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Human Movement Sciences

How does the nervous system control voluntary movement? What are the benefits of exercise? And are these things the same for all people? Find out in this programme.

The two-year Master's programme is meant for students who are fascinated by the complexity of human movement. You will study human movement from multiple perspectives, using theories from Medicine, Biology, Mathematics and Behavioural Sciences.
In this programme, you will acquire an advanced theoretical understanding of human movement. You will also gain research skills and professional skills, learning to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
The programme has two central themes. In 'motor function and cognition in healthy ageing' you will explore how physical activity and innovative solutions can prevent chronic diseases, and preserve cognitive function. You will also study slow ageing. In 'rehabilitation and functional recovery' you will improve your understanding of impaired movement and the restoration of functioning in rehabilitation practices.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Human Movement Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60684
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Medical Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Science-based multidisciplinary 2-year program
  • Provides academic, research, and applied/professional skills in ambitious academic medical research working environment
  • 100% English taught
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide 2017)
Programme
  • Specialization course units to gain a better understanding of one's chosen specialization, i.e., Motor Function and Cognition in Healthy Ageing or Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery
  • Ample possibilities of choosing courses to develop a personal profile
  • Philosophy of Science and Ethics
  • Deepening one's methodological and statistical knowledge
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Master monitor (5 EC)
Motor Control (5 EC, optional)
Neuromechanics (5 EC, optional)
Specialization Motor Functioning and Cognition in Healthy Ageing (10 EC, optional)
Specialization Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery (10 EC, optional)
Sport, Learning and Performance, part 1 & 2 (10 EC, optional)
Academic Assignment(s) (optional)
Advanced Statistics (5 EC)
Perception and Action (5 EC, optional)
Physiology of Training and Exercise (5 EC, optional)
Clinical Mobility Lab (5 EC, optional)
Introduction to Dynamical Systems (5 EC, optional)
Sport and Talent (5 EC, optional)
Structural Equation Modelling (5 EC, optional)
Literature study / Review article (10 EC)
Big data in Sport Sciences & Human Movement Sciences (5 EC, optional)
Philosophy of Science and Ethics (5 EC)
Signal Acquisition and Analysis (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's Graduation Project
  • Possibilities to further one's professional and personal development, e.g., by following additional course units, develop and execute an academic assignment, for example in a professional or an educational context.

For more information and course descriptions:

Studyguide MSc Human Movement Sciences & Sport Sciences: https://www.rug.nl/umcg/education/human-movement-sciences/master/studyguidemahumanmovementsciencessportsciences20192020def.pdf

Overview program MSc Human Movement Sciences & Sport Sciences: https://www.rug.nl/umcg/education/human-movement-sciences/master/20192020masterhmsandssversie1.1.pdf

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Academic Assignment(s) (optional)
Compulsory Course Units (internal or external) (15 EC)
Master Graduation Project (40 EC)

Curriculum

In the Master's programme in HMS, you choose one of two specializations: Rehabilitation or Healthy Ageing. In the first year you follow course units in your chosen specialization. Within Healthy Ageing you explore how physical activity and innovative solutions can prevent chronic disease and preserve cognitive function. In Rehabilitation you improve your understanding of impaired movement and the restoration of function in rehabilitation practices.

The specialization further involves writing a review article on a topic that applies to your chosen specialization. By conducting literature research and writing this article you acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific field in HMS. Alongside the specialization, the first year includes two compulsory course units (Advanced Statistics and Philosophy of Science and Ethics) and a profiling part. In this part you can select course units that are offered by the Centre of Human Movement Sciences. Alternatively, you can select external course units or carry out an academic assignment, which could involve gaining teaching or applied research experience, doing consultancy work or writing a scientific article for publication. During your studies you are expected to work intensively with students and lecturers in various different ways. The main focus of the second year of the Master's programme is the master graduation project. You can do this internally, externally or abroad. In your research project you demonstrate that you are able to conduct scientific research in a specific field and that you are able to present your findings in a scientific article.

Programme options
Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery (specialization)

To further ones understanding and knowledge of impaired movement and the mechanisms of restoration of mobility and functioning in rehabilitation practice.

  • Gait & balance
  • Cyclic upper body exercise
  • Handicap, exercise & sport
  • Manual dexterity and upper extremity functioning
  • Diagnostic tools & assistive technology

More information about this option

Motor Function and Cognition in Healthy Ageing (specialization)

One explores how physical activity can prevent chronic diseases, slow ageing, preserve cognitive function, and how solutions can promote mobility and independence in old age.

