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Sports Sciences

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Sport is one of the fields where the duty of overcoming and transcending is fulfilled. In Sport, we exhaust the possible field; we become close the distant, tangible the intangible, real the ideal.

 Feet and hands do on the outside, what before was conceived and anticipated inside by the intelligence and reason, by the will and heart

Jorge Bento.

Faculty of Sports of University of Porto

Welcome to FADEUP!

The Faculty of Sport, University of Porto (FADEUP) is located in Polo III of Porto University (Polo Asprela). It offers a solid education, following the needs of today's society, and seeks to train professionals capable and highly qualified in the various fields of training and sports intervention.

The FADEUP has its genesis in other training institutions in Physical Education and Sport, which preceded it. In 1964 it started the operation of a course of physical education instructors who formed the core of the School of Physical Education Teachers of Porto, established in 1969. These first initiatives in training were at the middle school level.

The year of 1975 marks the transition from training in physical education to university education, being born the Institute of Physical Education, part of the University of Porto (ISEF-UP), which starts its operation on July 1, 1976.

In 1989 ISEF-UP is renamed to Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Porto (FCDEF-UP) and in 2005, with the revision of the Statutes of the University of Porto, is adopted the current designation FADEUP.

FADEUP approaches the sport in its plurality of meanings and forms, offering to its students a diverse educational offer of high quality and accuracy. This orientation, combined with the strong focus on research, credits to FADEUP a high account status in a national and international level.

According to its statutes (D.R., 2nd series - paragraph 3 - January 6, 2010) ...

FADEUP's mission is teaching, training, study and research in the field of sport, understood as plural and diverse object, that is, as polysemic phenomenon and polymorphic manifestation, as well as in related and related activities, aimed at drilling, recreation, re-education and rehabilitation, development and improvement, performance and transcendence of the human condition.

1st Cycle in Sport sciences (1st degree)

It consists of six semesters with a total of 180 ECTS. It has 4 branches of specialization:
- Sport and Special Populations
- Exercise and Health
- Sports Management
- Sports Training (option for one of the following sports: handball, athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming and volleyball).


The first two years of the course consist of curricular units (CUs) of more theoretical or theoretical and practical nature, and other (CUs) of a more practical nature, without ignoring the theoretical foundation of the fundamentals taught. In the first case, there are in the 1st year CUs of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, History of Sport, Sport Pedagogy, Functional Anatomy, Statistics, General Physiology, Developmental Psychology and Management of Sport Organizations and in the 2nd year the CUs of Sport and Special Populations, Theory and Methodology of Sports Training, Motor Development, Exercise Physiology I and II and Introduction to Contemporary Thought. In the second case, CUs of a more practical nature, in the 1st year come the Practical Studies I and II (Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics and Swimming) and the 2nd year Practical Studies III and IV (Handball, Football and Volleyball).

From the 2nd semester of the 2nd year, students choose one of the four existing branches (Sport Performance, Exercise and Health, Sport and Special Populations and Sport Management), being each branch formed by specific UCs of Methodology I (2nd semester of the 2nd year) Methodology II and Methodology III (1st semester of the 3rd year and 2nd semester of the 3rd year, respectively).

In concomitance with the CUs of the chosen methodology, there are in the 3rd year common CUs to students of all branches, such as Motor Learning, Metabolism and Nutrition, Sports Anthropology, Sports Psychology, Health Education, Functional Reeducation and Biomechanics.

There are also Optional CUs: two in the 1st semester (optional 2 and Optional 4) and two in the 2nd semester (optional 1 and Option 3). The range of Optional CUs is proposed annually by the Scientific Committee of the course. These CUs cannot be chosen in the 1st semester by the students of 1st year and in the 2nd semester by the students of the 3rd year.


a) To promote understanding of sport as plural and diverse object united in activities towards sporting excellence, health, recreation, re-education and rehabilitation, development and improvement, performance and transcendence of the human condition;
b) To provide training of excellence, enlivening the close relationship between teaching and research and aiming at an interactive and integrative model;
c) To promote the culture of demand,performance assessmentandenhancementof merit, quality and excellenceat all levelsand activitiesfor buildinga promisinganddesired
d) To provide consistenttrainingtothe levels of methods andtechniquesofresearch andsocial
e) To contribute to the ethical, aesthetic and humanistic

Employment Prospects

The Sports course of FADEUP has a wide range of career opportunities in different policy contexts. Examples:

  1. Schooldomain

Access to 2nd Cycle in Teaching of Physical Education in Primary and Secondary Education, which qualifies for teaching the subject of Physical Education and related areas, in public and private education system at different levels of education.

  1. Sportsfield

2.1. Coaches - Recognition of training:

Specialization branch "Sports Training"


. Handball, Basketball, Volleyball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming Pure, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo: Full recognition training to coach of Grade I and II.

