Master Specialization in Sports Engineering

Humans continuously explore the limits of human performance and technical innovations have played a key role in this process. For the best results, top athletes need the best materials and techniques. But how do you gain speed? What is a good material and technique? How can you beat records? Such questions keep modern top athletes constantly busy. Technology and innovation are ubiquitous in top sports and engineers can help athletes breaking records.

Citius. Altius. Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger)

The Olympic motto stands for the driving force behind many sporting events.

This specialization focuses on studying the human body at its extreme, optimizing its interface with sports equipment, and implementing the research results into challenging designs, for the benefit of top athletes. The field is broad. Sports engineering problems range from predicting and improving the bouncing behaviour of a ball to real-time measuring of forces generated during skating. You will develop a deep understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of athletes and their interaction with equipment and physical elements. You will learn how to use biomechanics for improving training, enhancing performance, and for avoiding injury. You will learn about techniques for lab and field measurements and study the thin line between top performance, injury risk, and rehabilitation.

Specialization Sports Engineering: part of the Master Mechanical Engineering

The Master’s programme Mechanical Engineering covers two years of study, each with a study load of 60 ECTS. The total programme involves 120 ECTS and comprises cursory modules, assignments and a Master’s thesis project. Within this master program the student should announce for the track Biomechanical Design in order to choose the specialization Sports Engineering.

Master Track Biomechanical Design

Biomechanical Design (BMD) is one of six tracks within MSc Mechanical Engineering. It is rooted in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering, where students receive advanced education in the design and engineering of robotic devices, mechatronic design, control engineering and biological principles. Biomechanical systems are technical systems designed to interact with biological systems, or designed following the principles of biological systems. Examples are telemanipulation systems, such as those used in surgical robots, in space and in the off-shore industry, where a human controls a master robot whilst a slave robot mimics these actions. Other examples of biologically inspired design are endoscopes with the flexibility and steerability of an octopus tentacle, humanoid robots walking as humans do and intelligently collaborating robots using local interactive information exchange, as humans do.

Obligatory courses Delft University of Technology
Obligatory courses Delft University of TechnologyECTS
BM41040 Neuromechanics & Motor Control5
ME41085 Bio Mechatronics4
ME41045 Tissue Biomechanics of Bone, Cartilage and Tendon3
ME41035 Special topics in sports engineering3
BM41045 Experimental Design, Statistics & the Human2
ME41055 Multibody Dynamics B4
ME41070 The Human Controller3
ME41080 Man-Machine Systems4
SC42000 Control Systems Design3
ME46000 Nonlinear Mechanics4
ME46005 Physics & Measurements6
ME45000 Advanced Heat Transfer3


Obligatory Courses VU Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Human movement sciences Minimum 6, maximum 12 ECTS

Obligatory Courses VU AmsterdamECTS
B_SPORTBIO Sport Biomechanics3

B_INMUSCLOAD Intermuscular load sharing


B_CLINEXERC Clinical exercise physiology


B_ENERFLOW Energy flow models


B_MAXNEUR Maximal neuromuscular performance


B_ELECTROMYO Electromyography


B_NEUROSC Neurosciences

Recommended courses Delft University of Technology
Recommended courses Delft University of TechnologyECTS
BM41065 Medical Technology I (Diagnostic Devices) & Health Care Systems5
ME41065 System Identification and Parameter Estimation7
ME41075 Biomedical Engineering Design4
BM41055 Anatomy & Physiology4
BM41060 Physiologiy and Engineering3
BM41030 Orthopaedic Implants and Technology3
BM41090 Computational Mechanics of Tissues and Cells6
BM41105 Selected Topics in Tissue Biomechanics and Implants2
ET4130 Bioelectricity3
ME46085 Mechatronic System Design4
ME41095 Bio-Inspired Design3

Admission requirements

In most cases, if you hold a BSc degree and the Master’s programme is closely related to your Bachelor’s programme, you will be admitted directly into the programme. However, if the Master’s programme does not follow directly from your undergraduate programme, you will be required to take additional courses in what is called a bridging programme. This may be a standard programme, or it may be tailored to your specific situation.

To see which Master’s programmes are open to you on completion of your Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch non-technical university, click on If you do your Bachelor’s at a technical university, click on doorstroommatrix.

Admission requirements for TH students

Bridging program, A so-called TH-program, consisting of a number of second and third year courses of the Mechanical Engineering BSc program has to be followed. Please contact for more information.

More information

For more information visit the mechanical engineering website.