Human Movement Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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How does the nervous system control voluntary movement? What are the benefits of exercise? And are these things the same for all people? Find out in this programme.

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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 who are fascinated by the complexity of human movement. You will study human movement from multiple perspectives, using theories from Medicine, Biology, Mathematics and Behavioural Sciences.
In this programme, you will acquire an advanced theoretical understanding of human movement. You will also gain research skills and professional skills, learning to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.
The programme has two central themes. In 'motor function and cognition in healthy ageing' you will explore how physical activity and innovative solutions can prevent chronic diseases, and preserve cognitive function. You will also study slow ageing. In 'rehabilitation and functional recovery' you will improve your understanding of impaired movement and the restoration of functioning in rehabilitation practices.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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• Two-year programme in English (120 ECTS)
• Building bridges between fundamental lab research and applied societal practice
• Room for personal tracks with academic assignments and hands-on experience to match your interests, under expert supervision
• Collaborate with staff and (PhD) students on your own research project
• Develop scientific and professional skills in an ambitious environment
• Direct link to the clinical environment of the University Medical Center Groningen


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In the Master's programme in HMS, you choose one of two specializations: Rehabilitation or Healthy Ageing. In the first year you follow course units in your chosen specialization or combine them. Within Healthy Ageing you explore how physical activity and innovative solutions can prevent chronic disease and preserve cognitive function. In Rehabilitation you improve your understanding of impaired movement and the restoration of function in rehabilitation practices.
The specialization further involves writing a review article on a topic that applies to your chosen specialization. By conducting literature research and writing this article you acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific field in HMS. 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
  • Specialization course units to gain a better understanding of one's chosen specialization, i.e., Motor Function and Cognition in Healthy Ageing or Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery
  • Ample possibilities of choosing courses to develop a personal profile
  • Philosophy of Science and Ethics
  • Deepening one's methodological and statistical knowledge
Academic Assignment(s) keuzevak
5 EC
Master monitor
5 EC
Introduction to teaching (mentor system) keuzevak
5 EC
Motor Control keuzevak
5 EC
3D-Movement analysis
5 EC
Mechanisms of motor function in ageing keuzevak
5 EC
Rehabilitation & Functional Recovery keuzevak
5 EC
Clinical Mobility Lab keuzevak
5 EC
Physiology of Training and Exercise keuzevak
5 EC
Advanced Statistics
5 EC
Interventions targeting motor function and cognition in ageing keuzevak
5 EC
Disorders in motor control and current theories keuzevak
5 EC
Musculoskeletal modelling and biomechanics keuzevak
5 EC
Perception and Action keuzevak
5 EC
Introduction to Dynamical Systems keuzevak
5 EC
Sport and Talent keuzevak
5 EC
Review article
Big data in Sport Sciences & Human Movement Sciences keuzevak
5 EC
Signal Acquisition and Analysis keuzevak
5 EC
Philosophy of Science and Ethics
5 EC
2e jaar
  • Master's Graduation Project
  • Possibilities to further one's professional and personal development, e.g., by following additional course units, develop and execute an academic assignment, for example in a professional or an educational context.
Master Graduation Project afstuderen
40 EC


specialisatie Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery

To further ones understanding and knowledge of impaired movement and the mechanisms of restoration of mobility and functioning in rehabilitation practice.

  • Gait & balance
  • Cyclic upper body exercise
  • Handicap, exercise & sport
  • Manual dexterity and upper extremity functioning
  • Diagnostic tools & assistive technology

specialisatie Motor Function and Cognition in Healthy Ageing

One explores how physical activity can prevent chronic diseases, slow ageing, preserve cognitive function, and how solutions can promote mobility and independence in old age.

  • Biomechanical and neural mechanisms of how the motor system ages
  • Intervention strategies to slow motor and cognitive aging
  • Behavioral theories as applied to physical activity promotion
  • Gaming as a strategy to reduce falls
  • Mobility retention in old age through improved perception-action


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
40% theorie
20% praktijk
colloquium, computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, poster presentation, practicum, internship, tutorial, working group, 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.
Appointment via:
Phone: (050) 36 16061
exchange programs
  • McMaster University - Canada
  • University of Coimbra - Portugal
  • University of Leuven - Belgie
  • Semmelweis University - Hongarije

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 maart 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

From 2024/2025, this Master's programme has a selection procedure.

Information for students with a Dutch diploma Human Movement Sciences (RUG or VU)

  1. Apply via Studielink for the master Human Movement Sciences before March 1st 2024
    afterwards you will be automatically enrolled in the online environment, devised for selection

  1. Upload the documents for selection before March 1st 2024
    CV, motivation letter, video assignment (instructions will follow in due course)

  1. No later than May 1st 2024 you will receive information about your ranking

  1. Accept your place before June 1st 2024. After this date the waiting list will be updated.

  1. Start with the master in September 2024

Information for students with a Dutch relevant WO-bachelor degree or HBO-degree

  1. Apply via Studielink for the master Human Movement Sciences before March 1, 2024
    afterwards you will be automatically enrolled in the online environment, devised for selection

  1. Upload documents for admission AND selection before March 1st 2024
    For admission: diploma (or proof of enrollment), transcripts and link to course descriptions. For selection: CV, motivation letter and video assignment (further instructions will follow)

  1. No later than May 1st you will receive information about your admission and ranking in the premaster program

  1. Accept your place before June 1st . After this date the waiting list will be updated.

  1. Start with the pre-master in September 2024. After successfully finishing the premaster program you can start the master in September 2025.



  • Bachelor degree in Human Movement Sciences (RUG/VU) – follow selection procedure
  • WO bachelor degree in a related field (follow admission- and selection procedure)
  • HBO-bachelor degree in a related field (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sport studies, human movement technology, MIRT, etc.) (follow admission and selection procedure)




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

De stad


Studiosi Mobilae
Studiosi Mobilae is the study association for (former) students of Human Movement Sciences in Groningen.
The association organizes a variety of interesting activities such as excursions to both domestic and foreign companies and a symposium.

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

students MSc Human Movement Sciences

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 or perform research at health care research institutes. In addition, you can consult at rehabilitation centres, hospitals and specialized care facilities. It is also possible to evaluate and develop ergonomic or orthopaedic products or to develop health and welfare policies for government agencies. With a teacher's certificate you can work as a lecturer in education.

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Potentiële beroepen


Evaluate and develop ergonomic or orthopedic products in/or outside industry

policy officer
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General Secretariat

Information about staff, research and general questions

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

information about the master Human Movement Sciences/Sport Sciences

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

Information about study programme, admission procedure etc.

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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