How do athletes and musicians develop their talent? How can teachers stimulate children's talents and creativity in the classroom? And how can we improve the talent selection of athletes, employees, musicians, and students?

In any achievement domain, there is an increasing focus on the development, selection, and promotion of talent and creativity. In this unique, internationally-oriented Master's program, you will develop the expertise to select, develop, and nurture talent and creativity in individuals and organizations across achievement domains.

You will learn about the theoretical and practical approaches to talent development and creativity, and about the psychology of success. You will get in touch with organizations from different industries, sports clubs, and schools, that aim to improve the selection and development of talent and creativity. Furthermore, you will develop coaching skills to enhance people’s personal and professional potential.

As part of your Master’s thesis, you will carry out a research project to investigate the development of talent and/or creativity in the achievement domain that interests you most.

Why study this program in Groningen?

You:

  • Obtain an internationally-recognized MSc. degree in psychology;
  • Become an expert in a domain that is, and will remain, of interest to companies, schools, sports clubs, and more: Talent Development and Creativity;
  • Can, if you are interested in sports, obtain an official sport psychology certificate, offered by the Dutch Society of Sport Psychology (VSPN);
  • Can, if you are interested in coaching, obtain a coaching certificate;
  • Are actively supported in working on your employability in the fields of research and practice.

Program

Year 1

Our one-year MSc. program consists of 30 EC master courses and a 30 EC master thesis, possibly including an internship.

  • Two foundation courses: in-depth knowledge of talent development and creativity, as well as the skills to apply this knowledge to practice;
  • A skills course and a method course: to develop practical coaching skills and methodological competencies;
  • Two elective courses: which can be (a combination of) additional foundation courses, psychology master courses from another program, or courses from outside the psychology department (the exam committee has to provide permission for the latter option).

In your individual master thesis, you can focus on the achievement domain that interests you most. You could conduct a fundamental research project in the lab, but also be involved in projects with one of our partner institutions. Within our program, there are various collaborations in the world of sports (e.g., Dutch Royal Football Association, Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association, Team Sunweb (cycling), Football Club Groningen), education (e.g., Friesland College, Topsport Talentschool Groningen, Bètapunt Noord), or other organizations in which talent selection, - development and creativity are crucial music (e.g., Prince Claus Conservatoire, the Royal Netherlands Army, Museums, local and (inter)national enterprises).

Courses

  • Repeated Measures (Method course) (5 EC)
  • Talent Development and Creativity (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Coaching (Skills course) (5 EC)
  • Master Thesis (30 EC)
  • Analyzing Individual Development (Method course)
  • Talent Development and Creativity in Practice (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Competence and Motivation (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Milestones and Talent in Development (Example of an Elective course)
  • Test Construction (Method course) (5 EC)
  • Talent Assessment (Foundation course) (5 EC)

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 November 2019

01 April 2020

01 November 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Preparing to get employed!

How you benefit from what our program brings:

  • In our courses, you learn about using your skills in practice, and you have the opportunity to work with an organization in the domain of your interest.
  • We look for interesting meetings where you can do some networking and get in touch with practice outside the courses.
  • If you are interested in sport psychology you can obtain an official sport psychology certificate when having finished this program.
  • Our foundation- and skills courses count to obtain a Coaching certificate.

Job examples

  • Counselor or Consultant in the domains of education, work, sports, music;
  • Scientist on talent development and creativity, which can be at a university, but also in an organization (embedded);
  • Coach, teacher, or sport psychologist in the domains of education, work, sports, music;
  • (Talent) Recruiter in the fields of work, sports, arts, and music;
  • Policymaker/analyst in the field of talent development and creativity programs.

Research

Talent Development and Creativity Research at the Department

Staff members involved in MSc. program Talent Development and Creativity have provided important contributions to the selection and development of talent and creativity in different domains. A brief selection of examples is provided below.

Talent selection in team sports (2017-today)

In collaboration with the Dutch Royal Football Association and Football Club Groningen, we are designing and testing new ways to select soccer players. The two most important aims of this project are: 1) Provide better, more systematic ways of scouting players, and 2) construct test environments in which important soccer skills (e.g., psychological skills, passing, defending, attacking) can be assessed in the most valid way. The ultimate aim of the project is that we can come to better predictions of soccer players’ future performance.

Curious Minds (2009-today)

This national research project ("Talentenkracht" in Dutch) has been conducted by different researchers and Ph.D. students in our department. Curious Minds is focused on the measurement and stimulation of scientific talent in primary education. It started about years ago and has resulted in a list of scientific articles, as well as teaching instruments for schools, coaching packages for teachers, and a handbook on talent development in primary education. Currently, researchers and practitioners are extending the Curious Minds approach to other fields, including music and sports.

Your Special Forces (2018-today)

In collaboration with the Special Forces Unit of the Royal Netherlands Army, we are establishing a data platform to improve the development and selection of operators (for example, commandos). Key questions we are focusing on in this project are: What skills are needed to perform in exceptional circumstances? How can we develop such talents? What are the effects of psychological training on the skills of the operators? How can we improve the selection procedure for the Special Forces? The results of this project will provide very relevant insights into the selection and development of talent in fields in which people need to perform under stressful circumstances.

