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Application and admission Cognitive Neuropsychology: national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the Cognitive Neuropsychology track of the MSc Psychologie en Geestelijke Gezondheid.

a) Check your eligibility

Students of Tilburg University

Bachelor’s students of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)

The following TSB bachelor’s make you eligible to the Master’s:

  • Bachelor Psychology with one of the majors in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Lifespan and Developmental Psychology, Medical Psychology, or Forensic Psychology; or one of the Dutch-language equivalents.
  • Bachelor Psychology with the differentiation Psychology and Health (Psychologie en Gezondheid – students started in cohort 2015-2016 or earlier)

Are you a student of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) who has successfully completed:

  • an individual pre-Master's program granted by the Examination Board of TSB
    OR
  • the so-called connecting (convenant) program of Toegepaste Psychologie at Fontys Eindhoven?

Then you will be admitted to this Master's program without additional requirements.

For admission to this Master's program, register in Studielink (see Step 1 of the admission procedure below).

Another TSB bachelor’s program

(Organization Studies, Human Resource Studies, Sociology, or Global Management of Social Issues). In order to be admitted you need to have completed:

  • Six basic psychological courses: Experimental Psychology (Functieleer), Brain and behavior (Hersenen en gedrag), Developmental Psychology (Ontwikkelingsleer), Psychology of Personality (Persoonlijkheidspsychologie), Social Psychology (Sociale Psychologie) and Psychopathology (Psychopathologie).
  • Psychological Assessment (Psychodiagnostiek)
  • Three specific (major) psychology courses

Note: Admission to the Master's program does not mean that you will automatically meet the requirements to start working as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or forensic care sectors. Please consult the information on the webpage Bewijsstukken voor aanvragen LOGO-Verklaring: vragen en antwoorden.

Do you have questions about the procedure?

Bachelor’s students of other Schools of Tilburg University

In order to be admitted you need to have sufficient knowledge:

  • Six basic psychological courses: Experimental Psychology (Functieleer), Brain and behavior (Hersenen en gedrag), Developmental Psychology (Ontwikkelingsleer), Psychology of Personality (Persoonlijkheidspsychologie), Social Psychology (Sociale Psychologie) and Psychopathology (Psychopathologie)
  • Psychological Assessment (Psychodiagnostiek)
  • Three specific (major) psychology courses
  • Courses in research methods and statistics

The criteria used for admission can be found in the course list.

You can apply by registering yourself in Studielink.

  • Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Should you fail to meet all the prerequisites for admission to the Master's program, you may be able to make up this so-called deficit by taking a individual pre-Master's Program. Whether this will be possible depends on the size of identified deficiencies.

Do you want to know if you are admissible?
Only by registering in Studielink you apply for admission, which is the only way to find out whether you are eligible for the Master's program. See the admission procedure below.

Note: Admission to the Master's program does not mean that you will automatically meet the requirements to start working as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or forensic care sectors. Please consult the information on the webpage Bewijsstukken voor aanvragen LOGO-Verklaring: vragen en antwoorden.

Do you have questions about the procedure?

Students of other Dutch universities

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

  • The Psychology Bachelor’s programs of all Dutch universities offer sufficient basic knowledge in their programs. However, you also need to have sufficient knowledge of a number of specific (major) psychology courses.
  • The criteria used for admission can be found in the course list.

Note: Admission to the Master's program does not mean that you will automatically meet the requirements to start working as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or forensic care sectors. Please consult the information on the webpage Bewijsstukken voor aanvragen LOGO-Verklaring: vragen en antwoorden.

Do you have questions about the procedure?

Students with another Bachelor’s degree

In order to be admitted you need to have sufficient knowledge:

  • Six basic psychological courses: Experimental Psychology (Functieleer), Brain and behavior (Hersenen en gedrag), Developmental Psychology (Ontwikkelingsleer), Psychology of Personality (Persoonlijkheidspsychologie), Social Psychology (Sociale Psychologie) and Psychopathology (Psychopathologie)
  • Psychological Assessment (Psychodiagnostiek)
  • Three specific (major) psychology courses
  • Courses in research methods and statistics

The criteria used by the Admissions Committee for admission can be found in the course list.

