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Social Psychology track (Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences)

2 years English Starts end of August

Become a research expert on social groups, interactions, behavioral decision making in complex and uncertain situations, the factors (social, cultural, affective) that influence how we process information, and the importance of emotions and motivation in our interactions with others. This program is a track of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Education and COVID-19

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

Top 50
worldwide in Psychology

Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2021

in-house research traineeships

to apply your knowledge

international research traineeship

to improve your research skills

Program and courses

Become a research expert in the field of social psychology and study the factors that influence how we make decisions, behave and interact in uncertain and complex situations. 

  • This Research Master is unique in the Netherlands
  • You become part of a small-scale, interactive learning environment with individual guidance and an ambitious and international group of students. 
  • You can apply your skills during four in-house traineeships and one international research traineeship.
  • Personalize your study by choosing this track and by selecting supervisors, research topics, and traineeships, based on your interests and learning goals. 

Typical courses are:

  • Social Cognition
  • Behavioral Decision-making
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Experimental Research

More on the program and courses

  • Eugenia

    Eugenia Bajet Mestre

    Research Master's student

    "The program incorporates many different things: foundational, theoretical and methodological courses, internships with the members of the department, attending seminars, as well as writing two thesis! Overall, I feel I'm acquiring a great set of skills to become an impactful researcher."

  • Carmem

    Carmem Meira Cunha

    PhD candidate University of Antwerp

    "I was free to focus on and explore my own interests, which made my path unique. The professors were also always there to support, encourage and challenge me. I would say one of the most important skills that I developed was to think critically about research – something I use every day on my current job."

  • Teun

    Teun Siebers

    PhD candidate University of Amsterdam

    "This program has shown me the importance and the beauty of conducting scientific research. With small classes, high cultural diversity, and a strong focus on both theory and methodology, it has been the perfect environment to develop the professional skills needed for my future academic career."

Career prospects

You will become an all-round researcher who thinks outside the box and who is specialized in social psychology. This track gives you a competitive advantage in any career that requires sharp analytical and problem-solving skills, project management, or hands-on experience with the full empirical research cycle, often resulting in publications. You explore applications of social psychology in policy and research departments at governments and in companies. Our graduates have developed strong careers in- and outside academia. You can also do  PhD program at Tilburg University, or any other university.

Recent alumni placements include:

  • PhD student (Stanford University, Tilburg University)
  • Behavioral Change Expert (Dijksterhuis & Van Baaren)
  • Data Analyst and Research Expert (ING Bank)
  • HR data analyst (EY)
  • Labor Mobility Advisor Central Government

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3.5
  • 100% find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €2.983

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=4

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Academic Bachelor's or Master's program in Psychology, Sociology, Organization Studies, or Human Resource Studies.

Pre-Master's program:

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences does not offer a pre-Master’s program. However, in case you successfully complete one of the pre-Master’s programs of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., the pre-Master's program in SociologyOrganization and Management Studies, or Human Resource Studies) you become eligible for admission to the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please note that the other admission requirements and application procedure still apply.

Tuition fees and scholarships

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

Interested in this Master's program?

Check your eligibility

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Do you have:

  • the ambitions for an intellectual challenge

  • strong critical and analytical abilities

  • an interest in and experience with doing research

Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.