M.Sc. Behavioural and Social Sciences

University of Groningen

Application deadline: Dutch students, EU/EEA students, non-EU/EEA students - May 01, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Are you a talented student in the Behavioural and Social Sciences, wishing to pursue a career as an academic researcher? This Master's programme introduces you to the craft of scientific research.

The two years Research Master's programme prepares you for a career in science and is part of the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences. The degree focuses on theory-guided analysis of empirical data and generalizable explanations of both human behaviour and social phenomena. As a student of this programme, you will specialize in one of the following areas:

* Social and Organizational Psychology
* Clinical Psychology
* Sociology
* Education and Development
* Psychometrics and Statistics

With your supervisor, you will determine the focus of your programme to suit your ambitions, talents and interests. The two-year degree includes a traineeship and a Master's thesis project. You may extend this Master's thesis project to a proposal for a PhD programme. The Research Master also includes a general course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences.

Contents

Courses year 1

* General course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School for Behavioural and Social Sciences (5 EC)
* Specialization-related compulsory modules, and optional modules (25 EC)
* Other general and statistical compulsory modules (20 EC)
* Other general and statistical compulsory modules (20 EC)
* Other general and statistical compulsory modules (20 EC)
* Literature studies (15 EC)



Courses year 2

* Traineeship (15 EC)
* Seminars (5 EC)
* Master's thesis research project (35 EC)

Requirements

Assessment interviewStudents who apply for the programme may be invited for a meeting with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's programme.
Knowledge minimum Sufficient qualifications in statistics and the sciences that are relevant for the programme and a suitable attitude, motivation and talent.
Language test Sufficient knowledge of the English language (a TOEFL score of 600 or higher, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher).
Previous education University bachelor in Psychology, Sociology or Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
Reference letter Candidates must arrange for two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.
Written request Your motivation to enter the Research Master and your professional background are important elements in successful completion of the programme. Also, it is very important for us to know what your objectives are in completing the Research Master so your needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (no longer than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation to study the Research Master, relevant study or work experience and any other information which you think is related to your admission such as thesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professional qualifications in social and behavioural sciences.
Other admission requirements

* High performance during the Bachelor's degree programme
* Knowledge of relevant theories and statistics (including multiple regression and analysis of variance), and experience with statistical software packages
* Preference for one of the five research groups

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 580

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Accredited by the Dutch Government

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