Master of Science in Psychology (Theoretical and Experimental Psychology)

The discipline of psychology studies the causes and effects of human behaviour and uses this knowledge to provide aid workers and counsellors with helpful insights. The Master’s programme results in the professional title of psychologist. The main subjects each have their own structure and finality, but all of them have made sufficient room in the curriculum for a work placement.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
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After graduation


The Theoretical and Experimental Psychology main subject is our research track par excellence. We study theories on and the functioning of human cognition (e.g. language acquisition, memory, cognitive control, numerical control, ...). In so doing, we focus on the mental processes and behaviour as well as their biological basis. You will learn how to independently plan, carry out and assess valid and theory-driven research, which can be relevant for scientific as well as practical questions. In addition, you will come to understand how neuroscience looks for connections between cognitive processes and behaviour on the one hand, and brain activation and areas of the brain where that activation is located, on the other.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master).
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Labour Market

Theoretical and experimental psychologists traditionally end up in a research context, which can either be fundamental or applied research. Our graduates find employment at universities as well as in research departments at private companies: laboratories in pharmaceutical companies (e.g. research into the cognitive side-effects of drugs), at research centres of consumer associations, at market research agencies or in the traffic psychology sector (e.g. VIAS Institute). Some end up in sports psychology, and others conduct research for computer manufacturers. Psychologists also end up working on various government-funded or privately funded research or innovation projects.

Take a look at our faculty website for career testimonials by our graduates (in Dutch).