Master MPSI programme - Movement, Performance, Health and innovation / MS


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Course tutor : Christian COLLET / 04 72 43 10 92

Field: Master’s degree in the field of Sports Science (STAPS)
Degree: Master
Title: STAPS: adapted physical activity and health
Programme: Movement, performance, health and innovation

Course description:

The MPSI programme focuses on the research process, from the formulation of the subject of the research to the collection and analysis of data, mastery of the use of several methodologies and the production of a research dissertation.

The work placement in a laboratory, for a minimum of 4 months, trains students in models applied to research in the social and human sciences or in the life sciences, with a view to their application in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. This course, which aims to help apprentice researchers develop a sense of rigour, method and autonomy, is supported by two research units: L-ViS (Laboratory on Vulnerability and innovation in Sport – EA 7428), in which research into APA-S can be conducted in sociology, anthropology, history, and psychology ( and LIBM (Interuniversity Biology and Motricity Laboratory - EA 7424), in which APA-S research can by conducted in physiology, biomechanics and neuroscience. From the 1st year of the Master in Adapted Physical Activity and Health (APA-S), students can combine a professional specialisation (operational training in APA-S) with an opening in the field of research (introduction to the scientific method). To do this, students simply have to complete a 2-month placement with L-ViS or LIBM, an option that is compatible with further studies in a professional field (2nd year of the Master’s programme in Intervention and Management in APAS).

The professional EOPS programme (training and optimisation of performance) offers training through research. From the first year, MPSI students (Movement, Performance, Health and Innovation) combine their professional specialisation with forays into research, thanks to the work placement in a laboratory. Students on the course benefit from research-based learning, through their dissertation prepared within the laboratory. The LIBM, research group 7424 (Interuniversity Laboratory of Biology and Motricity) and the L-VIS, research group 7428 (Laboratory on Vulnerability and Innovation in Sport) are the 2 host laboratories.
Training in research is central, but the professional teaching units enable students to maintain a link to the professional opportunities in the field of motor and mental performance and return to sport (PPMR). The specific teaching units are courses based on the research themes of the LIBM and L-VIS, and on other courses at Université de Lyon, in order to offer more in-depth study in a particular scientific field.
A multitude of choices is permitted by combining teaching units, which enables each student to build their own course programme, in line with their research project and professional goals.

This course, which aims to develop a sense of rigour, method and autonomy in the apprentice researcher, is supported by a research unit: the L-ViS (Laboratory on Vulnerability and Innovation in Sport - EA 7428), which conducts research on marketing, sociology, communications, economics and the law of sport (
From the 1st year of the Master in Sport Management (MS), students can combine a professional specialisation (operational training in management) with an opening in the field of research (introduction to the scientific method). To do this, students simply have to complete a 2-month placement with L-ViS, an option that is compatible with further studies in a professional field (2nd year of the Master’s programme in Management of Sports Organisations).
The course takes place over two semesters (S3 & S4). It is structured on the basis of specialised courses: methodology and epistemology of research, English and scientific communications, investigation techniques, statistics, etc. or the experimental approach. The themes of innovation and vulnerability, which constitute the main areas of research within L-ViS, also occupy a significant place in the social and humans sciences courses proposed. The study of the potential positive effects of physical activity on health and quality of life, which constitute the third area of research for LIBM (in particular theme 5) form the basis for the life sciences courses.

The link between education and research is ensured by : 
1) individual supervision by a director of research and member of L-ViS, who accompanies each student throughout the course of their research
2) access to a series of seminars in connection with the laboratory’s research themes
3) integration of the student into the life of the laboratory (socialisation of research) and
4) the preparation of a research dissertation. The student thus benefits from specific advice to gradually familiarise them with the scientific approach and the various ways of conducting research.

Skills acquired on this course:

The MPSI course develops skills focused on the production of scientific knowledge:

• Acquire specific training on a particular research topic (specialisation).
• Master the use of bibliographical research methods (consultation of data banks).
• Master the main methods of investigation in a specific scientific field.
• Master the use of scientific communication tools: written dissertation, oral presentation.
• Master the main rules for producing a scientific paper.
Particular attention is paid to the basics of scientific communication, as necessary tools for professional insertion.

Further study and career opportunities:

The MPSI programme enables students to test their abilities and real desire to undertake a scientific career. Indeed, completing a Master’s programme in research is the best way of accessing an academic career in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. In a broader sense, this research programme is conducive to several types of professional projects:

• further study at PhD level: the development of a scientific project at Master’s level that may be extended at doctoral level constitutes a significant advantage (familiarisation with the theories and methods, honing of the problem, preparation of requests for funding, etc.)
• acquisition of specific skills in applied study and research (development of expertise)
The MASTER in MPSI is designed to lead to further studies at PhD level, but the combination with the professional course enables students to specialise from the outset in the field of motor performance and health. It therefore enables students to consider several avenues of professional insertion. The MPSI course corresponds to the level of ‘engineer’ in the business world, with responsibilities as research manager or project manager. The research-based professions offer possible opportunities in jobs in the research and development departments of large companies (manufacturers and distributors of sports equipment and materials). The MPSI offers access to a career in public research (research engineer). The PhD offers access to positions as a researcher (CNRS, INSERM, INRIA), academic (universities and graduate schools) and research engineer.

Specific characteristics and admission requirements:

Admission to the MPSI programme requires the student to have already completed the first year of a Master’s degree. A selection board (commission ad hoc) examines the application, composed of a detailed CV, covering letter and research project prepared in conjunction with a laboratory faculty member. The MPSI programme is also accessible to students in continuing education, in the context of a resumption of studies.

Enrolment procedure:

The application and enrolment procedure is available directly on the website of UFR STAPS Lyon 1, by clicking here.


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