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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’s in Human Movement Sciences may be the programme for you.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus in September due to strict travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to offer an online alternative for this study programme. We advise you to start your study at VU Amsterdam a year later. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website. 

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Extra information on going from a Bachelor’s to the Master’s
    For the academic year 21-22, due to the corona crisis, it is possible to enter the Research Master’s programme if you are a student from an EER country if you did not complete your Bachelor’s programme and if you are a student from an EER country. The following applies:

    • You may lack a maximum of 10% of the number of credits from your Bachelor's programme in order to be admitted to the Master's programme.
    • The entry requirements of the Master’s programme still apply.
    • If you have not yet completed the final product of your programme (thesis, research project) and if this covers more than 10% of the Bachelor's programme, you can contact the Admissions Committee. This Committee will examine whether admission to the Master's programme is still possible.
    • The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than 31 August 2022.

    We strongly advise you to do everything possible to complete your Bachelor’s programme before the end of this academic year. The study load makes it very difficult to complete missing courses while on an intensive Master’s programme. If you need any advice, please get in touch with your faculty’s academic advisor.

    Extra information on going from a Premaster’s to the Research Master’s programme HMS

    • You may lack a maximum of 20% (6 EC) of the number of ECs from your premaster’s programme in order to be admitted to the Master’s programme.
    • The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than 31 August 2022.

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

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

    • A relevant Bachelor's degree, including a bachelor research project.
    • Highly motivated.
    • Strong interest in and aptitude for research, demonstrated during your Bachelor’s.
    • Proficiency in English.

    Please read the specifications of the admission requirements.

    If you are not directly admissible, you can apply for the premaster’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 premaster'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: 

      • Apply for the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. See the VU website for the application procedure.
      • Upload the following documents in VUnet as 'diploma':
      • List of courses of your completed Bachelor’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS)
      • Description of courses that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use this form.
      • Copy of BSc thesis (if written in Dutch or English) and an English summary (max 300 words) of Bachelor research project. 
      • Letter of Motivation (Please use this form
      • Letter of recommendation (max 1 page). 

    After you have applied, the Department will contact you to check your application and to schedule an interview with the Admission board of the Department of Human Movement Sciences. After the interview the Admission board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Research Master's programme. If you are not directly admissible, you can apply for the premaster’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 application in Studielink and in VUnet: 15 July.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    Entry requirements
    In order to gain 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, including a Bachelor research project.
    • Highly motivated.
    • Strong interest in and aptitude for research, demonstrated during your Bachelor’s.
    • Proficiency in English
    • 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) and an 8.0 or higher for your final thesis.

    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. Please contact us a.s.a.p. to find out whether this is the case for you, and which options you have to become admissible before the start of the new term.

    English language proficiency
    Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Also, you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and/or for international laboratories.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Research Master's programme without having the English test results yet. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6.5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92-93
    • Cambridge English
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarschips and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are/may be earlier than those for application to the programme.  

  • Application with an international degree

    Application procedure for international degree holders
    If you have read the admission requirements 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 relevant documents are required.

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 15 July: Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 15 July: EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following 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.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents) 
    • Curriculum Vitae 
    • Motivation letter. Please use this form
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS) 
    • BSc thesis; If not written in Dutch or English, provide a comprehensive English summary of the thesis (max 2 pages).
    • Description of courses (and associated literature) that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use this form. 

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Research Master Human Movement Sciences and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await 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 gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

  • Premaster’s programme

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree other than Human Movement Sciences usually have to follow a premaster’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 programma may vary over students to accommodate differences in educational background.

    Further information about this programme

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

    Further information about this programme

  • Eliminating deficiencies

    Under Admission Requirements you find the admission criteria for the Research Master's programme. If you cannot be admitted directly, the admission board may ask you to take additional courses to delete some deficiencies. Because the two-year Research Master's programme is a selective master, your results from the 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. If you cannot be admitted to the Research Master's programme, or if you prefer the one-year Master's instead, acceptance for the one-year Master's programme Human Movement Sciences is guaranteed.

    Content of the premaster's programme
    The actual programme varies over students, depending on their educational background, and may involve a additional Bachelor's courses to compensate for deficiencies (Psychology, Anatomy, and/or Physiology) on top of the standard programme listed below. Alternatively, exemptions may be granted for specific courses in research methods, mathematics and/or statistics. The standard premaster's programme comprises courses on research methods that are commonly used in the field of Human Movement Sciences, like mathematics, programming, biomechanics and a course on measuring movement.

    • The premaster's courses are delivered in Dutch, but for international students they are partly available as an online distance learning programme in English. You also may take comparable courses at another institution. In the latter case, please make sure that those courses are acceptable to the Admission board. 
    • Deficiencies that cannot be addressed by means of our English online distance learning programme, should be eliminated by taking comparable courses at another institution. Please make sure that those courses are acceptable to the Admission board.

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

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: masters.fbms@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: +31 20 598 6718.

Do you have any other questions?

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367