Human Movement Sciences

How to improve sports and health

Are you interested in optimizing sports performance, helping people with impaired motor functioning, or gaining a fundamental understanding of how we move? Then the Master’s in Human Movement Sciences is the ideal programme for you! You will learn to translate multidisciplinary scientific knowledge to applications in sports and healthcare practice.

From the latest developments in sports training to new approaches to rehabilitation, this Master’s programme provides state of the art insights into the ways in which motor performance can be enhanced. From biomechanics to psychology. From exercise physiology to neurorehabilitation. And from muscle function to motor development. The programme provides ample possibilities for customization of your personal programme, so that you can create a profile that fits your interests.

Career prospects 
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. 

If you are interested in a career in scientific research, you may also consider our two-year Research Master's programme.

Study programme 
In this one-year Master's programme, you can chose between four different tracks: 

  • Rehabilitation
  • Biophysics in Sport
  • Sport Psychology
  • High Performance Coaching

In the second semester, you will conduct a research project on a topic of your own choice. 

Admission requirements 
To gain admission to this Master’s programme you need a Bachelor’s degree and basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology. In addition, sufficient research skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Physics are required. Please check our specific entry requirements to find out whether whether you can be admitted directly, or whether additional training is required. A bachelor's degree in Human Movement Sciences, Kinesiology, Motor Control, or Sport Science may suffice, but note that with a degree in Physiotherapy you will need to complete a premaster's programme before you can be admitted. 

Teaching qualification programme for students Human Movement Sciences
In addition to these 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. More information (in Dutch).

You can choose between four main tracks: 

  • Rehabilitation

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

  • Biophysics in Sport

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

  • Sport Psychology

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 Coaching

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 op top sport coaching. For this reason, you will conduct your research project in collaboration with a top sport coach. (A maximum of 20 students can be admitted per year; selection based on letter of motivation; for procedure see Admission & Application.)

These tracks are not mutually exclusive and you are free to customize your own profile by taking a variety of elective courses. Besides lectures and seminars, the programme involves several practicals and a substantial research project on a topic of your own choice. Of course you will be supervised intensively by a staff member.


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. Click here for a schematic of the general programme. 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.
The Master's programme is taught in English. Specific information about the courses can be found in the study guide.

Further specialization
In addition to these 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 24 credits that can be partially incorporated into the regular Master’s programme. For more information click here

Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health courses in the study guide.

With a Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences, you are a qualified specialist in this field of study, with a large and varied range of career opportunities. Evidently, the Master’s programme provides an excellent background for a career in both applied research and vocational higher education in sports and health. As an embedded scientist, exercise physiologist or knowledge broker you may bridge the gap between science and these applied fields. Although management as such is not part of the programme, various alumni have taken up management or policy-making functions in sports or (mental) health care. Alternatively, you may find employment in movement-related technological industry. 

POSTDOCTORAL SPECIALIZATIONS


Sport psychologist
With the Sport Psychology track you meet the entry requirements for the postgraduate programme to Practical Sports Psychologist. This programme takes approximately one year (full-time) and leads to accreditation by the ‘Vereniging voor SportPsychologie in Nederland’ as ‘Praktijksportpsycholoog®’. 

For further information see: Postgraduate Opleiding tot PraktijkSportpsycholoog (Dutch)    

Exercise specialist
In combination with clinical experience, the Master’s degree also provides a good entry level to obtain an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists®.

For further information see: ACSM Certification 

Small scale 
As a student of Human Movement Sciences, you join a select department that values personal attention. A natural environment for inspiring interactions with lecturers and researchers. The active students’ club further enhances the warm and welcoming social climate. 
 
40 Years of experience 
For over 40 years, students and staff of the Department of Human Movement Sciences have studied various aspects of human movement. Groundbreaking results include the ‘clap skate’, which caused a revolution in the world of speed skating. During your research internship, you can play an active role in developing cutting-edge innovations like these. 

Crossing borders
If you wish, you may incorporate an educational stay abroad in your programme. The Department of Human Movement Sciences has a vast international network, and participates in several international exchange programmes. You also have the opportunity to take individual modules at other departments and universities in the Netherlands. 

Enjoy your time in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is an inspirational and vibrant city that provides plenty of opportunities for relaxing, making friends, and expanding your horizons. Living in this charming city will give an extra boost to your experiences as an international student.

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Merel Hoskens

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"The atmosphere at the department is very informal and inspiring. Thanks to the open and supporting attitude of my lecturers, I have the confidence to expand my horizons."

Overview Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise & Health

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Application deadline

15 July / For International students who apply after April 1 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can not guarantee that accommodation will be available for them

Start date

September 1, 2017

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Sport/Health

Field of Interest

Health and Movement

Andreas Franzke

Student from Germany

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"Compared to my Bachelor's in Germany this Master's programme is quite challenging. But as a result, I finally have the feeling that I am actually becoming an expert in my research field."

