Behavioural and Social Sciences
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All new students in this Research Master's programme are eligible for a nine-month research assistantship of 4 hours per week.
Are you a talented student in the Behavioural and Social Sciences, wishing to pursue a career as an academic researcher? This Master's programme introduces you to the craft of scientific research.
As a student of the two-year Research Master Behavioural and Social Sciences, you will specialize in one of the following areas:
- Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
- Education and Development
- Psychometrics and Statistics
- Social and Organizational Psychology
The two-year programme prepares you for a career in science and is part of the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences. The degree focuses on theory-guided analysis of empirical data and generalizable explanations of both human behaviour and social phenomena. With your supervisor, you will determine the focus of your programme to suit your ambitions, talents and interests. The two-year degree includes a traineeship and a Master's thesis project. You may extend this Master's thesis project to a proposal for a PhD programme. The Research Master also includes a general course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences.
|diplomaMSc Behavioural and Social Sciences (research)|
|typeonderzoek, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
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Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?
- For two years it was the highest student ranked Research Master's programme in the Behavioural and Social Sciences in the Netherlands!
- Students work one-on-one with internationally acknowledged researchers
- Students determine the focus of their programme so that it suits their own ambitions and interests
The content is as follows:
- General course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School for Behavioural and Social Sciences 5 ECTS
- Other courses 67.5 ECTS
- Traineeship 10 ECTS
- Seminars 2.5 ECTS
- Master's thesis research project which may be extended to a proposal for a PhD project 35 ECTS
- General and statistical compulsory modules (30 EC)
- Specialization-related compulsory modules: theoretical modules (15 EC)
- Specialization-related compulsory modules: statistical/methodological modules (10 EC)
- Optional modules (17,5 EC)
- Seminars (2,5 EC)
- Traineeship (10 EC)
- Master's thesis project (35 EC)
General course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School for Behavioural and Social Sciences
Specialization-related compulsory modules
Other general and statistical compulsory modules
Master's thesis research project onderzoek
specialisatie Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
The program teaches how to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and advanced research methods in the area of psychopathology and clinical neuropsychology and consists of two streams:
The focus of the Clinical Psychology stream is on investigating the causal mechanisms underlying the onset and maintenance of mental disorders. Knowledge of transdiagnostic processes, focusing on shared (dysfunctional) cognitive and behavioural processes across disorders, is combined with insight in specific disorders and symptoms.
The Clinical Neuropsychology stream specifically addresses the effects of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders and other clinical conditions affecting the brain in children, adolescents and adults. Methods used in the field of clinical neuropsychology are neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging and EEG. Knowledge is used in the assessment, diagnosis and/or rehabilitation of patients.
Within both streams advanced research skills will be acquired by participating in research projects, focusing either on fundamental research, or the more applied field, or in learning to critically evaluate the empirical support for specific treatments. Students also have the opportunity to train in advanced diagnostic and other clinical skills to qualify for a postdoctoral training program in the optional module.
The Sociology specialization focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in the discipline of sociology and general social sciences.
The Sociology specialization focuses on theoretically and methodologically advanced research in the discipline of sociology and general social sciences. It is offered jointly with the Department of Sociology in Utrecht and in the context of the interuniversity graduate school and research centre of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). Students will follow a series of theory and applied research modules and actively participate in research seminars throughout the programme. By the end of the programme, students will be proficient in problem-guided and deductive theory building in sociology, coupled with applied empirical research using complex data analysis models and methods. The theoretical component focuses on deductive and structured sociological modelling of substantive social issues. The research methods component examines contemporary explanatory models, measurement models and analytical methods of complex multi-actor, multi-level and multi-event data structures in an integrative and applied manner.
specialisatie Education and Development
The Education and Development specialization focuses on the effectiveness of education and the improvement of development processes. It is jointly offered by Pedagogy, Education and Psychology.
The Education and Development specialization focuses on the effectiveness of education and the improvement of development processes.
There are four main strands of research topics within this programme:
- Adaptive and inclusive education, focusing on creating equitable and accessible education, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and other students that are at risk,
- Socio-psychological precursors of school success, which studies how personality, motivation, meta-cognition, social comparison processes, and friendship ties affect students' school careers in secondary education;
- Instructional design, focusing on the use and effect of new learning environments, such as computer-supported collaborative learning, but also socio-constructivist inspired real-life situations for learning in vocational education; and
- Developmental processes in the life span, which studies developmental processes from a dynamic systems point-of-view.
The research programme has both a fundamental and an applied orientation, and studies are often linked to ongoing research projects.
specialisatie Psychometrics and Statistics
Focuses on a variety of advanced statistical data analysis methods and experimental techniques.
