Behavioural and Social Sciences
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|typeonderzoek, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
As a research master student you choose one of our three multidisciplinary themes. The theme-specific courses will give you a broad view on the theme and will introduce you to the unique perspectives of the theme-related specializations. In the course of the first semester you will choose your own specialization. It will enable you to tailor your master to the topics that you wish to engage in.
1. Deficits, Distress, and Disorders
What are the origins of psychopathological and brain disorders?
Specializations: Clinical Neuropsychology| Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics
2. Lifespan Development and Socialization
How do individuals develop across their lifespan?
Specializations: Developmental Psychology | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics |Sociology
3. Sustainability in a Changing Society
How do individuals and groups adapt to the changing world?
Specializations: Environmental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Social psychology | Sociology
Waarom aan de RUG?
- a unique combination of multi-disciplinarity and specialization
- the opportunity to work with excellent researchers
- your own mentor during the first year to offer assistance
- opportunity for a PhD scholarship for your own PhD proposal (offered each year)
- all new students are eligible for a nine-month paid research assistantship
- non-EU students are also eligible for the University of Groningen Talent Grant - https://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/financial-matters/talentgrantrmbehaviouralandsocialsciences
- students from certain countries are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme grant - https://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/financial-matters/netherlands-fellowship-programme
- students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are eligible for The Holland Scholarship programme https://www.rug.nl/education/internationalstudents/financial-matters/holland-scholarship
- DDD, LDS and SCS indicate the compulsory theme modules, for each of the three themes.
- Courses marked with an * are compulsory courses for all students, regardless of the chosen theme.
*How to theorize
DDD | Deficits, Distress and Disorders: a multidimensional perspective
LDS | Lifespan development
SCS | Theorizing change
SCS | From problem analysis to intervention design
Elective courses (see the online catalogue)
DDD | Deficits, Distress and Disorders: advanced research methods
LDS | Socialization
LDS | Modelling interactions between persons and variables over time
DDD | Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth OR Neuropsychological assessment
*Reflecting on science and integrity
*Multidisciplinary research in action
Electives (see online catalogue)
(Clinical) Traineeship (10 EC)
|taal van onderwijs||100% en|
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 guidanceThe focus of your programme is to be shaped via your choices for one of the domains, for the optional modules and for your traineeship and master thesis. You compose and monitor your personal study plan in close consultation with the academic advisor.
At least twice a year you will be invited by the academic advisor to discuss your study progress. You can also visit the academic advisor for confidential or study-related issues.
A mentor (i.e., a staff member of the domain in which you plan to specialize) is assigned to you at the start of the programme. The mentor supervises your traineeship and introduces you to the scientific community. You and your mentor meet several times during the year. You may choose another supervisor for the Master's thesis, who will take over the role of 'general' mentor in the second year.
study abroadThe Traineeship and Master thesis projects can be performed internally at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, or externally at another university or research institute in the Netherlands or abroad. The teaching staff has an extensive national and international network, resulting from cooperations with top-level researchers across the world.
Toelating en kosten
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2020
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To apply for this programme, first go to Studielink. Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:
* a copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
* your weighted average BA grade (weighted according to ECTS)
* a copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
* a copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (not for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation
* two references
If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Students who apply for the programme may be invited for an interview with the Admission Board to provide additional information about their motives and aspirations to enter the Research Master's programme.
Sufficient knowledge of the English language.
| CPE in Advanced English:>=185 | TOEFL: an overall score of >= 100, with >= 25 on speaking and writing on the internet-based form
| IELTS: an overall score of >= 7, with >=7 on speaking and writing (academic version) |
Candidates must arrange for two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have 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 programme 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, 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|
|€||172||collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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
|60||studenten volgen deze opleiding|
|63%||daarvan is vrouw|
|3||eerstejaars gestart in 2017|
|67%||daarvan is vrouw|
|29331||studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen|
|51%||daarvan is vrouw|
Op kamers in Groningen
|€ 303||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|21 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
aan het woord
student Selwyn Renard
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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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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student Minita Franzen
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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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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student Marvin Kunz
In Social Psychology it is assumed that the self changes according to those around you. That fascinates me.
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...
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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student 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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alumnus 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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Lecturer Rafaele Huntjens
Associate Professor - Rafaele Huntjens
My name is Rafaële Huntjens and I'm an associate professor in experimental psychopathology, focusing on dissociative disorders and other trauma-related disorders. The beautiful thing about experimental psychopathology is that it provides you with the tools to investigate causal mechanisms involved in psychopathology. It thus goes beyond merely showing correlation which may be spurious. It can be widely applied from basic research questions to applied studies.
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lecturer Casper Albers
Casper Albers - Associate professor in Psychometrics and Statistics
My name is Casper Albers and I'm an associate professor in Psychometrics and Statistics within the Research Master's degree programme.
I am also the coordinator of the Psychometrics and Statistics course units. This means that I ensure that these course units dovetail with each other and with the rest of the course units and that the state-of-the-art knowledge in this field is reflected within the degree programme...
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Marieke Pijnenborg - Associate professor Clinical Psychology & Experimental Psychopathology
I teach the course units 'Evidence-based interventions' and 'Diagnostic models and strategies' on the Clinical Psychology Track. Although I work for the departments of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology, my research lies somewhere between the departments of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. I feel at home in both fields.
My particular expertise is in psychotic disorders. Psychoses are extremely interesting. They create a very unique clinical picture, with many different manifestations and affecting many different types of people...
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