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Sport Sciences

How can you identify the top athletes of the future? How do you optimize athletic performance and prevent injuries? What influence does physical activity have on a child's development? How do people use vision to control their actions?

The two-year Master's programme is meant for students with a scientific fascination for sport. You will study sports performance and physical activity from multiple perspectives, using theories about cognition, psychology and physiology. This could be sports on a recreational or an athlete level.

As a student of this programme, you will acquire an advanced understanding of issues in the field of sport sciences, both applied and fundamental. You will practice in measuring and analyzing sports performance and gain familiarity with research methods and advanced statistics. Also, you will learn to develop optimal programmes to teach and train sport-related abilities and skills.

The programme is concentrated around four research areas:

  1. Physical activity and cognition in children.
  2. Talent identification and development.
  3. Perception, action and decision making in sports
  4. Performance analysis and optimization in (top)sports and how to prevent injuries.



Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Sport Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60682
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Medical Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Unique MSc Sport Sciences programme in the Netherlands
  • Comprehensive 2-year science-based program with a multidisciplinary approach to studying sport
  • Strong link between fundamental and applied research in sports settings
  • 100% English taught
Programme
  • The programme starts with a specialization course to gain a better understanding of the development, learning and optimization of sport skills and sport performance.

Other compulsory courses are:

  • Philosophy of science and ethics
  • Advanced statistics: deepening one's methodological and statistical knowledge

In addition to the compulsory courses, you have a lot of freedom within the first year to choose your individual study programme (30 EC). You can select internal course units that are o

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Academic Assignment(s) (5 EC, optional)
Advanced Statistics (5 EC)
Big data in Sport Sciences and Human Movement Sciences (5 EC)
Clinical Lessons (5 EC, optional)
Compulsory Course Units (internal or external)
Introduction to Dynamical Systems (5 EC, optional)
Literature study / Review article (10 EC)
Master monitor (5 EC)
Motor Control (5 EC, optional)
Neuromechanics (5 EC, optional)
Perception and Action (5 EC, optional)
Philosophy of Science and Ethics (5 EC)
Physiology of Training and Exercise (5 EC, optional)
Signal Acquisition and Analysis (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)
Structural Equation Modelling (5 EC, optional)
Talent Identification and Development in Sports (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's Graduation Project
  • Possibilities to further one's professional and personal development (15 EC), 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:

Study guide 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

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Compulsory Course Units (internal or external)
Master Graduation Project (40 EC)

Curriculum

During the first year of the Master's programme in Sport Sciences, you follow specialization course units to gain a better understanding of the development, learning and optimisation of sport skills and sport performance.

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 department 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
Sport, Learning and Performance (specialization)

To explore themes related to Physical activity, sports and cognition; Talent identification & development; Perception, action & decision making; Performance analysis & optimization in sports

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/proof of enrollment
  • 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
Sports, Health and ManagementHanze University Groningen, University of Applied SciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Teacher Education in Physical EducationHanze 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
MedicineUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
DentistryUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Groningen

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

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

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Human Movement SciencesVU University AmsterdamNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
GezondheidswetenschappenAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
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. sport sciences, 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

You can find an overview of the documents that are required during the admission procedure below.

  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
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
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. Another option is working as a scientist for a professional sport team or as a scientific advisor at sport associations such as the Olympic federation. In addition, you can develop training and exercise programmes for ergonomic, orthopaedic or educational institutions or develop sport, health and welfare policies for government agencies. With a teacher's certificate you can work as a lecturer in education.

Job examples

  • Advisor

    Scientific advisor at sport associations or Olympic federation

  • Developer

    Develop training and exercise programs for ergonomic, orthopaedic, or educational institutions

  • Embedded scientist

    Embedded scientist for a professional sport team/club

  • Researcher
  • Teacher/lecturer

    Teacher/Lecturer of sport and exercise courses in Higher Education

  • Policy Officer

    Government employee dealing with sport, health, and welfare policies

Research

Research within the department of Human Movement Sciences

Education and research are intensely connected at 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?

These are some examples of research questions within the master Sport Sciences:

  • Talent in general and in team sports: what is it, how can it be recognized and what are the conditions for optimum development?
  • What influence does physical (in)activity have on a child’s motor and cognitive development?
  • How can we analyse and optimize (match) performance in (team)sports?


Where?

Student research projects within this domain are conducted within professional sports organizations such as NOC*NSF, sports federations, TNO Sport and professional sports clubs. Our department has also great lab facilities to conduct research.


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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: chplaggenmarsch.youcanbook.me Phone: (050) 36 16061