Are you considering a research career in an academic or an applied setting? Do you want to specialize in the field of behavioral and social sciences and receive multidisciplinary training?

As a research master student, you choose one of our three multidisciplinary themes. The theme-specific courses will give you a broad view of the theme and will introduce you to the unique perspectives of the theme-related specializations. In the course of the first semester, you will choose your own specialization. It will enable you to tailor your master to the topics that you wish to engage in.

1. Deficits, Distress, and Disorders

What are the origins of psychopathological and brain disorders?

Specializations: Clinical Neuropsychology| Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics

2. Lifespan Development and Socialization

How do individuals develop across their lifespan?

Specializations: Developmental Psychology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics |Sociology

3. Sustainability in a Changing Society

How do individuals and groups adapt to the changing world?

Specializations: Environmental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Social psychology | Sociology

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • A unique combination of multi-disciplinarity and specialization;
  • The opportunity to work with excellent researchers;
  • Your own mentor during the first year to offer assistance;
  • Opportunity for a Ph.D. scholarship for your own Ph.D. proposal (offered each year)
  • All new students are eligible for a nine-month paid research assistantship;
  • Non-EU students are also eligible for the University of Groningen Talent Grant;
  • Students from certain countries are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme grant;
  • Students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are eligible for The Holland Scholarship program.

Program

Year 1

  • How to theorize, and to reflect on science.
  • Statistical modules give you a profound basis in various statistical methods, including computer skills and the ability to sensibly use statistics to solve empirical research problems.
  • Compulsory theme-specific modules introduce the theme, offering a broad view and the unique perspectives of the theme-related specializations.
  • Elective modules allow for further specialization, in the theme-related specializations.

All first-year students are offered a research assistantship in a project of choice. This opens the opportunity for paid participation in an ongoing research project.

Courses

  • Advanced statistics (7.5 EC)
  • How to theorize (2.5 EC)
  • DDD | Deficits, Distress, and Disorders: a multidimensional perspective (5 EC)
  • LDS | Lifespan development (5 EC)
  • SCS | Theorizing change (7.5 EC)
  • DDD | Deficits, Distress, and Disorders: advanced research methods (5 EC)
  • LDS | Modelling interactions between persons and variables over time (5 E
  • LDS | Socialization (5 EC)
  • SCS | From problem analysis to intervention design (7.5 EC)
  • Elective courses (see the online catalog) (10 EC)
  • Applied statistics (10 EC)
  • DDD | Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth OR Neuropsychological assessment (5 EC)
  • Reflecting on science and integrity (5 EC)

Year 2

  • You learn how to perform multidisciplinary research, by jointly carrying out a research project about a societal problem.
  • Elective modules allow for further specialization in the theme-related specializations.
  • In the traineeship, you learn how to conduct high-quality scientific research by participating in an ongoing research project.
  • Students in the themes DDD and LDS may add a clinical internship, to be trained in diagnostic and other clinical skills and qualify for a postdoctoral clinical training program.

Courses

  • Multidisciplinary research in action (5 EC)
  • Electives (see online catalog)
  • Master's thesis (35 EC)
  • (Clinical) Traineeship (10 EC) (20 EC)

Curriculum

Please note:

  • DDD, LDS, and SCS indicate the compulsory theme modules, for each of the three themes.
  • Courses marked with an * are compulsory courses for all students, regardless of the chosen theme.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

The Traineeship and Master thesis projects can be performed internally at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, or externally at another university or research institute in the Netherlands or abroad. The teaching staff has an extensive national and international network, resulting from cooperations with top-level researchers across the world.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Assessment interview

Students who apply for the program may be invited for an interview with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's program.

Language test

Sufficient knowledge of the English language. | CPE in Advanced English:>=185 | TOEFL: an overall score of >= 100, with >= 25 on speaking and writing on the internet-based form | IELTS: an overall score of >= 7, with >=7 on speaking and writing (academic version).

Previous education

A relevant BSc degree (or equivalent) in the (related) field of Biotechnology or Chemical Engineering, based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the Water Technology program.

Reference letter

Candidates must arrange for two names of academic referees who have knowledge of their academic records.

Written request

Your motivation to enter the Research Master program and your professional background are important elements in the successful completion of the program. Also, it is very important for us to know what your objectives are in completing the Research Master so your needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (no longer than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation, relevant study or work experience and any other information which you think is related to your admission such as thesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professional qualifications in social and behavioral sciences.

Other admission requirements
  • High performance during the Bachelor's degree program (weighted average BA grade at least 7.5 or equivalent)
  • Preference for one of the three domains
  • Knowledge of relevant theories and statistics (including multiple regression and analysis of variance), and experience with statistical software packages.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Assessment interview

Students who apply for the program may be invited for an interview with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's program.

Language test

Sufficient knowledge of the English language. | CPE in Advanced English:>=185 | TOEFL: an overall score of >= 100, with >= 25 on speaking and writing on the internet-based form | IELTS: an overall score of >= 7, with >=7 on speaking and writing (academic version).

Previous education

University Bachelor in social science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogics, Educational Sciences)

Reference letter

Candidates must arrange for two names of academic referees who have knowledge of their academic records.

Written request

Candidates must arrange for two names of academic referees who have knowledge of their academic records.

Other admission requirements
  • High performance during the Bachelor's degree program (weighted average BA grade at least 7.5 or equivalent)
  • Preference for one of the three domains
  • Knowledge of relevant theories and statistics (including multiple regression and analysis of variance), and experience with statistical software packages.

Registration procedure

To apply for this program, first, go to Studielink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).

Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • A copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our program (both original language and translated in English);
  • Your weighted average BA grade (weighted according to ECTS);
  • A copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English);
  • A copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (except for native speakers);
  • A copy of your passport or ID card;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • Two references.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

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

Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study and training for a Ph.D. thesis, for employment as a research practitioner, for employment as policy advisors in government institutions and for employment in the public or private sector.

Each year we offer a limited number of Ph.D. Scholarships, giving our top students the opportunity to continue in a Ph.D. position.

TNO, CITO, and CBS are possible Dutch employers after finishing our master's program.

Job examples

  • Ph.D. student
  • Researcher in the public or private sector
  • Research practitioner
  • Policy advisor in government institutions

Research

Research Master & Research Groups

The degree program prepares you for a Ph.D. or applied research position, aiming to impart knowledge, skills, and understanding in the field of social and behavioral sciences in such a way that you are capable of performing scientific research in this area.

The program builds upon a long-standing collaboration within the faculty between a number of research groups in sociology, psychology, and pedagogical and educational sciences with a shared interest in the social behavior of individuals in institutional and cultural contexts.

They all focus on methodologically and theoretically advanced research on applied problems. Typical research topics include, for example, motivation, solidarity behavior, or commitment. Within the program, you choose a multidisciplinary domain that is a collaboration between different research groups:

  • Lifespan Development and Socialization (pedagogical and educational sciences, developmental psychology, sociology, psychometrics)
  • Deficits, Distress, and Disorders (clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, pedagogical and educational sciences, psychometrics)
  • Sustainability in a Changing Society (environmental psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, sociology, psychometrics)
Program taught in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Last updated October 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 1, 2020
Duration
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Price
2,143 EUR
EU/EEA students: €2143/year. Non-EU/EEA students: €14650
Deadline
May 1, 2020
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