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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, such as personality, character and temperament, and intrapersonal changes across time. Study how these differences affect people's lives in the areas of work and health. This 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, clinical research or management.

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Top 75
in Psychology worldwide

Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, 2020

is (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey, 2021 | n=20

Top 50
worldwide in Psychology

Program and courses

During this two-year Research Master, you become an expert in the area of individual differences and assessment. 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.

  • The program offers four lines of learning: content, statistics, scientific writing and projects. 
  • This Research Master is unique in the Netherlands, and distinctive worldwide. 
  • Personalize your educational experience by personally selecting your supervisors, research topics, electives and (inter)national traineeships. 
  • Experience hands-on research in assessing individual differences in various contexts, experience life as a researcher during traineeships, acquire a thorough methodological and statistical education and write two scientific papers as part of the curriculum.  
  • You become part of an ambitious and international group of students, and experience the real ‘cohort’ feeling. 
  • Get a glimpse of the atmosphere of the program in the Character Studies blog. Get to know the professors, (alumni) students, read about topics related to individual differences, and learn with us through some interesting assignments. Also check out the Facebook page
  • With a specific combination of major and minor courses, you have the opportunity to combine your studies on individual differences with electives from clinical neuropsychology. Under specific conditions, you can thereby qualify for the LOGO declaration, which is required to enroll in the Dutch postgraduate clinical education (GZ Psycholoog). For more information, please contact the Education Coordinator via  
  • Non-EU/EEA students can make use of the tuition fee waiver, which reduces the institutional fee to the statutory fee. 

Typical courses are:

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

More on the program

  • Master student Research Master in Psychology Robin van der Linde

    Robin van der Linde

    Master's student, accepted for the 2020 TOP class at GGZ WNB

    "The program was challenging, but this enabled me to really excel and make the most of it. Combining extensive training in statistics with courses to establish in-depth knowledge of psychology, personality and individual differences helped me to develop many new skills which will most definitely proof beneficial in my future career as researcher and psychologist." 

  • 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. You become an expert in an area of great societal relevance and impact, like human resource management, health promotion, and clinical research. The research Master is also an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in applied research, such as in human resources, developmental psychology, health policy, clinical research or management. 

  • 94% of former Research Master students find a job within 1.5 years (source: 
  • More than half of Research Master graduates secure a job as a PhD student (source: Peaks in Sight, p. 9).
  • The master is also an excellent preparation for a research position in applied fields, for example, as a policy researcher, advisor or human resources and management consultant, or clinical psychologist.

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

  • Psychology
  • Human Resource Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Methodology and Statistics
  • Pedagogics
  • Biology

Pre-Master's program

The Research Master in Psychology: Individual Differences and Assessment does not offer its own pre-Master’s program. However, you might become eligible for admission to the Research Master when you successfully complete the pre-Master’s program in Human Resource Studies of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Please note that all other admission requirements and application procedure still apply.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

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