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Master Physical Activity for the Elderly


There is a growing demand for personnel who have a theoretical understanding of the developmental processes of aging and an interest in developing programs aimed at maintaining and improving physical functioning, independence and well being in the elderly. The course aims to develop and refine students detailed knowledge and understanding of physical activity, and aging, providing a specialized training in both theoretical and applied aspects in the multidisciplinary field of physical activity for the elderly.


It is required 180 ECTS.




PhD Joana Carvalho (Director)

PhD Jorge Mota

PhD José Oliveira


Contents and Credit Units


The program is arranged into two semesters per year, with 30 hours per month. The remainder is used for formal assessment periods and dissertation write-up. The programmes comprise a mix of research modules and subject-specific modules plus a 60-credit dissertation.

Content Hours ECTS
1st Year (60 ECTS)
Social and Cultural Gerontology 30h 7
Coordination: PhD Rui Garcia
Biological Theories of Aging 60h 13
Coordination: PhD José Soares (Fisiologia), José Augusto Santos (Nutrição)
Pedagogical and Educational Gerontology 30h 7
Coordination: PhD Joana Carvalho
Motor Behaviour 30h 7
Coordination: PhD Joana Carvalho
Pathology and Diseases in the Elderly 30h 7
Coordination: PhD José Alberto Duarte, José Oliveira
Psychology and Aging 30h 7
Coordination: Gabinete de Psicologia
Research Methods 15h 3
Coordination: PhD José Maia
Seminars 45h 9
Coordination: PhD António Marques, Jorge Mota
Annual Parcial 270h 60
2nd Year (60 ECTS)
Studies of Review -- 10
Coordination: --
Field Work / Labor -- 17
Coordination: --
Frequency of Courses and Seminars -- 8
Coordination: --
Editor's Thesis, Preparedness and Defence of Thesis -- 17
Coordination: --
Tutorial Support -- 8
Coordination: --
Annual Parcial -- 60
Total -- 120


Essencial Information


Number of Students




Academic Calendar

September till June.

Classes´s Regime

The classes will be taught in intensive regime during the Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the 3 rd and 4 th week of each month.


June / July (to be confirmed).

Place of achievement

The academic activities take place at the Sports Faculty
Rua Dr. Plácido Costa, 91
4200-450 Porto

Schedule of classes and evaluation (2007/2008)

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Abstracts of dissertations

The summaries of all dissertations defended this Masters can be found in our library.

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Conditions of preparation of a master's dissertation

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