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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.

The main focus lies on research in ball teamsports.

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:

Studyguide MSc Human Movement Sciences & Sport Sciences: https://www.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/umcg/bewegingswetenschappen/Studiezaken/StudyguideMAHMSandSpSc20182019def.pdf

Overview program MSc Human Movement Sciences & Sport Sciences: https://www.rug.nl/umcg/education/human-movement-sciences/bachelor/ProgrammemasterHMSandSS20182019.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

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

Entree requirements are:

  • A Bachelor degree in Human Movement Sciences or a related field (WO)
  • OR A Bachelor degree in a related field of applied sciences (HBO; e.g., physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sport studies, human movement technology, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (MIRT))
  • OR education and experience on a comparable level(1)
  • AND high school degree (VWO, or HAVO for HBO students) with English, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology being part of the exam(2)

(1) The Admission Board may decide (if necessary) whether you can apply and/ or you need to improve knowledge or skills in certain areas. (2) If English, Mathematics, Physics, and/or Biology haven't been part of the VWO or Havo exam, it is required that you first pass the “preliminary exams” at the CCVX. For more information visit the websites: www.ccvx.nl

written request

Please contact study-advisor Ms. Corien Plaggenmarsch (studieadviseur-bw@umcg.nl) when:

  • you want to know if you are admissible
  • you are a HBO-student and want to receive the pre-master programme and the application form
  • you have questions

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
PsychologyAll Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
GezondheidswetenschappenAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
PsychologyAll 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

Entree requirements are:

  • a bachelor degree (bachelor of science) in Human Movement Sciences or a related field (e.g. Sport and Exercise Sciences, Kinesiology, etc)
  • or education and experience on a comparable level (including profound knowledge of research methods, statistics and academic writing)**
  • preferably high school degree with English, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology being part of the exam (up until last year)
  • ** The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

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

Following documents are required during the admission procedure. More information about admission can be found via the 'apply for this programme'-button below.

*Transcript of your Bachelor programme. If you have not graduate yet, please also provide us with a list of courses that are not yet on your transcript.
*Bachelor diploma. If you have not graduated yet, please provide us with a statement of enrollment
*CV
*Motivation Letter
*2 recommendation letters
*Course descriptions
*Proof of English Proficiency
*Copy of passport

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 July 201901 September 2019
01 July 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-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