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Social Psychology, Track Economic Psychology

Tilburg University

Master Postgraduate Tilburg

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Economic Psychology studies the psychological mechanisms that underlie consumption and other economic behaviors. It deals with economic preferences, choices and decisions, as well as the consequences.
Course description Learn to understand and apply social and psychological insights to economic behavior, such as consumer behavior, financial decision-making, and marketing. Economic Psychology studies the psychological mechanisms that underlie consumption and other economic behaviors. It is an area where psychology and economics intersect, dealing with economic preferences, choices, decisions, and factors influencing these, as well as the consequences of economic decisions. You will learn about economic and psychological reasoning and theories and how to apply them in order to understand decisions and motivation behind consumption and other economic behavior in daily life. You develop an understanding of the basic principles of psychology of economic behavior. Our graduates become experts on consumer behavior, financial behavior, negotiation and bargaining. The focus of the program is on basic theories of economic behavior, basic theories of consumer behavior, and more specific courses on marketing and money. Our program provides you with comprehensive in-depth knowledge and excellent skills in economic psychology, enabling you to work independently at a professional level in a relevant field.
Study subjects This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS), of which: 4 core courses (24 ECTS) * The Psychology of Economics * Money and Financial Behavior * Advanced Consumer Science * Psychology and Marketing 1 core internship (6 ECTS) 1 extra Master's internship or an Indepth course (6 ECTS) Master's thesis (24 ECTS) You can only start end of August. Expand your knowledge and research skills further with one of the double degrees.
Course objectives Become an expert in economic behavior and consumer psychology to build marketing, financial, and communication decisions on. Apply economic and psychological reasoning theories to understand and influence the consumer, consumption, and financial behaviors. Learn to understand and apply social and psychological insights to economic behavior, such as consumer behavior, financial decision-making, and marketing.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, oral presentation, internship, research, research project, traineeship, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, 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. 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.
  2. You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either: *TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 (internet-based) or 577 (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 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 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. 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.
  4. In order to be accepted directly onto our Master's program in Social Psychology, you will be required to have the following academic background: 1. A Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in Psychology 2. Advanced knowledge in research methods and statistics 3. Knowledge of relevant subjects in the field of Social Psychology, or Economic Psychology or Work and Organisational Psychology 4. Familiar with doing scientific research and know how to deal with the 'empirical cycle' (i.e. collecting, analyzing and reporting data).
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 233
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 577
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Aug 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Aug 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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