Want to know whether this really is the right programme for you? The information and activities on this page can help you find out.
Psychology is everywhere you look. Even though it is a relatively young field, over the last 100 years it has already penetrated the very fabric of society. Humans and their behaviour are an endless source of inspiration for research.
During the UvA Bachelor's Week in October 2021, a brief programme presentation was held after which you could ask your questions to students, a teacher and a study advisor. Did you miss the Meet & Ask? Watch it here.
The Psychology department is on the Roeterseilandcampus in the centre of Amsterdam. Look at the virtual map and videos of our building REC G and the rest of the campus.
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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 first year of study, known as the propaedeutic year, consists of a substantive component and a research component. During the substantive component, you are introduced to the field of psychology and all its sub-disciplines: neuropsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, work and organisational psychology, clinical psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. Next, you will learn the necessary scientific and academic writing skills.
As for the second year, the first half focuses on learning how to conduct research. You will also have practical training in psychological communication skills. The second half of the second year is where you will pick your major: your specialisation. You can choose from a variety of specialisations, parallel to the sub-disciplines you were introduced to in your first year.
The third year is the year of your Bachelor's thesis, which will take up a large part of the first two semesters. The second half of the third year allows for room for a second specialisation, a minor (for example, Communication Science or Law) or an exchange programme.
We get this question a lot, and it is not an easy one to answer. In the end, it is mostly about a match between you and the university. That is why we advise everyone to also visit information sessions at other universities. At the UvA, however, you tend to specialise more quickly in a sub-discipline of Psychology and there is a clear emphasis on scientific writing. We are also very proud of the fact that Times Higher Education has declared us the best Psychology Bachelor’s programme in mainland Europe.
The selection procedure in a nutshell:
After obtaining your Bachelor's degree, you can specialise by opting for a Master's programme, in a specific field. The Graduate School of Psychology offers 3 Master’s programmes with a total of 16 Master’s Tracks.
Graduates find employment in a range of different positions, depending on the major: therapist, HR officer, trainer, sports psychologist, test developer, researcher, adviser/consultant, sexologist, information specialist.
Potential employers and working environments include organisational consultancies, marketing and research agencies, the world of business, mental healthcare and education.
You do not necessarily need to have had biology classes, but we do recommend it. You will have lectures on neuropsychology (where we focus on the brain), and students who have previously studied biology find it easier to follow. If you do not have any prior biology knowledge, you might have to study a bit more, but it certainly won’t hinder you!
The Bachelor's programme in Psychology is bilingual, but the lectures and your study material are both in English. The tutorials are available in both English or Dutch, so it is up to you to choose.
In autumn and spring you can attend live Meet & Ask sessions.
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