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Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise & Health (research) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

How do toddlers learn to walk? How can augmented reality help patients with Parkinson’s Disease? How do top athletes get maximum performance out of their muscles? What’s the best training to improve stability and prevent falls among elderly people?

 

This two-year multidisciplinary Research Master's programme integrates fundamental scientific research with relevant questions from clinical and sports practice. You’ll cover topics ranging from molecular biology to systems neuroscience, and from biomechanics to motor behaviour.

 

The programme has close ties with the Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS) institute, which contributes to the strong research focus and relevance of the course content.


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Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise & Health (research)

Physical activity and exercise are often a means to get or stay healthy. But they can also be an aim in and of themselves. How can we help older people to stay mobile and independent? How do top athletes get maximum performance out of their muscles?

 

As a Research Master’s student, you’ll learn how to answer questions like these that are both urgent and relevant in today’s society. Your research will be aimed at unravelling the the secrets of human movement.

 

Grounded in the five core research themes of the Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS) institute, the Research Master’s includes courses on sports, musculoskeletal health, tissue function and regeneration, ageing and vitality, and rehabilitation and development. Topics covered range from molecular biology to systems neuroscience, and from biomechanics to motor behaviour.

 

In addition to becoming well versed in these research areas, you’ll be trained in state-of-the-art research methodologies and advanced statistics. The interactive, small-scale teaching methods used in the programme allow you to have in-depth discussions that meet the level and intensity of a Research Master’s programme. Plus, all the lecturers are renowned experts in their fields of research.

 

After completing the Research Master’s, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a scientific career, either starting with a PhD position or by entering an R&D environment. You’ll also be well equipped for other research-related positions.


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Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise & Health (research)

About 80% of students acquires a position in an academic context within six months after they finished the Research Master's programme Human Movement Sciences.

 

After completion of the programme, graduates are qualified to work as well-versed researchers with an independent work attitude, capable of successfully completing a PhD trajectory if aiming for a career in academia, or contributing to R&D in industry or other non-academic institutions. They can tackle timely research questions in the multidisciplinary realm of human movement sciences as well as in fundamental and applied clinical disciplines.

 

The majority of graduates enters a career in (inter-)national academic research institutions or R&D units in industry, health care or sports.


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Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise & Health (research)

I have an international degree

 

Entry requirements

 

In order to gain admission to the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences, you need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent.

 

The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree, including a Bachelor research project.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Strong interest in and aptitude for research, demonstrated during your Bachelor’s.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Good grades ? a GPA of 7.5 (out of 10) or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a  GPA of 3.3) and an 8.0 or higher for your final thesis.

 

What if you do not meet all admission criteria?

If you do not meet the admission criteria, the Admission board may decide that you are admissible after you have eliminated your deficiencies. These deficiencies depend on your educational background. Please contact us a.s.a.p. to find out whether this is the case for you, and which options you have to become admissible before the start of the new term.

 

English language proficiency

Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Also, you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and/or for international laboratories.

 

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Research Master's programme without having the English test results yet. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

  • IELTS (academic): 6.5
  • TOEFL
    • Paper based test 580
    • Internet based test 92-93
  •     Cambridge English
    •     Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  


 

Application with a Dutch degree

 

The procedure is as follows:

  • Apply for the Research Master’s programme Human Movement Sciences. See the VU website for the application procedure.
  • Upload the following documents in VUnet as 'diploma':
  • List of courses of your completed Bachelor’s programme, including grades and credits (ECTS)
  • Description of courses that are relevant for Human Movement Sciences. Please use this form.
  • Copy of BSc thesis (if written in Dutch or English) and an English summary (max 300 words) of Bachelor research project.
  • Letter of Motivation (Please use this form)
  • Letter of recommendation (max 1 page).

After you have applied, the Department will contact you to check your application and to schedule an interview with the Admission board of the Department of Human Movement Sciences. After the interview the Admission board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Research Master's programme. If you are not directly admissible, you can apply for the premaster’s programme. If you are admitted to this programme, the Admission board will determine its content, based on your previous education.


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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15420 EUR / year

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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15420 EUR / year

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