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 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.
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 under-regulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health-related issues.
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 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 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 programme 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.