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Contribute to optimal physical functioning in sports and health

Are you fascinated by the complexity of human movement? And do you want to optimise movement in order to maintain or improve the range of movements or to prevent injury? Then the Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences is for you!

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

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

    Entry requirements 
    In order to gain admission to the Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree and basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology at the level of "Introductory textbooks". In addition, sufficient research skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Physics are required. Because the master's programme is taught in English, you also need a good command of English as a working language.

    Please consult the list of admission criteria

    Direct admission 
    You can be admitted directly to the master's programme, if you have one of the following WO bachelor's degrees: 

    • Human Movement Sciences (VU Amsterdam)
    • Human Movement Sciences (RUG)
    • Premaster's programme Human Movement Sciences (VU)

    Direct admission requiring review by the Admission board 
    If you don’t hold one of the Bachelor’s degrees listed above, but you are confident that you meet all the admission criteria, the Admission board of the department of Human Movement Sciences will decide whether you are indeed directly admissible.

    The procedure is as follows: 

    • Apply for the Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. See the VU website for the application procedure.
    • Upload your Application file as 'diploma' on your dashboard on VU.nl. Your Application file consists of the following documents:

                 - Application form
                 - Motivation letter. Please use the format in the Application file.
                  - Description of courses that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use the Course  
                   descriptions form in the Application file.
                  - List of courses of your completed Bachelor’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS).
                   You can insert this in your application file or you can upload this as a separate document on your
                   dashboard.
    • Within 4 weeks you will receive a letter with the decision regarding your admission.
    • If you are not directly admissible, you may apply for the Premaster’s programme, as outlined in the dropdown menu 'Premasters's programme' below.  

    Background in mathematics
    Although mathematics (Wiskunde B) is not a formal entry requirement, it is expected that your basic knowledge of mathematics is sufficient. If you are not sure about this, or suspect that your knowledge may be insufficient, we strongly advise you to get additional mathematical training before entering the programme.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application with a Dutch degree

    The procedure is as follows: 

    • Apply for the Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. See the VU website for the application procedure.
    • Upload your Application file as 'diploma' on your dashboard on VU.nl. Your Application file consists of the following documents:

               - Application form
               - Motivation letter. Please use the format in the Application file.
               - Description of courses that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use the Course
                descriptions form in the Application file.
                - List of courses of your completed Bachelor’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS).
                 You can insert this in your application file or you can upload this as a separate document on your
                 dashboard.

    You can upload the Application file as 'diploma' on your dashboard on VU.nl. By choosing 'change your document' you can upload multiple documents. It is possible that only the last uploaded document is visible. When you upload a new document, the previous document will not be deleted but it will only disappear from view. You can continue the uploading process until you have uploaded all the necessary documents. You can also upload all your documents as one joined PDF-file.

    • Within 4 weeks you will receive a letter with the decision regarding your admission.
    • If you are not directly admissible, you may apply for the Premaster’s programme, as in the dropdown menu ‘Premaster’s programme’ below.

    The deadlines for application:

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

    The 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 gain admission to the 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.

    Your Bachelor’s programme should include basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology at the level of "Introductory textbooks". You also should have obtained sufficient research skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Physics. Please consult the list of admission criteria for a more detailed description of the required knowledge before starting applying for this master’s  programme.

    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. Students with a Dutch Bachelor’s degree—other than Human Movement Sciences—usually have to follow a premaster’s programme before they can be admitted to the Master’s programme. As there is no English premaster, international applicants who do not meet the admission criteria will receive a list of online courses they will be asked to attend and pass in order to eliminate their 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.

    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.

  • Premaster’s programme

    If you are not directly admissible to the Master's programme, it may be possible to enter the master's programme after completion of a premaster's programme. Please note that the premaster programme is completely taught in Dutch. Whether you can be admitted to the premaster's programme depends on your educational background. More information about the premaster's programme. Students with a bachelor degree such as Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences may follow an abridged premaster’s programme. 

  • HBO Transition Programme

    The online Movement Sciences transition programme in is a tailor-made programme for talented and motivated higher professional education (HBO) students who want to speed up the process of qualifying for admission to a Master's programme in Movement Sciences at VU Amsterdam.

    As an HBO student, you can start the Movement Sciences transition programme from the second year of your bachelor's programme. Because the transition programme uses a digital learning environment, you can follow the programme through distance learning. This makes it possible for you to combine it with your HBO programme. You can follow the transition programme as:

    • an accelerated programme for qualifying for a university Master's programme in Movement Sciences
    • a minor within your own HBO programme (depending on the options within your study programme)

    The transition programme is 30 EC and is comprised of the five standard courses from the Pre-master’s programme. After completing the transition programme and a relevant HBO programme, you will qualify for direct admission to the one-year Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health. The same standard programme is required for admission to the Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences (Research), but you will need to meet additional requirements related to your grades and motivation. There is currently a partnership agreement in place with a number of HBO programmes:

    Hogeschool van Amsterdam: Academie voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding (ALO) en Sport, Management en Ondernemen (SM&O) en Oefentherapie Mensendieck
    Contactperson ALO: Hemke van Doorn
    E-mail: h.van.doorn@hva.nl

    Contactperson SM&O: René Randsdorp
    E-mail: i.d.m.randsdorp@hva.nl

    Contactperson Oefentherapie Mensendieck: Manon Wentink
    E-mail: m.m.wentink@hva.nl

    Hogeschool Utrecht: Instituut voor bewegingsstudies (IBS)
    Contactperson Fysiotherapie: Matthijs Tuijt
    E-mail: matthijs.tuijt@hu.nl

    Hogeschool Leiden: Opleiding Fysiotherapie
    Contactperson: Babs Juriën
    E-mail: jurien.b@hsleiden.nl

    Windesheim: School of Human Movement & Sports (CALO)
    Contactperson: Mariëtte van Maarseveen
    E-mail: mjj.van.maarseveen@windesheim.nl

    Haagse Hogeschool: Opleiding Bewegingstechnologie (BT) en Academie voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding (HALO)
    Contactperson BT: Herre Faber
    E-mail: h.faber@hhs.nl

    Contactperson HALO: Michiel Krijger  
    E-mail: m.krijger@hhs.nl

    If you are following one of the HBO programmes above and would like to know more about the transition programme, please contact the relevant staff member within your own study programme. If you are not following one of the study programmes above, please ask the coordinator of the transition programme about the possibilities by sending an email to schakelprogramma.fgb@vu.nl.

  • Eliminating deficiencies

    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. For international students who have obtained a relevant HBO-Bachelor's degree in The Netherlands, this typically implies completing the standard premaster's programme, which is partly available as an on-line distance learning programme in English. Alternatively, you may take comparable courses at another institution. In the latter case, please make sure that those courses are acceptable to the Admission board.

    Depending on your educational background, the Admission board may identify additional deficiencies (Psychology, Anatomy and/or Physiology), or exemptions may be granted for specific courses in research methods, mathematics and/or statistics.

  • Track High Performance Coaching

    If you are interested in the track High Performance Coaching, please email your motivation letter (please use this form) and curriculum vitae (cv) before June 1, 2022 to toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl (please indicate subject: Application HPC track). The Admission Board will inform you on the final decision no later than August 23, 2022. The selection procedure may involves an intake interview. your attendance at an information meeting with the other applicants in the second half of June and a question-based assignment.

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

Contact

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