Are you passionate about sports and do you want to bring about change? Then this unique programme is just the programme for you! The inspiration and power of sports gives you great opportunities to make a real difference.

Download our brochure or sign up for the open day. Click here for the entry requirements.

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Programme structure

The School of Sports Studies at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, offers a three year bachelor's programme, made up of 180 ECTS. This international programme creates innovative (sports)professionals. As a change agent you are able to make a difference at both  individual and community level. The power of sports lays within the three core values of sports and physical activity:

- sports and physical activity is essential for a healthy lifestyle,

- sports creates economic value,

- sports can strengthen the social cohesion of communities and nations.

The programme is characterised by its professional focus. Each year you will gain real-life work experience by working in the field. Most modules centre around a practical assignment in a professional organisation. The other courses are designed to prepare you for this challenge.

First year

First year

The first year is the so-called propaedeutic phase (60 ECTS). In this phase, you will develop professional competences by working on several projects for individuals, businesses or organisations. Supported by your teachers and fellow students, you will start developing a sense of responsibility from the first day. Sharing knowledge and experiences plays a major role.

Second year 

Second year

The second year focuses on creating and managing change during a work placement. Your role is primarily to be a change agent. To be able to do so, you take courses on subjects like sport development, management and organisation, organisational policy and consultancy.

Third year

Third year

In the last year, you will work at a professional organisation for your graduation project. During the first phase of the project you will evaluate the organisation. This will form your research thesis. Based on this thesis, you will develop and implement services, products and innovations for the organisation according to the three core values of sports.

Master's programmes

The Sport Studies bachelor's degree offers students to continue their study in various master's degrees in Groningen and at various international universities around the world. One of the available options to you after graduation will be the one year Master Healthy Ageing Professional (taught in Dutch) at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. This enables students to get a Master of Science within four years. Other master's programmes such as the European Master in Sport and Health (Rome, Italy) or the Master Sport Management (Molde, Norway) will also be available to you.

Career opportunities

Sport Studies graduates have a large range of career options. Many of our graduates will be employed in jobs that centre around:

- Sports marketer

- Event manager

- Sports entrepreneur

- Training/coaching

- Physical activity, lifestyle or healthy ageing coach

- Sports policy officer

- Community sports officer


​Year 1

  • Sport development
  • Organisational change
  • Community development through sports
  • Sports policy and entrepreneurship
  • Managing lifestyle in organisations and society
  • Management and organisation
  • Organisational policy and consultancy

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