  • Biomechanical and neural mechanisms of how the motor system ages
  • Intervention strategies to slow motor and cognitive aging
  • Behavioral theories as applied to physical activity promotion
  • Gaming as a strategy to reduce falls
  • Mobility retention in old age through improved perception-action

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 40 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education
  • Bachelor degree in Human Movement Sciences (RUG/VU) – direct admission
  • WO bachelor degree in a related field (see registration procedure)
  • HBO-bachelor degree in a related field (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sport studies, human movement technology, MIRT, etc.) (see registration procedure)
other admission requirements

Questions about the application procedure? Please contact the academic advisor, Ms. C.H. Plaggenmarsch, via studieadviseur-bw umcg.nl

Registration procedure

WO-background in a relevant field
The admission board decides whether or not a premaster program is required before the start of the master. You can apply for the master by sending an e-mail with one attachment including the following documents to the secretary of the admission board (studieadviseur-bw@umcg.nl)

  • Application form
  • Copy of bachelor degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Written report

HBO-background in a relevant field
Read the HBO-premaster information document (only available for Dutch speaking students, since the premaster is in Dutch)

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Teacher Education in Physical EducationHanze University Groningen, University of Applied SciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Sports, Health and ManagementHanze University Groningen, University of Applied SciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
PhysiotherapyHanze University Groningen, University of Applied SciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Kinetic TechnologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Occupational TherapyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Movement SciencesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Groningen

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
  • additional subject
More information:

0-30 EC if you followed enough courses in the biomedical field.

MedicineUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
DentistryUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
GezondheidswetenschappenAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

Additional requirements:
  • additional subject
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
BiologyAll Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Movement SciencesVU University AmsterdamNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Clinical TechnologyUniversity of TwenteDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor degree (Bachelor of Science) in Human Movement Sciences or a related field (e.g. kinesiology, sport and exercise sciences, etc.). Or education and experience on a comparable level.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

See below an overview of documents that are required during the admission procedure

  1. Bachelor degree (or proof of enrollment)
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. Academic transcripts (if you have not graduated yet, please also provide us with all list of courses that are not yet on your transcript)
  4. Written report (e.g. report on a practicum/experiment/field-work/literature review/bachelor’s thesis, etc.)
  5. Proof of English proficiency
  6. Passport or ID card
  7. Application form

More information about the steps of the application and admission procedure can be found here

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 July 202001 September 2020
01 July 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 15500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 17500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhD trajectory or perform research at health care research institutes. In addition, you can consult at rehabilitation centres, hospitals and specialized care facilities. It is also possible to evaluate and develop ergonomic or orthopaedic products or to develop health and welfare policies for government agencies. With a teacher's certificate you can work as a lecturer in education.

Job examples

  • Developer

    Evaluate and develop ergonomic or orthopedic products in/or outside industry

  • Researcher

    Study for a PhD or perform research at health care research centers

  • Consultant

    Consult at rehabilitation centers, hospitals, or specialized care facilities

  • Teacher/lecturer

    Teacher/Lecturer of health and exercise science in Higher Education

  • Policy Officer

    Develop health and welfare policies for government agencies

Research

Research within the department of Human Movement Sciences

Education and research are intensely connected in the department of Human Movement Sciences. PhD's, master and bachelor students work together in an academic learning community and inspiring environment, playing a pivotal role in our research success.

What kind of research?
There are 2 research domains within the master Human Movement Sciences shown with some examples of research questions:

Healthy Ageing
• Falling in the elderly: predicting individual fall risks and developing preventive exercise programmes
• The relationship between movement and diseases such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease
• Effects of physical activity and inactivity on cognitive and mental processes (e.g. attention, memory)


Rehabilitation
• Recovery of normal skills levels after a stroke or paraplegia
• Sensorimotor adaptation processes during the rehabilitation of people with an artificial arm or leg or when learning to operate an arm-drive wheelchair
• Children with DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and adults who need to relearn motor skills after a stroke or other impairment of the cognitive/sensorimotor system


Where?
Student research projects within this domain are usually conducted on-site in nursing homes and/or geriatric wards of hospitals, residential facilities for the elderly or individual homes. Our department has also great lab facilities to conduct research.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Human Movement Sciences, please contact:

  • General Secretariat (Information about staff, research and general questions)
    Email: secretariaat-bw umcg.nl
    Telephone: +31(0)50-3616015
  • Master's Degree Programme Education Desk (information about the master Human Movement Sciences/Sport Sciences)
    Email: master-bw umcg.nl
    Telephone: +31(0)50-3616050
  • Academic Advisor Human Movement Sciences (Information about study program, admission procedure etc. )
    Email: studieadviseur-bw umcg.nl
    Telephone: +31(0)50 3616061
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Study support

For information about study planning, supervision and support, skills training and individual study advice and schemes, students can consult the study advisor. Open consultation hours: Thursday 10.30-12 A.M. E-mail: studieadviseur-BW umcg.nl. Appointment via: studyadvisorhms.youcanbook.me Phone: (050) 36 16061