries.

Entry Requirements

Students of any nationality with a relevant Bachelor's degree and English language proficiency are eligible to apply to the PsyAct programme.

Phase 1: Online application and required attachments:

Educational background, Research proposal, Motivation letter, Research experience, International experience, and Academic recommendation letter.

Phase 2: Interview

The requirements for submitting officially certified copies, official translations, language test certificates, and country-specific document requirements will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.

How to apply

Online via the website

In addition to the online application form, the applicant needs to submit the required attachments mentioned in the admission criteria and on the application form (for example documents on their educational background and language test report, if applicable).

Click HERE to apply



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