Admission and application

This programme has a numerus fixus. There is a maximum capacity of 600 students. You can attempt to register 2 times for this degree. The final registration date for this programme is

Admission period

Dutch degree

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International degree, EEA student

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International degree, non-EEA student

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If you want more information about the setup and implementation of the selection process you can read the Selection and placement regulations

Do you want to submit a request to deviate from the rules of numerus fixus programmes? Then read about the possibilities

Transferring from another Psychology programme

Are you currently studying Psychology at another Dutch university, have you completed the first year and are you considering transferring to the second year of the Psychology programme at Radboud University? This transfer is only possible at the start of the academic year. Please contact our admissionsocialsciences [at] ru.nl (Admissions Office Social Sciences) to find out more about the conditions and to submit your request.

Unfortunately, transferring to our second year from a university outside the Netherlands is not possible, since curricula tend to differ a lot. However, you are more than welcome to apply for our first year in Psychology.

Admission requirements

Application procedure

The selection criteria

The ranking number of a selection candidate will be based on:

  • The score attained in the online (open book) Psychology test (45%);
  • The score attained in the matching assignment (30%);
  • Grades obtained during the student’s previous education: mathematics, English, the total average and if applicable biology (25%).

All selection candidates will receive a Step-by-step guide shortly after 15 January. The Step-by-step guide describes which grades are required in your specific situation and how these grades should be sent in. Candidates can prepare for the online multiple choice test by studying the literature (about psychology) that is sent to them shortly after 15 January 2023. It is an open book test (you can keep the literature at hand while making the test) that does not require any other previous knowledge. The online Psychology test takes place on Saturday, 11 February 2023. The test will be available from 9:00 am CET (UTC+1) until 9:00 pm CET (UTC+1). You can log in at any time during these hours to take the test (duration of the test: appr. 2 hours). The deadline for submitting your matching assignment and questionnaire about previous education is Sunday, 26 February 2023. 

Selection candidates are advised to schedule some time in their calendar on beforehand. The study load will be approximately eight hours.

Having taken biology during your previous education is not a requirement, but it is a plus following our Psychology programme. During the selection process, it determines about 5% of your ranking number, so the majority of your ranking number is still in your own hands. Did you not have biology in your previous education, but would you like to brush up your knowledge in the field of biology? Then use our 'Syllabus biology at vwo level' in Dutch or in English. This manual insures you a good start in our programme! You can find the manuals below. 

Important dates for selection and placement

  • 1 October - 15 January: apply via Studielink (deadline 15 January at 23:59 CET)
  • 16 January: candidates receive a detailed step-by-step guide.
  • 17 January: via e-mail, selection candidates will receive their user name, instructions and an activation code for creating a Brightspace account (in two separate e-mails). Brightspace will grant you access to the literature that will need to be studied for the online Psychology test. Both the online Psychology test and the matching assignment will need to be completed in Brightspace too. The ‘Psychology Selection Process’ course will appear in the start screen of your Brightspace account on 18 January 2023 at the latest.
  • 20 January: deadline for students applying with an international diploma, a colloquium doctum, a Dutch hbo propedeuse or hbo bachelor’s diploma, to complete their admission file in Osiris Application. If the file is incomplete, your application will be withdrawn.
  • 6 February: selection candidates will receive an e-mail containing the link to the online questionnaire on grades obtained during previous education.
  • 11 February: first test date for the online Psychology testThe test will be available between 09:00 CET (UTC+1) and 21:00 CET (UTC+1). Candidates can log in at any time during these hours to take the test. The test closes automatically 2 hours after having logged into the test. Make sure to finish the test before 23.59 CET. Candidates living in another time zone than the Central European Time zone, will have to convert this CET time to their own local time.
  • 12 February: the matching assignment will be available in Brightspace.
  • 26 February: deadline for submitting: 
    1) the matching assigment
    2) the online questionnaire on grades obtained during previous education
  • 15 April: studielink will announce the ranking numbers by email to the candidates.
  • 1 June: non-EEA/EU students should send in additional mathematics- or English certificates (if applicable) and complete their enrolment before 1 June in view of their visa/ residence permit application. Just like EEA students, non-EEA students have until 31 July to send in their diploma (and they can also request for a postponement until 31 August).
  • 31 July: candidates who do not need a visa/ residence permit should meet all admission requirements and complete their enrolment or they should request for a postponement). If the postponement is granted, the admission requirements will need to be met no later than 31 August.
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