The Psychometrics and Statistics specialization offers a series of modules, as well as individual supervision on a variety of advanced statistical data analysis methods and experimental techniques. The modules deal with the application of methods, background knowledge on these methods, and their relationship with other methods.
The specialization is suitable for students who want to build a solid basis in statistical data analysis methods, and is an ideal preparation for students aiming to undertake a PhD project on statistical data analysis methods. In such projects, statistical data analysis methods are often compared and sometimes new methods are developed which require evaluation to show their additional value over existing methods.
Therefore, when preparing and writing the Master's thesis, the student will learn to apply one or more methods for comparing and evaluating statistical data analysis methods.
specialisatie Social and Organizational Psychology
The programme focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup perceptions and comparisons.
The Social and Organizational Psychology programme focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup perceptions and comparisons, i.e. on how individuals and groups perceive themselves in relation to their own standards, in relation to other individuals, and in relation to other groups. The modules deal with topics such as social comparison, social exchange, negotiation, aggression, stereotyping and meta-stereotyping, achievement goals, pro-social behaviour, motivation, perfectionism, conflict, health behaviour, discrimination, and integration as well as their consequences in terms of, for example, self-evaluation, emotions, well-being, creativity, and performance. The modules in this specialization emphasize the integration of fundamental and applied research. This implies an emphasis on experimental paradigms with considerable ecological validity, and on applied research that has the potential to contribute to theory development. The underlying philosophy is that basic research needs to have relevance to phenomena in society, and that applied research needs to be directly theoretically relevant.
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onderwijsvormenliterature study, oral presentation, research, research project, traineeship, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, self study, seminar
study abroadStudents can do an internal or external traineeship, that is, at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, or at another university or research institute in the Netherlands or abroad.
At least twice a year students will be invited by the academic advisor to discuss their study progress. Students can also visit the academic advisor for confidential issues or study-related issues.
The content of the programme is highly individualized, with some compulsory and some optional modules. Students compose and monitor their personal study plans in close cooperation with a supervisor (i.e., a member from the staff of the research group in which the student plans to specialize). The supervisor is assigned to each student around week 8 of the programme. Soon after this, a detailed study plan is formulated by the student and the supervisor together and submitted for approval to the Board of Examiners. Typically, the supervisor supervises the first literature study and the traineeship. The student and supervisor meet several times during the year. The student may choose another supervisor for the Master's thesis, who will take over the role of 'general' supervisor in the second year.
Toelating en studiekosten
|1 september 2017||aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2017|
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14200
|1 september 2018||aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018|
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Students who apply for the programme may be invited for a meeting with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's programme.
Sufficient qualifications in statistics and the sciences that are relevant for the programme and a suitable attitude, motivation and talent. We strongly advise you to take the diagnostic test in statistics before you apply for our programme.
- List of statistical entrance requirements
- Diagnostic self test in statistics
- Answers to the diagnostic self test in statistics
If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this.
Sufficient knowledge of the English language (a TOEFL score of 600 or higher, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher with a sufficient score on all components).
University Bachelor in a social science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogics)
Candidates must arrange for two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.
NB: For candidates from the Faculty Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, it is sufficient to mention the names of the academic referees, in case they are academic staff members of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen.
Your motivation to enter the Research Master and your professional background are important elements in successful completion of the programme. Also, it is very important for us to know what your objectives are in completing the Research Master so your needs can be assessed. Please write (type) a short report (no longer than 1 to 2 pages) listing your motivation to study the Research Master, relevant study or work experience and any other information which you think is related to your admission such as thesis proposals, areas of particular interest and/or professional qualifications in social and behavioural sciences.
estimated monthly costs
|€||303||kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||158||collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1171||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
Studenten en studentenleven
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|€ 303||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
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aan het woord
Personal, tailored to your own interests, and opportunities for additional research experience
During my bachelor of psychology I really enjoyed doing research, so when I started searching for a master program a research master seemed a logical option. My choice fell on the clinical track of the ReMa BSS because this program actually gives you the chance to do a master specifically aimed to train students for a future as a researcher, while still keeping the option open to become a therapist.
In the free choice part of the master there is room to do the courses that are necessary to be able to do the post master of health psychologist (GZ-psycholoog)...
The first year of the research master consists of several interesting mandatory courses, such as applied statistics during which you learn programming in R software. Additionally, you are required to complete literature studies in topics of your own interests. During my first year we also got the opportunity for additional research experience, by doing a paid research assistantship with a senior researcher of our choice. This was a great opportunity, and to give you an idea; for my project I learned to work with an eye tracker and performed a study examining the influence of individual differences in body shape concern on viewing patterns of bodies of overweight and normal weight individuals.
