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Research Master Social and Behavioural Sciences

Tilburg University

Master Postgraduate Tilburg

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Are you an excellent student and interested in conducting scientific research in the social and behavioral sciences? Then this is the Master program for you!
Course description The Research Master's program provides talented young researchers from all over the world with the tools they need to conduct fundamental scientific research in the field of social and behavioral sciences. Our Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences is unique in the Netherlands, offering an interdisciplinary approach by integrating the different perspectives offered by social psychology, sociology, organization sciences and methodology to the study of human social behavior. During this two-year English-taught Master of Science program, you will follow state-of-the-art courses, led by the best researchers in the field. You will be involved hands-on in their research area, actively participating in innovative projects and internships. A maximum of 30 students with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds ensuring both diversity and excellent guidance. This Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences offers one major in Individual in Social Context and a choice from one of three minors in: 1. Social Psychology 2. Organization Studies 3. Methodology and Statistics
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, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, self study, seminar
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Information about the institution At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them.


Admission requirements
  1. An average score of 75% for the courses in the last two years of the Bachelor's program or an equivalent score for the Master's program An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least: * A-/B+/3.5 (American system) * 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system) * B (ECTS system), or * 7.5 (Dutch system)
  2. You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either: *TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper-based) . **The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860. ***Please note: we do not accept the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) *Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 7 score overall and a minimum score of 6.5 on individual parts of the test. *Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): grades A, B and C *Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE): all grades Please note: The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application. If you do not have your test results at the time of application, please confirm the date of the test in your application An English proficiency test is not required if one of the following applies to your situation: You hold a passport from one of the following countries: *Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. *You have studied your entire Bachelor (or Master) program in one of these countries. *For all other countries and situations, the English language test is compulsory. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.
  3. In order to be accepted directly onto our Research Master's program in Social and Behavioral Sciences, you will be required to have the following academic background: * A Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree * Academic training in a relevant discipline e.g. psychology, sociology, organisational sciences, human resources or methodology and statistics * A strong motivation, excellent skills and sufficient talent for doing scientific research
  4. Motivation Letter The motivation letter must be specifically written for your application for this program at Tilburg University. We do not require a standard format for this letter but it should be about 250-500 words. It should explain: * How you meet the specific criteria for admission mentioned above, with specific reference to your academic background. * Why you want to follow this program of study e.g. what specifically appeals to you about the content of this program. * Why you want to study at Tilburg University. * What you have done in addition to your academic studies in this field. * What added value you consider you could bring to our international classroom. * What you would like to do after you have completed this degree.
  5. This is a list from your University of the courses you have taken in your Bachelor's and Master's degree, with the grades you have achieved. This must be an official list from your University, not your results downloaded from the University's student website. If you have not yet completed all courses at the time of application, please provide the Transcript plus a list of the courses you still need to complete before graduation. Official translations of the Transcript of Records and diploma(s): If your Transcript of Records and diploma are not in English, Dutch, French or German, a sworn translator must translate the documents (with the exception of the course description, the thesis/research paper and your CV). The translator must attach the translation to copies of the original document and stamp both documents. Please note: we cannot accept translations that are not attached to a copy of the original document; the translator must make sure that s/he stamps the copy of the original document and attaches the two documents to each other. Course Descriptions This is a brief description of the content of each course you followed as part of your previous degree which is relevant to your application for this program. You should include the following information: * Topics covered, including theories, models or philosophies discussed * Level of course (Bachelor/Master, 1st year, 2nd year etc.). * The most important course literature (one or two books/articles/papers). * Whether the course is practical or academic and whether it included a research assignment (literature review, empirical data collection and analysis etc). * If you do not have this in English or Dutch, please make a short summary yourself. * Please note: we are not able to print these for you from your University's website and upload them on your behalf. If you do not have this in English or Dutch, please make a short summary yourself.
  6. A sufficient academic background in research methodology and statistics. Your background education should contain at least one introductory statistics course and courses that include multiple regression, analysis of variance, factor analysis and research methodology. Your background should be clear from the course descriptions and the statistics checklist which you must include in your application.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS listening 6.5
IELTS overall band 7
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS speaking 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL computer based 250
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jul 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jul 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143n.a.n.a.

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.



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