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.
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.
In this one-year Master's programme, you can chose between four different tracks:
In the second semester, you will conduct a research project on a topic of your own choice.
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. For more information go to the webpage Docentenopleiding Bewegingswetenschappen.
You can choose between four main tracks:
In this track you learn to apply biophysical (biomechanics/physiology) methods in the fields of health and rehabilitation.
In this track your learn to tackle sports-related issues from a, predominantly, biophysical perspective (muscle and exercise physiology and biomechanics).
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
"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."
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 June / For International students who apply after April 1 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can not guarantee that accommodation will be available for them
September 1, 2017
FIELD OF INTEREST
Health and Movement
"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."
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.
June 1, 2018
You can be admitted directly to the master's programme, if you have one of the following WO bachelor's degrees:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
More information and the application form for the HBO assessment can be found at the VU-site.
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 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. 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.
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
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:
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.
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 What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!
If you wonder what it is like to live and study in Amsterdam from a current student perspective, do not hesitate to contact our student ambassadors. They would love to share their experiences with you.
Our student ambassadors are listed on this website: www.vu.nl/ambassadors.
Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Information for international students on practical matters (application & registration procedure, admission requirements, scholarships, etc.):
International student advisor
Information on study-related issues as courses, study programme, premaster's programme and study choice:
Contact our student ambassadors
If you are wondering what it is like to live and study in Amsterdam from a current student perspective, do not hesitate to contact our student ambassadors; they would love to share their experiences with you!
"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."