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Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology

What psychological processes are involved in peak performance? That is the main question in this Master’s track. This question is divided into two sub-questions (1) How do you help people perform at their best when it really matters? and (2) How do you help people reach very difficult goals?

To do so, you learn how to translate insights from sport psychological literature into practical applications. This will help you to coach people in positions such as performance coach, psychological skills trainer, consultant or policymaker.

Examples of questions that are answered in this track are:

  • Why do some people perform better under pressure while others perform worse?
  • How can professional singers manage their performance anxiety?
  • How can you help someone who wants to be the best football player in the world?
  • How can an advertising agency increase its creative output?
  • Why is Pep Guardiola such a successful coach?

On the one hand, you look at individual factors such as self-confidence, concentration, performance anxiety, motivation and flow. On the other hand, you study social factors such as group processes, team performance, leadership, coaching, and the role of the media and the public.


During this Master’s track you are trained as a scientists-practitioners in Sport and Performance Psychology. This means that, as a sport and performance psychologist, you are up to date on scientific developments and are able to translate and apply them in practice. You also have extensive knowledge of classic and more recent psychological theories relevant for performance, as well as the empirical support and applications for these theories. 

  • You learn to think innovatively about performance issues
  • You work with Problem-based Learning (PBL)
  • You work independently with realistic problems
  • The knowledge you gain is relevant to practice
Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology
Degree programme MSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66604