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Contribute to optimal physical functioning in sports and health

Human movement is a key issue for today’s society. It’s the basis of everything we do. We need to move to survive, to achieve and to enjoy life. Freedom of movement in all its aspects determines quality of life – from cell to organ and from organ to the entire body.

But movement cannot always be taken for granted, as is the case with patients whose functional movement is limited due to diseases and/or conditions such as osteoarthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke or a trauma. But also among healthy individuals (especially children, the elderly, athletes and working people), there is often a need to optimise movement in order to maintain or improve the range of movements or to prevent injury.

To contribute to the quality of life or at least the fulfillment of a meaningful life will be your primary focus in this one-year Master’s programme.

You will approach this from a broad interdisciplinary frame of reference, combining physiology, (bio-)mechanics and psychology.

As a student you will join a select department with over 40 years of experience, that values personal attention. A natural environment for inspiring interactions with lecturers and researchers.

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

Which specialisation do you choose?

Find out what the different possibilities are within the master's programme Human Movement Sciences.

Specific information about the courses can be found in the study guide.

Summary

In this track you learn to tackle sports-related issues from a, predominantly, biophysical perspective (muscle and exercise physiology and biomechanics).

Summary

In this track you learn to apply biophysical (biomechanics/physiology) methods in the fields of health and rehabilitation.

Summary

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.

Summary

This track has been developed in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science, and focuses on the application of scientific (biophysical and sport psychological) knowledge in the field of sport coaching. For this reason, you will conduct your research project in collaboration with a sport coach.

For the track High Performance Coaching only a maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year. Selection will be based on letter of motivation; for procedure see Admissions. 

  • Biophysics in Sport

    Summary

    In this track you learn to tackle sports-related issues from a, predominantly, biophysical perspective (muscle and exercise physiology and biomechanics).

  • Rehabilitation

    Summary

    In this track you learn to apply biophysical (biomechanics/physiology) methods in the fields of health and rehabilitation.

  • Sport and Performance Psychology

    Summary

    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

    Summary

    This track has been developed in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science, and focuses on the application of scientific (biophysical and sport psychological) knowledge in the field of sport coaching. For this reason, you will conduct your research project in collaboration with a sport coach.

    For the track High Performance Coaching only a maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year. Selection will be based on letter of motivation; for procedure see Admissions. 

Structure of the programme

The Master's programme comprises 60 EC. The study load of each Master's course is 3 or 6 EC, whereas that of the research internship is 24 EC. If you wish to further attune the programme to your individual interests, you can include external courses, an extension of your internship, a practical internship, or a literature study. 

Specific information about the courses can be found in the study guide.

Teaching qualification programme for students Human Movement Sciences

In addition to the tracks, the Master’s programme offers a limited number of students (15-20 each year) the opportunity to acquire an accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education. This additional programme is taught in Dutch and amounts to 30 credits that can be partially incorporated into the regular Master’s programme. For more information go to the webpage Docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen.

Change your future with the Human Movement Sciences programme

Change your future with the Human Movement Sciences programme

With this Master’s degree you will have various career opportunities, for instance in applied research at a rehabilitation center or sports institution, or in vocational education in sports or healthcare. As embedded scientists, exercise physiologists, or knowledge brokers our alumni share scientific knowledge with professionals in the applied fields. In addition, they contribute to the current developments in movement-related technological industry. 

Explore your future prospects