M.Sc. Human Behaviour in Social Context

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR13900 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
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| Groningen, Netherlands
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 Human Behaviour in Social Context
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Description

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 Human Behaviour in Social Context

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 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 prospects

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

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR13900 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme
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 (2,5 EC)4) Literature studies (15 EC)5) Traineeship (10 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 (2,5 EC)4) Literature studies (15 EC)5) Traineeship (15 EC)6) Master's thesis project (35 EC)

Programme options
  • Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (specialization)

    The program teaches how to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and advanced research methods in the area of psychopathology and clinical neuropsychology and consists of two streams:

    The focus of the Clinical Psychology stream is on investigating the causal mechanisms underlying the onset and maintenance of mental disorders. Knowledge of transdiagnostic processes, focusing on shared (dysfunctional) cognitive and behavioural processes across disorders, is combined with insight in specific disorders and symptoms.

    The Clinical Neuropsychology stream specifically addresses the effects of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders and other clinical conditions affecting the brain in children, adolescents and adults. Methods used in the field of clinical neuropsychology are neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging and EEG. Knowledge is used in the assessment, diagnosis and/or rehabilitation of patients.

    Within both streams advanced research skills will be acquired by participating in research projects, focusing either on fundamental research, or the more applied field, or in learning to critically evaluate the empirical support for specific treatments. Students also have the opportunity to train in advanced diagnostic and other clinical skills to qualify for a postdoctoral training program in the optional module.

  • Sociology (specialization)

    The Sociology specialization focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in the discipline of sociology and general social sciences.

    The Sociology specialization focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in the discipline of sociology and general social sciences. It is offered jointly with the Department of Sociology in Utrecht and in the context of the interuniversity graduate school and research centre of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). Students will follow a series of theory and applied research modules and actively participate in research seminars throughout the programme. By the end of the programme, students will be proficient in problem-guided and deductive theory building in sociology, coupled with applied empirical research using complex data analysis models and methods. The theoretical component focuses on deductive and structured sociological modelling of substantive social issues. The research methods component examines contemporary explanatory models, measurement models and analytical methods of complex multi-actor, multi-level and multi-event data structures in an integrative and applied manner.

  • Education and Development (specialization)

    The Education and Development specialization focuses on the effectiveness of education and the improvement of development processes. It is jointly offered by Pedagogy, Education and Psychology.

    The Education and Development specialization focuses on the effectiveness of education and the improvement of development processes.

    There are four main strands of research topics within this programme:

    • Adaptive and inclusive education, focusing on creating equitable and accessible education, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and other students that are at risk,
    • Socio-psychological precursors of school success, which studies how personality, motivation, meta-cognition, social comparison processes, and friendship ties affect students' school careers in secondary education;
    • Instructional design, focusing on the use and effect of new learning environments, such as computer-supported collaborative learning, but also socio-constructivist inspired real-life situations for learning in vocational education; and
    • Developmental processes in the life span, which studies developmental processes from a dynamic systems point-of-view.

    The research programme has both a fundamental and an applied orientation, and studies are often linked to ongoing research projects.

  • Psychometrics and Statistics (specialization)

    Focuses on a variety of advanced statistical data analysis methods and experimental techniques.

    The Psychometrics and Statistics specialization offers a series of modules, as well as individual supervision on a variety of advanced statistical data analysis methods and experimental techniques. The modules deal with the application of methods, background knowledge on these methods, and their relationship with other methods.

    The specialization is suitable for students who want to build a solid basis in statistical data analysis methods, and is an ideal preparation for students aiming to undertake a PhD project on statistical data analysis methods. In such projects, statistical data analysis methods are often compared and sometimes new methods are developed which require evaluation to show their additional value over existing methods.

    Therefore, when preparing and writing the Master's thesis, the student will learn to apply one or more methods for comparing and evaluating statistical data analysis methods.

  • Social and Organizational Psychology (specialization)

    The programme focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup perceptions and comparisons.

    The Social and Organizational Psychology programme focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup perceptions and comparisons, i.e. on how individuals and groups perceive themselves in relation to their own standards, in relation to other individuals, and in relation to other groups. The modules deal with topics such as social comparison, social exchange, negotiation, aggression, stereotyping and meta-stereotyping, achievement goals, pro-social behaviour, motivation, perfectionism, conflict, health behaviour, discrimination, and integration as well as their consequences in terms of, for example, self-evaluation, emotions, well-being, creativity, and performance. The modules in this specialization emphasize the integration of fundamental and applied research. This implies an emphasis on experimental paradigms with considerable ecological validity, and on applied research that has the potential to contribute to theory development. The underlying philosophy is that basic research needs to have relevance to phenomena in society, and that applied research needs to be directly theoretically relevant.

Study abroad
  • Study abroad is optional
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Requirements

Admission requirements
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

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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