Philipp Beranek, PhD candidate - Edith Cowan University Perth, Australia
I am currently a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. The M.Sc. program prepared me for this challenge in many ways. For instance, through small research projects in seminars and more extensive research projects that I worked on as part of my thesis, the M.Sc. program allowed me to experience conducting research. Thus, I have faced and solved issues that occur when conducting research, which gave me a solid base of skills and the confidence to do a PhD. Furthermore, the M.Sc. program allowed me to develop many competencies, which will help me during the PhD. Specifically, working independently as well as in a research team and collaborating with international researchers are essential skills. During the M.Sc. program, I got comfortable with scientific English, particularly reading scientific work, writing research articles, presenting studies, and communicating with international participants, researchers, and practitioners, which is paramount in the high-performance sports field. Moreover, the opportunity to do an internship and seminar projects involving athletes and coaches gave me valuable experience that is beneficial when working with athletes and practitioners during my PhD and later on in a sports scientist role. Further, the M.Sc. program taught me to think and work at a high scientific standard and to make research translatable into practice at the same time.
Additionally, I have gained essential research skills, such as critically assessing scientific work, planning research projects, recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data, and writing research articles. Overall, I’m glad to have done this M.Sc. program which taught me essential competencies and made me confident for my PhD journey and future sports scientist roles in the high-performance sports field.
Yanni Egyptien, Sports Scientist (athletic training) - KAS Eupen
My current job title is a combination of two job profiles and can be described as first team strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist at KAS Eupen (Belgium). We are a small and internationally mixed staff. For this reason, we need to communicate even better and work closely together. The MSc program helped me to get involved in an international group, to find my way around and to collaborate constructively on different topics. Thanks to the broad range of sports science topics covered in the program, I feel able to apply them independently on the job and manage them in practice.
First and foremost, the MSc HPS offers an excellent opportunity as a non-native speaker to improve the English language and to apply it practically via sports science topics. The exchange in a small group allows to get to know each other better and to make closer friends. Thanks to this, I am still in contact with my fellow classmates and we have given each other advice on how to put theory into practice during the Master's program. That's what makes the small study program so special. In addition, the compact size of the program helped me to write a practice-oriented master's thesis and to do an internship at Benfica Lisbon, where I was also able to combine theory and practice relevant to my job in football.
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.