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MSc programme in Biomechanics (Jyväskylä, Finland)

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  • MSc programme in Biomechanics (Jyväskylä, Finland)

    The Department of Biology of Physical Activity at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland is currently seeking highly motivated students for its 2 year international Master's programme. The programme is taught entirely in English and currently there are no tuition fees. Students can focus on one of 3 major pathways: Biomechanics; Exercise Physiology or Science of Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing.

    Selected current research interests specifically in the area of biomechanics include muscle-tendon mechanics, neuromuscular function during human locomotion, motor control, performance analysis in elite sport, balance and posture in ageing and clinical populations, and inactivity in the workplace.

    The Master’s programme includes high quality teaching from world renowned scientists, experience of data collection in state-of-the-art laboratories, and a requirement to produce a Master’s thesis with the ultimate goal of publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. Approximately one quarter of previous graduates have continued their studies at PhD level, both in Finland and internationally, and several others are now working as sports specialists in various fields.

    The main entry requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English. The application deadline is the 19th of January 2015, and the course starts in September 2015. For further information and for instructions on how to apply, please see the following link:

    The Department’s homepage, as well as information about our staff and specific research interests, can be found here:

    Local programme board:

    Professor Keijo Häkkinen, chair
    Professor Heikki Kyröläinen, co-chair
    Professor Taija Finni, international affairs

    Further enquiries should be directed to Dr. Neil Cronin ( or head of programme Dr. Mikko Virmavirta (

    On behalf of the Biomechanics group at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity:

    Dr. Mikko Virmavirta (head of programme)
    Dr. Neil Cronin
    Professor Vesa Linnamo
    Professor Taija Finni
    Professor Janne Avela
    Professor emeritus Paavo Komi