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What will I learn?

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.

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (24 Months)

Tuition fees
€17,500.00 (14,29,739) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

Bachelor degree (Bachelor of Science) in Human Movement Sciences or a related field (e.g. sport sciences, kinesiology, sport and exercise sciences, etc.). Or education and experience on a comparable level.

Language requirements

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): C1

IELTS overall band: 6.5

IELTS listening: 6

IELTS reading: 6

IELTS writing: 6

IELTS speaking: 6

TOEFL paper based: 580

TOEFL computer based: 237

TOEFL internet based: 92

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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