Objectives and competences

The University Master's Degree in Sports Psychology and Physical Activity responds to the needs of a socially relevant area, that of sport and physical exercise, which has now been consolidated as a field of research and application of psychology. 
On the one hand, the psychology of sport aims to improve the performance and well-being of athletes. This goal is achieved by teaching them psychological techniques and strategies or by advising their families, trainers and managers as an indirect intervention, so that the athlete is able to develop as a person and performs better.

On the other hand, the psychology of physical activity helps professionals in the health sciences and physical activity fields to establish an active lifestyle in the population in general, thus improving the quality of life and avoiding sedentary lifestyles.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolNational Institute of Physical Education - INEFC
Branch of knowledge
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Length of course2 academic years
CoordinationINEF INEF
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main university information Master's degree course homepage
Main universityUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university 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 issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study 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.



Pre-enrolment is carried out at the coordinating university.
Further information

Required documentation

Selection criteria



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 66
Compulsory placements 12
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
Application of Evaluation Tools and Intervention Techniques in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Compulsory 9
Evaluation Methods and Techniques in Sports Psychology Compulsory 6
External Placement in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Compulsory 12
Final Project Compulsory 12
Guidance and Psychological Training Techniques for Athletes Compulsory 6
Introduction to Sport: Guidance for Families and Trainers Compulsory 9
Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle Compulsory 6
Physiological, Psychological, Educational and Social Principles of Physical Activity Compulsory 9
Professional Experiences in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Compulsory 6
Psychological Training for Specific Sports Compulsory 9
Research Strategies in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Compulsory 6

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
Data Analysis Optional 6
Health Psychology: Fundamental Principles Optional 6
Physiological Psychology I Optional 6
Psychological Evaluation Optional 6
Psychological Processes Conditioning and Learning Optional 6
Psychometrics Optional 6
Sport Psychology Optional 6
Statistical and Psychometric Models Optional 6
Stress and Health Optional 6

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

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