Sport Science

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The degree programme in sport science combines theoretical reflection with physical activity. Academically, the programme draws on  the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. The practical component of the programme is full of physical challenges, with indoor and outdoor instruction in all kinds of weather.

Studying at the Section for Sport Science

The Sport Science Section is housed at Frederiksbjerg in central Aarhus, with teaching, laboratory and test facilities very close to the woods and beaches to the south of the city. Teamwork is a keyword on the sport science programme, where you and your fellow students work together on everything from kayak partner rescue exercises to reading challenging theoretical texts together in study groups. To gain admission to the sport science degree programme you must pass a practical entrance examination to ensure that you are able to complete the practical training at a satisfactory level.

Applied theory

The theoretical component of the sport science programme focuses on the practical and pedagogical aspects of physical education. You also learn about the importance of sport to our physical, mental and social health, and you also learn about the effects of physical training on the body. The practical component of the programme centres on ball games, gymnastics, athletics, outdoor recreation and swimming. The theoretical and practical subjects are often combined; for example, communication theory may be integrated into practical exercises.

Create your own profile

The first 18 months of the sport science programme consist of compulsory courses, approximately half of which are practical subjects. The programme then becomes more theoretical, and you have the option of specialising in education and communication, performance optimisation, sport and health, sport science-related cultural analysis or specific topics in sport biology.

Career opportunities

Most sport science graduates go on to do the Master’s degree programme in sport science, which can pave the way for a teaching career, for example at an upper secondary school or at a folk high school that emphasises sport.  You might also work as consultant for sports clubs and municipalities, for sports organisations and associations, or you can work in health and disease prevention.

Admission requirements

The deadline for applying for the sport science study programme is 15 March for both quota 1 and quota 2 applicants since one of the requirements for admission is a passed entrance examination. 

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B,
      or:
    • Geoscience A
      or:
    • Biology A and Physics C 

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Entrance examination

The sport science programme has an an entrance examination that you must pass in order to be admitted to the degree programme in sport science. In 2017, the entrance exams are held on 10 and 11 June. Applicants are only required to participate on one of these days.

All applicants who applied on time received an invitation to the entrance examination by the week commencing 20 April. A passed entrance examination is no guarantee of admission, but together with the other specific admission requirements it qualifies you to be considered for admission. Like all other applicants to the university’s degree programmes, you will be informed on 28 July whether you have been admitted or not. 

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria. 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics B
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B
      or
    • Geoscience A
      or
    • Biology A and Physics C 

Special information about the entrance examination

The Section for Sport Science requires applicants to pass an entrance examination before being admitted to the degree programme.

The aim of the examination is to ensure that the students will be able to achieve a sufficiently high level in the practical components of the degree programme and pass the minimum tests which must be taken throughout the degree programme. Participants are tested in three categories: 

  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics 
  • Team ball sports – where the student chooses between football, volleyball and basketball

Satisfactory performances are required in all three disciplines. The requirements which must be met in each discipline are as follows:

Swimming

Participants must demonstrate mastery of basic swimming skills through 10 minutes of continuous swimming.

Participants must also be able to dive from the edge of the pool followed by swimming 50 metres in one of the four styles (breaststroke, crawl, backstroke or butterfly).

Participants must demonstrate mastery of the correct breathing technique for the chosen style.

Gymnastics

Under guidance, applicants must demonstrate mastery of basic gymnastic skills at a level which shows that they have the physical and technical skills required to complete the degree programme. Their skills are tested in groups and individually.

The gymnastics test takes approx. one hour and is divided into two parts:

Moving in time to music

The following basic skills are demonstrated with musical accompaniment: Running, various jumps, swinging movements, balances and chassé. Simple routines will be provided which demonstrate the ability to combine movements and orient oneself in space. Similarly, under guidance, applicants must perform movements that demonstrate their flexibility. The focus is on good coordination between the music and movement.

Basic gymnastics

Applicants will be tested in the following basic skills: 

  • Handstand – against a wall or using a partner.
  • Forward roll with legs together
  • Backward roll which legs together (from standing position)
  • Cartwheel 

Team ball sports

Participants must demonstrate basic movement and technical skills in the area of ball sports. Participants will be assessed in game situations.

Assessment

Participants will be individually assessed by experts from the Section for Sport Science.

