Universitat de Barcelona

Physical Activity and Health


The master's degree in Physical Activity and Health, organized by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), trains professionals specialized in the prescription of physical exercise for improved health and the prevention of injury among athletes and the general population.
This 60-credit master's degree covers two areas of specialization, designed to provide professionals and researchers with advanced knowledge of the prescription of physical activity (PEF) and sport rehabilitation and readaptation (RRE). The programme is intended for graduates in physical activity and sport sciences and similar disciplines (medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, psychology, etc.) who are interested in the field as a scientific or professional pursuit.

Learning objectives

This course aim to train high-level experts in the areas of physical activity and health, with either a scientific or professional focus. Therefore, students who successfully complete the programme will be able to:
  • Apply the latest scientific knowledge and methodological resources to design and direct physical activities that prevent or improve illness and minimize health risks through physical exercise, tailored to the requirements of each individual.
  • Prevent the risk of injury and improve physical recovery, taking into consideration the specific characteristics of different sports and sportspeople.
  • Demonstrate the level of general scientific training required to enrol in a doctoral programme in the field of physical activity and health.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (45%), Spanish (45%) and English (10%)
Number of places available:
Faculty or school:
  National Institute of Physical Education - INEFC (affiliated centre)
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Recommended applicant profile

This master's degree is intended for any graduate in a discipline related to physical activity and health who is interested in learning more about designing and implementing exercise and/or training programmes for the maintenance or improvement of health and sport rehabilitation.
All candidates should be proficient users of standard computer software, have a basic understanding of statistical software, and be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of English to understand original scientific documentation. Additionally, candidates must have prior knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, the physiology of exercise, biomechanics and sport training theory.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

  • Profile A. Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in physical activity and sport sciences, medicine, physiotherapy or occupation therapy must complete 60 credits to obtain the master's degree.
  • Profile B. Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, nursing, psychology or human nutrition and dietetics must complete 30 credits of bridging subjects before moving on to the first 30 credits of the master's degree programme. These bridging subjects are taken from the bachelor's degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences offered by the INEFC and are intended to provide the basic training that all students need in order to tackle the more specialized content of the master's degree programme.
  • In addition to the general requirements established in the UB regulations, candidates must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or higher.

Skills and competences

Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:
  • Plan the prescription of physical activity for healthy people, people with illnesses and people with sport-related injuries, designing and applying different physical exercise protocols adapted to the specific requirements of each individual.
  • Identify and use tools for assessing physical condition and the degree of physical activity of individual sportspeople, monitoring development and understanding the psychological strategies suitable for use in specific cases.
  • Integrate and apply general scientific knowledge related to physical activity and health, using advanced information and communication tools to review and interpret scientific advances and to interpret medical reports.
  • Develop habits of excellence in the performance of scientific and/or professional tasks, incorporating critical and self-critical thinking and multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Design advanced research methods in the field of physical activity and health.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to current problems in the field.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period: 1 February - 10 June 2021.
Notification of resolutions: 25 June.

- Second period: 11 June - 3 September 2021.
Notification of resolutions: 13 June.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Course calendar, documentation and enrolment

Selection criteria

If the number of candidates exceeds the maximum number of places offered, the order of acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
  • Grade point average for the degree programme used for the purposes of access to the master's degree (40 %).
  • Professional experience and experience of volunteering (20 %). The number of years of experience in positions related to physical conditioning, sport rehabilitation and health will be taken into account.
  • Scientific background in the field of physical activity and health (20 %). Special consideration will be given to candidates who have published articles, presented at conferences and attended courses and seminars.
  • Suitability of the chosen area of specialization to the candidate's professional career (as documented in the CV submitted for pre-enrolment) and research background (attendance of and participation in conferences, publications, collaboration in research projects, etc.) (20 %).

Candidates with disabilities will receive additional credit of 5 %. Official documentation accrediting the stated disability must be provided.

Elite national athletes in sports related to nature will receive additional credit of 5 %. Official documentation accrediting elite status must be provided.


The Coordination Committee is responsible for decisions on admission to the programme and notifies all candidates of the outcome of their application by e-mail or telephone within fifteen days of the close of the pre-enrolment period.
Candidates can request a review of the decision or lodge a complaint about the selection procedure within ten working days of the announcement of results.