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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 the relevance of social groups and 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 for our interactions with others. This program is a track of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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This academic year, education will take place partly online and partly on campus. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. For the latest updates on the corona situation see our FAQ 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 while studying individual behaviors in different social contexts from three social sciences perspectives: social psychology, sociology, and organization studies.

  • This Research Master is unique in the Netherlands
  • Personalize your educational experience by choosing one of the four tracks, selecting your own supervisors, research topics and internal and international traineeships based on your personal interests and learning goals
  • thorough methodological and statistical education from renowned national and international academics, preparing you for job opportunities in science, such as PhD posisitions or applied research. 
  • Small scale and interactive education with individual guidance. There are more full-time professors than students. And no more than 30 students in a class, from different academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Write two scientific papers as part of the curriculum.
  • Become part of an ambitious and international group of students and experience the real 'cohort' feeling.
  • Apply your knowledge and research skills by participating in four in-house research traineeships and 1 international research traineeship.

Typical courses are:

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

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 one of the four academic perspectives. 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. Our graduates have developed strong careers in- and outside academia.

Recent alumni placements include:

  • PhD student (Stanford University, Tilburg University)
  • Behavioral Change Expert (Dijksterhuis & Van Baaren)
  • Data Analyst and Research Expert (ING Bank)

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 1
  • 100% find a job within 3 months after graduation
  • 100% would recommend this Master’s program to friends, family, or colleagues

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2020 | 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 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

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the master's website. Or find out more by choosing one of the options below.

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Meet us

Throughout the year you have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Tilburg University and the programs that we offer. 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.