Master's Degree

Physical Conditioning in Sport and Exercise

Higher School of Social Sciences, Education and Sports

Course Coordinator 

Nuno Jorge Sousa Moreira Pimenta

Who is this Course for?

Holders of a bachelor's degree in sport sciences, health sciences, dance or related fields.

Publication in the Official Gazette

Notice no. 12044/2020 (2nd series), no. 160 of 18/08/2020

Accreditation of the Study Program

Decision: Accredited for 6 years
Publication Date: 17-06-2020
Official Information A3ES: Accreditation result (in portuguese) 

Study Program Evaluation 

The overall objective of the Master’s in Physical Conditioning in Sport and Exercise is to provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the area of physical conditioning and to engage their critical spirit in approaching this emerging area. This cycle of studies aims to train qualified and specialized professionals who can intervene in optimizing sports performance and in monitoring physical exercise, expanding their knowledge and skills in diagnosis, assessment and prescription of training programmes, monitoring and direct intervention. Students will interpret and assimilate different concepts, approaches and practices related to optimizing physical conditioning, and will acquire knowledge and skills for appropriate and highly specialized planning, control and intervention in sport and physical exercise. In addition, future graduates will gain high-level skills for conducting applied scientific research.


The aim of the set of course units that compose the study plan is to equip students with the following knowledge, skills and competences:
  • Advanced concepts and strategies for assessment, planning, prescription and monitoring of training programmes in different contexts;
  • Ability to design and intervene in programmes to optimize physical condition and performance;
  • Integrating multidisciplinary knowledge, particularly nutritional sciences, therapy and rehabilitation and sport psychology;
  • Ability to stimulate and guide the use of new technologies to assist in monitoring and evaluating training;
  • Critical scientific spirit for inclusion in applied research projects in this area, especially in multidisciplinary teams and research centres.

Professional opportunities

This course qualifies its holders to exercise the following functions at an advanced level:
  • Physical trainer;
  • Physical recovery advisor – monitoring the return to practice after stoppage or injury;
  • Personalized trainer (PT) for athletes and practitioners of physical exercise;
  • Performance analyst;
  • Technical coordinator.

What makes this course different?

  • An innovative study plan, suited to the most recent demands of this professional and scientific context;
  • Highly specialised teaching staff, combining a high level of scientific knowledge with vast practical experience;
  • A high number of partnerships with sports clubs and gymnasiums for internships and/or scientific research;
  • An academic campus with excellent infrastructures and accessibility.