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Study, understand and influence human behaviour

Are you fascinated by human behaviour?

Then the master's degree in Psychology is for you. 

Academic year 2021-2022
Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for educational activities, including exams for this study programme during the first semester.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Extra information on going from a Bachelor’s to the Master’s
    For the academic year 21-22, due to the corona crisis, it is possible to enter the Master’s programme if you did not complete your Bachelor’s programme and if you are a student from an EER country. The following applies:

    • You may lack a maximum of 10% of the number of credits from your Bachelor's programme in order to be admitted to the Master's programme.
    • The entry requirements of the Master’s programme still apply.
    • If you have not yet completed the final product of your programme (thesis, research project) and if this covers more than 10% of the Bachelor's programme, you can contact the Admissions Committee. This Committee will examine whether admission to the Master's programme is still possible.
    • You must have completed the Bachelor's final product before you can start with your Master's end work (M-thesis or master research project)
    • The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than 31 August 2022.

    We strongly advise you to do everything possible to complete your Bachelor’s programme before the end of this academic year. The study load makes it very difficult to complete missing courses while on an intensive Master’s programme. If you need any advice, please get in touch with your faculty’s academic advisor.

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Requirements with a bachelor in Psychology
    Students with a bachelor in Psychology from a different Dutch University and a minor in Social and Organizational Psychology (minor S&O) obtained at the VU can enroll directly into the Master’s program: Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. Psychology students with a different minor can enroll if they meet the following requirements:

    • A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6ECTS) or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board).
    • One of the three following courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, or Human Resource Development, or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board). 

    Requirements with a different bachelor degree
    With a related bachelor programme like (International) Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), Public Administration and Organization Science (Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschappen), Beta Gamma Business Administration, Communication and Information Science (Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen), Communication Science (Communicatiewetenschap), or Human Resource Management (Personeelswetenschappen), obtained from a different Dutch University, students can enroll if they meet the following requirements:

    • A minimum of 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses consisting of:
    1. Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
    2. An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
    3. One of the following more specialized courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
    4. One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology.
    • A minimum of 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:
    1. Statistics (6 ECTS)
    2. Research methods (6 ECTS)
    3. A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 ECTS), or a different more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 EC) (to be assessed by the Admission Board).

    To determine whether students meet the requirements, students have to submit an admissions request in VUnet (see below).

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree

    VU Amsterdam does not offer a pre-master's programme in Psychology. Therefore, it is not possible to be admitted to the master's programme in Psychology with an HBO diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences.

  • Application with a Dutch degree
    1. Register in Studielink for the Master's programme in Psychology. A registration does not commit you to anything and can be cancelled free of charge until 1 September.
    2. You will receive login details with which you can complete your registration in VUnet.
    3. In VUnet, select the master’s track.
    4. Under the heading 'diploma', upload the following documents: 

    Click on 'change your selection' to upload multiple documents as diplomas. You will only be able to see the document that was uploaded most recently, but all of the documents will be submitted. It is also possible to combine and submit all documents as a single PDF.

    Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

    Deadlines

    • Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and in VUnet: 31 May.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.

    Inadmissible
    If you do not have one of the bachelor's degrees mentioned above, then you do not meet the admission requirements and you will unfortunately not be admitted to the Master's programme in Psychology.

    We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you need a solid academic basis in Psychology or a close-related discipline. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7,0 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score).

    The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    In order to gain admission to this Master’s programme, you need to have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis or other piece of academic writing you have done during your prior education.

    Specific requirements for the Master's in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

    For admission to this study programme, a student needs to have completed (or is currently completing) a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related programme.

    Applicants need to have successfully completed courses related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    At least 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses, consisting of:

    • Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
    • An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory) (6 ECTS).
    • A more specialized organizational psychology course (e.g., Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development) (6 ECTS).
    • One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology (6 ECTS).

    At least 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:

    • Statistics (6 ECTS)
    • Research methods (6 ECTS)
    • A more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., statistical diagnostics, psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 ECTS).

    English language proficiency

    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6,5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92-93

    Cambridge English

    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    VU Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

  • I have an international degree

    We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you need a solid academic basis in Psychology or a close-related discipline. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7,0 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score).

    The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    In order to gain admission to this Master’s programme, you need to have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis or other piece of academic writing you have done during your prior education.

    Specific requirements for the Master's in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

    For admission to this study programme, a student needs to have completed (or is currently completing) a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related programme.

    Applicants need to have successfully completed courses related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    At least 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses, consisting of:

    • Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
    • An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory) (6 ECTS).
    • A more specialized organizational psychology course (e.g., Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development) (6 ECTS).
    • One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology (6 ECTS).

    At least 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:

    • Statistics (6 ECTS)
    • Research methods (6 ECTS)
    • A more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., statistical diagnostics, psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 ECTS).

    English language proficiency

    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6,5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92-93

    Cambridge English

    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    VU Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

  • Application with an international degree

    Application procedure for international degree holders

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. 

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 1 June : Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June : EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree. 

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Motivation letter
    • Two recommendation letters by academic staff
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis (using sufficiently advanced methodology and statistics)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master's Psychology and in VUnet you can choose the Work and Organizational Psychology specialization. You can also submit your documents and pay the application fee in VUnet. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisor will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: masters.fbms@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: +31 20 598 6718.

Do you have any other questions?

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367