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Research Master in Psychology: Individual Differences and Assessment

2 years English Starts end of August

Become a research expert in the area of individual differences and assessment, such as personality, character, and temperament. And study how such differences affect people's lives in the domains of work and health. The Research Master is an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in applied research, for example, in the domains of human resources, health policy, or management.

94%
of the students finds a job within 1.5 years

Research Center "Education and Labor Market"

+ 50%
finds a job as a PhD student

Dutch government (Peaks in Sight, p.9)

#10
in Europe in Psychology

Times Higher Education Subject Ranking, 2019

Program and courses

Acquire profound knowledge about the biological correlates and development of individual differences, and how these differences affect people's lives in the domains of work and health. Become an expert in an academic discipline with great societal relevance and impact (e.g., human resource management, health promotion). Enrich your methodological toolbox with powerful and sophisticated statistical and programming skills.

  • Put your knowledge into practice during traineeships, at home or abroad, writing two academic papers as part of the curriculum.
  • Become optimally prepared for further studies or job opportunities in science after graduation, such as PhD student or applied researcher.

Typical courses are:

  • Theoretical Models of Individual Differences
  • Dynamics of Individual Differences
  • Biological and Physiological Correlates of Individual Differences
  • Psychometrics: Measurement of Individual Differences

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Ask us your questions

  • Master student REMA Psychology Annabelle Christiaens

    Annabelle Christiaens

    Master's student

    "During this Research Master's program I gained interdisciplinary information which provided me with new perspectives on my topic of interest. Moreover, due to the enthusiasm of the professors and the support of my fellow students I gained opportunities that I did not believe possible before I started out."

    Ask Annabelle a question

  • Master student REMA Psychology Evy Kuijpers

    Evy Kuijpers

    Master's student

    "Professors truly value the input of students and acknowledge you as independent researcher. There are numerous professors involved from different departments, so you can definitely state this as a unique interdisciplinary program. This program gave me insight in all the different perspectives on Individual Differences and it brought me to a higher level of understanding individual differences."

  • Master student REMA Psychology Lisanne de Moor

    Lisanne de Moor

    Master's student

    "To me, Individual Differences and Assessment has really been about broadening and deepening my knowledge of psychology and how to apply that knowledge into my own research. I really liked that the program offered multiple opportunities to explore our own interests within the broad field of psychology, as well as offered several opportunities to gain hands-on experience."

Career prospects

The Research Master in Psychology: Individual Differences and Assessment is an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in applied research. Your career prospects are excellent.

  • The "Education and Labor Market" Research Center follows Dutch students after they finish their education and has found that 94% of former Researcher Master students find a job within 1.5 years (source: www.kiesjestudie.nl). 
  • A recent report from the Dutch government found that more than half of Research Master graduates secure a job as a PhD student (source: Peaks in Sight, p. 9).
  • Get a research position in applied fields, for example, as a policy researcher and advisor or human resources and management consultant.

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Human Resource Studies (Bachelor or Pre-Master)
  • Methodology and Statistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Pedagogics

Pre-Master's program:

The half-year (30 ECTS) Pre-Master’s program in Human Resource Studies provides access if your previous program is relevant but does not meet the required entry level, for example a Bachelor’s degree from a University of Applied Sciences.

Students who want to be admitted with a different educational background can follow the half-year Pre-Master’s program in Human Resource Studies.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about  tuition fees* ** and scholarships here.

* The EU rate only applies if you enroll for the program without a Master's degree from a Dutch university. 

** Excellent non-EU/EEA students will be granted a tuition fee waiver up to the EU/EEA fee.

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