The second year of the research master is highly independent and gives you the time to develop your own interests for your specific area of interest. For me this consisted of a traineeship using eye tracking, a master thesis which provided the basis for my current PhD project, and a literature study in the same area. In addition, I got a great opportunity to go to Gent University for a short visit, through contacts of my supervisor. Here I got to present my master thesis plan and meet several researchers that were working on similar projects.
To conclude; if you are interested in doing research in clinical psychology, perhaps in combination with clinical work, the research master Behavioural and Social Sciences is a master you should definitely consider.
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The lecturers are excellent.
My academic training has all been in Groningen. I did my Bachelor's in Psychology here, and am currently doing a Research Master's in Behavioural and Social Sciences, specializing in Social and Organizational Psychology.I chose to do a Research Master's because I was intrigued by the idea of critically investigating the claims made in the field of Psychology. I would love to be able to make my own theoretical and critical contribution to the field. That fascinates me.
The lecturers at the Department of Psychology are excellent: there's always something to learn from them. The University of Groningen offers great opportunities to learn and challenge yourself. For this programme, it is particularly important that you are willing and motivated.
Before coming to Groningen I lived in Germany. I always wanted to study abroad and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering it. It really challenges you to adapt to a different culture and get to know new people. Groningen has everything: it's a beautiful city with loads of activities to do alongside your studies. As it's not too big, you feel at home. And I have to admit that the Dutch are really quite nice!.
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My first year as a “ReMa student”
Are you considering applying for the Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master this year? Have you heard that it is a demanding program and are you wondering if it is something for you? Minita had the same thoughts last year. She is now a first-year student in the program and shares some of her experiences.
“Awesome!”, is what I nearly shouted into the speaker of my phone when I heard the good news last year: I got accepted for the clinical psychology specialisation of the Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master program in Groningen...
Thus, in September 2014, together with 23 fellow students, I officially started my research career. In my specialisation, we are only 4 people. What a difference; in my Bachelor of Psychology program, which I also completed in Groningen, we had started with 350 people! Being in a small group was immediately one thing I really liked and it had been one of the reasons for wanting to become a ReMa student. Having most lectures in such small groups makes a big difference. We students get to know each other on a totally different level, and also the relationship we build with our professors is incomparable to the atmosphere during the Bachelor program. They suddenly know our names and give us the opportunity to work with them on research projects one-on-one.
As the name suggests, the focus in the two-year ReMa program is indeed on research. This inevitably means that statistics plays a major role and in the first two semesters you are expected to spend many hours on it. However, it seems I am finally learning statistical methods that are actually applied in real research. In two courses, we are even asked to bring and work on our own data sets (instead of study a book and answer multiple-choice questions in an exam). So yes, if you are considering applying for the ReMa program, be prepared to tackle statistics again, and keep in mind that this plays a major part in psychological research and thus prepares you for what is yet to come.
The ReMa not only gives me the chance to do research here at the University of Groningen, but also actively supports my plans of spending time abroad. In the second year, ReMa students are expected to do a traineeship, which I will do at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and I am really looking forward to working with other internationally renowned researchers. In my case, I will also stay in Montréal for my Master thesis. In addition to it being an exciting learning experience, hopefully it helps me increase my chances in obtaining a position as a PhD student.
Speaking of which, from day one of the ReMa program, we are constantly reminded of and encouraged to think about and plan for the PhD position we are aiming for. No doubt, there is pressure to start publishing and to come up with an innovative, compelling research idea, so as to hand in a competitive application for funding at the beginning of the second ReMa year. Proper planning and a lot of time investment are needed, not only for the PhD application but throughout the whole ReMa program. After all, we were one of the few who got accepted into this program, hence good performance and commitment are expected.
If you are considering applying for the program, it may help to know that you are offered support and assistance in order to manage to deliver what is expected from you. You will have a mentor within your specialisation and there are special student advisors for the ReMa program. Moreover, during the course Applied Statistics for example, you will also be guided and supported by one of the lecturers. You will be busy with “Uni” every day and there will be times that you feel totally exhausted, but it will be good to know that many people are willing to help.
So all in all, yes, the ReMa definitely is a demanding and challenging program but the inspiring, stimulating, and personal environment it offers is definitely worth it. If I had to choose again, I would certainly do this ReMa again.
These were some of my experiences of my first year of the ReMa and I hope sharing these will help you deciding whether this Master program is something for you. If you have any further questions, I am happy to help, so feel free to comment below or otherwise contact me.
