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Grado en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte Madrid

Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Madrid

If sports is your passion, add vision, culture and values to it. Take part in a specific educational program that stands out from others. Guaranteed success. We’re waiting for you!

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We are the leading University in terms of physical activity and sports research applied to health according to the I-URG Spanish universities rankings. Furthermore, we are the only bachelor’s programme in Spain that is internationally accredited by the European Health & Fitness Association.

We are recognised as the best private centre for pursuing this bachelor’s degree by the newspaperEl Mundo in its annual rankings.

Villaviciosa de Odón 240 ECTS
Start: 19 sep. 2022 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
4 years School of Sports Sciences
Official degree

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Why study the Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences?

Universidad Europea - Real Madrid Graduate School

Thanks to collaboration with the Real Madrid Graduate School, you will take part in international projects and attend exclusive conferences given by leading professionals.

Number one in sports research

We are leaders in research and innovation in the field of physical activity and sports (5th edition of the I-UGR Spanish university rankings).

High quality internships

From day one and at prestigious companies and institutions, including CSD, COE, the Association of Spanish Footballers, clubs from the main sports federations, Go Fit and Sanitas

Examples of work by previous students

Broaden your professional horizons and engage in an international experience at prestigious universities in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada, Finland and more.

High-end facilities

HPR Lab Madrid

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Human Performance Research Lab (HPRLab)

A state-of-the-art space for learning and research.

Instalaciones Club Deportivo Universidad Europea de Madrid

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Sports Centre

The best and most complete sports facilities and with an experienced team of qualified professionals.

Biblioteca Dulce Chacón

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

Campus of Alcobendas

CRAI Dulce Chacón Library

Its mission is to provide an excellent service as an active participant in learning, research and innovation of its users.

Residencia Universitaria Universidad Europea de Madrid

Campus of Villaviciosa de Odón

University accommodation in Madrid

The Xior Picasso-Velázquez Residence Hall, a Residence Hall unlike anything you've ever seen before!

Accreditations and Recognitions

The only bachelor’s programme in Spain to receive the international accreditation of the European Health & Fitness Association.

Awarded, for the second year in a row, the top accreditation (Gold Level Campus) of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus programme, a part of the global health initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It is one of only two universities in Spain to have received this recognition.

In 2020, the School of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences was certified for the implementation of the IQAS under the SISCAL model and with the institutional accreditation for this centre.


Comillas Thanks to the CAFYD 10 Scholarship, I had the opportunity to reach for my dreams and enjoy sports.

María Rosado

Graduate of the Double Bachelor's Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy

Comillas ‘You have access to all laboratories and sporting facilities and can learn to use every tool.’

Tamara Iturriaga

Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

A unique study plan

A study plan designed based on the needs of the professional sector.

During the first years of the bachelor’s degree, you will acquire general knowledge in order to later discover the field in which you would like to develop professionally, all while being guided by your instructors. From the beginning, you will be able to select electives, either to continue expanding your knowledge of the broad and cross-disciplinary context of the field or to specialise based on your profile and interests, if you wish to do so.

You can choose from three honours options— Health and Physical Activity, Leisure and Sports Management and Sports Training—and from more than twelve sports categories (winter sports, golf, nature activities, etc.).

The School offers innovative subjects that are not taught at other universities, such as golf, winter sports (with an internship at the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort) and nature activities (caving, winter movement techniques, interpretation of topographic maps and more). The depth with which these and other sports are covered allows students to pursue one or more specialisations.

In addition, you will be able to build your CV by earning certifications as:

  • a Certified Personal Trainer (CTP) and Certified Strengh and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, a prestigious international organisation.
  • a Sports Technician in various sports, through the UFEDEMA Sports Technician Training Centre located at the University.
  • an Advanced Football Technician through the UFEDEMA Sports Technician Training Centre located at the University.

