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Psychology: Behavioural Data Science (track)
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Track-specific requirements

On this page you will find an explanation for each track-specific requirement, an answer to the question as to which previous education you satisfy, and which subjects you can take if you do not yet meet this requirement.

In order to apply for the Master's track Behavioural Data Science, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

  • ≥6 EC Research Methodology on 3rd year level
  • ≥18 EC Advanced Statistics on 3rd year level
  • ≥3 EC Programming (in R) on 1st year level

The levels refer to UvA bachelor years:

  • Level 1: comparable to UvA bachelor year 1, basic, introductory courses in the field.
  • Level 2: comparable to UvA bachelor year 2, comprehensive, intermediate courses.
  • Level 3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialized courses.

Level 3 of the UvA bachelor refers to level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework

  • ≥6 EC Research Methodology on 3rd year level

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have a good understanding (advanced level) of the following topics: Observational versus experimental studies, (quasi-)experimental designs, randomization, sampling, confounding, bias, test construction, measurement error, test reliability, and test validity.

    Student should be able to explain what type of conclusions can be drawn from different types of study designs (and what not), and should be able to analyse the quality (i.e., reliability and validity) of a psychological measurement instrument.

    All skills and knowledge mentioned above should be at level 3: comparable to UvA Bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialised courses. Also, the courses used to fulfill the basic requirements for Methods and Statistics cannot be used for this track-specific requirement again. In sum: You should have obtained at least 24 EC to fulfill the basic requirements, and above that you must have obtained at least 6 EC to fulfill this track-specific requirement.

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the Bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • UvA Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Behavioural data science
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Psychological Methods

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

    A pre-Master’s programme depends on which and how many deficiencies you would have to solve altogether. 

  • ≥18 EC Advanced Statistics on 3rd year level

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have a basic understanding of some multivariate statistical models and latent variable models.

    Students should be able to run and interpret the outcomes of a multivariate analysis (e.g., repeated measures analyses, MANOVA, principal component analysis) and a latent variable model (e.g., factor analysis, item response theory, structural equation modelling).

    All skills and knowledge mentioned above should be at level 3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialised courses. Also, the courses used to fulfill the basic requirements for Methods and Statistics cannot be used for this track-specific requirement again. In sum: you should have obtained at least 24 EC to fulfill the basic requirements; above that, you must have obtained at least 18 more EC to fulfill this track-specific requirement.

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the Bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • UvA Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Behavioural data science
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Psychological Methods

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following courses at the UvA. Depending on the type of deficiency, you will need to do 1, 2 or all 3 of the courses below:

  • ≥3 EC Programming (in R)

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have a good understanding (approximately one year of usage) of the basics of programming in a high level language (R, Python, Matlab, Visual Basic, Javascript, C, etc.); preferably R, including looping, branching, reading from and writing to files, and defining functions. R is the language mainly used in this Master's track. Students should be able to read data from file, and analyse data, both numerically (generalized linear models, hypothesis tests) and graphically (histograms, scatter plots, line charts, bar charts, etc.).

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you automatically qualify for this basic requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Psychological Methods
    • UvA Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Behavioural data science
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Psychological Methods

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you did acquire programming skills at the level mentioned above, but not in R, we offer a self-study module to prepare your R skill to be completed before the start of the programme.

    If you have not acquired enough programming skills in your previous education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

  • Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the academic requirements, the selection committee assesses the relevance and quality of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected if the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. The motivation statement consists of answers to specific questions regarding the programme.

    More information about the motivation statement can be found under header '6. Upload required documents'.

    In MyInfo, our online application system, you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

  • Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Please refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.