Health and Physical Activity (Master)

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The European Master in Health and Physical Activity (joint programme) qualifies students to deal with research questions in the area of basic or applied research and implement them independently or within a team and in an academically informed manner. In addition, graduates of the programme are able to plan, organise, coordinate and provide training modules in the context of recreational activities, stress management, preventive healthcare, psychosocial integration, treatment of injuries and invalidity, or rehabilitation. Due to the international orientation of this master’s programme, graduates are particularly qualified to apply their knowledge in a European and/or an international context. All classes are held in English only.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 350

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination


Study Programme

An essential component of this master’s programme is the mobility of students. Therefore, the programme is offered in cooperation with international partner universities, in particular with the Foro Italico University of Rome (IUSM).

Several modules are offered in the form of blocked seminars at the Foro Italico University of Rome (IUSM). The master’s programme consists of 4 intensive modules on the following subject areas: biomedical aspects of health and sport; psychological, educational and social aspects of health and physical activity; physical activity for seniors; prevention and rehabilitation; and research methods. In addition, students have to complete a specialisation module on the subject of healthy adults – fitness, prevention and public health. Moreover, they have to select one of four elective modules (at one of the partner universities) covering the following subject areas: children – education, prevention and development; seniors – ageing, wellness and daily structures; physical therapy for specific target groups; rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders and sport-related joint problems. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

    • Public health and fitness
    • Psycho-social aspects of health
    • Rehabilitation
    • Motor skills development
    • Aqua therapy

       Overview of the programme structure & topics

      Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

      After Graduation

      Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields (without this list being exhaustive):

      • public health system
      • private companies in the fitness and health sector
      • health promotion at the workplace
      • provision of training programmes, designed to meet the needs of different target groups
      • fitness clubs and spas
      • rehabilitation facilities
      • social counselling agencies
      • kindergartens and schools
      • tourism
      • counselling for decision-makers in the area of health promotion, fitness, rehabilitation, ...

      Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

      Graduate Survey

      The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

      Information about the Graduate Survey

      Career Tracking of Graduates

      The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

      Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates