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Master
Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology (track)
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Study programme

The Master’s track Sport & Performance Psychology teaches you about relevant knowledge of sport and performance psychology and the application of this knowledge to practice. It is a selective one-year programme, consisting of 60 EC. The programme consists of 3 specialist courses of 6 EC each, one methodological course (6 EC), a Master’s thesis (18 EC) and a Master’s internship (18 EC). Part of the specialist courses are trainings on professional skills (e.g., counseling skills, presentation skills, and development of interventions and workshops).

Study programme

Semester 1

In addition to the Master’s internship and Master’s thesis, the track consists of the following specialist courses: 

  • Essential Sport and Performance Psychology 
  • New Horizons in Sport and Performance Psychology 
  • Interventions in Sport and Performance Psychology 
  • Methodology: Analysing, Presenting, and Scientfici Writing (MAPS)

Semester 2

Internship 

In this master’s program you do a practical internship (18 ECTS) with an organization for performance improvement. For example, a soccer academy, a national sports association or a practicing sport psychologist. 

Master's thesis 

Master’s thesis research (18 ECTS) in which you specialize in a certain area and carry out research on it. 

Starting in January, you will work on your Master’s thesis project (18 EC). You will be asked to choose a topic from a list that you will receive in the first semester. You will be supervised by one of the teachers of the Work & Organisational Psychology team based on a step-by-step thesis planning guide. Previous topics include mental recovery, physical exercise and recovery, personality and (sport) performance, implicit theories of ability, psychological interventions to improve motor performance, doping use and cheating in sport, and psychological characteristics of parents and performance related psychological factors in children.

Internship

In this master’s program you do a practical internship (18 ECTS) with an organization for performance improvement. For example, a soccer academy, a national sports association or a practicing sport psychologist.

Master's thesis

Master’s thesis research (18 ECTS) in which you specialize in a certain area and carry out research on it.

Degree

Sport and Performance Psychology is a track of the accredited Master’s program in Psychology. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a legally recognized Master’s degree in Psychology and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Essential Sport and Performance Psychology
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    6
  • New Horizons in Sport and Performance Psychology
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    6
  • Master's Internship Sport & Performance Psychology
    1—6
    18
  • Interventions in Sport and Performance Psychology
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    6
  • Methodology: Analysing, Presenting, and Scientific Writing (MAPS)
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    6
  • Master's Thesis Sport & Performance Psychology
    3—6
    18
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Additional options

Internship

Starting in January, you will start your internship. The main focus of the internship is for you to demonstrate you can effectively apply the knowledge and skills obtained during your study in the professional practice. The duration of the internship must be at least 504 working hours during which you mostly work in practice in the role of a Sport and Performance psychologist. An important aspect of the internship is the execution of a specific Sport and Performance Psychology-related internship assignment. The internship can be fulfilled in The Netherlands or elsewhere in the world. 

Teaching

The courses are designed based on the principles of active learning, taking a student-centered approach. In addition to lectures and self-study, the courses include assignments, working groups and practicals in which students actively work with the material. The development of professional skills (e.g. reasoning, presenting, communicating) and the application of theory to practical problems are central. Students are trained as scientist-practitioners who can work in a critical, evidence-based way in the field of sport and performance psychology. 

Degree

Sport and Performance Psychology is a track of the accredited Master’s programme in Psychology. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a legally recognized Master’s degree in Psychology and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Workload

In all courses you will have weekly lectures and other forms of teaching sessions. The interventions in sport and performance psychology course mainly contains practicals, working group sessions, and a number of professional skills trainings. Besides these contact hours, a large part of your program consists of self-study and working on assignments, that can either be focused on practical application or on theoretical elaboration. Lectures and other types of meetings are scheduled on campus on 2 to 4 days of the week. Attendance is compulsory for all courses.

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorials: 8 hours per week
  • Practicals: 4 hours per week
  • Self-study: 22 hours per week