Human behaviour is a source of inspiration and of embarrassment. Why do we humans do what we do? What triggers our thoughts and feelings? Is our behaviour caused by our personality, social environment, or influenced by genes, hormones and neurons? If you're interested in these questions, studying Psychology in Nijmegen is the right choice for you. That is... if you're not thrown by the idea of...
Bachelor's programme in Psychology
Human behaviour is a source of inspiration and of embarrassment. Why do we humans do what we do? What triggers our thoughts and feelings? Is our behaviour caused by our personality, social environment, or influenced by genes, hormones and neurons?
If you're interested in these questions, studying Psychology in Nijmegen is the right choice for you. That is... if you're not thrown by the idea of reconsidering your views on people, the world and yourself?
Psychology is about analysing people’s behaviour, thoughts and emotions. In Nijmegen, you'll learn to do so from neurobiological-, developmental- and clinical-, and socio-cultural psychological perspectives.
Psychologists have highly varied job opportunities: healthcare, education, human resources management, government policy information, training and coaching, sports, communication, marketing, advertising and in research.
As a psychologist you are committed to the quality of life, for individuals, groups, and thus to society.
The Bachelor's programme in Psychology consists of a theoretical learning path (100 EC) and learning paths in research skills and academic and professional skills (80 EC) .
Theoretical body of knowledge
The theoretical learning path combines three subdomains:
Brain and Cognition: You'll learn how our brain is structured, how it works and supports functions such as locomotion, memory, learning, language and cognition.
Development and Psychopathology: You'll learn which developmental leaps people make during the course of their lives. And you'll learn to recognise psychological disorders in children, adults and elderly, and how to treat these disorders.
Behaviour and Environment: You'll learn how people relate to, and influence one another, for example, within their family, their class, a sports club or at work. You'll also learn how human behaviour and culture/ subcultures affect one another.
Academic and professional skills
You'll develop a curious, critical, systematic and independent working attitude. Skills you'll learn to master during the programme:
Research skills: you start with a simple question and research design; step-by-step the research methods become more complex. Data analysis techniques, among which statistics, are important methodological subject areas.
Academic skills: academic writing, presenting and debating; systematically searching and critically reading literature; analysing scientific paradigms and ethical dilemmas; providing and processing feedback.
Professional skills: analysing everyday psychological problems and devising and justifying relevant and effective solutions and interventions. You'll practise: observing; interviewing; diagnostic testing; conversing to clarify problems, giving advice and coaching; and consulting with colleagues.
Compulsory and optional courses
Most first year's courses are compulsory. However, you're free to choose the subjects of your essay in Academic Skills and of your Research Practical 1.
In the second year's programme, you can choose two Special Topics (from 12; 12 EC) and you'll choose the first of your Specialisation Electives (4 EC; 16 EC in total). If you prefer to do so, these electives may form the start of one or more minors (44 EC in total).
In the third year's programme, you can put together 28 EC of the entire programme yourself: the Specialisation Electives (12 EC) and the Free Electives (16 EC): within or outside of Psychology, nationwide or at an international partner university of your choosing.
Why study at Radboud University
A forested campus in the centre of Nijmegen, with excellent study and sports facilities.
You'll be educated by top researchers who work on discoveries today which in five to ten years will be 'standard' knowledge. An education at Radboud University therefore is an education in the Psychology of the Future.
As a first-year student, you'll have your own lecturer-mentor who will help you to settle down to your studies in Nijmegen.
On average, you'll have fifteen hours of teaching per week and you'll spend approximately 25 hours on independent study.
From the second year on, besides compulsory courses, you'll put together your own study track that suits your personal interests and professional ambitions.
In the third year, you can study abroad for six months at one of our 130 partner universities.
Every year, you'll perform a challenging research project in a small group: you'll decide what to investigate and how. This way, you'll become the independent, systematic, critical and creative professional that future employers are looking for.
Are you highly motivated and up for an extra challenge? Radboud Honours Academy offers you the opportunity to follow honours programmes at first-year Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
A three-year Bachelor's programme with guaranteed direct admission to a Master's programme after completion.
Current students have judged our BSc programme as being significantly better than other similar programmes in the Netherlands.
Nijmegen is a great place to study, of course, but the world is so much bigger. As a Psychology student, you have the option of taking part of your third year or Master's internship abroad.
By spending time studying abroad, you will get to know different approaches to your subject area, make new friends, have an unforgettable experience and add something extra to your CV!
130 destinations worldwide
Below are just a few of the 130 exchange locations where our Psychology students have spent six months studying: Glasgow, Bergen, Berlin, Münster, Kraków, Budapest, Padua, Barcelona. Students also studied at universities in the USA, Australia, Japan, Korea and South-Africa.
The Erasmus+ programme offers grants. For the exchange no additional tuition fee is needed. By drawing up a learning agreement we guarantee that courses taken abroad will be acknowledged.
Because human behaviour plays a critical role everywhere, psychologists contribute with their expertise to all areas of society and in many different job contexts.
You need to have sufficient previous education in the Netherlands or abroad, as demonstrated by a diploma. This holds true for the Dutch-taught programme track as well as for the English-taught track.
For the English programme track, you additionally need sufficient proficiency in English.
International educational qualifications
Have you completed a study programme abroad, or are you about to do so? Then your diploma will be assessed on an individual basis in order to determine whether your previous education allows admission.
Should your diploma allow for admission, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as an interview or mathematics test).Should you be admissible or conditionally admissible, then your application will be included in the selection procedure.
Should you obtain a German diploma, one from the UK or US, an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate, please contact us for more information.
Only for the English programme track, you'll need additional sufficient proficiency in English. This requirement is fulfilled when you meet one of the following conditions:
Obtained a Dutch VWO diploma;
Obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Grundkurs or Leistungskurs Englisch in the Abitur;
Obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma;
Obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which at least the course English Language 1 has been taken;
Obtained a diploma in which English has been part of the final examinations from European countries mentioned in the list of diplomas;
Obtained a diploma equivalent to or higher than the Dutch VWO level by completing education at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, where the language of instruction is English;
You are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA.
Students who don't meet one of the above language conditions must satisfy one of the following conditions:
Obtained an IELTS Academic certificate with a result of at least 6.0 as overall score and on each of the four sub-tests;
Obtained a TOEFL iBT certificate with a total score of at least 80, as well as scores of at least 20 on all four parts;
Obtained a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a mark of at least C;
Obtained a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a mark of at least C.