Lucas Thurnherr (Switzerland), Human Movement Sciences
This master combines the best of both worlds for me and gives me every opportunity for a future career

Choosing a master’s programme is about finding your personal goals and ambitions. At Maastricht University (UM), we want to help you find those goals and achieve them. That’s what we call the MasterChallenge.

Lucas is from Switzerland and chose to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Human Movement Sciences - specialisation Sport and Nutrition. “During my bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Fribourg, I did a minor in Human Movement Sciences. Suddenly, everything fell into place.

I’ve always been a sports fanatic and my favourite topics are performance, recovery and the role of nutrition and supplements. When I went looking for a master’s programme in this field, this programme with its specialisation Sports and Nutrition immediately appealed to me, since it would allow me to build on my previous experiences and my personal interests. I did look at master’s programmes at other universities but the content of this programme stood out. The fact that this is a one-year programme is also attractive as it’s a fast track to future opportunities. Whether that will be a job or another study I don’t know yet.

I am very happy with my choice. We are being academically trained as students but also as future employees, with the combination of workshops and skills training thoroughly preparing us for the labour market. My prior knowledge of biomedical science comes in handy for the biochemistry subjects in the programme and I find that my sports background helps me with the practical side of the programme. We do a lot of tests ourselves, using each other as test subjects!

I think that sports and nutrition are a great way to prevent disease and live a healthy life. I would love to give advice to people who are motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to athletes in general, acting as a translator of science and research.”

Lucas posts weekly on Facebook about his experiences during the master's programme and his life in Maastricht. He's happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.

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