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Description of Social and Health Psychology

This Master's programme highlights issues and questions relating to how and why people manage to regulate their behaviour in the face of competing interests and distracting circumstances.

The purpose of the master programme is to familiarize students with theories of behavioural regulation that focus on motivational, affective, and cognitive aspects of the regulation of behaviour and their interaction, and to teach how students may apply basic knowledge and innovative research methods in addressing specific research questions relating to phenomena of behavioural regulation.

This approach to behavioural regulation is demonstrated in two domains of psychology, namely interpersonal behaviour and health behaviour.

For those students who want to combine a research career with clinical work the program facilitates extracurricular clinical internships. Looking for more information? On you will find more information on the study programme, on where our alumni start their professional careers and much more.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15330 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 10%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Social and Health Psychology

For this programme a numerus fixus of 20 applies.

Grade average: We ask for a GPA of 3.4. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 may be eligible and will have a chance of being selected if their previous studies fit well within the programme, according to the programme's admissions committee.

Knowledge minimum: This research master programme has a statistical entrance requirement, which entails the following: (i) a basic course in introductory statistics including topics such: univariate descriptive statistics, correlation, univariate regression, one-way analysis of variance (both descriptive and inferential) and a basic course in the methodology of behavioural and/or social science research (experimentation, surveys, observational studies); (ii) knowledge of multivariate analysis tools such as factor analysis, reliability, multiple regression, analysis of variance, dummy variables; (iii) hands on experience with the tools just mentioned (for example, experience with SPSS). In total, it is expected that students have followed courses for about 20 ECTS. If either (ii) or (iii) is (partly) lacking, this can be remedied in a course of multivariate analysis offered by the Summer School of Utrecht University.

Written request: We ask for a motivational letter including curriculum vitae, and two reference letters.

Work Experience for Social and Health Psychology

No work experience is required.

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