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Admission requirements

The Research Master’s degree programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences is designed primarily for highly talented, motivated, and ambitious students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. Admission to the programme is based on students' performance during the Bachelor’s degree programme and their motivation. Specifically, applicants should have qualifications that support the expectation of successful completion of the programme. These qualifications include:

  1. A Bachelor's diploma in Psychology, Sociology, the Pedagogical Sciences or the Educational Sciences.
  2. Sufficient knowledge of the English language (at least TOEFL 600, IELTS 7.0).
  3. Sufficient qualifications in the sciences that are relevant for the programme.
  4. Sufficient qualifications in the statistical procedures for data analysis, as specified in the "Statistical Entrance Requirements".
    To verify your statistical knowledge, it is helpful to make the Diagnostic Self Test Statistics, and next to verify your answers in the document Answers Diagnostic Self Test and follow the recommendations given there.
  5. Suitable motives and aspirations for successful completion of the Research Master’s programme.

Students who apply for the programme may be invited for a meeting with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Master's programme. For the admission form, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.


Students who have obtained a Master’s degree from another programme (e.g. a one-year Master’s programme in one of the social sciences in the Netherlands or elsewhere) and who are subsequently admitted to the Research Master’s programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences, may send a request for exemptions to the Board of Examiners. The general guideline is that a 30 ECTS Master’s thesis is equivalent to a 15 ECTS literature study and a 15 ECTS traineeship. In addition, students may be granted exemptions to a maximum of 20-25 ECTS if they have completed modules that are equivalent in content and level to modules from the Research Master’s programme. Students who are admitted to the Research Master's programme on the basis of a Master's degree from another programme, are admitted on the condition that they have finished this other programme before 1 September of the year in which they want to start the Research Master's programme. For further information, contact the course manager.

The admission form, which is to be sent to the course manager, can be downloaded following this link .

The deadline for the application is:

  • 1 March 2012 for non-EU students
  • 1 May 2012 for EU-students

Meetings with the Admission Board will be planned within one month after the deadline for application.

Last modified:14 December 2017 1.24 p.m.