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Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology (track)
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Career Prospects

As a graduate in Sport and Performance Psychology you can work as a sport psychologist with athletes. If you want to specialise in working with elite athletes you are strongly advised to follow a postgraduate trajectory to develop your applied skills, especially with respect to counseling and psychological skills training.

If your goal is to become a sport psychologist in the Netherlands, you are advised to follow the post-Master’s program to become an applied sport psycholgist at the Institue for Sport and performance psychology (ISPP). This programme is currently only offered in Dutch. 

Where do our graduates work? 

  • Performance consultant, trainer or talent coach in commercial companies 
  • Psychological skills trainer for musicians 
  • Policy advisor for a sports association 
  • Mental coach at a dance company 


Graduates of the Sport & Performance Psychology track can apply the knowledge and skills gained to address all the main issues in sport and performance psychology.  

Students of the sport and performance psychology track can apply for the Basisaantekening Sport psychology (BASP) which is a certificate issued by the Dutch association of sport psychologists (Vereniging voor Sportpsychologie in Nederland). This certificate is awarded to students who have dedicated 30 ecs to sport psychology during their study, and it is a requirement for enrollment in the post-graduate training to becoming a licensed sport psychologist (See ISPP for more information). 

Career coaching during your Master’s 

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more.  

Career events 

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs. 

The VSPA (The Association of Psychology Students in Amsterdam) also organises various events focused on exploring future career opportunities. Through our Work & Organisational Psychology alumni network, you can get in touch with many of our alumni, who tend to be happy to discuss career options with you.