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The master’s degree programme in Psychology has 11 specializations, also known as ‘tracks’. In the Dutch-taught tracks, at least part of the teaching is in Dutch. In the English-taught tracks, most or all of the teaching is in English.

Some tracks have limited numbers of places available. An overview of these can be found under the heading ‘master’s tracks: starting dates and available places’ on this page.

Admission and registration in steps

Step 1: check the admission requirements for the track of your choice

Whether you can be admitted to a master’s track depends on your previous education and the specific track.

General criteria apply to the master’s tracks and in addition, some tracks also have specific criteria.

If you satisfy the admission requirements and criteria, please continue reading for more information on how to apply for a Master’s track and, if relevant, the selection procedure.

Step 2: register for one master’s track

Checklist before registering:

  1. Check under step 1 whether you satisfy all the admission requirements and criteria.
  2. You can only start the master’s phase if you have gained your Bachelor’s degree before 1 September 2024.
  3. You must register before 1 March or 1 May 2024 (depending on your preferred track). Check the starting dates in the overview further down on this page.
  4. Make sure you make a well-considered choice, because you can only graduate in one Master’s track. Once you have been placed in a track, you cannot switch to another track before the start or during the master's program. We also advise against quitting a track and applying for another one later. You are not allowed to start a new skills course, thesis or internship in the new track if you have already started it in the previous track. This means you will not be able to graduate from the new track.
Step 3: check whether you have to take a selection test

Most master’s tracks have more admissible students than available places. A selection procedure, including a selection test, therefore applies. There are also a number of tracks without selection procedures, to which you can be directly admitted.

An overview of available places for each track can be found under the heading ‘master’s tracks: starting dates and available places’ further down on this page.

Master’s tracks with selection procedures

Master’s tracks without selection procedures

Klinische Psychologie
Ontwikkelingspsychologie
Klinische Neuropsychologie
Clinical Neuropsychology 
Environmental Psychology*
Talent Development and Creativity*
Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology*

Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
Theory and History of Psychology
Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology
Applied Social Psychology*

Registration deadline - master’s tracks starting in February 2024

1 October 2023

15 November 2023**

Registration deadline - master’s tracks starting in September 2024

1 March 2024

1 May 2024**

* These tracks only start in September
** Please note - students from outside the EU/EEA
We strongly advise you to submit your application in good time (more than a month in advance) so that you will have enough time to arrange or extend your visa.

Step 4: the selection test (if necessary for your master’s track)

Several weeks after the application deadline, you will be notified whether you qualify for admission to the Master’s track(s) of your choice, whether you need to participate in a selection procedure, and what the next steps in your admission process are.

If you register for a master’s track with a selection procedure, you will be invited to take a selection test. Please note that in order to be invited to take the test, you will have to provide a sufficiently serious motivation for your track preference in the registration form.

Test
The selection test is a general test of your knowledge of topics that are likely to have been covered by general Bachelor’s degree programmes in Psychology. The test will consist of 60 questions, take 90 minutes, and be administered in English.

Location
The selection test will be held on site in Groningen.

Eligibility for an online test
Students who are working on or have completed a bachelor’s degree programme outside the EEA and are still living outside the EEA will be given the opportunity to take the selection test online. You may also be eligible for an online test if you (temporarily) live outside the EEA for study-related activities that are relevant to your current Bachelor’s degree programme or your desired Master’s track. The test will then be administered with online invigilation. If either of the above cases applies to you, please contact the Admissions Board via the email address toelatingscommissie.masterpsy@rug.nl

Selection test

Start February 2024

Start September 2024

Date

18 November 2023
1.30-3 p.m. CET

20 April 2024
afternoon, time to be determined

Location

Aletta Jacobs Hall
Blauwborgje 4
Groningen

Aletta Jacobs Hall
Blauwborgje 4
Groningen

Practice test
We would like to give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the content and method of the test. Examples of test questions can be found in Selectietoets - oefenvragen (PDF document).

A practice test will be made available in due course, so that you can also become familiar with the test environment. You will be notified of this via email.

Place allocation
A ranking list will be drawn up for each track based on the selection test and a ballot, listing all students who indicated this track as their first choice, supplemented with students who indicated the track as their second choice. Given the limited validity of the test, a high/low categorization will be used rather than a full ranking based on test scores. Students will be placed in the categories High or Low based on their scores, in such a way that a large majority will fall into the High category.

Subsequently, for each track, the students in the High category will be placed on the ranking list for the track in random order via a ballot, after which the students in the Low category will be added to the bottom of the list in random order via a ballot. This will first be done for the students who indicated the track as their first choice, and subsequently (and therefore below them on the ranking list) for the students who indicated the track as their second choice. In this way, each student is assigned a ranking number on the list for the track(s) of their choice. Students with ranking numbers at or below the maximum number of available places will be offered a place in the track. All others are placed on the waiting list in the ranking order, and will be assigned a place as soon as one becomes available.

