Master in Exercise, Health and Well-being for Special Groups

General Objectives of the Course

The master's degree intends to promote specialized knowledge in the fields of health prevention and improvement of psychological well-being by means of the participation in programs of regular physical exercise in groups with special needs that usually have a greater tendency to a sedentary lifestyle. In terms of its general objectives, the master's student and graduate should be able to: - Master a set of contents that allow them to understand and consider exercise and adapted physical activity as an important means of preventing and improving levels of health and psychological well-being in special groups, contributing to the improvement of individual's level of satisfaction with life; - Understand the contribution of physical exercise for health and well-being of people with special needs, knowing the guidelines governing the development and implementation of programs to improve the physical condition of these populations; - Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on the methodology of adapted sports coaching which are specific to each area of disability and analysis of the most important physical qualities in performance, health and well-being of these populations; - Develop organization, implementation and intervention skills aiming to plan and organize physical activity and adapted sport events.

Admission Requirements

May apply to the course leading to a Master's degree: - Holders of a degree of a cycle or a legal equivalent of the areas corresponding to those required in the notice of opening; - Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized in those areas, according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this Process; - Holders of a foreign academic degree, those areas that are recognized as meeting the objectives of the bachelor degree by the Scientific Council or the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Coimbra; - Holders of an academic, scientific or professional, that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Board of the Faculty.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

The professional field is vast, since the issue of special needs encompasses different aspects (education, welfare, labour, health and leisure) and therefore different areas of preventive intervention. Thus, work in the following entities is highlighted: - Institutions that deal with education and rehabilitation of children, youth and adults with special needs; - Regular schools, contributing to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities or learning disabilities in an integrated regime; - In municipalities and Private Social Solidarity Institutions (IPSS) contributing to the promotion and implementation of programs of regular exercise practice with a view to improving health and well-being of the community; - Companies which intend to develop exercise programs aiming at the prevention of occupational diseases or improvement of physical and mental health of their workers in order to increase productivity; - Institutions and organizations which develop physical exercise programs aimed at leisure time and the improvement of fitness and the quality of life - Finally, from a purely preventive perspective, health centres and private clinics, implementing physical exercise programs which are intended to prevent and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles and prevent and reduce the risk of psychological disorders such as anxiety, stress, depression and changes in mood states.

Mode of Study

Daytime regime / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language and English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The assessment and classification, as well as standards for the public act of defence and assignment of final average degree are set out in the Academic and Pedagogical Regulations of the University of Coimbra (Regulation no. 315/2013, published in the Republic Diary Journal, 2nd Series, no. 158, August 19th and Regulation no. 231/2013, published in the Republic Diary Journal, 2nd Series, no. 162, August 23rd).

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The 2nd Cycle in Exercise and Health and Well-being in Special Groups develops in the context of specialized training, the deepening of scientific knowledge in the areas of health prevention, psychological well-being and health & fitness by promoting regular habits of exercise participation in groups with special needs (SN) with a greater tendency to inactivity. The skills developed throughout the course aimed to facilitate interventions in professional contexts where skills such as self-learning, problem solving and organization and evaluation of exercise programs intersect with other type of in-depth skills associated with educational research. The course promotes a specialized preparation for the application of knowledge in different multidisciplinary professional intervention contexts, since the problem of SN tackles different professional areas (educational, rehabilitative, health care, health, leisure and physical condition) and consequently different areas of preventive intervention nature.

Course Coordinator(s)

José Pedro Leitão Ferreira

Maria João Carvalheiro Campos

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria João Carvalheiro Campos

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning takes place as stipulated in the Accreditation of Training and Previous Work Experience Rules at the University of Coimbra (Regulation no. 191/2014, published in the Republic Diary Journal, 2nd Series, no. 93, 15th May).

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended by Decree-Law no. 107/2008, 25th June, no. 230/2009, 14th September, and no. 115/2013, 7th August.

Graduation Requirements

Requirement for preparation and public defense of an original dissertation / thesis using a traditional or a scientific article format.

Access to Further Studies

Possibility of progression to the level of the 3rd cycle of Bologna.

Study Programme

Exercise, Health and Well-being for Special Groups

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6126

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2013-07-09 a 2019-07-08
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior