Utrecht University

Social and Health Psychology, M.Sc.

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The Social and Health Psychology programme at Utrecht University will equip you with the tools and knowledge to analyse topics related to the control of human behaviour for the benefit of social interaction and health. During your studies, you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. You will also learn to use and develop cutting-edge research methods through participation in ongoing projects, where you will gain research experience in the study of behavioural regulation.
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Multiple perspectives

The two-year curriculum involves multiple perspectives ranging from concrete (neuroscientific and social cognitive perspectives) to global perspectives (relationships, welfare, and health). Considerable attention is paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health-related issues.

International orientation

The Master’s programme has an international character that offers you multiple benefits:

  • International networks and connections: Our staff includes lecturers who are from abroad or have international positions. We also collaborate with researchers abroad, enabling you to arrange research or teaching visits outside of the Netherlands and improving your research and career opportunities.
  • Global perspectives on course topics: Numerous international students bring regional and global perspectives to discussions on the course content and related topics. From these interactions, you’ll gain a diverse outlook on social and health psychology issues.
  • Advanced English-language skills: The programme is entirely taught in English, and we encourage our students to visit symposia, seminars, and conferences in the Netherlands (in English) to further develop their subject-specific vocabulary and expand their global network.
Education built on research

The Social and Health Psychology programme at Utrecht University is supported by two fields of research:

  • Department of Clinical Psychology (stress and self-regulation, and trauma, grief, and anxiety-related disorders)
  • Department of Social, Health & Organizational Psychology (social-cognitive and interpersonal determinants of behaviour and occupational health psychology)
Programme Goals

Through this Master’s programme, you will develop into a qualified psychological scientist who is ready for a PhD position or a research career outside academia. You will have the training and tools to use multiple research methods to investigate social and health-related issues related to behavioural regulation.


Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Behavioural regulation I: affect and motivation (compulsory)
  • Behavioural regulation II: thought and cognition (compulsory)
  • Advances in research in behavioural regulation I: interpersonal behaviour (compulsory)
  • Integrative practicum I: research skills (compulsory)
  • Advances in research in behavioural regulation II: health behaviour (compulsory)
  • Multivariate statistics in practice (compulsory)
  • Integrative practicum II: research methods (compulsory)
  • Research training I (compulsory)
Year 2
  • Research training II (compulsory)
  • Research seminar I: theory and hypotheses (compulsory)
  • Elective course (compulsory)
  • Research seminar II: data analysis and writing up research (compulsory)
  • Master's thesis social and health psychology (compulsory)

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Academic Requirements

An international academic Bachelor’s degree (equivalent of a Dutch University Bachelor’s degree) in

Social or Behavioral Sciences (for instance Interdisciplinary Social Science, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Pedagogy, or Psychology); and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • Undergraduate training in methods and statistics (totaling approximately 20 EC), including topics such as univariate descriptive statistics, correlation, univariate regression, and one-way analysis of variance,
  • Training in one or more topics in multivariate statistics, that is, factor analysis, multiple regression, and/or analysis of variance,
  • Hands on experience with SPSS or another statistical software package for data analysis.
  • You need a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher to be eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or higher) will be considered for admission.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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