Master's degree, 1st year - CM4P

MASTER'S DEGREE, 1st year – Science, Technology and Healthcare major

                                              Science of Motricity – Research specialty
                                Motor control - Physical Practices : psychological prospects

Course objective and registration

 This course's objective is to help students:

  • acquire a broad, dynamic and integrated vision of the main prospects, theoretical framework and fundamental concepts in the field of the science of motion and psychology, applied to physical practices;
  • become familiar with the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools of scientific analysis  in the fields of  the  science of motion and physical practices;
  • make the fields of science of motion and psychology of physical practices progress and be better known.

In those two specialties (Motor control - Physical Practices: Psychological prospects), the hypothetico-deductive approach was selected (experimental methodology, differential methodology).

Professional objectives

Those two specialties focus on research. They are not meant to lead to a job on a very short term basis, although we endeavor to maintain close links with industrial research and our own professional courses (e.g., Aging and Handicap: Motion  and Adaptation). We also encourage students to do internships and we invite professionals in our classes.

Skills referential and job prospects

Current jobs:

  • Associate teacher or researcher in science of motion or psychology in European universities or major institutions (CNRS-INSERM-INRETS-INSEP among  others) after successful completion of the master's degree, and ongoing doctoral studies at ED 456- Sciences of  Sport and Motricity (director: Jean Bertsch);
  • Research engineer in the public or private sectors (R&D departments) after  successful completion of a professional master's degree, and ongoing industrial doctoral studies

Future jobs:

  • Research institutions – Corporate R&D – R&D in sports federations - Ministry of Health research institutes – local authorities – Health engineers (after transfer to the professional specialty:  Aging, Handicap: Motion and Adaptation ([at Paris 11]).
  • Researcher and research engineer in the private sector, e.g.:

    Target public

    For the most part, students in the Sciences of Sport and Motricity master's degree,  primarily with a  STAPS degree  (“Education and Motricity”, “Athletic training” and “Adapted Physical activities”). Students may also have other degrees: (e.g. biology, cognitive science, psychology,…) or foreign qualifications.

    Credits and course pattern

    The 1st year course  is divided into 8 credits (UE). UE 2,3 and 8 imply a number of classes among those offered.   UE 1 as well as classes 3 and 4 of UE3 are common to all courses.

    UE8 classes are optional: [long internship + short dissertation] or [short internship + long dissertation]. The choice of options after the 1st semester will determine the student's course [long internship  + short dissertation] for students wishing to enter the job market after the successful completion of professional diplomas, [short internship + long dissertation] for those students wishing to engage in a research master's degree at Université Paris 11

    Course pattern

    UE1.     Epistemology and research methodology

    • Epistemology of Sciences of  Sport and Motricity
    • Research methodology

    UE2. Sciences of Sport and Motricity

    • Physiological and neurophysiological prospects
    • Psychological and psychosociological prospects
    • Historical and sociological prospects
    • Prospects in management
    • Prospects in adapted physical activities

    UE3. Physical activity, tools, methods

    • English
    • Data processing
    • AV applied to physical activity
    • Analysis and practice of physical activities

    EU 4. Production and motion control

    • Motor coordination
    • Motion perception and control

    EU 5. Behavioral structures and processes

    • Personality, self-concept,  dysfunctional patterns and behavior
    • Cognitive processes, learning, physical activity

    EU 6. Motion biomechanics and modeling

    • Posture and motion
    • Biomechanics and modeling

    UE7. Social environment, cognition, emotions, actions

    • Social cognition and physical activity
    • Motivation theories  and physical activity 2

    UE8. Professionalization - Research

    • Research workshop and full research dissertation
    • Short school internship, job project and internship tutoring


    • Long school internship, internship tutoring and strategies of observation and intervention on motor conducts + short dissertation and research workshop


    The choice of an internship will depend on the student's specialization: professionalization (school teaching) or research. The 6 month research internship must take place in a duly authorized research laboratory.. The list of laboratories and research units is made available to students at the beginning of the academic year. Non accredited structures may be authorized under condition.

    Internships follow-up : under the supervision of a research director,  team manager, laboratory director, academic advisor.

    Follow-up rules are the hosting structure's responsibility

    University tutoring: each intern is under the responsibility of a teacher.

    Students may do their research internship in partner universities in Europe. A list will be provided.

    Internship assessment: Seminar, dissertation, oral examination

    Semester assessment rules

    The 1st year level is granted following the successful completion of 60 ECTS credits (30 credits per semester) during the twice-yearly written or oral exam sessions.. The second session is reserved for deferred students. Students may conserve pass credits.

    Enrolled students office

    Motor control

    UPRES EA 4042 - Paris 11 - Laboratoire Contrôle Moteur et Perception

    Director: Michel-Ange AMORIM:
    Tel.: 33 1 69 15 52 50 - michel-ange.amorim @;;

    Secretary: 33 1 69 15 43 18

    Physical Practices: psychological prospects

    Jeune Equipe 2494 Psychologie des pratiques physiques - Paris 11

    Director: Christine Scanff:
    christine.le-scanff @;;

    Secretary: 33 1 69 15 43 18

    Academic staff / Office

    1st year Science of Motricity master's degrees: Specialties: Motor Control; Physical Practices: Psychological Prospects
    •     Paul Fontayne (paul.fontayne @ (Physical Practices: Psychological Prospects)
    •     Nicolas Benguigui (nicolas.benguigui @ (Motor control)

    Secretary: caroline.bois @ -  33 1 69 15 43 02

    2009-2010 calendar

    Application forms are available at the UFR STAPS master's degrees office or online:

    Foreign students MUST contact admissions office for credit transfers:
    33 1 69 15 30 79 - norine.coussot @

    End of September 2009: beginning of the academic year for 1st year master's degree students