Utrecht University

Social and Health Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
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. 

About

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.

Accreditation

 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

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)

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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 are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE - at least Grade C 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.