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Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology (track)

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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?


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Sport and Performance Psychology

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

Discover the Master’s programme & tracks

The Master’s programme Work and Organisational Psychology offers specialisations in 4 tracks. Sport & Performance Psychology is one of them. The other tracks are: 

Study programme

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 Jürgen Klopp such a successful coach?

On the one hand, you will 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.

Think innovatively about

performance issues

Focus on

Theory that is relevant for practical application in the field

Teaching approach

problem-based learning

Learn to

apply your knowledge in the field.

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Work and Organisational Psychology programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The chair of Work and Organisational Psychology is prof. dr. Astrid Homan. 

The teaching staff of the Sport and Performance Psychology Master's track also work as coaches and or counsellors in the area of sport and performance psychology. They have their own consultancy agency and work with clients from a variety sports and other areas such as stage performance and circus acrobatics, including coaches and parents. 



As a graduate in Sport and Performance Psychology you can work as coach with clients from all kinds of performacne areas. Career options are: 

  • High performance consultant
  • Mental coach at a dance company
  • Psychological skills trainer for musicians

If you wish to specialise as an elite sport psychologist, you are strongly advised to follow the postgraduate trajectory to become a VSPN accredited sport psychologist offered by the Institute for sport and performance psychology (ISPP)

Is Sport and Performance Psychology for you? 

Are you interested in : 

  • Working in the sports domain or other performance areas 
  • Helping people improve and grow psychologically 
  • Applying your knowledge in real-world situations 
  • Studying theory that is relevant in practice 
  • Learning from teaching staff that has experience in the field 

Then this might be the track for you. 

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Psychologie
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66604
Location Roeterseiland campus