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Masters in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Length: 1 year
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Amsterdam
Language: English
Start date: September 2018
Price: 2,060 EUR

Program description

Program description

Human Movement Sciences: How to improve sports and health

Are you interested in optimizing sports performance, helping people with impaired motor functioning, or gaining a fundamental understanding of how we move? Then the Master’s in Human Movement Sciences is the ideal program for you! You will learn to translate multidisciplinary scientific knowledge to applications in sports and healthcare practice.

From the latest developments in sports training to new approaches to rehabilitation, this Master’s program provides state of the art insights into the ways in which motor performance can be enhanced. From biomechanics to psychology. From exercise physiology to neurorehabilitation. And from muscle function to motor development. The program provides ample possibilities for customization of your personal program, so that you can create a profile that fits your interests.

As a student of Human Movement Sciences, you join a select department that values personal attention. A natural environment for inspiring interactions with lecturers and researchers. The active students’ club further enhances the warm and welcoming social climate. For over 40 years, students and staff of the Department of Human Movement Sciences have studied various aspects of human movement. Groundbreaking results include the ‘clap skate’, which caused a revolution in the world of speed skating. During your research internship, you can play an active role in developing cutting-edge innovations like these. 

The program in a nutshell

The Master's program comprises 60 ECTS and is completely taught in English.

The study load of each Master's course is 3 or 6 ECTS, whereas that of the research internship is 24 ECTS. If you wish to further attune the program to your individual interests, you can include external courses, an extension of your internship, a practical internship, or a literature study.

You can choose between four main tracks:

  • Rehabilitation - In this track you learn to apply biophysical (biomechanics/physiology) methods in fields of health and rehabilitation.
  • Biophysics in Sport - In this track your learn to tackle sports-related issues from a, predominantly biophysical perspective (muscle and exercise physiologics and biomechanics).
  • Sport Psychology - This track covers the broad field of sport psychology, and also provides potential links to health-related issues. It provides you with an excellent background for a post-graduate course to become an accredited sport psychologist.
  • High Performance Coaching - This track focuses on the application of scientific (biophysical and sport psychological) knowledge in the field op top sport coaching. For this reason, you will conduct your research project in collaboration with a top sport coach. (A maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year; selection based on letter of motivation.)

These tracks are not mutually exclusive and you are free to customize your own profile by taking a variety of elective courses. Besides lectures and seminars, the program involves several practicals and a substantial research project on a topic of your own choice. Of course you will be supervised intensively by a staff member.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements: 

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university
  2. Basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology at the level of "Introductory textbooks"
  3. Sufficient research skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Physics.
  4. A motivation letter.
  5. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English (English language proficiency test).

Continuing studies

Career prospects

With a Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences, you are a qualified specialist in this field of study, with a large and varied range of career opportunities. Evidently, the Master’s program provides an excellent background for a career in both applied research and vocational higher education in sports and health. As an embedded scientist, exercise physiologist or knowledge broker you may bridge the gap between science and these applied fields. Although management as such is not part of the program, various alumni have taken up management or policy-making functions in sports or (mental) health care. Alternatively, you may find employment in movement-related technological industry.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.

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