Francesca Badiali (Italy), Human Movement Sciences
Healthy food can fulfill all kinds of nutritional needs, not only the sports-related ones

Francesca is from Italy and chose to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Human Movement Sciences. “After I graduated from my bachelor’s Sports and Health in Bologna, Italy, I did a six-month research thesis internship in the UK. There I developed a passion for research.

In everything I do, whether it was in my coaching job in rhythmic gymnastics or as an individual, quality is high on my list. Lots of people’s opinions are based on hot air instead of scientific research and knowledge. That’s why I looked at master’s programmes to improve my knowledge. I also looked at the master’s Nutrition and Health at another Dutch university, but then heard that Maastricht University was very good and innovative ánd offered a one-year programme. I visited the website and was impressed by the wealth and clarity of the information there. I like a one-year master’s, it’s very intense but also short. I’m not sure yet whether I want to continue studying afterwards, perhaps as a PhD student. At the moment I’m keeping all my options open.

This is the first year that master’s students in this programme choose between two specialisations, Sports & Nutrition or Health & Rehabilitation. I chose the first track as I'm interested in food and in particular in providing sports nutrition that’s not only healthy but tasty as well. Perhaps this is something I would want to explore in future. Besides, knowledge about tasty nutrition for sports can also be applied to other disciplines.

So far, everything has been beyond expectations. The Problem-Based Learning system which is very motivating and allows you to put as much effort into your studies as you want, the city of Maastricht, my classroom; I’m enjoying every minute of it!”

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