EMMAPA - Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity

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  • Duration: 2 years


The Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity – EMMAPA, is a postgraduate university program, providing the state of the art on 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 program is organised within the following Universities, that are forming the EMMAPA Master Consortium: The Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), The University of Limerick (UL), the Palacky University Olomouc (UP); Norwegian School of Sport Science (NSSS), the University of Virginia (UV – US); the University of Queensland (UQ - Australia) and Stellenbosch University (US – South Africa). The Master course has a duration of two years, consists in total of 120 ECTS and the official language of instruction is English. The competencies acquired in EMMAPA offer the students a unique opportunity to combine advanced courses in movement, exercise science and applied behaviour analysis to design adapted physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities.

The minimum requirement for applying in the Master Course is a possession of a Bachelor Diploma in Physical Education, Physiotherapy Sport/Movement sciences, and Kinesiology. The first academic year takes place at KUL, while in the second year the students will follow a mandatory mobility period in one of the European consortium universities, choosing from 4 mobility models. An average of 22 third-country students and 18 European students are expected every year. There are approximately 50 full-time professors who will teach in the program. Through bringing together the experts from all over Europe and abroad, the general objective of this Master Course is to prepare the future APA specialist in an open and dynamic education area in order to meet the new demands of the society in this specific field.

The EMMAPA Master Consortium is conferring a “joint diploma”: Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity - one single diploma, issued by the Co-ordinating institution (KUL) that will carry the logos of all 4 European Consortium Universities and the signature of the Rector of the coordinating University (KUL) on behalf of the other Rectors.



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