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Postgraduate Opleiding tot PraktijkSportpsycholoog (POPS)

General aspects

Attainment level (B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD): none since you need an M.Sc title to apply for this post-master programm, however you get the title SPORTPSYCHOLOOG VSPN®, which is the only accredited title for sport psychologists in the Netherlands

Name Organisation/University: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Address: De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Country: Netherlands

Organisational aspects

Number of spots: 18, starts with at least 10 participants

Costs/tuition fee: ~€16.500 (excludes: study books)

Start of the program: September 2021 (Once every two years)

Application deadline: 1st of May 2021

Language of tuition: Dutch

Admittance of foreign students: Not mentioned, but you need to be proficient in Dutch

Study duration/ Workload (ECTS): 2 years part-time, 62 ETC (most student need 2,5 to 3 years.)

Roughly 20 hours per week; divided over lessons, desk study, and assignments

Study structure/ mode:

For 1,5 years you have weekly courses on several topics (Fridays)

Afterwards you will be partitioning 7 cases under supervision of an experienced sport psychologist​

Practical internship (yes/no): Yes

Formal supervision (yes/no): Yes

Additional aspects

Target group and Study focus:

MSc Human Movement Sciences or MSc Psychology with interest in sport psychology.

What to do afterwards, jobs perspectives

Start own practice as a registered sport psychologist, or work for organizations. (Note: the job perspective in the Netherlands as a sport psychologist are limited)


Entry Requirements:

a Master in Human Movement Sciences or Psychology in combination with the Basisaantekening sportpsychology (BASP) translated: basic note in sportpsychology. The BASP consists of 30 ECTS divided in: 2 or 3 courses in the field of sport and exercise psychology (12 or 18 ECTS), a literature research or an empirical research in the field of sport and exercise psychology (at least 12 ECTS).

How to apply:

A registration form will be published on the website in 2020


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