Master's in Evaluation and Physical Training for Health 2024–2025

Por qué cursar esta titulación

The practice of physical exercise in the 21st century, has become one of the most powerful health tools in the prevention of diseases and improvement of the quality of life of the population in developed countries. We are faced with a paradoxical situation: technological development and certain social behaviors have led to rates of physical inactivity that have deconfigured the human biological machine; forgetting our evolutionary process and biological configuration we pretend to be hypoactive and sedentary beings, the opposite of what has been our evolution over thousands and thousands of years.

 This master in Health-related Physical Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription provides students with advanced education that is both specialized and multidisciplinary , and meets the needs of present-day society. This is specified in the following objectives

• Train researchers in the field of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, describing the different quantitative and qualitative designs applied today, together with the use of the necessary tools to complete the entire research process.

• Enable the student to develop, on the scientific bases that justify and explain the practice of physical activity and physical exercise from a healthy perspective, intervention programs in different populations, for the maintenance and / or improvement of the quality of life.

• Provide the student with the most advanced knowledge and technologies to carry out quality research that allows him to develop a doctoral thesis in this field.

Recommended profile

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, any graduate or licensee interested in the prescription and / or recommendation of physical exercise as a health tool may enroll. Although graduates in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences seems, a priori, the most appropriate profile, these studies offer a very interesting complementary training for other graduates in other degrees in the biomedical and educational area:

• Graduated in Infant Education Teacher

• Graduated in Primary Education Teacher

• Graduated in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

• Graduate in Medicine

• Graduated in Physiotherapy

• Graduate in Nursing

Access and admission requirements


Access to official University Master's courses at the University of Zaragoza is achieved by meeting certain of the following requirements:

a) Having an official Spanish university degree or another Spanish Master's Degree.

b) Having an official Spanish university degree obtained under curricula previous to the current organization of university education: Bachelor, Architect, Engineer, Diploma, Technical Architect or Technical Engineer.

c) Having a foreign tertiary education qualification analogous to an official Spanish university degree or declared equivalent to a Bachelor's or Master's Degree by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.

d) Having a Bachelor's or Master's degree from universities or higher education institutions from a country in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which allows access to Master's studies in that country.

e) Having a foreign higher education qualification obtained from an education system outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that is equivalent to the Bachelor's degree, without the need for approval or declaration of equivalence, and having obtained the corresponding resolution of "authorised access" to official University of Zaragoza Master's courses - following a check to ensure the level of training implied by this qualification - provided that the qualification allows access to postgraduate university studies in the country where it is issued.

f) Likewise, people who are studying an official university degree in the Spanish University System [SUE] in the 2021-2022 academic year may access the courses if they have all the registered credits necessary for completion of studies on their course and have a maximum of 9 ECTS and the Final Degree Project left to complete their studies.


In addition to meeting the general access requirements, applicants must meet the specific requirements detailed in the verification report for each Master's Degree.

This information can be found on the website for each Master's Degree:

Calidad => Documentos => Memoria de verificación 


Language requirements

If applying for admission to a Master's Degree taught in Spanish at the University of Zaragoza and your mother tongue is not Spanish, you must present documents attesting to sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language to follow the classes. An interview may be held to verify your Spanish language ability. When a check of specific Spanish language ability is required for the Master's degree requested, this level is assessed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

In those University Master's degrees that are taught totally or partially in languages other than Spanish, applicants must provide documents accrediting the level of knowledge of the languages required in the verification report for the Master's course.

Application for admission

Application for admission to University Master's studies will be made through the Internet, filling out the online form and following the instructions in:

http://www.unizar.esSecretaría virtual → Solicitud de admisión

Assessment of applications

At each admission stage, people who meet the general access and specific admission requirements may be admitted to a Master's Degree in accordance with the assessment criteria established in the verification report for that Master's degree.

The Master's advisory committee or, where applicable, the organisation mentioned in the verification report will review the applications received based on the relevant assessment criteria, considering the documents provided by the applicants, and shall submit an admission proposal to the head of the corresponding centre.