You can apply by registering yourself in Studielink.

  • Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Should you fail to meet all the prerequisites for admission to the Master's program, you may be able to make up this so-called deficit by taking a individual pre-Master's program. Whether this will be possible depends on the size of identified deficiencies.

Do you want to know if you are admissible?
Only by registering in Studielink you apply for admission, which is the only way to find out whether you are eligible for the master's program. See the admission procedure below.

Note: Admission to the Master's program does not mean that you will automatically meet the requirements to start working as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or forensic care sectors. Please consult the information on the webpage Bewijsstukken voor aanvragen LOGO-Verklaring: vragen en antwoorden.

Do you have questions about the procedure?

Students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

Students with a bachelor's degree of a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands are not eligible for admission to the Master’s track Cognitive Neuropsychology. For admission an academic (university) Bachelor's degree (preferably Psychology) is required.

  • It is not possible to follow a pre-Master's program in order to acquire admission to the Master's program.
  • The only exception applies to students who follow the so-called connecting convenant program during their studies at Fontys Toegepaste Psychologie (Eindhoven).

b) Consider the deadline

This Master's program starts end of August. You must register in Studielink before August 1. Register as soon as possible via Studielink, but no later than August 1.

  • Registering in Studielink is not yet enrolling in the Master’s program. So even if you are still in doubt, it is advisable to already register in Studielink. Then you will know in time where you stand regarding your eligibility.
  • You have not yet completed your Bachelor's degree? Then you can already register in Studielink.

Internship: it is necessary to start on time to search for an internship. You can find more information about this below under Step 3: Start finding an internship on time.

c) Follow the procedure for national applicants

Step 1: Register in Studielink

After you have registered in Studielink, the program's Admissions Committee will assess whether your previous education is a sufficient fit with this program to be admitted. Studielink opens on October 1.

  • The name of this Master's program in Studielink:
    M Psychologie en Geestelijke Gezondheid: Cognitive Neuropsychology (CROHO-code: 60076).
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology is an element of CROHO-code 60076 Master Psychologie en Geestelijke Gezondheid.

Enroll via Studielink

Enter an e-mail address in Studielink that you use regularly. Tilburg University will use this e-mail address to send you important information on your application and admission.

Step 2: Admissions Committee's decision

The Admissions Committee assesses whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this Master's program on a case-by-case basis.

You will receive the decision of the Admissions Committee by e-mail. In general, we aim to assess your application within six weeks.

There are three possibilities:

  • (Conditionally) accepted to the Master's program
    If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our Master's program (on the condition that we request additional information).

  • (Conditionally) accepted to the pre-Master's program
    It is possible that you do not completely fulfill the requirements. If this is the case, we may offer you an individual pre-Master's program to prepare you for the Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.

  • Rejected
    If you do not fulfill the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will e-mail you personally the reasons for the rejection.

Step 3: Start finding an internship on time

Prospective students of the Master of Cognitive Neuropsychology must look for a suitable internship prior to the start of the program. However, you can start the Master without an internship place. Nevertheless, we encourage you to keep actively looking for an internship and start as early as possible.

  • For international students who do not speak Dutch, the program offers the possibility to do an internal internship at the Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology. In consultation with the internship coordinators, it may be possible to do an external internship abroad. Please, if you would like to do an internship outside the Netherlands send an email to: internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu
  • Dutch speaking students are eligible for an external internship in a healthcare organization in the Netherlands, or can choose an internal internship.
  • It is important to start finding an internship, preferably in January, February, and March.
    • Please note! In February - March, you will have the opportunity to attend information sessions about the internship and tips to find an internship. You can register for one of these meetings by emailing the internship coordinators (internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu). You will then receive all the necessary information.
    • If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, we invite you to write to us, and we will set a meeting to discuss all the information you need about the internship (internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu). 
  • Students who find an external internship must submit this to the internship coordinators for approval.

If you have any questions, please contact us at internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu.

Step 4: Admitted, what's next?

Congratulations!

Whether conditionally or unconditionally admitted, we welcome you warmly to Tilburg University and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.

