Why this programme?
On the one hand, exercise and physical activity are means to get or stay healthy. How can we combat health problems using knowledge of the biological and biophysical mechanisms involved in physical activity? On the other hand, physical activity, mobility and performance can also be an aim in itself. How can we help older people to remain mobile and independent? And how can we train athletes to become Olympic champions? As a Human Movement Sciences student, you will learn to apply biological knowledge of cells, tissues, organs and entire organisms to address such questions.
The biological basis of exercise
Human beings were designed for daily physical activity. But in the modern world our sedentary lifestyle has led to chronic diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Governments are increasingly recognising the importance of physical activity as a public health issue. Understanding the biological basis of health benefits will aid in tackling these problems. This programme covers all aspects of the relationship between physical activity, health and performance – from patients trying to get better, to individuals just trying to stay fit, to top athletes aiming for the pinnacle of their sport.
Tailor your degree to your ambitions
The programme is versatile, providing a large offering of courses on themes as diverse as nutrition and exercise, muscle and brain function, motion analysis of movement disorders and metabolic profiling. Within the set courses, you will also have plenty of opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of interest and you can further broaden your skills through electives. You could, for example, focus on entrepeneurship or health promotion. So whether you would like to become a sports counsellor, work as an exercise scientist or plan to start your own company after you graduate, the flexibility of the programme ensures that you can obtain all the knowledge and skills you need to get your career off to a great start.
Key topics of the programme
The key topics/themes of the programme are:
- healthy living
- biomechanics in health and disease
- exercise physiology in ageing and sports
- neuroscience methods in rehabilitation
- sports nutrition
- academic reading, writing and presenting
- designing and performing academic research
My dream is to show people how sports can be a great part of your life and help them achieve what they want.
Human Movement Sciences student Francesca Badiali posts weekly about his experiences.
She's happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.