Edgar Schwarz, PhD candidate (Football in the heat) - Institute of Sport and Preventive Medicine
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Saarland University and the University of Technology in Sydney. The M.Sc. program thought me how to critically read and interpret research papers, develop and present my ideas, and gave me a solid knowledge base in various sport science fields. On my two research stays abroad (Groningen, NL & Sydney, AUS) I learned how to work in international research teams, conduct studies and transform them into articles for research journals. Now, after three published papers on which I am the first or second author, I feel very well prepared for the Ph.D.-quest. Lastly, the various opportunities to network helped to set me up well for my current role.
Along the way, I learned some valuable competencies, that help me to work more efficiently as a Ph.D. candidate. Besides more general skills, like working self-structured, communicating, and behaving professionally in a research team as well as with practical partners and organizing literature and converting it into my own scientific writing, I also learned some more specific skills. Building surveys with different programs and acquiring participants for those, organizing and analyzing big data sets with Python, and finally getting your research published are some examples of these. The M.Sc. definitely gave room to develop skills in my own interest, for me as you can see the focus was set on scientific work.
Vicente Morales, Sports Scientist (athletic training) - Hannover 96
I would say that the experience at the International M.Sc. High-Performance Sport has brought me the learning and development of both professional and personal competencies. The former in terms of knowledge and cognitive abilities such as self-reflection, inquiring mind and problem solving. I think these capabilities are very useful for me in a context where the timing is short and fast, and the expectations are high. While the latter with regard to personal abilities such as integrity, responsiveness to change, and responsibility. In my opinion, studying this M. Sc. degree offers the opportunity to acquire these competencies not only due to its study plan and open-minded professors, but because of the experience itself. This means the possibility of meeting and debating with people from different countries and cultures; the need to adapt and live in a different country; or the daily situations that make you to know yourself better. I believe -with almost no doubt- that the things learnt during these past experiences help me in my job position in the present.