Like most university studies, Psychology consists of a bachelor and a master. Below is a brief summary of what the program looks like.

In the bachelor psychology you will learn about the behavior of people in the most general sense. This gives you answers to the following questions: Why do people help a person in need less quickly in a busy environment? Why can’t people talk after a (specific) brain haemorrhage? What are the forms of depression and how do you make a diagnosis? The bachelor is divided over three years.

Propaedeutic year

The bachelor phase of psychology lasts for three years. The first year is a general introduction to psychology, in which all aspects of psychology are highlighted. You will have the courses ‘Social Psychology’, ‘Cognitive Psychology’, ‘Clinical and Biological Psychology’ and ‘Work and Organisational Psychology’.

Bachelor year 2

The second year is more focused on research. During this year you will follow a number of courses such as ‘Scientific and Statistical Reasoning’, ‘Psychological Communication’, ‘Psychological Research’ and ‘Fundamentals of Psychology’. In the second semester you will choose one of the seven specialisations.

Bachelor year 3

The thirds year starts with finishing your specialisation, where you follow the specialisation’s courses and finish your bachelor-thesis.  in the second semester you can either pick a Minor or a second specialisation.

For more information, see the study guide.


There are different masters, most of which are directly related to the direction you have chosen in the second year. These masters are a one-year track  and consist of a number of courses, an internship and a thesis. There are also a few two-year masters including the research masters, which are in English and focused on research.