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About us Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Psychology Education Master MSc Psychology: application, admission & selection

Language requirements

for the Psychology (pre)master

Depending on your background and language of the track of your choice, you will have to submit proof of your proficiency in either Dutch or English before the start of the master.

Dutch tracks

For the Dutch tracks Ontwikkelingspsychologie, Klinische Psychologie and Klinische Neuropsychologie the following qualifications are accepted as sufficient proof of mastery of Dutch at native language level:

  • Babel language certificate Dutch for medics B2+ (schrijven and spreken). For more information and registration see this link
  • Diploma from a Dutch-language secondary school

English tracks

  • Candidates who have completed a full secondary or higher education in the USA, at an English speaking institution in Canada, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, meet the language requirements by definition
  • Bachelor students from a Dutch university (both Dutch and foreign students) meet the language requirements by definition
  • HBO-toegepaste Psychologie students and Bachelor students from foreign universities, need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests, see below.

Accepted tests

The test results - with the required minimum score - of any of the tests below, prove that you satisfy the English language requirements.

Please note:
-Test results older than two years cannot be accepted (except for VWO diploma).
-The minimum scores are valid as of September 2022, and a number of these is higher than the year before.


Minimum score

IELTS overall band

  • 6.5 - overall
  • 6.5 - speaking
  • 6.5 - writing

TOEFL internet based
(our institutional code: 7191)

  • 90 - overall
  • 21- speaking
  • 24 - writing

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • C, B or A
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Centre Test

  • B2 - speaking
  • C1 - writing
English as a first language

Dutch VWO diploma including English

  • 5.5 for English
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