This programme is designed for students with a background in Behavioural Science or other related disciplines, and strong research skills
Gain the hands-on skills, and support required to conduct behavioural research in a stimulating setting
This programme gives you a multidisciplinary approach into understanding human behaviour, combining knowledge and methods from diverse fields
Prepare yourself for a career as a researcher at a university or other organizations, a policymaker, journalist, and more
Why study Behavioural Science at Radboud University?
The Master's programme in Behavioural Science was recently awarded the 'Best Programme' in the Dutch Guide to Master's programmes (Keuzegids Masters 2019) and is consistently rated highly by students in the programme.
At Radboud, you will get hands-on research experience on a variety of topics, and learn the methods necessary to succeed in your field of research. We also promote a multidisciplinary approach, which means that you can research the topics that you are passionate about.
You will also have access to state-of-the-art equipment and labs on our campus, including the Virtual Reality Lab, Observational Lab, and our eye-tracking systems. Students can also access the resources of the internationally renown Behavioural Science Institute, and equipment from the Donders Institute for Neuroimaging.
What will you learn?
Why are there so many people called Dennis living in Denver? Why does one person become addicted and not another? Behavioural scientists at Radboud University know the answers.
In this programme, you will receive the training you need to conduct behavioural research. In the first year, you will carry out research – in small groups – in one of our many ongoing research projects. In the past, this has led to students publishing their results in international journals and – already during their study – making a valuable contribution to scientific progress.
You will also be introduced to the current theoretical debates in your chosen field, choosing from a range of different thematic courses.
Graduates of this programme could find work as:
Researchers in the academic field, at an NGO, or for government organizations
The Master’s programme in Behavioural Science is taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The courses fall into four categories. All courses in the first two categories are mandatory while those in the final two offer plenty of room for choice so that you can create a programme that meets your academic and professional interests in the field of behavioural science:
Statistics and research methods courses (19 EC)
Professional development courses (7 EC)
Content courses (31 EC)
Research experience (63 EC)
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Science or related areaIn order to get admission to this Master's, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Pedagogy, Educational Science, Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Communication Science or another related discipline. Because this is a selective programme, students with good to excellent grades will have a better chance of being admitted.
2. Methodological and statistical knowledgeWe expect candidates to have basic knowledge of methods and statistics (including, description of univariate distributions (e.g. central tendency, dispersion, graphical representation). Analysis of variance (e.g. t-test and ANOVA), Correlation and Multiple Regression) and experience in quantitative research.
3. Motivation letterIn this letter of motivation, you should explain why you want to follow this programme and why you think you are suited for it. Attached to this letter should be a resume with photo, list of grades and two reference letters from lecturers. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) will follow before you are admitted to the programme.
4. Reference lettersApplicants will need to send in two letters of recommendation by lectures or supervisors (including contact details).
5. A resume that includes a photoPlease upload your resume in the online application system Osiris as an additional document.
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
A TOEFL iBT score of ≥100
IELTS score of ≥7.0 (test score of 7 overall with a 6.5 minimum for each test result: listening, reading, writing and speaking)
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa or if they have successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
Programmes starting in September
Non-EEA students: 1 April
EEA students: 1 May
The Master's in Behavioural Science was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' and 'Best in their field' in the Keuzegids Masters 2019 (Guide to Master's programmes), which indicates the programme belongs to the very best programmes in Dutch Master's education, across the entire range of disciplines.