Radboud University

Bachelor's programme in Psychology

How do we choose our friends and partners? Why is it so hard to resist temptations? Do violent video games cause aggression? What motivates us to study? Are we more than just our brains? How does culture shape language? Why do we behave the way we do? If these questions intrigue you, then Psychology is the right choice for you!

Why study Psychology?

  • At Radboud University, you can can choose to follow the English-taught programme or the bilingual programme (where the first year is taught in Dutch, followed by a gradual increase in English-taught classes in the second and third year).
  • From the second year on, you may compose your personal learning path, which is designed to fit in with your interests and preferred professional field.
  • During the third year, you’ll have the possibility of completing part of your programme studying abroad. Do you already see yourself in e.g. Australia, Japan, South Africa?
  • Radboud University and its associated research institutes are leading in the areas of brain & cognition, children & parenting, and behaviour & health.


Visit us during one of our many events to speak with students and staff and learn more about this programme.

Admission requirements

Dutch students
A Dutch vwo diploma (all profiles) allows for direct admission. Biology is recommended. Students with a Dutch hbo-propedeuse or hbo Bachelor's diploma, need to meet the additional requirements set for Mathematics and English. If you do not meet our requirements and are at least 21 years of age, then you could take part in a colloquium doctum (an entrance examination).

International students
Check the admission requirements page for more information about the international educational qualifications.

Application for the academic year 2022-2023 is no longer possible. You can apply for the 2023-2024 academic year between October 1, 2022 and January 15, 2023.

Are you experiencing a study delay? Are you unable to complete your hbo-p on time? Due to the current situation we would like to give you some extra time to enroll for the bachelor. You may also be able to enroll if your current study programme expects you to have completed your propaedeutic phase before the first of January 2023. See Admission requirements for more information.

What will you learn?

In the Bachelor’s programme in Psychology, you will research the behaviour, mind and emotions of humans. You will learn how the brain controls our behaviour and how we develop from infancy to old age. Moreover, you learn to understand how our environment and the social groups of which we are a part, influence the way we think, feel and act. Are you ready to embark on a programme that will change your beliefs about people, the world and your self-image?

Facts & Figures

Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years (180 EC), full time
Start month(s): September
Contact hours: 12-18 hours per week
First-year students: 440-460 per year
: BSc in Psychology
Faculty: Social Sciences
Croho code: 56604

Bachelor Psychology in 5 minutes

Future career opportunities

Because behaviour is everywhere, psychologists are employed in a wide range of areas. Some examples of job positions:

  • Health care psychologist
  • Work and organisational psychologist
  • Behavioural change advisor, e.g. in advertising, sports or for the government
  • Scientific researcher
  • Coach/trainer/teacher

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