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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?

UvA online Open House

This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.

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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. 

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 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.

Think innovatively about performance issues

The knowledge you gain is

relevant to practice

small-group teaching approach

i.e. become a performance coach, psychological skills trainer, consultant or policymaker

Learn to coach people


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.

Career options are:

  • High performance consultant
  • Mental coach in a dance company
  • Psychological skills trainer for musicians
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66604