Master Psychology: Sport and Performance Psychology

General aspects

Attainment level (B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD): M.Sc.

Name Organisation/ University: Universiteit van Amsterdam, UVA (University of Amsterdam)  

Address: Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1012 WX Amsterdam

Country: Neatherlands

Organisational aspects

Number of spots: ?

Costs/ tuition fee: €2143 for 1 year (If it is your second or next Dutch degree program: €14850)

Start of the program: September

Application deadline: Apply between 1 October 2019 and 1 March 2020 (for enrolment in September 2020)

Language of tuition: English

Admittance of foreign students: yes

Study duration/ Workload (ECTS): 2 semesters (1 year) 60 ECTS

Study structure/ mode:

  • Essential Sport and Performance Psychology (6 ECTS)

  • New Horizons in Sport and Performance Psychology (6 ECTS)

  • Interventions in Sport and Performance Psychology (6 ECTS)

  • Methodology, Analyzing, Presenting, Scientific writing (MAPS; 6 ECTS)

  • Internship (18 ETCS)

  • Master Thesis (18 ECTS)

Practical internship (yes/no): Yes

Formal supervision (yes/no): Yes

Additional aspects

Target group and Study focus:

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

What to do afterwards, jobs perspectives:

As a graduate in Sport and Performance Psychology you can work as a sport psychologist with athletes, but you are strongly advised to follow postgraduate courses to develop your applied skills as a psychologist (especially with respect to counselling 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 in Practical Sport Psychology (POPS) after the Master’s track in Sport and Performance Psychology.


Other career options are:

  • High performance consultant

  • Mental coach in a dance company

  • Psychological skills trainer for musicians


Entry Requirements:

All Psychology Master's candidates are expected to meet the following basic requirements:

  • ≥5 EC Basic knowledge of Psychology

  • ≥24 EC Methods and Statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research

  • ≥9 EC Empirical research project (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science.

  • Motivation statement

  • International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores.

  • International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.

How to apply:

Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university. (more information:

Later on in the process you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university.

Additional material:




European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology, i.n.p.a.

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