One of the most important instruments available to the psychologist is research. By using scientific methods to do research, a psychologist can gain insight into human behaviours. During your studies you will train your scientific and writing skills. In addition, you will be introduced to all areas of psychology: from social psychology to clinical psychology. You will follow large-scale lectures and small-scale tutorials.
Your first academic year, known as the propaedeutic year, consists of a substantive component and a research component. During the substantive component, you are introduced to the field of psychology and all its sub-disciplines: neuropsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, work and organisational psychology, clinical psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology.
In the research component, you will learn academic and writing skills during Research Methods and Statistics and practical training groups. At the end of the year, you will also write a propaedeutic thesis. After completing all components in the propaedeutic year, you will receive the first-year diploma.
In the first half of the second year, the focus is on learning how to conduct research. You learn how to translate psychological questions into a research design, how to compile a study, analyze the date and how to write a research report. In addition, you will attend practical training in psychological communication skills.
In the second half of the second year you will choose your major: your specialisation. You can choose from a variety of specialisations:
Your Bachelor's thesis will take up a grand part of the first half of your third year. In the second half, you can choose between doing a second specialisation, a minor (for example Communication Science or Law) or an exchange programme. You can use this last part of the Bachelor's programme to tweak the programme to your individual wishes.
If you would like to get more out of your studies, you can, for example, go abroad for a period of time, do a minor or take part in the honours programme.
If you are ambitious, you can choose to take part in our Honours programme. You can begin the programme in the second year of your Bachelor's. You'll take the Honours programme alongside your regular studies. Completion results in you graduating 'with honours': an internationally recognised qualification. If you are up to it, then it's an opportunity not to be missed.
The UvA has partnerships and exchange agreements with more than 100 other universities. As part of your Bachelor's programme you can do an exchange semester abroad. This can be a valuable learning and cultural experience, and a great addition to your study programma. In order to support students in arranging a stay abroad, the Psychology department has its own International Office to which students can turn to with questions and for advice.
There are various opportunities during the Bachelor's programme for you to shape your programme to your liking. You can choose a minor: a cohesive programme lasting half a year taken outside your own degree programme. You could choose a minor in Communication Science or Business Economics, for example.
The Bachelor's programme is structured to include approximately 42 study hours per week. During the first year, you will have 12 hours of teaching each week. The remaining time is spent on self-study. Self-study may include assignments, searching for and reading study materials in the library, and preparing for exams and write essays.