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Research Master

Psychology (research)

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The University of Amsterdam offers an outstanding two-year Research Master’s programme in Psychology. The Research Master’s programme aims to educate students as critical and analytic professionals who are able to deal with ever-changing knowledge in a scientifically responsible manner, build bridges between subdisciplines in psychology, and contribute to the formation of cutting-edge scientific insights. This programme is designed for motivated students with a strong interest in psychological research, who are interested in a career as academic or applied researcher in psychology.


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The students: meet Buket
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Major: Clinical Psychology Minor: Brain and Cognition

Study programme

The primary focus of the Research Master’s programme is on developing critical, scientific thinking skills and teaching scientific knowledge and skills that are crucial for conducting high-quality psychological research. To this end the programme offers a series of advanced courses on scientific writing and presenting, research methods, statistics, and programming. The Research Master’s programme is firmly embedded in the psychology research programme at the University of Amsterdam, with specialised courses in an elective major – minor structure. These specialised courses are taught in informal, highly interactive small groups settings. Central to the Research Master’s programme are two separate research projects (Internship and Thesis), which may contribute to publications in international scientific journals.

Taught by international top researchers, the Research Master's programme offers a unique opportunity to further specialise in six major areas of psychology including:

  • Brain & Cognition
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Methodology and Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Work & Organisational Psychology

Designed for motivated students with a strong interest in psychological research

Informal, highly interactive small groups setting

Taught by international top researchers

Unique major/minor studyplan


Research Master alumni are very well qualified for:

  • a career in scientific research, for example starting in a PhD programme.
  • a career in scientific or applied research
  • or as a scientist-practitioner in organizations outside academia,

Is a Research Master's in Psychology for you?

  • You have a critical mind and love to use it
  • You enjoy doing research and would like to be part of the research community
  • You like a challenge: research in psychology is complicated
  • You find psychology deeply fascinating and cannot wait to explore the field
  • You consider doing a PhD after your graduation
Facts & Figures
Degree programme Psychology (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60383
Location Roeterseiland campus