The Master’s program 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 benefit of social interaction and health. During your studies, you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. We will also devote a considerable amount of time to advances in research skills in methods and statistics, and you will be trained to use and develop cutting-edge research tools 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 of the study of behavioural regulation ranging from concrete views (social cognition and neuroscience) to global views (relationships, welfare, and health). Considerable attention is paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health-related issues.

International orientation

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

  • International networks and connections: Our staff includes lecturers who are from abroad or 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 program is entirely 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 expand their global network.

Education built on research

The Social and Health Psychology program is supported by the Department of Psychology, and includes a broad set of research approaches and methods to the study of human behaviour, including experimental research in laboratories, field experiments, surveys and observational studies, experience sampling and simulation studies.

Program Goals

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

Career Prospects

This program prepares you for a scientific career in academia, research institutes, government organisations, NGOs, or private enterprises.

Academic Careers

Program alumni have obtained the following academic positions:

  • PhD candidate (at Utrecht University, Maastricht University, VU University Amsterdam, University of Oxford, and University of Technology Eindhoven)
  • Research assistant (at University of Cape Town and UMC Utrecht)
  • Postdoc researcher (at Harvard University)
  • Assistant professor (at Leiden University)

Professional Careers

The program also prepares you for a career as an applied researcher in different educational institutions and educational services. Our graduates have obtained positions such as:

  • Trainee in Strategy and Policy for the Information Society at TNO
  • Disability research analyst at JBS International, Inc.
  • MRI flow manager at UMC Utrecht
  • Junior researcher at NIVEL
  • Sociotherapist at Altrecht Aventurijn
  • Psychologist and researcher at Rivierduinen Leiden
  • Sales consultant at Elliott Browne
  • Certified passion test facilitator at Happiness Heard Your Name

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
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2 years
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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