Master in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise, and Health
From the latest developments in sports training to new approaches to rehabilitation, the Master’s in Human Movement Sciences 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. By choosing a focus on either sports or health, you can fine-tune your own profile. With this profound background in the human movement sciences, you will be well equipped to contribute to this fascinating field of study.
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 program for you!
Structure of the program
The Master’s program comprises two main tracks: ‘Sport’ and ‘Health’. The tracks are not strictly divided but have some overlap. This makes it possible to compose the ideal program for each individual student.
The Sports Track focuses not only on exercise and muscle physiology but also on biomechanics and sports psychology. You learn how to model human endurance performance, how muscle activation and muscle properties are related to maximal neuromuscular performance, and which psychological factors determine performance in sports.
The Health Track focuses on movement disorders and the restoration of motor function within the context of rehabilitation, as well as on the understanding of normal and abnormal motor development. In doing so, various disciplines are addressed, including coordination dynamics, biomechanics, and clinical exercise physiology.
In addition to participating in lectures, seminars, and practicals, you have ample time to conduct your research internship. In this way, you can focus on a topic of your own choice. In most cases, this internship is conducted in collaboration with a fellow student. Of course, you will be supervised intensively by a staff member. It is also possible to conduct your research internship abroad.
This Master's program comprises four main tracks:
- Biophysics in Sport
- Sport Psychology
- High-Performance Coaching
The Master’s program provides an excellent background for a career in both applied research and vocational higher education in sports and health. Although management as such is not part of the program, many graduates take up management or policy-making functions in sports and (mental) health care. Students pursuing a career in scientific research may also consider the two-year Research Master’s program.
Postgraduate specialization options
If combined with a few additional courses, the Master's degree will give you access to the Postgraduate program for Practical Sports Psychologist. This program takes approximately one year (full-time) and leads to accreditation by the ‘Vereniging voor SportPsychologie in Nederland’ as ‘Praktijksportpsycholoog®’.
In combination with clinical experience, the Master’s degree also provides a good entry level for an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification as an ‘Exercise Specialist®’.
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