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2 year
Master's programme
One of the most important challenges that people face in modern life is to regulate their own behaviour in social context. We have to resist impulses and cope with numerous social and health-related threats, and our decisions often deeply affect our own and others' lives.
Investigate the social and health-related aspects of behavioural regulation

How do we overcome bad habits in order to act in a more social way? How do we resist temptations to maintain a healthy lifestyle? How do we cope with personal and social threats in order to prevent or recover from stress and anxiety? How do we balance different priorities in our social and work life?

The Master’s programme in Social and Health Psychology (Research) investigates the social and health-related aspects of behavioural regulation. We will address not only basic psychological research of how people regulate their own behaviour, we also will examine how such basic knowledge can inform interventions and policies to support people in regulating their behaviour for the benefit of social interaction and health.

During your studies, you will acquire basic knowledge and explore leading theories and concepts of behavioural regulation and their interconnections with various fields of study. We will also devote considerable attention to advance your skills in methods and statistics. You will be trained to use and develop cutting-edge research tools through participation in ongoing projects, where you will gain research experience in the study of behavioural regulation.

Multiple levels of analysis

The two-year curriculum involves multiple levels of analysis of the study of behavioural regulation ranging from basic concepts (social cognition, motivation, emotion and goal-directed behaviour) to more applied views (relationships, welfare, and health). Attention is also paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health-related issues. Understanding the mechanisms of dysregulation is essential for the development of interventions to repair these manifestations of dysregulation behaviours.

International orientation

The Master’s programme has an international character that offers you multiple benefits:

  • International networks and connections: Our staff includes lecturers who are from abroad or have international positions. We also collaborate with researchers abroad, enabling you to arrange research or teaching visits outside of the Netherlands and improving your research and career opportunities.
  • Global perspectives on course topics: Numerous international students bring regional and global perspectives to discussions on the course content and related topics. From these interactions, you’ll gain a diverse outlook on social and health psychology issues.
  • Advanced English-language skills: The programme is entirely taught in English, and we encourage our students to visit symposia, seminars, and conferences in the Netherlands (in English) to further develop their subject-specific vocabulary and expand their global network.

Education built on research

The Social and Health Psychology (Research) programme is supported by the Department of Psychology, and includes a broad set of research approaches and methods to the study of human behaviour, including experimental research in laboratories, field experiments, surveys and observational studies, experience sampling and simulation studies.

Programme goals

Through this Master’s programme, you will develop into a qualified psychological scientist who is ready for a PhD position or a research career outside academia. You will have the training and tools to use multiple research methods to investigate social and health-related issues related to behavioural regulation.  

  • Ilse van de Groep
    "The acquired knowledge and skills prepared me for an academic career, but are also beneficial for various jobs outside the academic world."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Social & Health Psychology (Research)
  • Programme: Social and Health Psychology (Research)
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Social and Behavioural Sciences