Study plan offered in the current course

Primer curso / First year
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9995002101 Anatomía Humana 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Human Anatomy
9995002102 Sistemática del Movimiento 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Systematic Movement
9995002103 El Juego: Teoría y Práctica 4 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Games Theory and Practice
9995002104 Expresión Corporal 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Body Language
9995002105 Psicopedagogía de la Actividad Física y del Deporte 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Physical Activity and Sports Psychopedagogy
9995002106 Teoría e Historia de la Actividad Física y del Deporte 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Theory and History of Physical Activity and Sports
9995002107 Sociología y Deontología de la Actividad Física y del Deporte 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sociology and Deontology of Sports
9995002108 Análisis de Datos 4 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Data Analysis
9995002109 BALONCESTO 4 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002801 FÚTBOL 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002802 ATLETISMO 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002803 Judo I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Judo I
9995002804 Tenis I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Tennis I
9995002805 Golf I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Golf I
Segundo curso / Second year
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9995002201 MOTRICIDAD HUMANA 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002202 Fisiología Humana 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Human Physiology
9995002203 Didáctica 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Teaching Methods
9995002204 Derecho Deportivo 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sports Law
9995002205 Biomecánica de la Actividad Física y del Deporte 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Biomechanics in Sports
9995002206 Psicología del Deporte 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sports Psychology
9995002207 INGLÉS 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002208 Proyecto Ecuador 2 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Ecuador Project
9995002806 Ciclismo I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Cycling I
9995002807 NATACIÓN I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002808 Gimnasia Artística-Deportiva I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Gymnastics I
9995002809 Balonmano I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Handball I
9995002810 Voleibol I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Volleyball I
9995002811 Deportes de Invierno I 4 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Winter Sports I
Tercer curso / Third year
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9995002301 Educación Física Escolar 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Physical Education in Schools
9995002302 Actividad Física para la Salud 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Physical Activity for Good Health
9995002303 Fisiología del Ejercicio 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Exercise Physiology
9995002304 Entrenamiento Deportivo 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Athletic Training
9995002305 Instalaciones y Espacios Deportivos 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sporting Facilities
9995002306 Actividades en la Naturaleza 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Outdoor Activities
9995002307 Gestión Deportiva 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sports Management
9995002308 Ocio, Recreación y Turismo Activo 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
9995002309 Diseño e intervención didáctica en el medio natural 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Design and intervention in the natural environment
9995002812 Fútbol II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Soccer II
9995002813 Atletismo II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Track and Field II
9995002814 Baloncesto II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Basketball II
9995002815 Judo II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Judo II
9995002816 Gimnasia Artística-Deportiva II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Gymnastics II
9995002817 Ciclismo II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Cycling II
9995002818 Golf II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Golf II
9995002819 Tenis II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Tennis II
9995002820 Natación II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Swimming II
9995002821 Balonmano II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Handball II
9995002822 Voleibol II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Volleyball II
9995002823 Deportes de Invierno II 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Winter Sports II
Cuarto curso / Fourth year
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9995002401 Practicum 12 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002402 Trabajo Fin de Titulación 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Graduation Project
9995002827 Dirección Financiera 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Financial Management
9995002830 Educación Física para Personas con Discapacidad 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Physical Education for the Disabled
9995002831 Técnicas de Ejercicio 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Exercise Techniques
9995002832 Planificación, Monitorización y Control del Entrenamiento 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Planning, Monitoring and Control of Training
9995002833 Fisiología del Ejercicio II y Nutrición 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Exercise Physiology II and Nutrition
9995002834 Actividad Física para Personas con Necesidades Especiales 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Physical Activity for People with Special Needs
9995002835 Lesiones Deportivas: Prevención y Recuperación Funcional 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sports Injuries: Prevention and Rehabilitation
9995002839 Fútbol III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Soccer III
9995002840 Atletismo III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Track and Field III
9995002841 Baloncesto III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Basketball III
9995002842 Judo III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Judo III
9995002843 Gimnasia Artística-Deportiva III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Gymnastics III
9995002844 Ciclismo III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Cycling III
9995002845 Golf III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Golf III
9995002846 Tenis III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Tennis III
9995002847 Natación III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Swimming III
9995002849 Voleibol III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Volleyball III
9995002850 Deportes de Invierno III 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Winter Sports III
9995002854 DIRECCIÓN DE PERSONAS 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002858 HABILIDADES COMUNICATIVAS 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002860 GESTIÓN DE INSTALACIONES ACUÁTICAS 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9995002866 ACTIVIDADES UNIVERSITARIAS 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
  • First academic year 2008/2009
  • Second academic year 2009/2010
  • Third academic year 2010/2011
  • Fourth academic year 2011/2012


