Social Psychology: research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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This Research Master's programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to the fundamental social psychological processes that illuminate how people are influenced by their social environment.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
New insights are obtained by incorporating biological, cognitive and evolutionary perspectives in the study of social psychological phenomena. These include situations that involve interpersonal trust, leadership, and cooperation. Social psychology is the core psychological discipline that sheds light on human behavior and attitudes in social situations and settings.

You will acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge of social psychology and the skills to apply this knowledge to social phenomena in the real world. Moreover, you will also develop the essential skills needed to conduct innovative research of the highest quality. There is a substantial focus on research and presentation skills throughout the programme, as well as related questions such as application of social psychology to real-world problems, and bridging social psychology with insights from adjacent disciplines. It provides an excellent opportunity for in-depth exploration of central theories in social psychology and its related disciplines, and offers students the opportunity to gain substantial research experience that will make them competitive for PhD studentship positions.
Social Psychology

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

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  • Small scale and highest quality teaching
  • You are taught by scientists who have made unique contributions to the areas of research featured in the programme.
  • A strong international orientation: you are taught entirely in English, with the staff including highly respected international researchers. Half of all new students come from outside the Netherlands, making the programme truly international in character.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet30% zelfstudie
40% theorie
30% praktijk
literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, individual assignment, self study
The aim of the programme is to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation along with advanced research skills that permit them to translate a theoretically driven idea into a research design that can be implemented.
study abroad
Your second year provides you with the opportunity to conduct one or two research projects at a university abroad, under the supervision of a prominent international expert.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
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Apply online through Studielink and send in a request for admission. Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your assignment, as well as the information you provided with your request of admission. You will be notified of the result in two weeks time, and we also notify the central student administration, so they can update your status in Studylink.
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Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. This involves the study of an empirical scientific article and the discussion of research ideas related to it. You will have two weeks to complete the assignment and return it to us.

Good grades: Preferably you have an average grade for your academic bachelor of 7.5 or higher (or international equivalent, e.g. a B or a GPA of 3.3). It is possible to be admitted if your average grade is lower; however, in such cases you will need to complete the entry assignment in a highly satisfactory manner.


An academic bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline, preferably with an emphasis on social psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, economics, neurosciences or cognitive sciences and a focus on methodology, statistics and research. Applications from students with a background in other disciplines will be considered, but these candidates must have completed courses in statistics and methodology and have experience of conducting and reporting on experimental research. Prospective students in this category are strongly advised to seek a preliminary advice before proceeding with their application.

reference letter

A motivation letter is required.

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


45 studenten volgen deze opleiding
78% daarvan is vrouw
19 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
79% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Social Psychology: research aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 20 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Because Social Psychology combines understanding human behaviour with training in advanced research methods, the career prospects for its graduates are excellent. Students who have completed our research Master's are especially suited to advanced PhD work.
Many social psychologists conduct research and teach at universities or colleges, not only in departments of Psychology but also in Cognitive Science, Business, Education, Political Science, Justice Studies, Law, Health Sciences and Medicine. Others are employed in the private sector as consultants, researchers, marketing directors and managers. Psychologists also work for government and non-profit organizations, designing and evaluating policies or programmes in areas like education, conflict resolution and environmental protection. Our graduates are extremely well-placed for jobs of this kind.

Once you have completed the programme, you will be awarded the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Social Psychology.

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