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Frequently Asked Questions

on master and pre-master admission and selection

This list of frequently asked questions is composed of actual questions that either indeed have been asked frequently, or we expected to be asked frequently. Most are written in English. The exceptions are for questions pertaining specifically to Dutch students.



Choice for master track

Q: Is it possible to graduate in two master's degrees in Psychology?
A: No, it is not possible. You can only graduate in one master Psychology at the university of Groningen.

Q: Can I switch to another track after having been placed in a track?
A: We strongly suggest to carefully make your choice of the preferred master track. Once placed, you cannot switch to other tracks before the start of the program.

It is also good to be aware that switching to another track during the master is not allowed. Even discontinuing your track and then applying for a different track is strongly disadvised, because even if you just started with your thesis, internship or skills course, you are not allowed to take these again in the new track. This means you would not be able to graduate in that track.

Q: I very much want to be admitted to my first choice, and don't want to diminish my chance to be selected for it. Will specifying a second choice diminish my chances to be selected for the first choice?
A: No, your chances for being selected for the first choice don't depend on whether or not you provide a second choice. If you like to know more about the procedure, read this: We will assess independently whether or not you will be selected for your first choice and for your second choice. For both choices, it holds that, if you will not be selected, you will be put on the waiting list. If it happens that, at some point in time, you have moved up from the waiting list to the point that you are actually selected for your second choice (but still not for your first choice), you can decide to wait and see whether eventually you will also be selected for your first choice. This is possible till half a month before the start of the programme, because by then we expect you to either accept the second choice and give up your place on the waiting list for your first choice, or discard your second choice, and remain on the waiting list for your first choice. We will warn you in time when this situation arises.

Q: (relevant voor studenten met een Nederlandse vooropleiding) Ik heb mij onlangs via Studielink aangemeld voor mijn eerste keus binnen de mastertracks. Nu wil ik mijn aanmelding voltooien door het formulier op de site van de RUG in te vullen. Klopt het dat ik op dit formulier mijn tweede keus voor een mastertrack kan doorgeven en me dan niet voor deze tweede keus hoef aan te melden op Studielink?
A: Ja, dat hoeft inderdaad niet. Je kunt je in Studielink maar voor één track aanmelden. Als je tot de tweede keus wordt toegelaten, kan je je eerste aanmelding intrekken en je voor je tweede keus aanmelden.


Q: What is the role of motivation in the selection procedure?
A: As described In the selection procedure document on the website, for admission it is required “that the motivation is sufficiently serious. By this we mean that you actually describe why you wish to follow the chosen track(s). We make this request in order to verify that the application is serious, and we think it is important to specify your motivation, because this offers an additional occasion for reflection on your choice(s). Other than this, the contents of your motivation(s) will not be taken into account in the selection process."

Q: In de informatiebrief voor premaster studenten m.b.t. de aanmelding voor de master staat niet aangegeven dat we een motivatiebrief moeten schrijven. Is dat wel nodig?
Nee, dat is niet nodig.


Q: Does a (pre)master from another university qualify me for admission to a (pre)master Psychology at the University of Groningen?
No, it does not. Only a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or HBO-Toegepaste Psychology (followed by a pre-master in Psychology at the UG) qualifies for a Master's degree.

Q: I do not yet satisfy all the requirements. Does this mean I cannot apply for the Master?
A: No, you can apply for the master even if you do not satisfy the requirements yet. However, it is essential for admission to the master that you will satisfy all requirements before the start of the Master.

Q: What if I still have to do 1 or 2 courses to get the mandatory courses, but I am not sure yet which course I will do (because there are more options in the last semester of this year). Which courses should I fill in while applying on the RUG site?
A: You should fill in the planned courses. If these change later on, you inform us about this, and we will take it into account when ultimately deciding on your admission.

Q: When do I have to pass the language test in order to meet the language requirements and start the master?
You will have to submit proof of your proficiency in either Dutch or English before the start of the master.

Selection test

Q: Where does the selection test take place?
A: The selection test will take place on-site in Groningen. Only students who are completing (or have completed) a bachelor's degree outside the EEA and still live outside the EEA are eligible for an online selection test, which will be administered under online supervision.

Q: Am I entitled to extra time in case of AD(H)D or Dyslexia?
A: It is possible to get extra time (15 minutes) in case of AD(H)D, dyslexia or other functional limitations. You can request extra time by sending a request to   toelatingscommissie.masterpsy,  accompanied by an official medical statement from an authorized person or organization.

Q: Will I get material to study for the selection test?
A: No, because the test is not about specific study material, but tests your general knowledge on Psychology at Bachelor level. You can however find example questions here.

(Chances of) admission

Q: I would like to know how many students you expect to apply for my track (master or premaster).
A: It is very difficult for us to estimate how many students will participate in the selection process for each of the tracks, but it seems very likely that for most tracks there will be fewer places than admissible students.

This is particularly the case for the tracks KP, CFPV, O and EP.
For the tracks THP, ACN and WOP, there will be no selection procedure for February and September 2024 because past experience has shown that there are sufficient places available.

Q: Can I apply to multiple universities for a master? So that if I am not admitted to Groningen, I can take a master somewhere else?
A: Yes, you may.

Q: How many times can I try to gain a place in the master? 
A: Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a place in the master. However, you are allowed to participate in the selection procedure as many times as you would like.


Q: I have started a premaster before september 2021, completed the premaster and need to participate in the selection procedure. Until when can I enroll in a master?
After having completed your premaster (within two years), you can enroll in a master at any time. There is no deadline, but it is conditional that the admission requirements have not changed. If they have changed, you must make sure to meet the changed requirements. 

Last modified:03 October 2023 09.00 a.m.