Human Movement Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The M.Sc. in Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen teaches about the importance of physical exercise from the basic notions of how the nervous systems functions to the effect sports have on the physiology of the human body. The Master’s programme has courses ranging from neuromechanics and philosophy of science and ethics, to talent scouting and development in sports.


In the Human Movement Sciences programme from University of Groningen, 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 aging. In 'rehabilitation and functional recovery' you will improve your understanding of impaired movement and the restoration of functioning in rehabilitation practices.

Job prospects

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.

Job examples

  • Researcher

    Study for a PhD or perform research at health care research centers

  • Consultant

    Consult at rehabilitation centers, hospitals, or specialized care facilities

  • Teacher/lecturer

    Teacher/Lecturer of health and exercise science in Higher Education

  • Policy Officer

    Develop health and welfare policies for government agencies

  • Developer

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

Programme Structure

First year

  • 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

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.
For more information, please visit the program website.

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

Entry requirements are:

  • 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.
  • Students with a bachelor degree in applied sciences (HBO), like Physiotherapy, must first pass a pre-master. The pre-master program is currently in Dutch.

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

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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