Human Movement Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2023
Application deadline: EU students: July 1st 2023 | Non-EU students: May 1st 2035

About this program

Human Movement Sciences

How to break a speed record on a bike at an altitude of 1400 metres? How can you help people with impaired motor functioning?

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 human performance can be enhanced. From biomechanics to psychology. From exercise physiology to neurorehabilitation. And from muscle function to motor development.

The one-year master's programme provides ample possibilities for customisation of your personal programme, so that you can create a profile that fits your interests. You can chose between four different tracks: Rehabilitation, Biophysics in Sport, Sport and Performance Psychology and High Performance Coaching.

VU Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences is ranked No.6 in the world on the Shanghai Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

During the Human Movement Sciences you gain a fundamental understanding of how we move.

You will learn to translate multidisciplinary scientific knowledge to applications in sports and healthcare practice in which you combine physiology, psychology, mathematics and (bio)mechanics.

Are you also fascinated by the complexity of human movement?

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Admission requirements

Are you fascinated by the complexity of human movement? And do you want to optimise movement in order to maintain or improve the range of movements or to prevent injury? Then the Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences is for you!

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Important: due to COVID-19 there are adjusted admissions for this master programme. Please go to the admissions-tab to find out more.

Entry requirements

In order to gain admission to the Master's programme Human Movement Sciences, you need to 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.

English language proficiency

If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.

You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab.

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Program content

Human movement is a key issue for today's society. Freedom of movement determines quality of life – from cell to organ and from organ to the entire body. However, freedom of movement cannot always be taken for granted, as is the case in patients whose movements are limited due to diseases and/or conditions. But also among healthy individuals such as children, the elderly, athletes and working people, there is a need to optimise movement.

Human movement is essential to develop resilience and prevent diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On the other end, knowledge on human movement is essential to enhance athletic performance. In both cases a high level of multi-disciplinary expertise is required to be effective in this field. This is reflected in the four master tracks rehabilitation, biophysics of sport, sport psychology and high performance.

The mission of the one year Master's program &'Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health' is to offer students a critical, sensitive and contextualized perspective on human movement. This means that students are taught to formulate and solve both theoretical and practical research questions.

We assume that the academic development of our students flourishes best within an informal setting with ample contact between student and easily approachable staff, internally described as an &'open door atmosphere'. Despite the increasing student numbers, efforts are being made to keep up a high level of student‐staff interaction, particularly in the master research project.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 16,830

Career paths

The degree qualifies you as a scientist with career opportunities in applied research or in vocational education.

After successfully completing the Human Movement Sciences master's program, there are plenty of career opportunities ahead of you, for example in a role as a researcher at a rehabilitation center or a sports institute. Some of our graduates work as an embedded scientist or as an exercise physiologist. But you can also work in vocational education in the field of sports or health care or as a scientist at a (top) sports association.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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