MSc in Psychology


Program Description

Programme Overview

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Psychology or related disciplines
  • Gain knowledge and skills that allow you to apply your insights into interesting research and solutions in topics that you are passionate about
  • Analyze the complexity of human behaviour while contributing to health, wellbeing and change in our society
  • Prepare yourself for a variety of career paths: consultant, researcher, policy maker, information officer, marketing expert, plus many more

Why study Psychology at Radboud University?

The master's programme in Psychology was ranked in the top 50 programmes worldwide according to QS World University Rankings. Though we consistently provide quality education, we strive to continual improvement. At Radboud you will benefit from a world-class atmosphere, and a worldwide network of partnerships that Radboud maintains.

Students from this programme consistently find positions in their field shortly after completing their degree.

What will you learn?

In this programme you will focus on the use of theoretical frameworks and models to analyse behaviour and create practical conclusions that you can apply to problems in your field. You will explore the drivers of behaviours and techniques that can be used to influence behaviour, such as priming, and how these concepts can be used in your own research.

This programme will also prepare you for future roles as a practice-based researcher, giving you specialist knowledge in your field.


  • Behaviour Change
    What determines human behaviour? How can we change people's behaviour? What motivates us as people? In the Master's specialisation in Behavioural Change, you will learn how to examine behavioural influencing in a scientific manner and you will learn how to apply this knowledge to practical situations. At the end of your studies, you will have specialist knowledge of behavioural change. You will be able to apply this expertise in numerous types of jobs, such as any of the following: advertising or marketing expert, information officer, communication consultant, project manager, policy officer, researcher or, for example, prevention expert for the public health service. You could also set up your own consulting firm or research company.
  • Work, Organisation & Health
    How healthy is The New Way of Working? How do you prevent burnout or stress? How do you engage and captivate young employees? These are the kinds of questions on which you will learn to advise in your capacity as a work and organisation psychologist or an occupational health psychologist. In this Master’s specialisation, you will learn how to analyse the quality of work and the behaviour of employees, managers, teams and functional groups through the use of theoretical frameworks and models. You also learn how to apply interventions focused at employees, the quality of work, or the organisation, enabling employees to function optimally. This master specialisation focuses on three specific areas, which are clearly recognisable in the professional field: occupational and health psychology, personnel psychology (HRM), and organisational psychology.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could find work as;

  • Marketing professionals
  • Information officers
  • Communication consultants
  • Researchers
  • Prevention experts
  • Policy officers
  • Business advisors
  • Lifestyle counselours

Admission requirements

1. Completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • If you obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Radboud University, you are directly admissible.
  • If you have obtained (or will obtain) a Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree (or equivalent) in Psychology not from Radboud University, then you are admissible if your degree includes:
    • You have sufficient knowledge of Statistics and Data Analysis (at least 15 EC, i.e. 420 study hours) and the statistical package SPSS. Subsequently, you must be able to execute basic statistical analyses such as t-test, F-tests, correlations, regression analyses, analyses of variance and chi-square tests.
    • You have sufficient knowledge of methods of psychological research (at least 20 EC, i.e. 560 study hours). Subsequently, you must be able to distinguish different types of validity and tests for reliability and to evaluate the quality of different types of research design.
    • You have gained academic knowledge and understanding at Bachelor’s level in Social Psychology and Work/ Organisational/ Occupational Psychology (at least 40 EC, i.e. 1120 study hours).
    • You have experience with conducting at least three empirical research projects that vary in complexity, contain statistical analyses with quantitative measures and that resulted in written reports of which at least one is an individually written report in APA-style. We may ask you to hand in these reports to prove your experience with the above-mentioned skills, in case we consider this relevant for your application.
  • Please note that you are not admissible if you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree not in Psychology or if you have a HBO-Bachelor's degree (university of applied science). We do not offer a pre-Master's programme.

Language Requirements

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have proficiency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Radboud University or any other Dutch University.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor’s (or Master’s) programme that was taught entirely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America.

All other students need one of the following certificates (certificates may not be older than two years):

  • IELTS academic: overall score of at least 7.0 and band scores of at least 6.5
  • TOEFLiBT: total score of at least 100, subscores at least 22 (reading), 22 (listening), 22 (speaking) and 25 (writing).
  • CAE/CPE: grade of at least C


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less