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Research Master
Psychology (research)
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Academic transcripts *

Official transcripts of all university courses and examinations that you have taken, including the credits and grades you have obtained. Transcripts in any other language than English or Dutch should be translated into English by a sworn translator. If you have attended more than one university, please enclose a chronological overview with your application (on your CV).

* The original transcripts should be sent together with the translation in a closed envelope, sealed by the university. 

Grading and credit scheme

If the local grading and credit system deviates from the Dutch system, you need to upload a grading scheme supplied by your university. In this overview the grading and credit system at your university should be described. The selection committee needs this to interpret your transcript.

Proof of Qualification - Course overview

Please provide us with an overview of your course titles (in English or Dutch), course codes and obtained grades in the following categories:

  • ≥24 ec Basic knowledge in the most important fields of Psychology
  • ≥24 ec Methods and statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences
    • At level 1/2/3
    • of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
    • and at least ≥ 4 ec at level 2 or 3
  • ≥12 ec Advanced knowledge and skills courses relevant for the field of the intended major
    • At level 2 or 3
  • ≥ 9 ec Research experience in empirical research in Psychology or Social Sciences or a closely related discipline

In this list, please also provide course descriptions for all courses, as stated in the course catalogue of your university, in Dutch or in English (translated if necessary). These course descriptions should contain the learning objectives, a description of the course content and the used methods. It should also contain the required literature including the designated used chapters.

Statement of motivation

Please answer the following questions, as your statement of motivation. This is the only type of motivation statement that will be accepted.

1. What makes you fit for the Research Master, and specifically your chosen major? (max. 100 words)

  • Think about which courses from your bachelor are relevant here.
  • Do you have other experiences (e.g., work, internship, volunteering, management, publications, etc.) that could contribute to success in Research Master?

Research Master’s courses you would like to follow during your track and explain why these courses appeal to you. (max. 100 words)

3. Give an example of an investigation that you could do for your Research Master thesis. (max. 250 words).

  • Explain why this topic appeals to you.
  • Provide suggestions for a research design and provide rationale for your choice.

4. What are your plans after graduating? And how does this programme work for you? (max. 100 words)

Copies of all academic degree certificates (diplomas)*

Certified copies of all academic degree certificates. Degree certificates in any other language than English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch should be translated into English by a sworn translator. Please note: should you apply to this master's programme without having finished your current programme, please indicate when you will receive your degree.

* The certified copies should be sent together with the translations. Certified copies must have a seal and signature of the school administration.

A curriculum vitae/resume including research experience

Please include in your CV a paragraph with an overview of your research experiences other than theoretical (e.g., lab training, research project during bachelor, research assistant, publications etc.).

Also, if you have attended more than one university, please enclose a chronological overview of your studies on your CV.

Scientific writing skills – write an abstract

In the application tool you will be asked to write an abstract of max. 250 words, for the given research paper. The article can be found in Myinfo.

Important: Please note that this document is confidential and only available for the express use of applicants to the psychology Research Master programme.

Possible addition: extenuating circumstances

Is there evidence of extenuating circumstances affecting your performance during your education? If yes, give a brief summary (think of management, top sports, dual programs, illness, care, etc). (Max. 250 words).

English language test scores - international applicants only - *

International candidates who are non-native English speakers* are required to submit official English proficiency test scores according to the criteria mentioned below. Original test scores should be sent either by the testing institution or by the student to the Admissions Office of the Research Master's Psychology programme.

* Native speakers of English who completed their undergraduate degree in another language than English have to demonstrate that they finished high school in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. 

* Exemption applies to candidates who obtained an academic Bachelor's diploma in the Netherlands, as well as to candidates who completed an entirely English-taught academic Bachelor’s or Master’s programme (in which case we ask for a proof that the language of instruction is English).

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