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Unraveling the secrets of human movement

Are you fascinated by human movement, and finding answers to timely and urgent research questions? Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sciences or another relevant subject? Are you interested in a scientific research career?

Then the Research Master in Human Movement Sciences may be the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU pre-master's or Bachelor's degree at another university)

    The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are: 

    • A relevant WO Bachelor's degree, such as human movement sciences, medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical biology, biomedical techology or or a successfully completed Human.
      Movement Sciences pre-master’s program (Dutch students)
    • Good grades ‐ a GPA of 7.5 (out of 10) or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3) for the final two years of the Bachelor's program.
    • Strong interest in and aptitude for research, as demonstrated in research oriented courses,
      internships and/or thesis.
    • Proficiency in English (see language requirements).
    • The admission procedure includes an interview.

    A specification of the admission requirements is provided in the following overview: Admission requirements. Please read the specifications carefully before you apply.

    Students that do not meet all the admission requirements but are extremely motivated, are encouraged to submit their application.

    If you are not directly admissible, you may be eligible for admission to the pre-master’s programme. If you are admitted to this programme, the Admission board will determine its content, based on your previous education.  

    Students who meet all admission criteria do not have to follow a pre-master's programme. These include students with the following WO Bachelor's degrees:

    • Human Movement Sciences (VU Amsterdam)
    • Human Movement Sciences (RUG) 
  • Application with a Dutch degree

    The procedure is as follows: 

    1. Apply through Studielink for the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. See the VU website for the application procedure.
    2. Use the Application file document to complete your application. The application file document consists of the following documents:
      • List of courses of your (yet to be completed) Bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS).
      • Your current GPA. Only the grades you have achieved in the final two years of your Bachelor’s programme are taken into account. Pre-master’s students can submit their GPA based on the grades they have achieved during their previous Bachelor’s degree and the pre-master’s programme.
      • Description of courses relating to the field of Human Movement Sciences that are relevant for your application.
      • An English summary (max. 300 words) of your research proposal for the Bachelor’s thesis or Bachelor’s research project. If you have already completed your Bachelor’s thesis or Bachelor’s research project, submitting a copy of your thesis or research project is optional.
      • English Curriculum Vitae.
      • Letter of Motivation.
      • Letter of recommendation (max 1 page). 

        3. Once your Application file document is complete, upload your Application file in VUnet as 'diploma' on your dashboard on VU.nl:

    Uploading documents
    Click on 'change your selection' to upload a new document. It is possible that only the last uploaded document is visible. The previously uploaded documents will not be deleted, they will only disappear from view. You can continue the uploading process until you have uploaded all the necessary documents. It is also possible to upload all the necessary documents in one joint PDF file.

    After we have received your application
    The Admission Board will evaluate your application and you will be informed about the status of your admission request. Suitable candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Admission Board of the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. After the interview, the Admission Board will decide whether you are eligible for admission to the Research Master's programme. If you are not directly admissible, you may be eligible for admission to the pre-master’s programme. If you are admitted to this programme, the Admission board will determine its content, based on your previous education.

    The deadlines for application:

    • Deadline for submitting your application in Studielink and uploading the requested documents on your dashboard on VU.nl: 1 June.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    The Research Master’s programme in Human Movement Sciences is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    Admission requirements

    In order to be eligible for admission to the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences, you need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent.

    The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

    • A relevant Bachelor's degree.
    • Highly motivated.
    • Strong interest in and aptitude for research, demonstrated during your Bachelor’s.
    • Proficiency in English (see language requirements).
    • Good grades ‐ a GPA of 7.5 (out of 10) or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3) for the final two years of the Bachelor's program.

    What if you do not meet all admission criteria?
    If you do not meet the admission criteria, the Admission board may decide that you are admissible after you have eliminated your deficiencies. These deficiencies depend on your educational background. If you do not meet the admission criteria, you will receive a list of online courses you will be asked to attend and pass in order to eliminate the deficiencies. We recommend to start the courses prior to 1 April if you intend to start in September. Please be aware that the online programme is challenging and only 20% of the participants successfully pass the exams. The costs of the online courses are €204,- per course. The online courses particularly focus on research methods that are commonly used in the field of Human Movement Sciences, like mathematics, programming, biomechanics, statistics and measuring movement. Because the two-year Research Master's programme is a selective master, your results from your bachelor and the deficiencies courses will be taken into account by the Admission Board in deciding whether you can be admitted to the Research Master's programme afterwards. 

    English language proficiency

    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

    You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab. There you can also find an overview of exceptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement.

  • Application with an international degree

    Applying with an international degree

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template. Please download the template to check which documents are required for this programme.   

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the required documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English. 

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Here you can find all relevant application information, including deadlines, a step-by-step explanation of the procedure and the English language requirements.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive an admission notification via email.

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! 

    Grants and scholarships

    International students can apply to several scholarships. For all VU scholarships, please see www.vu.nl/scholarships. Any available external grant or scholarship can be found through Study in NL.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

  • Pre-master’s programme

    Students with a relating Bachelor’s degree other than Human Movement Sciences usually have to follow a pre-master’s programme before they can be admitted to the Research Master’s programme. This programme comprises courses from the Bachelor’s programme HMS, which are taught in Dutch. (For international students they are partly available as an online distance learning programme in English, see more info in Eliminating deficiencies below). The programme usually sums up to 30 EC, but note that the actual programme may vary from student to student accommodate differences in educational background.

    Further information about this programme (only available in Dutch)

    Follow pre-master's courses in advance!
    Within several HBO Bachelor's programmes it is possible to complete the first 5 topics of the standard pre-master's programme as part of your HBO Bachelor's programme.

    Further information about this programme (HBO transition program, only available in Dutch)

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fbms@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

  • Nina Vredegoor
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl