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Contribute to optimal physical functioning in sports and health

Human Movement Sciences

Rehabilitation

Human movement is a key issue for today’s society. Freedom of movement determines quality of life – from cell to organ and from organ to the entire body. However, freedom of movement cannot always be taken for granted, as is the case in patients whose movements are limited due to diseases and/or conditions. But also among healthy individuals such as children, the elderly, athletes and working people, there is a need to optimise movement.

Human movement is essential to develop resilience and prevent diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On the other end, knowledge on human movement is essential to enhance athletic performance. In both cases a high level of multi-disciplinary expertise is required to be effective in this field. This is reflected in the four master tracks rehabilitation, biophysics of sport, sport psychology and high performance.

The mission of the one year Master’s program ‘Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health’ is to offer students a critical, sensitive and contextualized perspective on human movement. This means that students are taught to formulate and solve both theoretical and practical research questions.

We assume that the academic development of our students flourishes best within an informal setting with ample contact between student and easily approachable staff, internally described as an ‘open door atmosphere’. Despite the increasing student numbers, efforts are being made to keep up a high level of student‐staff interaction, particularly in the master research project.

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).

Courses

  • Maximal Neuromuscular Performance
  • Physiology of Performance in Extreme Environments
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Coordination Dynamics: principles and applications
  • Training, Aging and Disuse
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Energy Flow Models
  • Exercise and Health

Summary

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

Courses

  • Topics in Rehabilitation
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Coordination Dynamics: principles and applications
  • Perceptual-motor Learning
  • Training, Aging and Disuse
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Energy Flow Models
  • Exercise and Health

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.

Courses

  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Perceptual-motor Learning
  • Sport Psychology: from Evidence to Application
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise and Health
  • Talent Identification and Development

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 only a maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year. Selection will be based on your CV and letter of motivation; for the further procedure see Admissions. 

Courses

  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology 
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Epidemiology and Protection of Athlete Health
  • Perceptual-motor Learning
  • Sport Psychology: from Evidence to Application
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Energy Flow Models
  • Talent Identification and Development

Summary

Ben jij een student aan de Master Human Movement Sciences en wil je straks graag een baan in het hoger onderwijs? Dan kun je je masterprogramma in het tweede jaar uitbreiden met de docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen, waartoe ieder jaar een beperkt aantal studenten kan worden toegelaten. Meer informatie over de docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen.

  • 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).

    Courses

    • Maximal Neuromuscular Performance
    • Physiology of Performance in Extreme Environments
    • Applied Biomechanics
    • Coordination Dynamics: principles and applications
    • Training, Aging and Disuse
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Energy Flow Models
    • Exercise and Health
  • Rehabilitation

    Summary

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

    Courses

    • Topics in Rehabilitation
    • Applied Biomechanics
    • Coordination Dynamics: principles and applications
    • Perceptual-motor Learning
    • Training, Aging and Disuse
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Energy Flow Models
    • Exercise and Health
  • 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.

    Courses

    • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Perceptual-motor Learning
    • Sport Psychology: from Evidence to Application
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise and Health
    • Talent Identification and Development
  • 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 only a maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year. Selection will be based on your CV and letter of motivation; for the further procedure see Admissions. 

    Courses

    • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology 
    • Applied Biomechanics
    • Epidemiology and Protection of Athlete Health
    • Perceptual-motor Learning
    • Sport Psychology: from Evidence to Application
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Energy Flow Models
    • Talent Identification and Development
  • Docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen

    Summary

    Ben jij een student aan de Master Human Movement Sciences en wil je straks graag een baan in het hoger onderwijs? Dan kun je je masterprogramma in het tweede jaar uitbreiden met de docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen, waartoe ieder jaar een beperkt aantal studenten kan worden toegelaten. Meer informatie over de docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen.

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.

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