The Bachelor's programme is structured to include approximately 40 study hours per week. During the first year, you will have approximately 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.
The first year of study, known as the propaedeutic year, consists of a substantive component and a research component
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:
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.
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The propaedeutic year of all Bachelor’s programmes at the UvA includes what is known as Binding Study Advice (BSA). This is used at the end of the first year of study (following the summer resits) to determine whether the student genuinely has the motivation and capability to succeed on the degree programme.
There are various opportunities during the Bachelor’s programme for you to shape your programme to your liking. You can gain 30 elective study credits with courses that are part of the Bachelor's programme in Psychology thereby doing a second specialisation.
Also you can choose a minor: a cohesive programme lasting half a year (30 credits) taken outside your own degree programme. You could choose a minor in Communication Science or Business Economics, for example. Last but not least, it is possible to take part in an exchange programme during your Bachelor's programme. By choosing these options, you can create a combination that perfectly matches your interests, ambitions and talents.
Are you prepared for and capable of more than the demands of the regular study programme? You can choose to take part in the Honours programme as an addition to your Bachelor's programme in Psychology. The Honours programme consists of additional courses with a workload of at least half a year (30 ECTS credits), which are taken during the Bachelor’s programme.
If you achieve a GPA of 7 or higher for all regular and additional courses, you will also receive an Honours diploma in addition to your Bachelor's degree certificate.
You can begin the Psychology Honours programme in the first year of your Psychology Bachelor’s. This involves using a reader featuring articles as a basis for discussing and writing about themes relating to psychology, such as nature/nurture, free will, reductionism and the body/mind issue.
In the second year, the Psychology Honours programme involves taking additional interdisciplinary electives. Honoursstudents finish the honoursprogramme in their third year.
The Honours programme enables you to approach the subject more intensively and with greater breadth. Equally, an Honours Bachelor's degree opens up better opportunities for internships, Master's programmes in the Netherlands and abroad, and also improves your career prospects.