Human Movement Sciences

Are you passionate about physical activity, ageing, health and sports? And would you like to know more about how exercise and nutrition influences health, performance and disease? Then Human Movement Sciences could just be the programme for you. It covers all aspects of the relationship between physical activity and health – from patients trying to get better, to individuals just trying to stay fit, to top athletes aiming for the pinnacle of their sport. The programme offers a great deal of variety, with courses covering themes as diverse as nutrition, muscle & brain function, energy production and metabolic profiling. Because of this variety of courses and an individual 4-5 month research-driven internship/placement, you can pursue your own interests within the programme. Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to work as a researcher, product developer, exercise scientist or trainer at, for example, a rehabilitation institute or a major sporting club. Download our full infopack  


Students can choose between two Specialisations:

  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Sports and Nutrition
  • Healthy food can fulfil all kinds of nutritional needs, not only the sports-related ones
    Francesca Badiali (Italy), Human Movement Sciences
  • My dream is to work as a sports physiotherapist, integrating my in-depth knowledge about physical and psychological aspects
    Juan Berges (Spain), Human Movement Sciences

Human Movement Sciences is small scale with highly committed staff

Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)

UM is the 6th best young university in the world

Times Higher Education '200 Under 50' 2017


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    • Photo by Francesca Badiali, Human Movement Sciences Master's student

      Why studying in Maastricht?❓
      ➔ Because Maastricht is the perfect-size city to me. You can go around in the centre wherever my foot or by bike but also it doesn’t feel too tight. Because there are so many events and interesting educational activities organised and most of them are for free or donation based. Because even if you don’t know the language, people can speak English so are able to communicate...even with your 70 years old neighbour. Because it has got nature very close to the city, when you need a good breath and more quiet time. Because the river Maas (to which I live very close) is magic in all the daytimes: in the morning, in the warm or cold afternoon, at the sunsets or at night.

      Why did you choose for your master’s programme at Maastricht University, what made it so special for you that you chose to come here?❓
      ➔ The expertise of the professors team I was going to be taught by made a important point to me. Because I’ve always been inside the sport world and furthermore had a personal interest in nutrition, that I wanted to base on real science and capabilities. The commitment of just one year Master instead of two made it also honestly easier to face, in case you find out it was not exactly “your way”.

      Did you choose between Maastricht and another university (and if so, why Maastricht and not the other university)? ❓
      ➔ Yes, I passed in several masters I applied for, but eventually I chose Maastricht University. Because of the reasons I described above and also because Maastricht is well known and ranked around the world as a good and modern university in many fields. This might have a further impact on your cv compared to a less known university. Furthermore the professors team of my master was very valuable. And in the end confirmed to deserve this reputation.

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      The morning programme consists of plenary sessions and poster presentations. In the afternoon you can take a look behind the scenes of various departments, facilities and laboratories. The day ends with a lecture by a keynote speaker.

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