MSc in Psychology (research)

MSc in Psychology (research) is a two-year programme which prepares for a career as a researcher in psychology. The research master's programme offers four tracks. Alongside the specific parts of the programme, it consists of advanced training in academic and research skills.

Aim of the programme

The programme gives students the opportunity to:

  • acquire hands-on research experience in one of Europe's leading psychology labs;
  • get involved in, and learn how to carry out cutting-edge research;
  • improve methodological and statistical skills in a broad range of research areas;
  • learn about scientific writing and presentation from world class researchers;
  • prepare for a career as a top researcher in psychology.

Clinical and Health Psychology (research)

In this specialisation, you learn how to research theoretical modelling, diagnostics and treatment methods for psychiatric disorders. This type of research has direct consequences for the practice of healthcare. The quality of the available therapies depends on high-quality research into effects and mechanisms. The results of this research can be seen in guidelines for treatment. Diagnostics, too, is the object of continuous interest, and now even more so with the planned revision of the DSM-IV diagnostic system in 2013.

Post Master vocational training

If students wish, they can combine their Research Master track Clinical and Health psychology with courses from the programme of the one-year MSc Clinical psychology in order to qualify for post-master vocational training in the field of mental health care. A very limited number of Dutch speaking students who complete their Research Master combined with fulfilling the training requirements for post-master vocational training in health care are offered the possibility to follow (after completion of their Research Master) a paid clinical internship at the Parnassia Bavo Groep. If they complete this clinical internship with a rating of good to excellent performance they will be offered the possibility (after formal approval by the accrediting organisations) of starting post-master training within the Parnassia Bavo Groep leading to the BIG-qualified title of ‘Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog’.

Successful completion of this extended programme results in one master diploma (Research master) with additional certificates to prove that the student meets the requirements for post-master vocational training for ‘Psychotherapeut’ or ‘Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog’.

E-mail: Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven

Cognitive Neuroscience (research)

Interested in mind and brain research? In this track we focus on the investigation of the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of human cognition by means of mind and brain research. Our research and teaching are based on the conviction that cognitive processes can only be understood in the context of their function and purpose for action control. That is, for the adaptation of intentional, goal-directed actions to environmental demands.

Developmental Psychology (research)

This specialisation offers a strong theoretical background to provide the varied knowledge-base needed for a thorough understanding of emotional and cognitive development across childhood and adolescence. Students will gain hands-on experience with various assessment procedures: self-report, behavioural observation, experimental manipulations, psychophysiological assessment (skin conductance, heart rate, cortisol, etc.), EEG, and fMRI. The multi-method approach in the training programme is realised in the context of four research programmes.

Social and Organisational Psychology (research)

This specialisation offers in-depth knowledge of a broad range of theories and research domains in this area, all concerning the way people’s social environment influences thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. This specialisation focuses specifically on processes within and between groups. Examples of theory development and research in each of these areas are conflict management, leadership, social dilemmas, diversity, stereotyping and prejudice, individual and group decision making. Relevant fields for application are organisation and management in particular, but also economic behaviour and environmental issues.

More information


For further information, please contact the coordinator:
E-mail: Dr. S. Nieuwenhuis

Last Modified: 06-10-2011