The Bachelor's program in Psychology centers around the study of individuals, where you explore the mind and behavior. You find the answers to questions such as who we are, how we think and feel, and why we make certain decisions. This program's curriculum is flexible, which gives you the freedom to specialize by choosing one out of nine majors, combined with a minor.
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Short overview of Psychology
- At Tilburg University, you have the unique option to choose Economic, Forensic or Medical Psychology, because it is one of the few centers of expertise in these areas in the Netherlands.
- Design your career and your own study program by combining a major and a minor that fit your academic interest and career aspirations. This unique combination will make you stand out in the job market.
- Benefit from an interactive learning environment in a small-scale international classroom.
Program and courses
Throughout the program, you will get a solid foundation in the various fields of Psychology, preparing you for a diverse range of professions. Examples of these professions include Health and Social Services, Mental Health, Organizational Leadership and Management, Community and Public Relations, Education, Program Development and Facilitation, and Social Science Research. Design your own study program by choosing one of the nine majors in your second year, and a subsequent minor in your third year. Apart from lectures, you will put theory into practice during lab research and research projects. You will also collaborate with your fellow students during tutorials and group assignments.
- In the first year of the program, you will get a solid foundation in all the focus areas of Psychology. This will prepare you for choosing your major and minor in your second and third year.
- In your second year, you will choose one of the nine unique majors. This major will be the core of your program. In addition to a number of statistics courses, you will take four specialization courses, learn professional skills related to your major and conduct supervised research in small groups.
- In the third and final year, you will finish your major with a professional practice course, and choose a minor and two electives. You will conclude your program with a Bachelor's thesis related to your major.
You can specialize in one of the following majors:
Choosing a major
To support you in choosing the right major, the program organizes information fairs where you can learn everything about the majors and how they relate to the Master's programs. Chose the wrong major? Not to worry; if you change your mind, you can still switch majors without study delay after your second year.
Typical courses include the following:
- Brain and Behavior
Learn how the brain functions and how human experience and behavior are related to it. This course answers questions such as, how does the brain develop, how do nerves work, and how do people sleep and dream?
- Personality Psychology
Learn how and why people differ from each other. The course examines the characteristics that are typical for individuals. Answer questions such as, what types of personality are there, what is our self-image, or why do people react differently to stress and illness?
- Developmental Psychology
Learn about development from conception to old age. Answer questions such as, how does emotion develop in children, and what are the cognitive consequences of old age?
Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular activities
Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular activities
- Join the study association Complex. They organize multiple formal and informal activities for their members. For example, together with SPS-NIP (Section Psychology Students of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists) they organize annual events such as Experience Your Future. The purpose of this event is to introduce psychology students to, among other things, specializations within psychology, registration after obtaining a master's degree, and the field of psychology.
- Join Faculty Association IDEA.
- Challenge yourself by participating in one of the programs of excellence.
After your Bachelor's
Careers and subsequent Master’s programs
After obtaining your Bachelor's degree in Psychology you can choose to do a Master's program. After you have completed a Master's program, you will have favorable career prospects as a psychologist or researcher.
Graduates found work at Elisabeth-TweeSteden hospital, mental health care institutions, universities, market research agencies, Impegno, GfK, CZ and Philips.
Application and admission
Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.
- To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
- As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency.
- A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.
- A selection procedure applies for the Bachelor's program in Psychology (Numerus Fixus). For academic year 2024-2025, the number of available spots is 700.
You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.
Tuition fees and monthly cost of living
When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.
- Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
- Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.
Estimated monthly costs of living
Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 925 and € 1.125 per month.
|(Furnished) accommodation||Starting from € 550 per month|
|Foods & Drinks||€ 200 per month|
|Books & Readers||€ 65 per month|
|Insurance||€ 100 per month|
|Sport membership||+ € 139.95 per year|
The Bachelor's program in less than 3 minutes
"You learn so many new and interesting things about yourself and others, which makes you see the world through a different lens. I like that it is so relevant to your own life."
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Are you and Psychology a match? If you...
are interested in how people function
have a critical and analytical attitude
can work independently
Then this is the program for you!