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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Sport Sciences at University of Groningen

How can you identify the great athletes of the future? How do you optimize athletic performance? And what influence does physical activity have on a child's development? This programme will show you.

The two-year Master's programme is meant for students with ascientific fascination for sport. You will study athletic behaviourfrom multiple perspectives, using theories about cognition,psychology and physiology.
As a student of this programme, you will acquire an advancedunderstanding of issues in the field of sport sciences, bothapplied and fundamental. You will practice in measuring andanalyzing sports performance and gain familiarity with researchmethods and advanced statistics. Also, you will learn to developoptimal programmes to teach and train sport-related abilities andskills.
The programme is concentrated around four research areas. The firstcentres on physical activity, sports and cognition in children. Thesecond deals with talent identification and development.Perception, action and decision making in sports is the third area.And in the fourth, you learn about performance analysis andoptimization in sports.
It is possible to do a crossover between the Master's programmes inSport Sciences and Human Movement Sciences.

How can you identify the great athletes of the future? How do you optimize athletic performance? And what influence does physical activity have on a child's development? This programme will show you.

The two-year Master's programme is meant for students with ascientific fascination for sport. You will study athletic behaviourfrom multiple perspectives, using theories about cognition,psychology and physiology.
As a student of this programme, you will acquire an advancedunderstanding of issues in the field of sport sciences, bothapplied and fundamental. You will practice in measuring andanalysing sports performance and gain familiarity with researchmethods and advanced statistics. Also, you will learn to developoptimal programmes to teach and train sport-related abilities andskills.
The programme is concentrated around four research areas. The firstcentres on physical activity, sports and cognition in children. Thesecond deals with talent identification and development.Perception, action and decision making in sports is the third area.And in the fourth, you learn about performance analysis andoptimization in sports.
It is possible to do a crossover between the Master's programmes inSport Sciences and Human Movement Sciences.

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. You can also work as a scientist for a professionalsport team or as a scientific advisor at sport associations such asthe Olympic federation. In addition, you can develop training andexercise programmes for ergonomic, orthopaedic or educationalinstitutions or develop sport, health and welfare policies forgovernment agencies. With a teacher's certificate you can work as alecturer in education.

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. You can also work as a scientist for a professionalsport team or as a scientific advisor at sport associations such asthe Olympic federation. In addition, you can develop training andexercise programmes for ergonomic, orthopaedic or educationalinstitutions or develop sport, health and welfare policies forgovernment agencies. With a teacher's certificate you can work as alecturer in education.

Job examples

  • Researcher
  • Teacher/lecturer

    Teacher/Lecturer of sport and exercise courses in HigherEducation

  • Policy Officer

    Government employee dealing with sport, health, and welfarepolicies

  • Advisor

    Scientific advisor at sport associations or Olympicfederation

  • Developer

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

  • Embedded scientist

    Embedded scientist for a professional sport team/club

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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PhysiotherapyHanze University Groningen, University ofApplied SciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
PsychologyAll Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
Health SciencesAll Research universitiesDeficiency program
Human Kinetic TechnologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Opleiding voor ErgotherapieAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
PsychologyAll Research universitiesDeficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC
Clinical TechnologyUniversity of TwenteDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
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

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Entree requirements are:

  • a bachelor degree (bachelor of science) in Human MovementSciences or a related field (e.g. Sport and Exercise Sciences,Kinesiology, etc)
  • or education and experience on a comparable level (includingprofound knowledge of research methods, statistics and academicwriting)**
  • preferably high school degree with English, Mathematics,Physics, and Biology being part of the exam (up until lastyear)
  • ** The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board onyour application, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

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) withEnglish, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology being part of theexam(2)

(1) The Admission Board may decide (if necessary) whether you can apply and/ or you need to improve knowledge or skills incertain areas. (2) If English, Mathematics, Physics, and/or Biologyhaven't been part of the VWO or Havo exam, it is required that youfirst pass the 'preliminary exams' at the CCVX. Formore 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-masterprogramme and the application form
  • you have questions

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)C1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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