Dutch Students

Entry requirements 
To gain admission to the Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences you must 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

Application deadline 
July 15, 2017

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)
  • Health Sciences with major Human Movement Sciences (UM)
  • Medical Sciences with major Human Movement Sciences (UM)
  • Medical Sciences with major Human Movement Sciences (Radboud Universiteit) 

See the VU website for the application procedure. To apply for the track High Performance Coaching, please email your motivation letter (please use this form) and curriculum vitae (cv) before June 1, 2017 to studentsupport.fgb@vu.nl (please indicate subject: Application HPC track) . The Admission Board will inform you on the final decision no later than July 1, 2017. The procedure may involve an intake interview.

Direct admission requiring review by the Admission board 
If you don’t have one of the Bachelor’s degrees listed above, but 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.
  • You will receive an email from the department of Human Movement Sciences, asking for the following documents:
    - 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. 

Not directly admissible: Premaster’s programme 

If you are not directly admissible to the Master's programme, it may be possible to enter the programme after completion of a premaster's programme. Whether you can be admitted to the premaster's programme depends on your educational background. 

Directly admissible to the premaster's programme 
Students with the following HBO Bachelor degrees can be admitted directly to the premaster's programme, provided that they pass the HBO assessment:

  • Human Kinetic Technology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical Education (ALO)
These students can apply for the premaster's programme, according to the procedure outlined on the VU-website (make sure you choose Bachelor’s programme and then apply for the premaster’s programme). After you have applied, you will receive an email from the department of Human Movement Sciences, asking for the following documents:
  • List of courses of your completed Bachelor’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS)
  • Motivation letter. Please use this form.

As soon as the department of Human Movement Sciences receives the results of your HBO assessment, you will receive an email indicating whether you are admissible to the premaster’s programme.

Not directly admissible to the premaster’s programme: review by Admission board 
Students with a WO or HBO Bachelor’s degree other than those mentioned above, can apply following the procedure outlined on the VU website (make sure you choose Bachelor’s programme and then apply for the premaster’s programme). After you have applied, you will receive an email from the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, asking for the following documents:

  • 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.

Based on this information (together with the result of the HBO assessment , if you have a HBO bachelor's degree) the Admission board decides whether you can be admitted to the premaster’s programme. The content of the programme depends on your previous education and intended track to be followed in the Master's programme.

Check whether your background in mathematics is sufficient 

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. 
 
HBO assessment 
If you have a HBO bachelor's degree and you want to be admitted to the master's programme Human Movement Sciences, you will have to take the HBO assessment (or premaster assessment).

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. This programme comprises courses from the Bachelor’s programme HMS, which are taught in Dutch. The programme usually sums up to 30 EC, but note that the actual programme 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. The courses can be followed at the VU, or digitally using the “schakelprogramma” at the Digitale Universiteit.

Further information about this programme

If you have a HBO bachelor's degree and want to be admitted to the master's programme Human Movement Sciences, you will have to take the HBO assessment (or premaster assessment). This assessment provides insight in the competences and skills that you need to complete the Master's programme successfully. The results of this assessment are binding. Note, however, that there is some room for compensation of lower scores on some subjects, by means of higher scores on other subjects or other criteria apart from the assessment.

The HBO-assessment includes the following subjects:

  • Mathematics (“wiskunde beta”, 40 minutes)
  • English reading skills; ability to comprehend an English text (35 minutes)
  • Writing skills in Dutch (30 minutes)
  • Dutch reading skills; ability to analyze a scientific text (“wetenschappelijke casus”) (60 minutes)
  • Motivation and learning style questionnaire; reflection on your motivations and your personal learning style (approximately 10-15 minutes, no time limit)

More information and the application form for the HBO assessment can be found at the VU-site.

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme, premaster's programme and study choice: 

Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl

Information days 
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International students

Entry requirements 
To gain admission to the Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences you must 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.
Read more about language proficiency requirements.

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.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree and meet all the admission criteria, you can send information to the Admission board of the Department of Human Movement Sciences, who will decide whether you are indeed admissible. 


The deadlines for application are as follows: 

  • April 1: Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who need services from the International Office (housing [optional) and visa procedures).
  • April 1 : EU and EEA students with an international degree who need services from the International Office (housing).
  • July 15 : EU and EEA students with an international degree who do not need services from the International Office.

To apply for the Master's programme Human Movement Sciences, you need to fill out the appropriate forms and submit them together with the required documents. Please consult the VU website for the complete admission procedure. You will receive a letter from the Admission board with their decision regarding your admission within 4 weeks.
The following documents are required (to be submitted in English):

  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Letter of Motivation including the track of your choice. Please use this form
  • Diploma(s)
  • Transcript of records from your Bachelor's programme
  • Description of courses (and associated literature) that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use this form
  • English language test results

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. An exception is made for students who have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate diploma. Please register for a recognized English language test: IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Certificates CPE and CAE as soon as possible. Other tests are not accepted.
Read more about language proficiency requirements.


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Tuition fee 
Information on practical matters
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.

Information for international students on practical matters (application & registration procedure, admission requirements, scholarships, etc.):
Wytske Siegersma
International student advisor
Admissionsfhms@vu.nl

Information on study-related issues as courses, study programme, premaster's programme and study choice:
Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl 

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"I highly recommend this Master's programme to international students. It is quite demanding, but the lecturers are really into their topics and enjoy sharing their knowledge."