Human Movement Sciences: Career Prospects

Human Movement Sciences

The goal of the Bachelor's programme in Human Movement Sciences is to educate students to a level at which they are capable of taking a Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences. In addition, the Bachelor's programme trains students for jobs in which scientific knowledge of human movement plays any kind of role.

As a graduate of the Bachelor's programme in Human Movement Sciences, you are capable of formulating and solving both theoretical and practical issues in this discipline. You possess knowledge and insight into theories and research in the field of human movement sciences. You must be capable of using this knowledge, and where necessary supplementing it with new information that you gain via empirical, experimental, conceptual or historic research. Furthermore, you are capable of assessing research reports with regard to the aspects of content and methodology and creating both written and oral reports on these assessments.

Curious about what professions most students practise after graduation?

  • Researcher* 
  • Advisor/policy officer
  • Physiotherapist/ergotherapist/PE teacher
  • Psychomotor therapist
  • Lecturer in the higher education sector
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Other

Examples of graduate professions include: 

  • Project manager of the 'Information for Top-Level Sport' project at NeCeDo (Netherlands Centre for Doping Affairs). 
  • Ergonomist/human movement scientist at ArboNed (Hoogovens office)
  • Clinical Research Associate at IsoTis NV in Bilthoven

The Master's programme in Human Movement Sciences trains qualified specialists and gives you a wide range of options on the job market. Naturally, it gives you an excellent basis for a career in applied research or as a lecturer for professional sports programmes or health programmes. In addition to this, it also fully equips you to bridge the gap between theory and practice in positions such as knowledge assistant, exercise physiologist or 'embedded scientist' within institutions or sports associations. Although no training in management skills is given during the Master's programme, many graduates go on to fulfil management or policymaking positions for businesses, sports associations or the government. Furthermore, as a specialist, you can make an important contribution to technological developments within industries related to human movement. Examples include the development of new rehabilitation equipment or technological advancement within sport. As a human movement scientist, you occupy a strong position in the job market: nearly all graduates find a job very soon after graduation.

Postgraduate specialisations

Sports psychologist
In combination with a few extra courses, you can gain admission to the postgraduate Praktijksportpsycholoog® (Practical Sports Psychologist) programme. This programme has a duration of approximately one year (full-time) and has been accredited by the VSPN (Netherlands Association of Sports Psychologists).

Exercise Specialist
In combination with clinical experience, the Master's programme also provides you with a solid basis to study for an Exercise Specialist® certificate from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


*Positions related to the Human Movement Sciences programme.

**The Human Movement Sciences programme alone does not provide a sufficient qualification for these positions. People who occupy these positions have completed a higher professional education (HBO) programme that trains them for the job in question.