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The scientific approach followed in this programme focuses on theory-guided empirical data analysis and generalizable explanations of human behaviour and social phenomena. The programme aims to impart knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of social and behavioural sciences in such a way that the student is capable of performing scientific research in this area.

The degree programme prepares students for a PhD position and is therefore part of the Graduate School for Behavioural and Social Sciences. It builds upon a long-standing collaboration within the faculty between a number of research groups in Sociology, Psychology, and Educational Sciences with a shared interest in the social behaviour 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 behaviour, or commitment.

Within the programme, each student chooses a specialization that is associated with one of the participating research programmes:

  • Social and Organizational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychometrics and Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Education and Development

Programme elements

Regardless the specialization, the programme takes two years (4 semesters) in total, with a total study load of 120 EC. It is composed of six parts:

Module EC
1 Compulsory general and methodological modules 25
2 Compulsory specialization-specific modules and optional modules 25
3 Seminars 5
4 Literature studies 15
5 Traineeship 15
6 Master’s thesis project 35
total 120

Please turn to the course catalogue for a detailed description of these modules.


The content of the programme is highly individualized, with some compulsory and some optional modules. Students compose and monitor their personal study plans in close cooperation with a supervisor (i.e., a member from the staff of the research group in which the student plans to specialize). The supervisor is assigned to each student around week 8 of the programme. Soon after this, a detailed study plan is formulated by the student and the supervisor together and submitted for approval to the Board of Examiners. The student may choose another supervisor for the Master’s thesis, who will take over the role of ‘general’ supervisor in the second year.


All modules within the Research Master’s programme Behavioural and Social Sciences can be chosen as electives in all specializations. However, for practical modules specific background knowledge may be required, as indicated by the module information in the study guide.

Upon request, the Board of Examiners may permit the student to select one or more modules from the Master’s degree programme of the same faculty, another faculty or another university as elective.

For more detailed information on the specializations and modules, please refer to the corresponding sections.

Last modified:14 December 2017 1.24 p.m.