Let's walk you through the next steps:

  • Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
    Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
  • Arrange practical matters
    Before you can start your studies, there are a number of practical matters to take care of, such as registering for courses, and if necessary, arranging housing.
  • Participate in orientation activities
    • As an incoming student you can participate in TOP Week: a social, practical and creative introduction week for all new students who are enrolled in one of the higher education institutions in Tilburg. TOP Week takes place the week before the start of the academic year.
    • Besides TOP Week, there is also an official program introduction organized by your study program. During the Program Introduction, you will receive all the information you need to get off to a good start with your new study. You will meet the education coordinator, the program director and your fellow students. Participation is mandatory.

Read more on how to become a Tilburg University student

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I best fill out the course list and can I get help with it?

At first sight it may seem difficult to fill out the course list, however it is something you really need to do yourself. Read the points of attention and tips on the course list carefully. It is not possible to get help from us in filling out the course list.

Only by submitting an application for admission to the Master's program will you be able to obtain a definite answer about your admissibility on the basis of your previous education.

How can I qualify for an individual pre-Master's program?

For students who do not completely fulfill the requirements for the Master’s program, there may be the option to get a so-called individual pre-Master's program. However, this is only possible when there are not too many deficiencies in your previous education and the pre-Master’s program does not exceed 60 ECTS.

To get an indication of your potential deficiencies, you can fill out the course list, which you can find at the top of this page under Check your eligibility.

  • In case - on the basis of your completed course list - you think you might be eligible for an individual pre-Master's program (so the subjects to be followed is not greater than 60 ECTS), follow the steps of the application procedure by registering via Studielink. This will set the admission procedure in motion.
  • Based on the information you provide (including a completed course list), your request will be assessed to decide whether you can actually qualify for an individual pre-Master's program.

Note
For students with a Bachelor's degree of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) there is no option to apply for an individual pre-Master's program.

What can I expect after I have registered in Studielink?

With your registration in Studielink you have started the admission procedure.

  • For Tilburg University Bachelor's degree students who are directly eligible (see the Check your eligibility section at the top of this page), it is sufficient to register via Studielink. You will not receive an e-mail or confirmation from the Admission Committee. If you meet all admission requirements, your admission to the master's program will be processed automatically after completion of your Bachelor's program.
  • For all other students, the Admissions Board will assess the application on an individual basis. This means that in most cases you will have to provide additional information regarding your previous education (e.g., a completed list of subjects). You will receive an e-mail from the Admissions Board indicating which documents you have to submit, how and when you have to do so.

Note that if you want to apply with a diploma from a non-Dutch educational institution, including those in Belgium and the Dutch Caribbean, you need to follow the international procedure.

If I apply for admission, do I still have time to think about whether I will actually do this Master's program?

When you submit your request for admission (via registration in Studielink), you are not yet definitively committed to anything.

  • Based on your request, you will eventually receive a decision from the Admissions Committee. If you are admitted, it is up to you to decide whether you will definitely start the Master's program.
  • Only when you - after getting the decision on your eligibility - complete your enrolment in the Master’s program, it will become definite. You still have until the summer (July/early August) to decide whether you will actually start with the Master's program at Tilburg University.
Am I admitted to the Master's program if I have found an internship that has been approved?

No. Searching and finding an internship is independent of the assessment whether you are eligible for the Master's program based on your previous education. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you apply in time for the program, so you know for sure whether your previous education allows you to enroll in the Master's program. 

Will I be able to qualify for the BAPD and Verklaring Vooropleiding needed for the LOGO statement?

In order to work as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or Forensic Care after your Master's degree in Psychology and Mental Health (track Cognitive Neuropsychology), it is mandatory (as of 1 January 2023) to have a LOGO certificate in addition to your Master's degree. You will also need this LOGO statement if you want to study to become a GZ psychologist or psychotherapist in the Netherlands. 

For the LOGO statement, evidence of prior education (Verklaring Vooropleidingseisen) and diagnostics (BAPD aantekening) is required. It is possible to obtain these statements at the end of the Master's program, but only if you meet the requirements, which are not only based on the courses in this Master and an external internship, but also on courses you studied during your Bachelor.  For more information, please go to the page Bewijsstukken voor aanvragen LOGO-Verklaring.

Do you have any questions?

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the Master's website.