• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master of Adapted Physical Activity combines the expertise of a number of universities throughout the EU and the world, offering students comprehensive training and expert knowledge in aspects of adapted physical activity. This programme teaches professional competence to work in a variety of contexts, fully prepared to set up appropriate adapted physical activity programmes.

Overview

The International Master of Adapted Physical Activity programme explores the social, pedagogical and technical aspects of physical activity, adapted to the needs of persons with a disability. 

Given the wide area of adapted physical activity applied in various countries, graduates will obtain a broad set of tools with which to implement and evaluate the impact of health, sports and leisure on persons with a disability.

Programme outline

The International Master of Adapted Physical Activity is a two year comprehensive programme. The first academic year takes place at KU Leuven (Belgium), in the second year you will follow the first semester at the Palacky University of Olomouc (Czech Republic). 

The second semester of the second year will be completed at a partner university based on both the interests and specialization areas of the student. 

Each year, international expert academics and professionals are invited to conduct teaching and research assignments. The programme promotes the exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners from around the world. The multicultural aspects of the master's programme are a valuable asset 

Objectives

The International Master Programme of Adapted Physical Activity (IMAPA) aims to provide state-of-the-art research and teaching methodology in adapted physical activity (APA) and the social, pedagogical, and technical aspects of physical activity adapted to the needs of persons with a disability. 

The programme combines the expertise of a number of universities throughout the EU and the world, and offers students comprehensive training and expert knowledge in the many aspects of adapted physical activity. The programme promotes the exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners from around the world.

Strengths

  • This Master’s programme prepares the student for a professional orientation and a disciplinary specialisation. This course promotes the international exchange of ideas between professionals and future practitioners in Europe and from around the world. 
  • The programme is a flexible one, allowing students to freely custom design the content of their curriculum depending on the competences they wish to acquire.
  • Gain the analytical ability to highlight the needs of people with a disability in different countries and identify current barriers for implementation of adapted physical activity.  
Career perspectives

Graduates who successfully completed the Master’s programme will have acquired the scientific knowledge and critical insights to develop and bring the field of adapted physical activity forward in different national settings. 

Graduates will have gained sufficient research competence to work in research settings, and prepared to developed the skills to design innovative research questions in adapted physical activity and to report on scientific findings. Overall, they will have an internationally-oriented spirit and seek out multicultural collaboration. 

Graduates will be aware of the need of a professional structure and certification in adapted physical activity and have gained the skills to become leaders in their field and take this agenda forward.

The International Master in Adapted Physical Activity (EMMAPA) programme is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Basic and Introductory

  • Research Methodology
  • Adapted Physical Activity: International Perspectives
  • Evidence-Based Classification

Holistic Approach

  • Didactics and Methodology in Adapted Physical Activity
  • Exercise Prescription for Persons with Chronic Disease and Disability
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

Professional Stream

  • Principles of Adapting Physical Activities
  • Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
  • Introduction to Active Lifestyle: Assessing Outcomes from Physical Activity Interventions
  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Capita Selecta in Adapted Physical Activity

Disciplinary stream

  • Literature Review
  • Advanced Research Methodology

Audience

IMAPA is a flexible programme, allowing students to custom design the content of their curriculum depending on the competences they wish to acquire. Students can follow the entire programme as KU Leuven students, or fit a number of selected courses within their home university programme, while remaining registered at their home university.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

The minimum requirement for enrolment in the Master Course is a possession of one of the following diplomas:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Sport Sciences
  • Bachelor of Movement Sciences
  • Bachelor of Motor Rehabilitation
  • Master degree in the above mentioned study fields
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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