. Football: Full recognition training to coach of Grade I and partial recognition of training to coach of Grade II (professional internship missing).

Specialization branches "Sport and Special Populations," "Exercise and Health" and "Sports Management"

. Gymnastics, Pure Swimming and Volleyball: Recognition of the general education component and specific training component (missing professional internship) to coach of Grade I.

. Gymnastics, Pure Swimming and Volleyball: Recognition of general education component (missing the specific training component and professional internship) to coach of Grade II.

. Football: Recognition of the general component (missing the specific training component and professional internship) to coach of Grade I.

. Football: recognition of the general education component (missing the specific training component and professional internship) to coach of Grade II.


  1. Exercise and Health

. Professional qualification for intervention in contexts of physical activity, leisure, recreation and well-being of the population in general (outdoors or in gymnasiums or health clubs).

. Participation in counseling projects of active and healthy lifestyles.


  1. Sport and Special Populations

. Working with people with special needs, from a physical activity, recreation and adapted sports perspective.

. Participation in the development of social policies, particularly in projects drivers of inclusion of people with special needs.


  1. Sportsmanagement

In the labor market, there are functions in the field of Sports Management that can go through qualifications of: Manager, Director, Consultant, Administrator, Assessor, Auditor, Lecturer, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Higher Sports Technician in various institutions such as:

. Olympic and Paralympic committees, confederations, Sports Federations, Sports Clubs and other organizations of the Associative Movement;

. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs);

. Entities of the Central, Regional or Local Public Administration;

. Public companies;

. Gyms / Health Clubs;

. Sports Services Companies (events, leisure and sports tourism, adventure sports and extreme activities, among others);

. Sports’ products companies;

. Consulting firms in the sport’s area;

. Entities of Social Communication.


Access Schemes to The 1st Cycle of FADEUP in 2015/2016

Numerus Clausus: 132 vacancies

Application Grade of the last candidate in the general quota - 1st stage: 139.5 | 2nd stage: 150

. Special regimes*

Over 23: 12 vacancies

Re-entry: It is not subject to limitations.

Transfer - curriculum 1st year: 2 vacancies | Remaining academic years: 10 vacancies

Change course - curriculum 1st year: 10 vacancies

International student: 5 vacancies

* The specific conditions for access to these schemes are published annually in the Information System (SIGARRA) of the Faculty.

. Entrance exams: 12th grade or equivalent.

. Entrance Examination: Biology and Geology (02) or Mathematics (16) or Portuguese (18)

. Prerequisites: Functional Aptitude Test, Physical and Sports

What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisites are conditions of physical, functional or vocational nature, which are of particular relevance for access to certain courses in higher education.

It is up to each higher education institution to decide if the application to any of the courses shall be subject to the satisfaction of prerequisites and determine its content.

The prerequisites, depending on its nature, may be eliminatory, for the selection and ranking or just the ranking of candidates.

Example: The application for some courses in Physical Education / Sport is subject to satisfying prerequisites. A student who fails to prove the fulfillment of the prerequisites cannot apply for that course.

To learn more about the prerequisites, please see the following link, which is available on the FADEUP page: www.fade.up.pt

Prerequisites in FADEUP: Group C (Functional fitness, physical and sports).


Course Director:

Prof.ª Doutora Olga Vasconcelos (olgav@fade.up.pt)

Monotoring Commission/Committee:

Prof.ª Doutora Olga Vasconcelos

Prof ª Doutora Zélia Matos

Luís Miguel Sousa Monteiro

Ana Beatriz Mendes dos Santos

Scientific Commission/Committee:

Prof.ª Doutora Olga Vasconcelos

Prof.ª Doutora Paula Silva

Prof. Doutor José Magalhães

Prof. Doutor Leandro Machado

Prof. Doutor Ricardo Fernandes.

Study Cycle Regulation

The study cycle regulation can be consulted here.


Information Contacts:

Contact person: Dra. Maria Paula Pereira

Institutional electronic mails: mpaula@fade.up.pt; serv_academicos@fade.up.pt

Institutional phone number: +351 22 0425295.

Address: FADEUP - Rua Dr. Plácido Costa, 91 - 4200-450 Porto

General information

Official Code: 9707
Director: Maria Olga Fernandes Vasconcelos
Acronym: LCD
Academic Degree: Bachelor
Type of course/cycle of study: First Degree
Start: 2008/2009
Duration: 6 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Sports Sciences - Area of Sport Training (180 ECTS credits)
  • Sports Sciences - Area of Sport and Special Populations (180 ECTS credits)
  • Sports Sciences - Area of Exercise and Health (180 ECTS credits)
  • Sports Sciences - Area of Sports Management (180 ECTS credits)

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