Sport Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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.

The main focus lies on research in ball teamsports.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Unique MSc Sport Sciences programme in the Netherlands
  • Comprehensive 2-year science-based program with a multidisciplinary approach to studying sport
  • Strong link between fundamental and applied research in sports settings
  • 100% English taught


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During the first year of the Master's programme in Sport Sciences, you follow specialization course units to gain a better understanding of the development, learning and optimisation of sport skills and sport performance.
Alongside the specialization, the first year includes two compulsory course units (Advanced Statistics and Philosophy of Science and Ethics) and a profiling part. In this part you can select course units that are offered by the department of Human Movement Sciences. Alternatively, you can select external course units or carry out an academic assignment, which could involve gaining teaching or applied research experience, doing consultancy work or writing a scientific article for publication. During your studies you are expected to work intensively with students and lecturers in various different ways.
The main focus of the second year of the Master's programme is the master graduation project. You can do this internally, externally or abroad. In your research project you demonstrate that you are able to conduct scientific research in a specific field and that you are able to present your findings in a scientific article.

1e jaar
  • The programme starts with a specialization course to gain a better understanding of the development, learning and optimization of sport skills and sport performance.

Other compulsory courses are:
  • Philosophy of science and ethics
  • Advanced statistics: deepening one's methodological and statistical knowledge

In addition to the compulsory courses, you have a lot of freedom within the first year to choose your individual study programme (30 EC). You can select internal course units that are o
Big data in Sport Sciences and Human Movement Sciences
Master monitor
Literature study / Review article
Academic Assignment(s) keuzevak
Advanced Statistics
Clinical Lessons keuzevak
Introduction to Dynamical Systems keuzevak
Compulsory Course Units (internal or external)
Motor Control keuzevak
Neuromechanics keuzevak
Perception and Action keuzevak
Philosophy of Science and Ethics
Physiology of Training and Exercise keuzevak
Signal Acquisition and Analysis keuzevak
Specialization Motor Functioning and Cognition in Healthy Ageing keuzevak
Specialization Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery keuzevak
Sport, Learning and Performance, part 1 & 2
Structural Equation Modelling keuzevak
Talent Identification and Development in Sports keuzevak
2e jaar
  • Master's Graduation Project
  • Possibilities to further one's professional and personal development (15 EC), by following additional course units, develop and execute an academic assignment, for example in a professional or an educational context.
Master Graduation Project
Compulsory Course Units (internal or external)


specialisatie Sport, Learning and Performance

To explore themes related to Physical activity, sports and cognition; Talent identification & development; Perception, action & decision making; Performance analysis & optimization in sports


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
40% theorie
20% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, internship, research, research project, research proposal, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, practicum, self study
study guidance
For information about study planning, supervision and support, skills training and individual study advice and schemes, students can consult the study advisor.
Open consultation hours: Thursday 10.30-12 A.M.
Appointment via:
Phone: (050) 36 16061
exchange programs
  • McMaster University - Canada
  • University of Coimbra - Portugal
  • Semmelweis University - Hongarije
  • University of Leuven - Belgie

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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) with English, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology being part of the exam(2)

(1) The Admission Board may decide (if necessary) whether you can apply and/ or you need to improve knowledge or skills in certain areas.
(2) If English, Mathematics, Physics, and/or Biology haven't been part of the VWO or Havo exam, it is required that you first pass the “preliminary exams” at the CCVX. For more information visit the websites:

Please contact study-advisor Ms. Corien Plaggenmarsch ( when:

  • you want to know if you are admissible
  • you are a HBO-student and want to receive the pre-master programme and the application form
  • you have questions

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 450studiematerialenvoor de gehele opleiding
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


81 studenten volgen deze opleiding
44% daarvan is vrouw
3 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
33% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Studiosi Mobilae
Studiosi Mobilae is the study association for (former) students of Human Movement Sciences in Groningen.
Zij organiseren vele activiteiten door het jaar heen, zoals borrels en feestjes, excursies naar zowel binnenlandse als buitenlandse instanties en bedrijven, een wintersport, een symposium en natuurlijk de introductie voor de eerstejaars.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Riemer Vegter
Innovative training device optimizes Paralympian wheelchair use

The Center for Human Movement Sciences of the UMCG/UG, together with Lode BV, has developed a new wheelchair ergometer. This is a new technology that enables all wheelchair users, from early on in the rehabilitation process to Paralympic level sports, to train in their own wheelchair and be given feedback.

The equipment enables the force exerted on each separate wheel to be measured. Detailed measurements can be taken on how the performance is achieved, thus enabling the propulsion method and fitness of the individual to be improved and the wheelchair further optimized...
The new ergometer is the first in the world of its kind.

lees verder ...
Henrike van der Does

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Sport Sciences aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 27 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

Na de studie

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In a survey we held under graduates we see that 69% had applied for a job, and found one. 16% has chosen to do another master, 13% started with another programme and 3% made some other choise.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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.

Potentiële beroepen


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

embedded scientist

Embedded scientist for a professional sport team/club

policy officer
bron: StudieData


General Secretariat

Information about staff, research and general questions

T: +31(0)50-3616015
Master's Degree Programme Education Desk

information about the master HMS/Sport Sciences

T: +31(0)50-3616050
Academic Advisor Sport Sciences

Information about the content of the study program, admission procedure etc.

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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