Preference of applications

In each of the admission stages, preference is given to applicants who are in possession of the official qualification that gives them access to the Master's degree, so that in the admissions lists qualified graduates will appear ahead of those with graduate studies in the Spanish University System who still have to complete 9 ECTS and the Final Degree Project.


Application for registration to University Master's studies will be made through the Internet, filling out the online form and following the instructions in:

http://www.unizar.esSecretaría virtual

More information about access and admission:

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Perfiles de salida

The training provided in this master gives its participants a profile that places them in a preferential place for professional and research in the field of physical exercise and health, training them in the integration of multidisciplinary health teams and opening them a great range of professional options such as:

• Personal health-oriented trainer.

• Quantification of physical activity levels in the population.

• Strategies to promote the practice of physical activity for the maintenance and / or improvement of health.

• Intervention trials with the purpose of improving the levels of practice of Physical Activity and Health.

• Interventions in energy balance.

• Evaluation of the components of health-related physical fitness.

• Physical fitness and health.

• Adaptation of body composition methods to the study objectives.

• Body composition, health and physical activity in different populations

• Physical training programs in different populations.

• Disability, aging and integration.

• Leisure, health and sport in natural environment.

It also opens the way to Doctorate studies, which allows you to start your professional career as a professor at the university and research level.

Qué se aprende

This master's degree provides knowledge, skills and abilities to be an excellent researcher and / or professional in the field of physical exercise and health.

The rise of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and improvement of health, as well as in the treatment of numerous pathologies are placing these initiatives in a priority demand in developed societies.

In this master:

- The scientific evidences that relate physical activity, physical exercise and physical fitness to health are valued.

- The scientific method and the tools necessary to develop a doctoral thesis are known.

- Resources are provided to evaluate the components of physical fitness related to health.

- Evaluation criteria are applied to diagnose the level of healthy physical fitness reached.

- Tools are provided to design and control physical training programs for health according to the type of population and objectives.

- The health risks of practicing physical exercise are known and adequate procedures are indicated to minimize them.

- Good practice procedures and deontological criteria are provided in the performance of these activities.

Presentación general del plan de estudios

The curriculum of the Master's in Evaluation and Physical Training for Health  structures compulsory and optional training courses in 6 modules. Students must complete a total of 60 credits in an academic year. Of the 60 credits, 30 will be compulsory training, 12 elective subjects and 18 credits of Master's thesis, as it appears in the following table.







Physical exercise and health: scientific evidence




Bases for the promotion of physical activity and health




Psychological variables in the exercise evaluation and prescription





Metodología e investigación aplicada




Data analisys





Assessment of physical fitness and energy expenditure




Energy intake assessment





Body composition and Health









Exercise prescription




Exercise and aging





Master`s thesis




External work placement




The compulsory credits are located in the first semester and the optional ones in the second semester.

Academic orientation, information and support system for students

The course coordinator is the key figure for any query, clarification or problem that may arise during the academic year. The coordinator is in regular contact with the students and their representatives and provides support and set up the necessary actions to support the student’s learning process. In all degree courses, per the directives of the Academic Guidance Programmes at the University of Zaragoza, each student is assigned an individual lecturer-tutor, who will be responsible for offering the student academic advice on aspects related to the student’s integration and adaptation to the work expected to be completed in each degree. The academic tutor will also provide advice on the most suitable academic options as well as guidance on the student’s personal or professional academic interests, the resources and services available to them at the University and on the general workings of the University in its administrative and academic facets and for participation in its governing structures.

The University of Zaragoza has a University Centre for Modern Languages where international languages classes are offered. The language instruction offer includes German, Arabic, French, Modern Greek, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. The courses offered include: year-long General & Specific Courses, Intensive Summer Courses in July & September, and single-term Self-Study & Conversation Courses (English, French & German).

Summer courses. Students may also wish to participate in any of the summer course programmes on offer every year in July, August and September in various locations in Aragon, albeit most of them take place in the following locations: Teruel & Jaca.

