Minor Social Psychology

About the minor in Social Psychology

The minor program in Social Psychology presents students with an engaging and challenging curriculum. In this program you will work with ambitious and inspiring academics who publish regularly in high impact journals and who are annually ranked among the best lecturers of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Our goal is to challenge and inspire students, enabling them to develop their full potential as scientists and professionals. As a student, you will find that almost anything is possible; as long as you are willing to work hard we are willing to support any viable initiatives.

Apart from internships, theses and seminars, you will follow an educational program that is aimed towards making you an expert in (social) psychological research, both in terms of content and methodological skills. Every year several of our Research Master students present posters or presentations at national and international conferences, attesting to the fact that our students indeed attain the level for which we aim. 

We are looking forward to having you in our group!

Prof. dr. Ilja van Beest

Chair of the Department of Social Psychology

Courses Minor Social Psychology

The Research Master consists of a general program (42 ECTS) and a minor-specific program (78 ECTS). The total program consist of 120 Credits (ECTS) for two years. Each year is divided into four units. The last unit in the first year is reserved for writing your First-year paper and doing an intern Traineeship. In the second year you'll write your Master's Thesis and you will follow an intern Traineeship.

The total program of the minor Social Psychology consists the courses below. You can also view the graphic presentation of the program structure of the minor in Social Psychology.

* The numbers are the ECTS for the particular course.

Courses year 1

Unit 1 (August-October)

Unit 2 (October-December)

Unit 3 (January-March)

Unit 4 (March-June)

Total ECTS: 60

Courses year 2

Unit 1 (August-October)

Unit 2 (October-December)

Unit 3 (January-March)

Unit 4 (March-June)

Total ECTS: 60

About our research group

About our research group

Our research group, the Department of Social Psychology at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, belongs to the international top research groups in social psychology (including economic psychology, organizational psychology and cultural psychology).

The research group represents a broad range of expertise. We have researchers working in a large variety of topics such as:

  • consumer psychology,
  • coalition formation,
  • culture,
  • decision-making,
  • emotion and affect,
  • evolutionary psychology,
  • political psychology,
  • social cognition
  • and social influence.

As a student, you will work with various different researchers in the form of internships, research papers, and your Master's thesis. Thus, you will be able to learn first-hand from the experts themselves. In addition, you are invited to attend weekly seminars by international scientists who present their work to our research group.

Decision-making in the economic, social and cultural context

The central theme of the research conducted within the department of social psychology is decision-making in the social, economic and cultural context.

1. Social Psychology

Social psychology studies how the social environment influences human thought, emotion, and behavior. Because social influence is pervasive in almost everything people think, feel, and do, social psychology is a broad and increasingly multidisciplinary discipline. Three key areas in social psychology are:

  • social cognition
  • interpersonal relations
  • interactions within and between groups

2. Economic Psychology

Economic psychology studies the psychological mechanisms that underlie consumption and other economic behaviors. It is an area where psychology and economics intersect. It deals with economic preferences, choices, decisions, and factors influencing these, as well as the consequences of economic decisions.

3. Work & Organizational psychology

Work & Organizational psychology centers on scientifically-based solutions to human problems in work and organizational settings. It aims to understand how to achieve one of the following objectives:

  • optimize performance
  • improve processes and relationships
  • enhance fairness and equity
  • increase subjective well-being

4. Cross Cultural Psychology

Cross Cultural Psychology. The cultural-psychological research is traditionally of high quality and has been facilitated by the faculty's appointment of PhD students and post doctoral fellows. Research is also done with the faculty of Arts in the interfaculty center Babylon. The research group works in the area of cross-cultural psychology. The major themes are:

  • the relationship between cultural factors and human behavior and its development (in a broad sense, including experiences, actual behaviors, and inferences about behavior in the domain of personality, intelligence, and emotions);
  • the methodological aspects of cross-cultural comparisons. It is the mission of the research group to enlarge our insight in the intricate bi-directional relationships between individuals and the cultural context in which they function and to disseminate available scientific knowledge, especially to the majority world.

Traditionally, the research group has focused on studies in which participants from different countries were compared. More recently, acculturation by immigrant groups in the Netherlands has been studied as well as attitudes of Dutch mainstreamers toward the multicultural composition of the Dutch society (multiculturalism).

There is a long tradition of research on methodological aspects of cross-cultural comparisons. The group strives to enhance the quality of cross-cultural research by improving designs and data analyses in order to counter rival explanations effectively and to arrive at valid inferences about cross-cultural similarities and differences.


If you would like to know more about our program or our group you can contact the Social Psychology coordinator, dr. Mark Brandt by email at m.j.brandt@tilburguniversity.edu.

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