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What will I learn?

Are you passionate about physical activity, ageing, health and sports? And would you like to know more about how exercise and nutrition influences health, performance and disease? Then Human Movement Sciences could just be the programme for you. It covers all aspects of the relationship between physical activity and health – from patients trying to get better, to individuals just trying to stay fit, to top athletes aiming for the pinnacle of their sport. The programme offers a great deal of variety, with courses covering themes as diverse as nutrition, muscle & brain function, energy production and metabolic profiling. Because of this variety of courses and an individual 4-5 month research-driven internship/placement, you can pursue your own interests within the programme. Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to work as a researcher, product developer, exercise scientist or trainer at, for example, a rehabilitation institute or a major sporting club.

The programme is versatile, providing a large offering of courses on themes as diverse as nutrition and exercise, muscle and brain function, motion analysis of movement disorders and metabolic profiling. Within the set courses, you will also have plenty of opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of interest.

So whether you would like to become a sports counsellor, work as an exercise scientist or even plan to start your own company in exercise promotions after you graduate, the programme ensures that you can obtain all the academic knowledge and skills you need to get your career off to a great start.

Students must choose between two Specialisations:

  1. Health and Rehabilitation
  2. Sports and Nutrition

Key topics of the programme

The key topics/themes of the programme are:

  • healthy living
  • biomechanics in health and disease
  • exercise physiology in ageing and sports
  • neuroscience methods in rehabilitation
  • sports nutrition
  • academic reading, writing and presenting
  • designing and performing academic research

Your future

As a Human Movement Sciences graduate, you’ll have a holistic background in physical activity, ageing, health and sports.

Career paths

Many Human Movement Sciences graduates continue on to a PhD programme or find employment as a researcher working for companies and organisations in the medical sector.

Product developer
As product developers, Human Movement Science graduates help develop or optimise products that help people with reduced mobility, such as braces.

Graduates of the Human Movement Science programme have also found jobs as trainers at rehabilitation institutes or major sporting clubs, where they either focus on helping people regain their mobility, or help them maximise their physical performance.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,72,549) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You are admissible if:

  • you have a relevant bachelor's degree from a Dutch university,
  • you have a relevant bachelor's degree from an EEA university (note: in case of doubt, you may be asked to pass a GRE-test),
  • you have a relevant bachelor's degree from a non-EEA university (note: in this case, you always need to pass a GRE-test),
  • you have a relevant university master's degree.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90

TOEFL score of 575 in paper-based and 232 in computer-based and A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).


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