The Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (IfS) is part of Department 07 – Psychology and Sports Sciences at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Being comprised of seven areas of operation, about 60 employees and around 1600 students, the IfS is one of the largest sports science facilities in Germany. The main focus of the IfS lies on excelling in research resulting in the acquisition of funds and PHDs, as well as formidable teaching in school-related and non-school-related degree programs. To achieve these goals, there are many partnerships on the international and national level.
The scientific excellence is depicted in various research projects which have been funded by various institutions like the European Union (EU), the German Research Association (DFG), the Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), or the Federal Institute for Sports Sciences (BiSp). The Scientific Research Award of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the highest honor in German sports sciences, has been granted to three employees of the Institute of Sports Sciences in Münster.
Teaching also has a high priority at the IfS. Students can attend eight different school-related bachelors and masters (M.Ed.) programs as well as two courses of study in natural sciences, both held in the English language (B.Sc./M.Sc.). These courses all combine theoretical and practical aspects of sports. Additionally, many excursions are offered in various fields. The first ever ars legend-Faculty-Prize for Sports Sciences in 2017 was awarded to Münster.
The IfS also has a great interest in the social life, often showing the great relationship between faculty and students.