Research course

Behavioural Science

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Science or related area

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Pedagogy, Educational Science, Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Communication Science or another related discipline. Because this is a selective programme, students with good to excellent grades will have a better chance of being admitted.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100(internet based)
  • A IELTS score of ≥7.0 (test score of 7 overall with a 6.5 minimum for each test result: listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Motivation letter

In this letter of motivation you should explain why you want to follow this programme and why you think you are suited for it. Attached to this letter should be a resume with photo, list of grades and two reference letters from lecturers. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) will follow before you are admitted to the programme.

Reference letters

Applicants will need to send in two letters of recommendation by lectures or supervisors (including contact details).

Resume that includes a photo

Please upload your resume in the online application system Osiris as an additional document.

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Months of entry


Course content

Have you always wanted to discover what it is that makes people tick? Have you got questions about human behaviour that have not yet been tackled? Whether you are driven by scientific curiosity or are intrigued by the potential for more accurate diagnosis and more effective interventions in health or education, this Research Master’s in Behavioural Science is for you.

Programme overview

The research Master's programme in Behavioural Science focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to understanding human behaviour. We combine knowledge and research methods from the fields of psychology, educational sciences and communication science. These disciplines are not taught separately but instead are brought together in most of our courses.

The overall purpose of the programme is to prepare talented and motivated students for a research career in behavioural science. There are many issues you could tackle and a large research staff you could work with. This programme works closely with the Behavioural Science Institute. The institute has internationally renowned researchers with expertise in a very wide range of topics.

What will you learn?

  • Get a strong theoretical underpinning in the core subjects of behavioural science.
  • Gain a solid practical training in research skills, and a thorough training in advanced quantitative data analysis.
  • Learn to design, conduct and present your own research.

Career prospects

This programme prepares graduates for a career in research. Graduates could find positions in a number of different settings:

  • Scientific research career (academia)
    The programme provides an excellent basis for a scientific research career and about three-quarters of our graduates have gone on to PhD positions.
  • Societal research career
    Our graduates have also gone on to do research for governmental organisations, research institutes such as Kentalis and Praktikon or research departments within organisations such as TNO and Cito.
  • Scientific practitioner
    In certain situations, it is possible to follow an additional Master’s programme like Psychology or Educational Science (in Dutch Pedagogiek) and/or do a clinical internship in order to get the necessary Dutch diagnostic certification.
  • More
    Students with a Research Master’s degree are also highly sought after by (commercial) businesses and organisations because of their analytical skills, statistical knowledge and in-depth understanding of human behaviour. Other careers, such as policy maker, manager, journalist, etc. are certainly within reach.

To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 16,500
International students
EU €2,314 p/a Non EU € 16,500 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,209). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,209). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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