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MSc

How long you will study
24 months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Behavioural and Social Sciences at University of Groningen

How do individuals develop across their lifespan? How do individuals and groups adapt to the changing world? What are the origins of psychopathological and brain disorders? Are you a talented student wishing to pursue a career as a researcher?

Our two-year English-language research master programme isdesigned for excellent and motivated students interested in humanbehaviour and social phenomena, who aim for a career in an academicor applied (clinical, industry, or governmental) researchenvironment.

The program has a firm methodological, research oriented basis,with a strong connection between statistics and content-relatedtheories. The programme offers a series of advanced courses on theory building, reflecting on science, research methods andstatistics, including training on programming and computer skills.The two research projects (Traineeship and Thesis) are essentialfor gaining experience in performing research, while being embeddedin an active research group. A unique feature of the program is theopportunity to specialize as well as being trained inmultidisciplinary research. The first step into specialization istaken by choosing one of the following three thematically orienteddomains:

  • Lifespan Development and Socialization
  • Deficits, Distress, and Disorders
  • Sustainability in a Changing Society

Further specialization takes place via the electivemodules, traineeship and master thesis.

How do individuals develop across their lifespan? How do individuals and groups adapt to the changing world? What are the origins of psychopathological and brain disorders? Are you a talented student wishing to pursue a career as a researcher?

Our two-year English-language research master programme isdesigned for highly motivated students interested in a researchcareer in academic or applied (clinical, industry, or governmental)settings.

The program has a firm methodological, research oriented basis,with a strong connection between statistics and content-relatedtheories. The programme offers a series of advanced courses on theory building, reflecting on science, research methods andstatistics. The latter includes programming and computer skillstraining. There are two research projects (Traineeship and Thesis),both of which are essential for gaining experience in performingresearch within an active research group.

A unique feature of the program is the opportunity to specializewithin the broader context of multidisciplinary training. The firststep into specialization is taken by choosing one of the followingthree thematically oriented domains:

  • Lifespan Development and Socialization (educational sciences,developmental psychology and sociology)
  • Deficits, Distress, and Disorders (clinical psychology,clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychology, andpsychometrics)
  • Sustainability in a Changing Society (environmental,organizational, and social psychology and sociology)

Further specialization takes place via the elective modules,traineeship and master thesis.

After your studies

Job prospects

Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study andtraining for a PhD thesis, for employment as a researchpractitioner, for employment as policy advisors in governmentinstitutions and for employment in the public or privatesector.

Each year we offer a limited number of PhD Scholarships,giving our top students the opportunity to continue in a PhDposition.

TNO, CITO and CBS are possibleemployers after finishing our masterprogramme.

Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study andtraining for a PhD thesis, for employment as a researchpractitioner, for employment as policy advisors in governmentinstitutions and for employment in the public or privatesector.

Each year we offer a limited number of PhD Scholarships,giving our top students the opportunity to continue in aPhD position.

TNOCITO and CBS are possibleemployers after finishing our masterprogramme.

Job examples

  • PhD student
  • Research practitioner
  • Researcher

    in public or private sector

  • Policy advisor

    in government institutions

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Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
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Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PsychologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
SociologyAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Pedagogical SciencesAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
OnderwijskundeAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Interdisciplinary Social SciencesAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Students who apply for the programme may be invited for ameeting with the Admission Board to provide additional informationabout their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master'sprogramme.

language test

Sufficient knowledge of the English language (a TOEFL score of100 or higher or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher with a subscore6.5 for speaking and writing or a diploma at VWO level).

previous education

University Bachelor in a social science (e.g., Psychology,Sociology, Pedagogics)

reference letter

Candidates must arrange for two references/letters ofrecommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record. NB: For candidates from the FacultyBehavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, itis sufficient to mention the names of the academic referees, incase they are academic staff members of the Faculty of Behaviouraland Social Sciences of the University of Groningen.

written request

Your motivation to enter the Research Master and yourprofessional background are important elements in successfulcompletion of the programme. Also, it is very important for us toknow what your objectives are in completing the Research Master soyour needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (nolonger than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation to study theResearch Master, relevant study or work experience and any otherinformation which you think is related to your admission such asthesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professionalqualifications in social and behavioural sciences.

other admission requirements
  • High performance during the Bachelor's degree programme(weighted average BA grade at least 7.5 or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of relevant theories and statistics (includingmultiple regression and analysis of variance), and experience withstatistical software packages
  • Preference for one of the three domains

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Students who apply for the programme may be invited for ameeting with the Admission Board to provide additional informationabout their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master'sprogramme.

language test

Sufficient knowledge of the English language (a TOEFL score of100 or higher or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher with a subscore6.5 for speaking and writing or a diploma at VWO level).

reference letter

Candidates must arrange for two references/letters ofrecommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record. NB: For candidates from the FacultyBehavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, itis sufficient to mention the names of the academic referees, incase they are academic staff members of the Faculty of Behaviouraland Social Sciences of the University of Groningen.

written request

Your motivation to enter the Research Master and yourprofessional background are important elements in successfulcompletion of the programme. Also, it is very important for us toknow what your objectives are in completing the Research Master soyour needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (nolonger than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation to study theResearch Master, relevant study or work experience and any otherinformation which you think is related to your admission such asthesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professionalqualifications in social and behavioural sciences.

other admission requirements
  • High performance during the Bachelor's degree programme(weighted average BA grade at least 7.5 or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of relevant theories and statistics (includingmultiple regression and analysis of variance), and experience withstatistical software packages
  • Preference for one of the three domains

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Students who apply for the programme may be invited for ameeting with the Admission Board to provide additional informationabout their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master'sprogramme.

knowledge minimum

Sufficient qualifications in statistics and the sciences thatare relevant for the programme and a suitable attitude, motivationand talent.

previous education

University BSc in psychology, sociology, pedagogical oreducational sciences.

reference letter

Candidates must arrange for two references/letters ofrecommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.

written request

Your motivation to enter the Research Master and yourprofessional background are important elements in successfulcompletion of the programme. Also, it is very important for us toknow what your objectives are in completing the Research Master soyour needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (nolonger than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation to study theResearch Master, relevant study or work experience and any otherinformation which you think is related to your admission such asthesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professionalqualifications in social and behavioural sciences.

Registration procedure

The deadline is prolonged to April 1st 2018, to give attendeesof the webinar (14 March 2018) the opportunity to apply.

To apply for this programme, first go to Studielink. Then,please upload the following documents in OAS:

* a copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you askadmission to our programme (both original language and translatedin English)
* your weighted average BA grade (weighted according toECTSs)
* a copy of your transcript of records (both original language andtranslated in English)
* a copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests(exc. for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation
* two references

If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.


To apply for this programme, first go to Studielink. Then,please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • a copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you askadmission to our programme (both original language and translatedin English)
  • your weighted average BA grade (weighted according toECTSs)
  • a copy of your transcript of records (both original languageand translated in English)
  • a copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests(exc. for native speakers)
  • a cop

If you have any questions about your application, please contactus at: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.


Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 14200full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
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What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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