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

Admission and application per prior education

Bachelor other than Psychology at a Dutch University

Admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor Degree from a Dutch research university (not hbo/University of applied sciences).
  • Dutch or English language proficiency (see Language requirements for more information)
  • Meet the track specific criteria when applying for:
    -Klinische Psychologie
    -Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology
    -Clinical Neuropsychology, Klinische Neuropsychologie
    -Ontwikkelingspsychologie
Admission process

The admission board will determine whether you are admissible based on your previous education (including courses you must still complete before the start of the master's) and submitted application form. In order to be admissible you must satisfy all course requirements. Therefore, carefully inspect these before applying, verify whether you will actually completely satisfy them all and provide all information requested in order to avoid disappointments.

Some weeks after the admission deadline you will be informed whether you are admissible for the master track(s) of your choice, whether you need to participate in the selection procedure and the next steps in your admission process. For more information see ‘How to apply’ and Application procedure.

Selection procedure
Most master's tracks have more admissible students than available places. This means that for these tracks you will have to participate in the selection procedure by means of a selection test. A few tracks do not require a selection procedure and allow you to be placed immediately. For more information see Selection procedure.

Premaster
When your previous education does not fully meet the entry requirements, you may be offered a customized premaster. After completion of this programme (within two years), you will be admitted to the master’s programme. The premaster only starts in September. For more information see the section below on premaster.

Please note that until all requirements have been met before the start of the master's programme (including courses and diploma, possible proof of language proficiency and tuition fees), your admissibility will be considered conditional.

Premaster (when not directly admissible to the master)

Premaster

When your previous education does not fully meet the entry requirements, you may be offered a premaster programme to fill the gaps. This programme will bring your knowledge and skills to the required level to enter the master’s programme. After completion of this premaster programme (within two years), you will be admitted to the master’s programme. The premaster only starts in September and it is offered for the seven tracks mentioned below (to a limited number of students, by means of a lottery).

Premaster for seven tracks (limited places per track)

Tracks
Premaster places per track
for September 2024
Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
3
Applied Social Psychology
5
Environmental Psychology
2
Ontwikkelingspsychologie 
5
Talent Development and Creativity
5
Theory and History of Psychology
3
Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology
5
Premaster: admission requirements and procedure

Admission requirements premaster

  • No more than 60 EC deficiency with respect to the admission requirements
  • Adequate basic statistical knowledge (at the level of the first year of a Dutch university psychology programme).

Procedure admission premaster

  1. Each track has a maximum number of premaster places available. You can sign up for one or two tracks (first and second choice).
  2. If you are admissible to the premaster, it will be decided by lot whether or not you can be admitted to the premaster of the track of your first choice.
  3. If you are not admitted, you will be placed on the waiting list for your first choice. You will also be selected by lot for a place in the track of your second choice. Possibly, if you are not admitted, you will be placed on the waiting list there as well.
  4. After some time, places will become available and you will move up on the waiting list and possibly be placed in one of the premaster tracks of your choice.
Premaster: your programme and continuing to the master's track

Your premaster programme

Once you have been assigned a premaster track place, you will draw up the planning of your programme together with one of our academic advisors.

Continuing to the master track

If you have completed the premaster within two years, you will be admitted to the track of your choice.

Costs

For an overview of the costs of a premaster programme, see Fee pre-master programmes.

Application

How to apply
  1. Register at studielink.nl for the (pre)master Psychology. Please choose the track of your first choice via Studielink

  2. Apply with the University of Groningen for the (pre)master via the application form. Through this form you can register for a possible second track. 

    Registration for the following tracks is no longer possible due to the expiry of the application deadline of 1 March:
    Clinical Neuropsychology, Klinische Neuropsychologie, Klinische Psychologie, Ontwikkelingspsychologie, Environmental Psychology, Talent Development and Creativity, Clinical Forensic Psychology & victimology

    Application Form (pre)Master Psychology-RUG-no Selection procedure**
    Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, Applied Social Psychology, Theory and History of Psychology, Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology

  3. Fill out the checklist and upload it with the application form. For an example of a filled in checklist see here.
    Students from the Liberal Arts & Sciences college of the University of Groningen (UCG): please use this checklist.

  4. Apply by 1 March* or 1 May** (depending on the track of your first choice).


Please note

  • You can only start the master if you have obtained your bachelor's degree before 1 September 2024.

  • Carefully make your choice of the preferred master track. Once placed, you cannot switch to other tracks. 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. 

Dates and deadlines

Start dates of the master tracks and available places

Start moment
Tracks
Available places
1 Sept 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 February 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
Chronological overview of enrollment dates and deadlines

Mastertracks with selection

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

Enrollment for start date

1 Feb 2024

1 Sep 2024

Application 

15 Aug 2023 -
1 Oct 2023

15 Jan 2024 -
1 Mar 2024

Decision on Application

ultimately
10 Nov 2023

ultimately
12 Apr 2024

Selection test 

18 Nov 2023

20 Apr 2024

Results selection test
(conditional) admission
or waiting list

ultimately
8 Dec 2023

ultimately
17 May 2024

PREMASTER
Results lottery
Ultimately 10 May 2024

Bi-weekly updates on admission
from waiting list

12 Dec 2023 - 16 Jan 2024

21 May 2024 -
13 Aug 2024

Actual admission
When you have proven to satisfy all requirements: diploma, courses,
language requirements, tuition fees

ultimately
31 Jan 2023

(but the sooner
the better)

ultimately
31 Aug 2024

(but the sooner the better)

Mastertracks without selection

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

Enrollment for start date

1 Feb 2024

1 Sep 2024

Application

15 Aug 2023 -
15 Nov 2023**

15 Jan 2024 -
1 May 2024**

Decision on application

ultimately
15 Dec 2023

ultimately
14 June 2024

PREMASTER
Results lottery
Ultimately 10 May 2024

Actual admission
When you have proven to satisfy all requirements: diploma, courses,
language requirements, tuition fees

ultimately
31 Jan 2023

(but the sooner
the better)

ultimately
31 Aug 2024

(but the sooner
the better)

* These tracks only start in September 2024
** Note for non - EU/EER students
We strongly advise you to apply well before this deadline (more than 1 month) to allow enough time for visa arrangements or visa renewal.

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