The University of Zaragoza has its own Guidance and Employment Office: UNIVERSA. The main goal of this University Employment Observatory is to provide specific information, guidance and training to facilitate professional integration among university students, in addition to overseeing voluntary work placement for final year students. Courses are offered to both students and recent graduates to improve their training in professional skills, job seeking strategies, etc.

Furthermore, there is a Job Fair (EMPZAR) every year, which provides students with the possibility to contact directly with companies, as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the labour market demand, get advice on how to prepare a CV, and so on.

Libraries & study rooms. The University of Zaragoza has 4,803 reading seats across its libraries and study rooms. These are comprised of the main Library and a further 21 libraries in the various centres and faculties. They contain a total of over 1,000,000 books and approximately 33,500 different journals.

Library staff supports first-year students. Staff offers an online course on Information and ICT skills. This course is offered as a practical activity within one of the subjects imparted in year one.  The students are also offered other training courses on information skills, at various levels, chief among which are the Guide to Tools and Guidelines for preparing the undergraduate/master’s dissertation.

Counselling, accommodation and services

Halls of Residence. The University of Zaragoza has two main Halls of Residence located in the San Francisco Campus: The Pedro Cerbuna University Hall of Residence (CMU) (250 rooms) and the Santa Isabel CMU (192 rooms), plus another one located in the Río Ebro Campus (102 places) and two other halls in the cities of Huesca (Ramón Acin CMU – 125 rooms) and Teruel (Pablo Serrano CMU – 96 single rooms). There are also other university halls of residence in the city of Zaragoza run by private companies. Furthermore, there is a University web service that helps students to find a room or rent a flat. 

Accommodation can also be found using the Zaragoza Council programmes for young people and students.

Counselling. The University of Zaragoza has four free and anonymous counselling services for youngsters, which are run by a team of professionals who provide advice on academic, legal, sexual and psychological areas.

The University of Zaragoza international relations Office will provide international students with all the necessary support in the registration process. It also provides students with practical information about the city, transport, flats on offer, rooms, halls of residence, medical assistance, courses for international students, etc.

Student diversity. The main role of the University of Zaragoza Student Diversity Office (OUAD) (pertaining to the Vice-Chancellor for Students & Employment) is to ensure equal opportunities through inclusion of all university students in university academic life. In addition, it encourages awareness of student diversity within the university community. This office is particularly committed to providing attention to any university student with special educational needs or disabilities.

University information centre. The University Information & Appeals Centre offers general information about the University of Zaragoza: access, offer of undergraduate/master’s study programmes, doctoral programmes, as well as information on non-official degrees, registration process, grants, summer courses, administrative information, and so on. Equally, they manage appeals of any situations that are not subject to the established regulated procedures.

Information and Communications Service. All computers on campus are connected to the Internet. WiFi is available in all the buildings. Any student may use the University of Zaragoza IT services.

Vehicle management service. A permit is required so that a member of the university community can park their vehicles in the car parks available in the different campuses.

Sports and cultural activities

Cultural activities. The 'Cultural Agenda' provides a monthly programme of the events in the areas of Cinema & Animation, Music, Theatre, Exhibitions, Cycles, Conferences, Literary Activities and Courses. It also offers cultural association activities and those of the Cultural Committees in Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel.

Sports activities. The University of Zaragoza sports complex is located in the San Francisco Campus and features a leisure centre, gym, outdoor basketball, handball and 5-a-side football facilities, a certified athletics track and a football pitch. Every academic year, over a hundred activities are organised.

Participation in university life

The University of Zaragoza Student House ('Casa del Estudiante') (inaugurated in 2005) is home to the University Student Council, the student groups represented on the Cloisters and Governing Board, and the multinational student associations. The Student House supervises activities pertaining to student representation and, additionally, work meetings, presentations, conferences and other events of interest to the students at our University. These activities are promoted and run by the student groups and coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor of Students:

Information Feelers. Voluntary student members of the University of Zaragoza faculties and centres act as 'information feelers' to counsel, inform and help their own peers. 

University Ombudsman. This person defends the rights and freedoms of the university community and attends to complaints and requests from students.