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Behavioural and Social Sciences

University of Groningen

Master Postgraduate Groningen

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Are you considering a research career in an academic or an applied setting? Do you want to specialize within the field of behavioural and social sciences and receive a multidisciplinary training?
Course description As a research master student you choose one of our three multidisciplinary themes. The theme-specific courses will give you a broad view on the theme and will introduce you to the unique perspectives of the theme-related specializations. In the course of the first semester you will choose your own specialization. It will enable you to tailor your master to the topics that you wish to engage in.1. Deficits, Distress, and Disorders What are the origins of psychopathological and brain disorders? Specializations: Clinical Neuropsychology| Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics2. Lifespan Development and Socialization How do individuals develop across their lifespan? Specializations: Developmental Psychology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics |Sociology3. Sustainability in a Changing Society How do individuals and groups adapt to the changing world? Specializations: Environmental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Social psychology | Sociology
Study subjects -
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, traineeship, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, self study, seminar
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Information about the institution Students and researchers from all over the world come to Groningen to expand their own boundaries as well as those of academia.


Admission requirements
  1. Sufficient knowledge of the English language. | CPE in Advanced English:>=185 | TOEFL: an overall score of >= 100, with >= 25 on speaking and writing on the internet-based form | IELTS: an overall score of >= 7, with >=7 on speaking and writing (academic version) |
  2. Your motivation to enter the Research Master programme 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, 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.
  3. University Bachelor in a social science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogics, Educational Sciences)
  4. Students who apply for the programme may be invited for an interview with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's programme.
Language requirements
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 May 2019 1 May 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 14650€ 11700

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


Orange Knowledge Programmes (OKP), Erasmus Mundus, Eric Bleumink Fund, Ford Foundation/Ford-IFP, Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP), StuNed Scholarship Programme, Orange Knowledge Scholarship Programme (formerly NFP)

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Contact information for the study programme

Marie Stadel (student Deficits, Distress, And Disorder)

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Academic Advisor Research Master Bss

about the programme, enrollment, studying

Milan Buscher (student Sustainability In Changing Society)

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Rachel Wong (student Lifespan Development And Socialization)

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Contact information for the institution


study info

Telephone number +31-(0)50 363 8976
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