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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 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.
                - Motivation letter. Please use this form.

    • 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 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, please take the Mathematics pretest (in Dutch). If your knowledge turns out to be insufficient, we strongly advise you to get additional mathematical training before entering the premaster's 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 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.
                - Motivation letter. Please use this form.

    You can upload the documents in VUnet under the heading 'diploma'. By choosing 'change your document' you can upload multiple documents. You will only see the last uploaded document, but the VU will receive all uploaded documents. It is also possible to supply all documents as one PDF-document.

    • 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 below.

    The deadlines for application:

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

    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 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. We have experienced that this is the case for almost all applicants from abroad. For these students, the premaster’s programme most likely has a minimum size of three courses. It will take time to complete the programme successfully, we estimate four to six months. The costs of the online courses we prescribe are €204,- per course.

    Please contact the Admission board to determine whether a premaster’s programme is required and whether any self-indicated courses to eliminate deficiencies are of a sufficient level.

    English language proficiency
    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. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    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 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 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.
    • 1 June : Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June : 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 including the track of your choice. Please use this form.
    • Transcript of records 
    • 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 Master Human Movement Sciences and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, 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 on.
    When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

  • 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. 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.

    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.

    For students who intend to follow the Sport Psychology track in their Master's programme, a different premaster's programme applies.

    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, 2021 to toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl (please indicate subject: Application HPC track). The Admission Board will inform you on the final decision no later than July 1, 2021. The procedure may involve an intake interview.

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

For general questions, please send an e-mail 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

  • Jet van der Wouden
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl