MSc Social and Health Psychology

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Social and Health Psychology

Utrecht University

Investigate the social and health aspects of behavioural regulation

How do we resist impulses (such as greed and appetite) to promote human cooperation and maintain a healthy lifestyle? How do we cope with social and health threats in order to prevent or recover from stress and anxiety? How does money affect our social and work life?

The Master’s programme in Social and Health Psychology will equip you with the tools and knowledge to analyse topics related to the control of human behaviour for the benefits of social interaction and health. During your studies, you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. You will also learn to use and develop cutting-edge research methods through participation in ongoing projects, where you will gain research experience in the study of behavioural regulation.

Multiple perspectives

The two-year curriculum involves multiple perspectives ranging from concrete (neuroscientific and social cognitive perspectives) to global perspectives (relationships, welfare, and health). Considerable attention is paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health issues.

International orientation

The Master’s programme has an international character that offers you multiple benefits:

International networks and connections: Our staff includes lecturers who are from abroad or still have international positions. We also collaborate with researchers abroad, enabling you to arrange research or teaching visits outside of the Netherlands and improving your research and career opportunities.

Global perspectives on course topics: Numerous international students bring regional and global perspectives to discussions on the course content and related topics. From these interactions, you’ll gain a diverse outlook on social and health psychology issues.

Advanced English-language skills: The programme is completely taught in English, and we encourage our students to visit symposia, seminars, and conferences in the Netherlands (in English) to further develop their subject-specific vocabulary and grow their global network.

Education built on research

The Social and Health Psychology programme builds on two research areas:

  • the Division of Clinical and Health Psychology (stress and self-regulation, and trauma, grief, and anxiety-related disorders)
  • the Division of Social and Organisational Psychology (social-cognitive and interpersonal determinants of behaviour and occupational health psychology)


Through this Master’s programme, you will develop into a qualified psychological scientist who is ready for PhD studies or a research career outside academia. You will have the training and tools to use multiple research methods to investigate social and health issues related to behavioural regulation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 11, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)