Sport Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Sports Sciences programme is offered by the University of Groningen. It is meant for students with a scientific fascination for sport. You will study athletic behaviour from multiple perspectives, using theories about cognition, psychology and physiology. 


The Sports Sciences programme is offered by the University of Groningen. 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. The first centres on physical activity, sports and cognition in children. The second 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 and optimization in sports. 


After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhD trajectory. You can also work 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:

  • Researcher
  • Policy Officer
  • Advisor
  • Developer
  • Embedded Scientist


Programme Structure

First year:
  • Specialization course units to gain a better understanding of the development, learning and optimisation of sport skills and sport performance
  • Ample possibilities of choosing courses to develop a personal profile
  • Philosophy of Science and Ethics
  • Deepening one's methodological and statistical knowledge
Second year:
  • 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.

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 24 months
      • Credits
        120 ECTS
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


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      Academic Requirements

      • A Bachelor degree (bachelor of science) in Human Movement Sciences or a related field (e.g. Sport and Exercise Sciences, Kinesiology, etc)*
      • Or education and experience on a comparable level**
      • AND high school degree with English, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology being part of the exam (up until last year)
      • Proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 580/237/92, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in English) with the exception of students whose native language is English.

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            14200 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            2006 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Groningen

          • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
            Living Costs

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