Students who fail to secure a place in the track of their choice can try again in a future selection procedure. The results of previous selections will not count in future selection procedures, and the selection test will have to be taken again.

Overview of application dates and deadlines

Master’s tracks: starting dates and available places
Starting date
Tracks
Available places
1 sep 2024
Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
unlimited
Applied Social Psychology
unlimited
Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology
30
Clinical Neuropsychology
10
Klinische Neuropsychologie
37
Environmental Psychology
14
Klinische Psychologie
47
Ontwikkelingspsychologie
20
Talent Development and Creativity
34
Theory and History of Psychology
unlimited
Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology
unlimited
1 feb 2025
Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
unlimited
Clinical Neuropsychology
5
Klinische Neuropsychologie
18
Klinische Psychologie
26
Ontwikkelingspsychologie
10
Theory and History of Psychology
unlimited
Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology
unlimited
Overview of application dates and deadlines

Master’s tracks with selection procedures

Klinische Psychologie, Ontwikkelingspsychologie, Klinische Neuropsychologie, Clinical Neuropsychology, Environmental psychology*, Clinical Forensic psychology & Victimology*, Talent Development and Creativity*

Application for starting date  

1 feb 2024

1 sep 2024

Application 

15 aug 2023 -
1 okt 2023

15 jan 2024 -
1 maart 2024

Decision on application and accessibility

No later than
10 nov 2023

No later than
12 apr 2024

Selection test

18 nov 2023

20 apr 2024

Results of selection test
Admission, provisional admission, or waiting list

No later than
8 dec 2023

No later than
17 mei 2024

Biweekly updates on admission to students on waiting list

12 dec 2023 -
16 jan 2023

21 mei 2024 - 13 aug 2024

Actual admission
once all
requirements have been satisfied, such as degree certificates,
courses, language requirements, tuition fees

No later than
31 jan 2023

(preferably sooner)

No later than
31 aug 2024

(preferably sooner)



Master’s tracks without selection procedures

Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, Theory and History of Psychology, Applied Social Psychology*

Application for starting date 

1 feb 2024

1 sep 2024

Registration

15 aug 2023 -
15 nov 2023**

15 jan 2024 -
1 mei 2024**

Decision on application and accessibility

No later than
15 dec 2023

No later than
14 juni 2024

Actual admission
once all
requirements have been satisfied, such as degree certificates, courses, language requirements, tuition fees

No later than
31 jan 2023

(preferably sooner)

No later than
31 aug 2024

(preferably sooner)

* These tracks only start in September
** Please note - students from outside the EU/EEA

We strongly advise you to submit your application in good time (more than a month in advance) so that you will have enough time to arrange or extend your visa.

Open days
18 t/m 22 November 2024
Information about the UG Master’s degree programmes for current university or university of applied sciences Bachelor’s students.
24 t/m 28 March 2025
Information about the UG Master’s degree programmes for current university or university of applied sciences Bachelor’s students.
Career services

Your career already starts during your studies. Career Services BSS will help you shape this career. What would you like to specialize in, and what will you be able to do after you graduate? Are you considering a career as a psychologist, manager, lecturer, behavioural scientist, consultant, researcher, HR advisor, or educationalist? Or have you not decided yet and would like some information about possible options or where to start exploring?

Email a student

Would you like to hear from a hands-on expert what it is like to study Psychology? Our student ambassadors are happy to answer all your questions about the Psychology programme.

For the Dutch Psychology programme, contact voorlichting.psychologie rug.nl.

For the English Psychology programme, contact studyinformation.bss rug.nl

Jonne, student psychology
Jonne
Dorien, student psychology
Dorien
Astrid, student pscyhology
Astrid
Jonna, student psychology
Jonna

If you have any content-specific questions about the degree programme in Psychology, please have a look at the website, or contact a study advisor: studyadvice.psy rug.nl.

Contact

Who can I contact if I have questions about:

> registration (general)

Please contact the Department of Student Information & Administration (SIA)

> the content of the Psychology degree programme
Please contact the BSS Student Service Desk and Administration. First, check the current opening hours and telephone availability of the department.
Email: owbalie.gmw rug.nl, tel.: +31 (0)50 363 6301.
If you have a brief question, you can also send an email to the study advisor via studieadvies.psy rug.nl. You can make an appointment with the study advisor via the Student Service Desk.

> admission and selection procedure for the Master’s degree programme in Psychology

Please contact toelatingscommissie.masterpsy rug.nl

> a specific track

Please contact the coordinator of the track: Applied Cognitive Psychology | Applied Social Psychology | Cognitieve Psychologie en Psychofysiologie | Environmental Psychology | Klinische Psychologie | Klinische Neuropsychologie | Ontwikkelingspsychologie | Talent Development and Creativity | Theory and History of Psychology | Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology


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