- This text also appeared on the Groningen Psychology Blog Mindwise
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Combining research and clinical practice, a great combination!
I've always been interested in the processes underlying human behaviour and especially in psychopathology in children. Because of my dream to become a clinical psychologist, using knowledge of psychology to help children with mental disorders, I started the psychology bachelor. Then I discovered I also really like many aspects of doing research (generating questions, thinking of research designs, being creative and get new knowledge)...
In my second year I really wanted to gain practical skills in the in the field of clinical psychology. Therefore together with my supervisor an integrated master thesis and clinical internship was arranged in a centre for child and youth psychiatry. During a period of 8 months, I spend 2 days on participating in diagnostics and treatment of children with anxiety and mood disorders and autism spectrum disorders. The other three days I participate in research projects performed at the clinical centre and write my master thesis.
In this way the research master gave me the possibility to learn and increase my knowledge of conducting research in the field of clinical psychology and to gain practical clinical skills. I hope to continue this scientist-practitioner combination in the future.
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Clinical Psychology track: Inspiring and challenging
Applying for the Behavioral and Social Sciences research master was partly based on convenience as I also did my Psychology Bachelor in Groningen. However, this does not mean I did not look at alternatives. In the end I decided to apply for the research master in Groningen because it's program looked as one of the more fun and challenging available.
Choosing what track to follow was a bit more difficult as both the social psychology track and clinical psychology track looked really interesting...
I have been very happy with my decision to follow the clinical psychology track because it definitely delivered as promised. As the program is highly selective, there is a lot of contact between staff members and students. For me these meetings were extremely inspiring because the staff members really take their time for each individual student. The program itself was as challenging as I had hoped, resulting in a great preparation for my current PhD program. An important aspect of the program is that it gives students the opportunity to get out of the program what they want out of it. For me this resulted in going abroad for a few months to do a traineeship with a researcher in the United States, which I thought was an amazing experience. All in all, I have learned a lot during the research master and would recommend it to anyone who has the ambition to follow a career in research.
Groningen itself is also a great city to study in. First of all, the city is strongly oriented around students which is no wonder as approximately 1 out of 4 inhabitants is a student. In addition, the city is relatively small making everything easy to reach. Groningen has reliable public transportation but I found taking a bike is usually more convenient. Because the city strongly revolves around students it has great study areas, libraries, sporting facilities and student associations.
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Nicoleta Bâlâu, Romania
Challenging, captivating, and enriching
After one year as a student in the Research Master's programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences, I know that this is an experience that I will never forget.
I have found this programme to be challenging, captivating, and enriching. The requirements are demanding, but it provides me with an advanced training for my future research career. Groningen is a vivid and youthful city, with many students from various backgrounds, beautiful landscapes, and enjoyable opportunities to spend your free time and join a wide variety of sports...
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Mayra Mascareno Lara
Here I found an interesting degree programme that I could tailor to my interests.
I decided to apply to the University of Groningen after an intensive period of searching. I specifically looked for programmes in English, and in that context the Netherlands became an excellent option. Why Groningen? Because here I found an interesting degree programme that I could tailor to my interests.
In my programme I found a first class academic staff with challenging projects and ideas. In addition, I've experienced that students get many opportunities to participate in research projects, through instances such as your traineeship or a job as research assistant...
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Marloes van der Klauw
I really like the supportive environment the Research Master's programme offers
What I like most about the programme is that it challenges me to consider and discover things on my own. In addition, being appointed as a research assistant gives me the opportunity to be involved in even more research projects.
During my final year of the Bachelor in psychology, I decided to apply for the Research Master's programme because I found out that doing research was what really appealed to me. In addition, I was looking for a challenging programme in which I could join forces with other critical students who share the same interest in human behaviour as I do...
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Nadja Zeiskeafgestudeerd in 2016
PhD student in Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen
My interest in environmental issues led me to pursue the research master Behavioural and Social sciences, where I could deepen my understanding of the topic and at the same time delve into the world of research. During my master's I had a lot of courses on research methods and statistics, as well as a variety of courses in social psychology and environmental psychology.
I will see what the future holds. Maybe later on in life, I would like to start my own research and consultancy company in the field of sustainability. For now, I am really looking forward to working on my PhD topic for the next four years.’
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The Research Master's degree programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences is designed primarily for highly talented, motivated and ambitious students who are interested in pursuing a career in research. This Master's degree qualifies students to conduct fundamental and applied scientific research in the social and behavioural sciences. Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study and training for a PhD thesis, and for employment in the public or private sector. The faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences aims to open a number of PhD tracks for the most talented Research Master's students.
Experiences of alumni from abroad
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