M.Sc. Human Behaviour in Social Context

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of Groningen | Groningen, Netherlands
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.

Description of Human Behaviour in Social Context

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.

Unique characteristics of the programme are:

  • For two years it was the highest student ranked Research Master's programme in the Behavioural and Social Sciences in the Netherlands!
  • Students work one-on-one with internationally acknowledged researchers
  • Students determine the focus of their programme so that it suits their own ambitions and interests

As a student of this programme, you will specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Social and Organizational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 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.

Job perspectives

The Research Master's degree programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences is designed primarily for highly talented, motivated and ambitious students who are interested in pursuing a career in research. This Master's degree qualifies students to conduct fundamental and applied scientific research in the social and behavioural sciences. Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study and training for a PhD thesis, and for employment in the public or private sector. The faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences aims to open a number of PhD tracks for the most talented Research Master's students.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch students, EU/EEA students, - May 01, 2015; non-EU/EEA students - March 01, 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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)

Programme details:

1st year

The programme takes two years (4 semesters) in total, with a total study load of 120 EC, and is composed of six parts.

1)General and statistical compulsory modules (25 EC)
2)Specialization-related compulsory modules, and optional modules (25 EC)
3)Seminars (5 EC)
4)Literature studies (15 EC)
5)Traineeship (15 EC)
6)Master's thesis project (35 EC)

2nd year

The programme takes two years (4 semesters) in total, with a total study load of 120 EC, and is composed of six parts.

1)General and statistical compulsory modules (25 EC)
2)Specialization-related compulsory modules, and optional modules (25 EC)
3)Seminars (5 EC)
4)Literature studies (15 EC)
5)Traineeship (15 EC)
6)Master's thesis project (35 EC)

Requirements for Human Behaviour in Social Context

Assessment interview

  • Students 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
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

Work Experience for Human Behaviour in Social Context

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Accredited by the Dutch Government

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