Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies

The Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies is an English-taught academic programme. In three years’ time, you will become an expert at finding and understanding answers to complex issues in the leisure sector. 

How can we predict trends in the way people spend their free time? How can traditional leisure companies use social media more effectively to connect to their customers? And what new business models and strategies are needed in an increasingly complex and dynamic leisure sector? After your graduation you will be able to answer all these questions, and more. 

After your bachelor

After your graduation in Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies you can decide whether to find a job or carry on studying - at Master's level. Like to more? After your Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies.

Study overview

The academic Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies is 'knowledge-oriented'. During your studies you develop a number of academic and management competencies by analysing academic knowledge. To do this, you will often work independently and sometimes in small groups on cases and assignments. In the field of leisure, the various lines of approach offered by, for example, psychology, sociology and anthropology, only offer partial explanations of what people want – and are able to do – in their leisure time. This means that if you want to understand leisure, you will need to adapt to new and unexpected situations, by using old ideas, theories and methods in new ways, or by developing fresh new ideas – which can then be assessed and researched. This is how we push the boundaries and make crucial new contributions to existing knowledge in the industry.

The programme is completely taught in English and takes three years. The first year consists of four terms, the second and third years contain two semesters each. Breda University of Applied Sciences also offers two professional bachelor programmes in the field of leisure: Leisure & Events Management, which is also taught in English, and Leisure & Events Management (NL), which is taught in Dutch.


The academic Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies is a separate programme within Breda University of Applied Sciences with its own management. The core team not only teaches on the programme, but also conducts substantial research which is financed by third parties. Most of the lecturers hold, or are working on, a PhD.
To be more effective, efficient, creative and decisive,
Breda University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg University and several institutes have decided to combine forces on leisure research into a communal Centre for Knowledge called CELTH (Centre of Expertise leisure, tourism & hospitality).

Year 1- Introduction to the core disciplines of the leisure field

In the first year, you will get a solid introduction to different branches of business and social science, as well as research methods, underscoring the varied nature of the leisure field. In semester 1, the courses will focus on the consumer perspective, whereas in semester 2, the business side is more prominent. You will learn to apply your knowledge in several practical cases.

Year 2 - Deepening your knowledge & training analytical skills

In the second year, you will strengthen your knowledge on what kinds of activities people choose in their leisure time, and how companies can organise those activities and profit from them. In addition to theoretical lectures, practical seminars, debates and case studies, you will work on several projects for commissioners from the leisure field. In these projects, you will apply the research techniques and theoretical insight learnt in the various courses.

Year 3 - Expanding and integrating your knowledge

In the 5th semester, you will choose a minor at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. In the 6th and final semester, you will apply everything you have learned by:

  • considering leisure activities across different cultures; studying fundamental philosophical questions about the relevance of leisure and the ethical questions it raises;
  • investigating the contribution leisure can make to the development of urban space and city culture.
  • In the last semester, you write a thesis, in which you will investigate a complex leisure issue. Topics for the bachelor's theses can be connected to current research being conducted by members of staff.

Generally, the differences between ‘academic’ and ‘professional’ programmes are as follows: 

  • Content (the academic programme has more research and uses more advanced theories/models, teaching you to see leisure in a broader, societal perspective);
  • Analytical perspective (the academic programme trains for roles at a more strategic level, professional programmes are focused more on operational roles);
  • Assignment and work styles (the academic programme features a large variety of assignment styles - writing papers and research reports, presentations, discussions, etc. - and more individual work than the mostly project-group-based professional programme);
  • Graduation perspectives (the professional programmes educate you for work in a specific sector, whereas an academic diploma affords more flexibility, training you in skills that you can also apply in other sectors and roles);
  • They are similar in atmosphere and attitude

The average study load for this programme amounts approximately 40 hours a week, during 42 weeks. How many hours a week you actually spend studying depends greatly on the person and differs per week. The last weeks of a block and the exam weeks are relatively busy.


Nieuwe campus

We werken aan een nieuwe campus in Breda, waar vanaf september 2019 al onze opleidingen samenkomen. Het idee is dat een campusomgeving uitnodigt elkaar te ontmoeten. Dat biedt dus nog meer mogelijkheden elkaar te inspireren en kennis uit te wisselen.

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