Behavioural and Social Sciences, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Our two-year research master programme is designed for excellent and motivated students interested in human behaviour and social phenomena, who aim for a career in an academic or applied (clinical, industry, or governmental) research environment. The Behavioural and Social Sciences programme is offered by the University of Groningen.


The program has a firm methodological, research oriented basis, with a strong connection between statistics and content-related theories. The programme offers a series of advanced courses on theory building, reflecting on science, research methods and statistics, including training on programming and computer skills. The two research projects (Traineeship and Thesis) are essential for gaining experience in performing research, while being embedded in an active research group. A unique feature of the program is the opportunity to specialize as well as being trained in multidisciplinary research. The first step into specialization is taken by choosing one of the following three thematically oriented domains:

  • Lifespan Development and Socialization
  • Deficits, Distress, and Disorders
  • Sustainability in a Changing Society

Job prospects:

  • Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study and training for a PhD thesis, for employment as a research practitioner, for employment as policy advisors in government institutions and for employment in the public or private sector.

Job examples:

  • PhD student
  • Research practitioner
  • Researcher in public or private sector
  • Policy advisor in governement institutions


Programme Structure

Programme options:
  • Deficits, Distress, and Disorders - Within the domain Deficits, Distress, and Disorders, we combine insights from clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and psychometrics, rendering a uniquely multidisciplinary approach.
  • Sustainability in a Changing Society - Perhaps more rapidly than ever, modern society is facing major challenges, changes, and demands for resilience such as the rise of social tensions (e.g., terrorism, the influx of migrants, political polarization and protest, abusive leadership), the aging and diverse labour market, and climate change. 

  • Lifespan Development and Socialization - In the research domain Lifespan Development and Socialization, a multidisciplinary approach to human development is taken that includes social, cognitive, educational and emotional processes and covers the development of the individual across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    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

  • University Bachelor in a social science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogics)

  • Candidates must arrange for two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.

  • Your motivation to enter the Research Master and your professional background are important elements in successful completion of the programme.

  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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