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Shanghai University of Sport Enrollment Guide 2023 English-Taught Master's Program in PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE IN SPORT AND EXERCISE

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Program Introduction    

The English-Taught Master's Program in Psychology and Neuroscience in Sport and Exercise is based on psychological science and adopts the research methods and techniques of cognitive neuroscience, aiming at exploring the occurrence, developmental patterns and formation mechanisms of psychology and behavior during sports, focusing on the occurrence mechanisms, early diagnosis, assessment and sports prevention of sports-related diseases at the neurophysiological level. The standard length of study for this program is 2 years, and students must complete 22 credits before graduation. The program is limited to 10 students.


Highlights of the Program    

1. 2-year schooling in Shanghai, one of the biggest cities in the world.  

2. Masters degree and possibilities of advancing to doctoral studies.  

3. 2 times/year field trips of Chinese culture immersion.  

4. Cutting-edge research directions and experienced tutor team.  

5. Financial support for round-trip airfare (economy class) incurred for one oral presentation at an international conference abroad.  

6. Extraordinary scholarship to cover all tuition, on-campus accommodation, medical insurance and monthly stipend.


About Shanghai University of Sport    

Shanghai University of Sport (SUS) is a designated Chinese Government Scholarship university and a pilot institution designated by Chinas Ministry of Education to independently enroll international students available to Chinese government scholarships. By the end of 2022, SUS has had exchange and collaborations with 149 universities and organizations from 46 countries and regions, including 19 programs of mutual recognition of credits with the top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings. More than 1,800 students from more than 60 countries and regions, including the United States, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea, have learned at SUS. Currently SUS is ranking top 50 in the world and top 1 in Asia, as per ARWU’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2022.


Main Courses of the Program    

Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, Research Methods in Psycho-Behavioral Sciences, Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience, Advanced Statistics, Exercise and Brain Science, Visual Perception, Brain Imaging Research Methods, Video Games and Cognition, Tai Chi, Basic Skills of Ping Pong, Fitness Qigong---the Eight Brocade, Traditional Chinese Cultural Practices


Tutor Team    

Chen Antao, Chen Jing, Zhuang Jie, Liu Ying, Han Chao, Li Xiangqian, Luan Mengkai, Zhang Li


Deadline for Application  

April 30, 2023  


Start Time  

September 2023




Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens holding foreign ordinary passports, who shall be in good health both mentally and physically and shall be aged under 35.  

● Applicants shall have the disciplinary background and research capabilities required for the program applied for  

● Applicants shall have obtained the Bachelor's degree in psychology (or science, such as biology, etc.).  

● Applicants shall meet at least one of the following language requirements:  

1) Applicants' native language is English;  

2) Applicants can provide valid IELTS or TOEFL scores (IELTS scores not lower than overall band 6.5 or TOEFL scores not lower than 80 points);  

3) Applicants  have obtained a bachelor's degree or above taught in English.  

● The GPA of the previous period of study shall not be lower than 3.0 points, or an average score of all subjects shall not be lower than 75 points.  

● Applicants shall have no criminal records.


Application Documents      

One copy of valid passport.  

One copy of the graduation or degree certificate (If the original is issued in languages other than Chinese or English, please provide a notarized translated copy in Chinese or English); if the applicant is a new graduate, please submit one pre-graduate certificate presented by one's school.  

One copy of the school report of the undergraduate period (If the original is issued in languages other than Chinese or English, please provide a notarized translated copy in Chinese or English).  

Applicants whose native language is not English shall provide a copy of a valid IELTS or TOEFL test certificate or an original document proving equivalent language proficiency.  

One learning plan or research proposal written in English.  

One resume written in English, including educational and working experience, research results, and learning plans.  

Recommendation letters in English from two professors or associate professors.  

Tutor's pre-acceptance letter (if any).  

Previous research results/academic papers (if any).  

One copy of the Foreigner Physical Examination Form.  

One video (MP4) with a length of less than 3 minutes to introduce yourself in English.  

Certificate of No Criminal Records or Commitment on No Criminal Records.  

Letter of Guarantee or Bank Statement proving a minimum bank deposit of CNY 100,000.  

Payment certificate for the registration fee (CNY 500 or USD 80).


Application Method    

Step 1: Online application  

Log in to "Shanghai University of Sport - International Student Service System" ( to register, fill in the registration form, upload the required documents (in electronic version), and submit the applications.  

Step 2: Paying the registration fee    

The registration fee is USD 80 or CNY 500 (which will not be refunded once paid), which shall be paid online or remitted to Shanghai University of Sport:  

Account name: Shanghai University of Sport  

Account number: 033267-00881002983  

Bank of deposit: Xiangyin Sub-branch, Shanghai Branch, Agricultural Bank of China  

Address: No. 650, Qingyuan Ring Road, Yangpu District  

   Please state the passport name of the applicant and "registration fee" when making a remittance.


Applicants to this program are eligible for the Principal's Scholarship for International Students of Shanghai University of Sport subject to the following funding criteria:  

1. Students granted with the scholarship are exempted from the tuition, on-campus accommodation expenses, and comprehensive medical insurance expenses;  

2.Students granted with the scholarship will receive living expenses in an amount of CNY 3,000/month;  

3. The Excellent Student Scholarship is established to provide one-time reward to students achieving high-level research results during their academic year;  

4.Students will receive financial support for round-trip airfare (economy class) incurred for one oral presentation at an international conference abroad.


Review and Acceptance Process    

1.Students file applications online;  

2.Personnel of the Office of International Students Services preliminarily review application documents for integrity and validity;  

3.Colleges organize academic reviews and interviews for applications who have provided complete application documents;  

4.The International Student Enrollment Leading Group finalize the list of acceptance;  

5.Personnel of the Office of International Students Services announce the pre-admission results;  

6.Personnel of the Office of International Students Services send pre-acceptance notices to accepted applicants and prepare formal acceptance documents.


Contact Us    

Office of International Student, Shanghai University of Sport  

Room 115, Building No. 4, Lane 531, Qingyuan Ring Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai, the People's Republic of China  


Tel: 0086-21-65507702    

Fax: 0086-21-65507702