Selection of Academic Staff

  • Prof. dr. Nico W. Van Yperen Professor Sport & Performance Psychology. Research expertise: Competence and motivation across achievement settings, including work, sports, and education.
  • Dr. Ruud J. R. Den Hartigh Assistant Professor Talent Development and Creativity. Research expertise: Performance processes in sports and beyond, in particular, talent selection and –development, psychological momentum, and resilience.
  • Dr. Marijn W. G. Van Dijk Research expertise: Talent development in teacher-student interactions, mostly in primary education and the arts.
  • Prof Dr. Rob R. Meijer Research expertise: Methods, measurements, and instruments in Psychology. Design of tests that optimally predict future performance in work, education, and sports.
  • Dr. Barbara Huijgen Research expertise: Talent identification and –development in sports from a multidimensional perspective.
  • Dr. Susan Niessen, MSc Research expertise: Talent assessment methods in the context of higher education, work, and sports.
  • Prof. Dr. Peter de Jonge Research expertise: The development of psychopathology and how this could be linked to special talents and creativity.
  • Yannick Hill, MSc Research expertise: Psychological resilience, breakthroughs, and Breakdowns in athletic careers.
  • Tom Bergkamp, MSc Research expertise: Talent identification and predicting future performance in the domain of sports.

Selection of recent exposure to talent development & creativity

  • NBA Finals: How Momentum Could Decide the Outcome of Raptors vs. Warriors (Ruud den Hartigh, Inverse, 2019).
  • Waarom laat de ene ploeg het hoofd hangen na een achterstand, terwijl de andere snoeihard terugkomt? (Den Hartigh, R. (2019, De Volksrant)
  • Gebruik ‘studeren op proef’ als selectie (Karen M. Stegers-Jager & Susan Niessen, De Volkskrant, 2019)
  • De slechtste manier om een goede werknemer te vinden? Een sollicitatiegesprek (Susan Niessen, De Correspondent, 2019)
  • Predicting speed skating performance with automatized analyses (Ruud den Hartigh, 2018)
  • Meijer, H., Niessen, A., Frencken, W., & den Hartigh, J. R. (2018). Daar zit toch een goede kop op? Beter voorspellen van sportprestaties met inzichten uit de selectiepsychologie. SportGericht, 72, 18-23.
  • Sport Science Blog by Prof. dr. Nico van Yperen: Dutch columns on the psychological factors of sports and performance.

Selection of our staff members’ recent international scientific articles on talent development & creativity

  • Van Yperen, N. W. (Accepted/In press). Achievement goals and self-regulation in the sport context. In Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (third ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Niessen, A. S. M., Meijer, R. R., & Tendeiro, J. N. (2018). Admission testing for higher education: A multi-cohort study on the validity of high-fidelity curriculum-sampling tests. PLoS ONE, 13(6).
  • Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Hill, Y., & van Geert, P. L. C. (2018). The development of talent in sports: A dynamic network approach. Complexity, 2018, [9280154].
  • Kupers, E., Van Dijk, M., & Lehmann-Wermser, A. (2018). Creativity in the Here and Now: A Generic, Micro-Developmental Measure of Creativity. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Niessen, A. S. M., Frencken, W. G. P., & Meijer, R. R. (2018). Selection procedures in sports: Improving predictions of athletes’ future performance. European Journal of Sport Science, 18, 1191-1198.
  • van Vondel, S., Steenbeek, H., van Dijk, M., & van Geert, P. (2018). The Effects of Video Feedback Coaching for Teachers on Scientific Knowledge of Primary Students. Research in science education, 48, 301-324.
  • Bergkamp, T., Niessen, A., den Hartigh, J. R., Frencken, W., & Meijer, R. R. (2018). Comment on: "Talent Identification in Sport: A Systematic Review". Sports Medicine, 48, 1517-1519.
  • Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van der Steen, S., Hakvoort, B., Frencken, W. G. P., & Lemmink, K. A. P. M. (2018). Differences in game-reading between selected and non-selected youth soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36, 422-428.
  • De Jonge, K., Rietzschel, E., & Van Yperen, N. W. (2018). Stimulated by Novelty? The role of Psychological Needs and Perceived Creativity. Personality and social psychology bulletin, 44, 851-867.
  • Hill, Y., den Hartigh, R. J. R., Meijer, R. R., de Jonge, P., & Van Yperen, N. W.(2018). Resilience in Sports From a Dynamical Perspective. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 7, 333-341.
  • Te Wierike, S. C. M., Huijgen, B. C. H., Jonker, L., Elferink-Gemser, M. T., & Visscher, C. (2018). The importance and development of ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills in basketball players for different positions. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 710-716.
  • Van Yperen, N. W. (2017). Competence and the Workplace. In A. J. Elliot, C. S. Dweck, & D. S. Yeager (Eds.), Handbook of Competence and Motivation: Theory and Application (2 ed., pp. 635-654). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Kramer, T., Huijgen, B. C. H., Elferink-Gemser, M. T., & Visscher, C. (2017). Prediction of Tennis Performance in Junior Elite Tennis Players. Journal of sports science and medicine, 16, 14-21.
  • Niessen, A. S. M., & Meijer, R. R. (2017). On the use of broadened admission criteria in higher education. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 436-448.
  • Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van Yperen, N. W., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (2017). Embedding the psychosocial biographies of Olympic medallists in a (meta-)theoretical model of dynamic networks. Progress in Brain Research, 232, 137-140.
  • Kupers, E., Van Dijk, M., & van Geert, P. (2017). Changing Patterns of Scaffolding and Autonomy During Individual Music Lessons: A Mixed Methods Approach. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 26, 131-166.
  • Van Yperen, N. W., & Wörtler, B. (2017). Blended working and the employability of older workers, retirement timing, and bridge employment. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3, 102-108.
  • Kolman, N., Huijgen, B., Kramer, T., Elferink-Gemser, M., & Visscher, C. (2017). The Dutch Technical-Tactical Tennis Test (D4T) for Talent Identification and Development: Psychometric Characteristics. Journal of human kinetics, 55, 127-138.
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