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M1 STAPS : Engineering and Ergonomics of Physical Activities

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The main objective of the Master’s degree "STAPS: Engineering and Ergonomics of Physical Activity" is to train professionals with multidisciplinary skills in human movement sciences (biomechanics, physiology, motor control), engineering (biomedical and system engineering) and human factors (physical ergonomics). This dual competence "engineering + human movement sciences" is an asset for designing machines where man is "in the loop", developed to interact with or assist human beings (robotic assistance, human-machine interfaces, prosthesis, virtual reality, etc.) or to study the human beings in their environment with human factors methodologies or human movement analysis technologies. Following this program, employment opportunities may lead to professional areas where this transversal knowledge is nowadays necessary (sport performance, rehabilitation, physical ergonomics, human/machine interaction). The second year of the Master (M2) is mainly proposed to students who validated the first year of the same master program (M1). However, some students may integrate directly in second year (M2) when graduated from mecatronics programs.

Course Prerequisites

As part of the selection for entry into this Master 1 (Law of 23/12/2016) and within the bounds of intake capacities, applicants must as a prerequisite hold a valid qualification in one of the following disciplines: STAPS and Physical Engineering, APA&S Staps, STAPS Sports Training, STAPS Engineering and Ergonomics of Physical Activity; Life sciences; Science and Technology; Mathematics; Biology & Health, Physical Engineering. The programme also accepts students or professionals from a paramedical training background (Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Ergonomics, Osteopathy, Podiatry, Medicine, nursing, and so on). Applicants from other study backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly international students. For students in undergraduate studies, particular attention will be paid to the results of the final science exams. The results must be compatible with obtaining a good grade ("mention") in L3 (equivalent to a First- or Second-Class Bachelor's degree, a C+ or lower second-class honours). Given the multidisciplinary nature of the Master's degree, students will discover new educational content that is not necessarily linked to their undergraduate studies:

  • Engineering sciences (and some aspects of mathematics) for students from STAPS, Biology, Cognitive Sciences, Ergonomics.
  • Sciences of human movement for students with an undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences, Mathematics or Physics. Students will therefore have to demonstrate their motivation to engage in such studies and acquire knowledge and skills in scientific and technological fields that are new to them.
  • Acquire and implement complex and highly specialised multidisciplinary knowledge.

  • Implement a scientific approach with a view to the dissemination and transfer of knowledge.

  • Design, coordinate and manage innovation projects in engineering and the ergonomics of physical activity, sport, leisure, work and health.

  • Evaluate, analyse and model motor skills and human activity with a view, in particular, to identifying the needs of people in a given situation.

  • Participate in the design of environments or technology (in particular robotics) adapted to practitioners / operators / patients in the fields of sport, leisure, work and health.

  • Put into operation a physical ergonomic approach at the service of and for practitioners / operators / patients as part of a project in the fields of sport, leisure, work and health.

Post-graduate profile

Profiles of graduates of the STAPS (Sports science) Master's programme: IEAP can be described through skills acquired in the following areas:

  • Analysis and modeling of movement: through an integrated approach to studying the specificities of human movement, these graduates have developed in-depth skills in acquisition, analysis and modeling of human movement
  • Motion engineering: placing great emphasis on the use analytical methods and tools, the programme provides graduates with solid skills in processing signals not only in the field of human movement but also in that of robotics 
  • Entrepreneurship and human movement: through content specifically designed to impart understanding of the professional environment and the development of innovative projects, these graduates display business and management skills in areas related to human movement.
Career prospects
  • Research & Development: graduates find jobs in the Research and Development units of industrial groups that develop materials and tools for sports, motor rehabilitation, or physical ergonomics.
  • Technical-commercial: graduates work for private companies that manufacture and sell equipment designed for the analysis of human movement. Familiar both with the operating principles of this equipment and with its potential applications, graduates are an asset to the technical and commercial teams of such companies.
  • Executive in the field of ergonomics: with their knowledge of human movement in a professional environment, graduates find jobs in companies that identify the physical ergonomics needs of companies and offer suitable equipment.
  • Scientific research: the skills developed in scientific methodology and movement analysis enable these students to continue on to doctoral studies, either in the university environment laboratory (thesis in a research laboratory) or in connection with a company (CIFRE thesis in a laboratory-company collaboration).

Complexité, innovation, activités motrices et sportives
Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes de Versailles
Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes
Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur.

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Toutes les UEs du Semestre 1 sont obligatoires et constituent un Tronc Commun.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Connaissance du Milieu Professionnel I 3 20 10
Ergonomie Physique 3 23 3.5
Human Movement Analysis I 7.5 8 29 17 9
Human Neurobehavior 5 28 12
Systèmes Mécaniques Polyarticulés 7.5 36 39
Understanding Scientific Research I 4 16 12 12

Toutes les UEs du Semestre 2 sont obligatoires et constituent un Tronc Commun.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Connaissance du Milieu Professionnel II 10 6 210
Entreprise et Gestion 4 0 42
Human Movement Analysis II 5 6 27 10
Ingénierie Physique 7 26 18 18
Projet Transversal 2 8 15
Understanding Scientific Research II 2 10 6
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Application period
From 22/03/2023 to 18/04/2023
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Motivation letter.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Detailed description and hourly volume of courses taken since the beginning of the university program.

Additional supporting documents
  • Certificate of French (compulsory for non-French speakers).

  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

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