Programme structure

A BSc in sport science is a three-year, full-time degree programme. The programme is structured around three groups of subjects: 1. Biological subjects relating to the health and natural sciences. 2. Sociological subjects which focus on social and cultural aspects of sport. 3. Practical subjects which qualify you to work with physical education, for example. Here you can read more about the structure of the programme.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the BSc programme in sport science, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements which must be met by students. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram outlines the entire BSc programme in sport science. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching at sports science

As a BSc student in sport science you are part of a class of approximately 30. During the first year of the programme, you have approximately 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week as well as independent study and group work, which adds up to a full-time programme of study.

The teaching takes the form of a combination of lectures in lecture theatres together with many other students and group instruction. You will also be part of a study group that works together on a variety of academic assignments as well as preparing for exams together. There is close contact between teaching staff and students, and you will quickly find out who is who.

Weekly plan

During the first two years of study, the academic year at the sport science programme is divided into quarters. This means that you have four quarters consisting of seven weeks of teaching followed by two weeks of exams. In other words, you complete courses four times a year.  Below is an example of a weekly plan for the second quarter of the first semester of the BSc in sports science.

Monday:
09:00–11:00 Classroom instruction: Swimming
11:00–14:00 Preparation
14:00–16:00 Group instruction: Biomechanics

Tuesday:
08:00–10:00 Classroom instruction: Body Basics
11:00–13:00 Practical instruction: Swimming
13:00–16:00 Preparation

Wednesday:
08:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–15:00 Lecture: Biomechanics

Thursday:
09:00–11:00 Practical instruction: Body Basics
12:00–16:00 Preparation

Friday:
08:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Group instruction: Biomechanics

Student social life

Life as a sport science student is not all about books and sweaty training regimes. There are also lots of social activities, and there are plenty of associations that you can join.

The degree programme council (FAU)
Would you like to represent the interests of your fellow students? The degree programme council gives you the opportunity to influence  aspects of the programme such as the programme structure and content. The degree programme council is open to everyone, but usually each class elects a couple of representatives to speak on the students’ behalf.

Party committee
Naturally, sport science has its very own party committee which organises a Friday bar every month and annual Christmas and summer parties.

The social and activity committee
At sport science, the social and activity committee regularly organises social events such as volleyball tournaments, barbecue evenings and screening of international football matches on the big screen.  This is your chance to help develop the sense of community among your fellow students – both by participating in these events and by actively taking part in the committee’s work.

The external sports day
As a sport science student, each year you get to compete against other sport science students from the universities of Copenhagen, Aalborg and  Southern Denmark.  Here, teams compete in all kinds of disciplines to decide which degree programme is best.

Studying abroad

Sport science offers excellent opportunities for studying abroad. The department works closely with the other Nordic countries on outdoor recreation courses. For example, you can go to Norway and Sweden and take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation, rock climbing and hiking. The study programme also has special partnership agreements with two American universities – namely George Mason and West Virginia. Aarhus University has almost 900 exchange agreements with universities around the world.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

The BSc programme in sport science gives you a basic theoretical and practical grounding in body culture. You develop a thorough theoretical understanding of topics such as anatomy, physiology and biochemistry in combination with practical laboratory work. You also combine your theoretical knowledge with practical disciplines in the form of ball games, athletics and swimming. This enables you, among other things, to plan and carry out physical activities.

What can you become?

Your job opportunities as a bachelor of sports science graduate will greatly depend on which supplementary subject you choose and also your Master’s degree programme if you go on to do an MSc. If you go on to do an MSc in sport science you can work as a consultant for sports organisations and municipalities or teach at upper secondary schools and sports academies, for example. You may also choose to pursue a research career where, at the end of your Bachelor’s degree programme, you have the option of targeting your studies towards a PhD degree.

Bachelor’s supplementary subject
As a sport science undergraduate, you have the option of choosing a supplementary subject. If you intend to teach at upper secondary schools, you must choose an upper secondary school subject. On the sport science degree programme you can, among many other courses, select from the following supplementary subjects:

  • Supplementary subject in biology, where, among other things, you learn about living organisms, their makeup and how they work.
  • Supplementary subject in social science where you work broadly with the political system and societal structure.
  • Supplementary subject in mathematics, where, among other things, you learn about systematic, abstract and analytical approaches to complex mathematical problems. 
    Read more about supplementary subjects here.

Master’s degree programme

A BSc in sport science qualifies you for admission to the MSc programme in sport and biomedical engineering. On the MSc programme you can also combine sport with your supplementary subject so you can teach at upper secondary level.