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Psychology: Cultural Psychology (track)

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This Master's track combines approaches from cultural and cross-cultural psychology and deals with three central issues: How does culture shape our psychological functioning? What are the consequences of cultural similarities and/or differences for the individual, the group, and for intergroup relations? How can we design and evaluate interventions and programs that are culturally sensitive? We invite ambitious Dutch and international students with a genuine interest in (cross-) cultural psychology to apply for this selective, one-year programme.


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Study programme

Students specialising in Cultural Psychology will find answers to the following questions:

  • Why and how do humans acquire culture? How does culture evolve?
  • How does culture shape our psychological functioning (e.g., emotions, motivation, perception, cognition)? What are some of the psychological consequences of (dis)similarities between cultural groups?
  • How does intercultural contact (e.g., through migration) affect the individual? Which psychological tools does a person possess to deal with acculturation, and which psychological changes do migrants typically experience?
  • What happens when groups from different cultures meet?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of culturally diverse societies?
  • How can we manage cultural diversity in school, at work, and in society?

Additionally, students of Cultural Psychology will be thoroughly equipped with and trained in:

  • Designing (cross) cultural studies while avoiding common methodological pitfalls of the field.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Designing and evaluating culture-sensitive strategies and interventions.

Strong international orientation

small-group teaching approach

Join the annual study trip or follow a course or conduct research abroad

first-hand intercultural experiences

staff members have an

extensive international network


The strong focus on skill training in combination with a thorough discussion of the effects of culture and intercultural contact opens up a broad range of employment sectors including:

  • Research institutions 
  • International companies or organizations 
  • The educational sector 
  • Non-governmental/non-profit organizations 
  • Municipalities or governmental organizations 
  • Mental health sector 

Why Cultural Psychology at the UvA?

  • Study at the most international European university and one of the top-rated European research institutes
  • Acquire theoretical knowledge on Cultural Psychology and hands-on skills through a coherent curriculum
  • Engage in discussion and receive guidance by a dedicated team of experts in Cultural Psychology
  • Spend time abroad during your internship or thesis (optional)
  • Be part or benefit from an active student fraction
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Psychologie
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66604
Location Roeterseiland campus