Morten Veng Christensen
Good mixture of theory and practice
The sports science study programme, which is a mixture of practical movement and theoretical insight, has given me a broad and valuable knowledge of all the aspects that are presumed, experienced and achieved in and through athletic exercises and the cultural angle on these. The interplay between all these factors has fascinated and inspired me throughout the entire study programme and causes me to constantly want to explore new areas and new knowledge within sports.
A world of opportunity
I experience the sports science study programme as the playground of opportunity and creativity, which, through challenges, playing, varied experiences, sources of reflection and alternative approaches, has endowed me with a professional competence which I am thrilled to possess and which I put to use in my everyday life.
Anne Bach Stisen, undergraduate student
The country's best playground
I first considered studying MSc in Economics, but my boyfriend, who studied sports science in Odense, had so many great things to say about it that I decided to throw myself into it – which I certainly have not regretted, reports Louise Møller Olesen, 5th semester sports science student. As to facilities, our study programme is the country's best playground. People from Århus and Copenhagen are hugely impressed when they see our facilities in Odense.
Practical exercises and group work
The first two years in the study programme are very practical with lots of exercises and group work. All courses are class-based which means that we get to know each other very well. The third year is more theoretical, but anyhow we are good at arranging parties and activities to keep up the excitement, Louise says.
The introduction camp
As the chairman of the student council I participate in organising parties as well as the yearly introduction camp. Ours is probably the only introduction camp at the university where alcohol is not allowed. The camp is all about sports, and then more sports, and all the new students get to know each other across classes. One of the advantages of getting to know each other so well is that nobody is afraid to speak up, which eventually facilitates fruitful discussions in class.
When I graduate as a bachelor, I'd like to travel in order to get a break from the studies. Maybe then I'd like to pursue further studies and specialise within sport psychology. I have always wanted a job which concerns disadvantaged groups – handicapped or maladjusted people, or maybe a job which concerns integration of foreign children and teenagers through sports, says Louise.
A good piece of advice
Embarking on the sports science study programme you need to be prepared for group work, lots of group work, with your fellow students, and you need to prepared to compromise. In return you will become a part of a strong network in which students can use each other, for example in terms of exam preparations.
Louise Møller Olsen, sports science student
Good combination of physics and theory
A desire for physical challenges
When I was in upper-secondary school, I became interested in physics and astronomy, and I was convinced that I was going to pursue studies within these areas. In the meantime, I chose to attend the Academy of Physical Education in Ollerup for 9 months, following which I volunteered to spend 1 year in The Royal Life Guard. The time at the Academy became a kind of eye-opener to me (it probably does to many who go there!). Apart from becoming more mature, I ended up with the desire and courage to challenge myself physically through different types of sports.
The desire for physical movement was further strengthened in The Royal Life Guard, where I experienced hard physical training and was trained practically in a medical platoon. After completing my compulsory military service I applied for the first time for Sports and Health in Odense, but was eventually admitted to my 2nd priority, Physics, which I studied for almost 2 years. However, I did not feel the desire that I had felt for the subject when I was in upper-secondary school. At the same time I was accumulating credits in order to apply for Sports and Health again, and fortunately the 3rd time was a charm.
The combination of natural interests and theory
I was looking for a study programme that combined my natural interests with theory and practical use. Honestly, I admit that I did not have a clue as to what I was going to use a degree in sports science for if I ever was admitted. While studying physics, I realised that my next job was likely to be some deskbound office work, and I couldn't stand that thought. I needed an active and alternating weekday that involved the things I was already interested in.
The health component is a great strength
The sports science study programme is very broad, with the subjects embracing the humanities, the social sciences, and practical-pedagogical areas. This makes for a close connection between theory and practice which creates a clear leitmotif through the entire programme. That health is of such great focus in the programme is a definite strength. Before I started studying sports science, I was probably inclined to think that sports could solve all the world's problems. But while studying I have gained a deeper understanding of the role played by sports and health for each individual person and the wider population in everyday life.
Good social environment
Sports science is a very social study programme in terms of the way students spend a lot of time together and do many different things together. We get to know each other in a way I have not experienced or heard about in other study programmes.
Good physical facilities
In addition the physical facilities cannot get any better as our institute is situated near a lot of both indoor and outdoor sports arenas, such as the swimming centre and the track and field stadium, as well as Team Denmark's test centre, which we are sometimes allowed to use to make exercises.
The courses comprise a mixture of lectures in the theoretical subjects for entire year groups and class teaching in the practical subjects. In addition we have the different projects and exercises where we work in smaller groups. There is a lot happening in the sports science programme - it is a full-time study programme, making it difficult to also find the time for a social life. There is a lot to do, it is hard ... but it is great! Furthermore, there is also ample opportunity to go abroad and spice up your studies, for example by way of engaging in outdoor life or taking courses in elderly sports, sports and welfare etc.
Even though I did not quite know what my education was to end in in terms of jobs, especially my bachelor's degree has made it clear to me that I want a job that is concerned with organisational aspects of sports. It might for example be in the National Sports Confederation or the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations, which are the largest national organisations. In addition, I am very interested in health politics and could well imagine to be involved in this somehow or other. As already mentioned, sports and health embrace a broad spectrum of things and can result in very different jobs. While studying, your thoughts about the future are in constant flux, and as far as I am concerned many things can still happen.
by Jens Høyer-Kruse