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Basic skills
  • CB1: Students must have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in an area of study that is at the core of general secondary education and is often at a level that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge from the cutting-edge of their field of study.
  • CB2: Students must know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and possess the competences that are usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem-solving within their area of study.
  • CB3: Students must have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data—usually within their area of study—to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  • CB4: Students must be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CB5: Students must have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.
Cross-disciplinary skills
  • CT1: Autonomous learning: Ability to choose the strategies, tools, and moments you consider most effective for learning and independently implementing what you have learned.
  • CT2: Self-confidence: Ability to assess our own results, performance and capabilities with the inner conviction that we are capable of handling the challenges we are faced with.
  • CT3: Ability to adapt to new situations: to be able to assess and understand different positions, adapting one's approach as the situation requires.
  • CT4: Analysis and synthesis capacity: to be able to break down complex situations into their constituent parts; also to evaluate other alternatives and perspectives in order to find optimal solutions. Synthesis seeks to reduce complexity in order to better understand it and/or solve problems.
  • CT5: Ability to apply knowledge in practice, to use the knowledge acquired in the academic field in situations as similar as possible to the reality of the profession for which students are being trained.
  • CT6: Oral communication / written communication: ability to transmit and receive data, ideas, opinions and attitudes to achieve understanding and action; in this sense, oral communication is that which takes place through words and gestures, and written communication that which takes place through writing and/or graphic media.
  • CT7: Awareness of ethical values: Ability to think and act according to universal principles based on the value of the person that are aimed at their full development and that involve commitment to certain social values.
  • CT8: Information management: Ability to search, select, analyse and integrate information from diverse sources.
  • CT9: Interpersonal relationship skills: Ability to relate positively to other people by verbal and non-verbal means, through assertive communication, meaning the ability to express or convey what you want, what you think or feel without upsetting, attacking or hurting the feelings of the other person.
  • CT10: Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit: Ability to undertake difficult or random actions with resolve. Ability to anticipate problems, propose improvements and persevere in achieving them. Preference for assuming and carrying out activities.
  • CT11: Planning and time management: Ability to set goals and choose the means to achieve those goals using time and resources effectively.
  • CT12: Critical reasoning: Ability to analyse an idea, phenomenon or situation from different perspectives and to assume a unique and personal approach with respect to it, based on justified accuracy and objectivity as opposed to intuition.
  • CT13: Problem solving: Ability to find a solution to a confusing issue or a complicated situation without a pre-defined solution, which makes it more difficult to solve.
  • CT14: Innovation and creativity: Ability to propose and develop new and original solutions that add value to problems posed, even in areas other than the problem itself.
  • CT15: Responsibility: Ability to fulfill the commitments made with oneself and with others when performing a task and trying to achieve a set of objectives within the learning process. Existing capacity in every subject to recognise and accept the consequences of a freely performed act.
  • CT16: Decision making: Ability to choose between existing alternatives or ways to effectively solve different situations or problems.
  • CT17: Teamwork: Ability to integrate and actively collaborate with other people, areas and/or organizations to achieve common objectives.
  • CT18: Use of information and communication technologies (ICT): Ability to effectively use information and communication technologies as a tool for searching, processing and storing information, as well as for developing communication skills.
Specific skills
  • CE1: Ability to design, develop and evaluate teaching and learning processes related to physical activity and sports, taking into account the features of individuals and their context and adopting the necessary educational, technical and curricular principles.
  • CE2: Ability to convey attitudes and values in professional practice in all areas of physical activity and sports, contributing to the improvement of society.
  • CE3: Ability to plan, schedule, implement, monitor and evaluate training and competition processes at different levels and in different age groups.
  • CE4: Ability to analyse and apply physiological, biomechanical, psychological and social principles to the different fields of physical activity, sports and recreation.
  • CE5: Ability to identify improper practices that pose a health risk in order to prevent and correct them in different types of populations.
  • CE6: Ability to assess physical fitness levels and motor skills, prescribing and programming health-oriented physical exercises at different ages.
  • CE7: Ability to promote and evaluate lasting, autonomous and health-oriented physical activity and sport habits.
  • CE8: Ability to design, plan, organise, implement and evaluate continuous and/or one-off sports and recreational activity programmes, taking into account all factors conditioning their development in different professional, social and economic contexts.
  • CE9: Ability to select and appropriately use sports materials and equipment for each type of activity, identifying the technical characteristics of different sports facilities.
  • CE10: Ability to participate in the efficient governance and/or management of public and private organisations implementing physical activity services in any of their facets (recreation, health, sports, education, etc.), identifying, defining and systematising the processes required to achieve their objectives.
  • CE11: Ability to participate in society on the student’s own terms, expressing a theoretical, academic and professional discourse on physical activity and sport sciences.


External internship regulations

Internships are a key component of your training. Acquiring experience after what you have learnt in your degree is the best way to enter the employment market. There are two types of internships: curricular – which are included in your study plan – and extracurricular – which you can do on a voluntary basis.

In order to complete curricular internships in companies, you will need to have 50% of the credits approved and registered before starting your internship. These internships are monitored by the company and the internship coordinator, and interim and final reports are prepared for evaluation.

