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2nd Cycle in Sports for Children and Youth

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The 2nd cycle in Sport for Children and Youth (2CDCJ) is a program of in-depth studies in sports training for children and youth. This program is designed for graduated students (have finished the 1st cycle) wishing to deepen their knowledge and reach a higher level of development. Therefore the scientific development and the preparation for a practical knowledge application are the main axiomatic areas of education in this program, in which we try to enhance and promote the suitable use of science as well as the acquisition of tools for qualified intervention in the field of training and competition for children and youth. Know how to "practice and promote the positive transfer for the competition" and know how to "do science in training and about training" are the main objectives of this program. Therefore, students have two possibilities: a more professional way, through a traineeship in a tutorial system, or a scientific way through the development of a dissertation.


Aims of the study cycle:

  1. Increase the scientific, pedagogical and technical-professional qualification of graduated students for sports training for children and youth;
  2. To know, practice and demonstrate fundamental skills in children and youth training context;
  3. Foster students with skills that allow them to contextualize the sport participation and the practitioners’ performance aiming the optimization of long-term sport developmental programs;
  4. Foster students with skills that allow them to contextualize, with a pedagogical and scientific sense, the education and the development of children and youth in sport and competitive settings;
  5. Foster the students with the knowledge and skills for designing, implementing and managing sport developmental projects in the field of sport for children and youth.

Accordingly, the University of Porto, through the Faculty of Sport, assign the Master degree in Sport for Children and Youth to students who demonstrate:

  1. To have the knowledge that sustain the development and/ or the original applications in investigation context allocated to the field of sport for children and youth training.
  2. The knowledge application and ability to understand and solve problems in new and non-familiar situations within multidisciplinary contexts in sports for children and youth;
  3. The integration of knowledge, and the ability to deal with complex issues, develop solutions and make judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information including a critical thinking about ethical and social implications that result from these solutions or, on the other hand, constrain them.
  4. The ability to communicate their conclusions and knowledge, and justify them clearly and unambiguously to experts or non-experts in this field,;
  5. The skills needed for the a broad professional activity within the field of sport for children and youth and high level sport
  6. The ability to foresee self-oriented or autonomous learning throughout life.


Duration and structure of the degree

This program has 120 credits and a normal duration of four semesters, regarding the full time students (The usual duration of the program probably will exceed the four semesters in the case of students enrolled in special programs such as part-time program or working students, which should respect the regulation of this program) the degree integrates:

a) a specialization course named "degree master in children and youth sport training", composed of an organized set of courses corresponding to half of the total credits of the degree (i.e., 60 ECTS), achieved in the first two semesters.

b) The preparation of a thesis of scientific and original nature, or the accomplishment of an internship and the corresponding report performed during the second year of the degree (third and fourth semesters), that corresponds to half of the degree credits (i.e., 61 ECTS).


Classes will be normally taught from Monday to Friday, however only in two weeks per month. The schedule will be known and published in the beginning of the academic year.

Academic period and evaluation

The program will be run from September to June. There will be a continuous evaluation through practical tasks and tests, preferentially done during the corresponding curricular unit; there is always the possibility of performing two evaluations (regular and resource season) per curricular unit.


The lectures will take place in the faculty of sport, addressed Dr. Plácido Costa, 91, 4200-450 Porto.
There might be, in certain moments, adjustments or modifications of this location in some lectures of this program.

General information

Official Code: 6070
Director: Isabel Maria Ribeiro Mesquita
Acronym: 2CDCJ
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2008/2009
End: 2017/2018
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Master in Sports for Children and Youth (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master Course on Sports Training for Children and Youth ( ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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