If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extracurricular internship. You can do them in any academic year, but keep in mind that internships are a formative complement to your studies; therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you will benefit from the internship experience.

Career opportunities

Bachelor’s in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. We prepare you for what companies in Spain and around the world really need. With our Bachelor’s in Physical Education—formerly bachelor’s in CAFyD (Physical Activity and Sport Sciences)—you will become an expert in physical activity and sports, ready to pursue a variety of career opportunities:

  • Group classes instructor.
  • Nature instructor.
  • Personal trainer.
  • Technical director.
  • Manager at your own centres, private centres or large chains.
  • Physical trainer.
  • Coach (athletes).
  • Technical director (federation/clubs).
  • Public administration.
  • Social clubs.
  • Sport as a spectacle:
    - Sports facilities.
    - Administration.
    - Management.
    - Technical management.
  • Expert in sports technology:
    - Technological analysis.
    - Sports engineering.
    - Online consulting.
  • Public sector.
  • Private sector.

Complete your internships at leading institutions such as the Spanish Olympic Committee, the High Council for Sports, Mutua Madrid Open, the Spanish Tennis Federation, Holmes Place, Sanitas, Go Fit, the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) or the Spanish Federation of Sports Managers’ Associations (FAGDE).

In addition, you are connected with the professional sector from the first academic year, as a member of the Circle of Sports Managers of Madrid.


Start your future at Universidad Europea

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Students wishing to pursue this bachelor's degree should be highly motivated and should have had as much previous contact with physical and sports activity as possible, whether directly or indirectly. Both aspects are necessary as a consequence of the intense practical workload of these studies, as well as the vocational component that they often entail. Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at Universidad Europea de Madrid must meet the legal requirements for access to the University as set out in current legislation. There are no additional academic requirements.

The prerequisites for accessing this bachelor’s programme are those established in RD 1892/2008 of 14 November and current applicable legislation, namely:

  • Having passed the university admissions exam, in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • Having passed the admissions exam for students over 25 and over 45.
  • Advanced technicians, advanced fine arts and design technicians and advanced sports technicians.
  • Diploma holders, bachelor’s degree holders, technical engineers, engineers and architects.
  • High school students in the education systems of European Union member states and other countries that have signed international agreements with Spain can access this programme, provided that they are eligible to enrol in universities under their own educational system and the requirements set out in current legislation are met.
  • Students from other countries that have not signed an international agreement with Spain must seek official recognition of their studies (through the homologation process) and complete the university admission exam(s), if required under RD 412/2014.

Individuals over the age of 40 without a degree enabling them to access the University can also access this degree, provided they can demonstrate professional experience related to the programme to which they intend to apply.

If you are already an advanced physical and sporting activities technician, Universidad Europea de Madrid offers you the possibility of reducing the length of your studies by one year by applying for a credit recognition plan.


64.2% of our professors hold PhDs and are prestigious members of the field of education. It is made up of national Sports Medicine awards, Directors of research projects in the Higher Sports Council, coaches and high-level athletes, several of them Olympians.

  • Jaime Gil Cabrera
  • Juan Carlos Álvarez Ortíz
  • Jose Luis Felipe Hernández
  • Lidia B. Alejo
  • Carlos López Nuevo
  • Javier Sánchez Sánchez
  • Margarita Pérez Ruíz
  • Juan Antonio Simón
  • Itziar Pagola Aldazabal
  • David Barranco Gil

Academic quality

Universidad Europea boasts a wide range of recognitions that guarantee its academic quality. For example, it has been awarded the following prestigious awards: the European Seal of Excellence 500+, Quali-cert and Madrid Excelente. In the international QS Stars accreditation rating, Universidad Europea has obtained a total of four out of five stars. This external accreditation system determines the level of excellence achieved by universities in various areas. Universidad Europea has achieved the maximum score of five stars in Employability, Teaching, Facilities and Social Responsibility.

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Internal quality assurance system (IQAS)

Universidad Europea has designed its Internal Quality Assurance System in accordance with the guidelines put forth by the madri+d Foundation for Knowledge and the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). This serves as a structural basis for ensuring that the quality of new official degrees are in line with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) quality guidelines and Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, which amends Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December on universities.

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CCT members
  • Bachelor’s Programme Director
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Department Director
  • Degree Coordinator
  • Internship Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s Final Project Coordinator
  • Student
  • QPartner of the Vice-Rector’s Office
  • Degree quality assessment board (CCT) meetings are held three times per academic year.
Key degree improvements
  • Promoting the dissemination of scientific knowledge.
  • Improving stakeholders’ responsiveness.
  • Fostering experiential learning.