The Psychology Bachelor’s programme focuses on three domains:
Brain & Cognition
How does the brain work and what role does it play in our behaviour? In this domain you will learn about the anatomy of the brain. You will study language, learning, memory, perception, and emotions. You will also focus on disorders such as strokes and dementia.
Development & Mental Health
What developmental changes do humans go through during the course of their life, from infancy to old age? In this domain you will study the cognitive, motor, moral, and social-emotional development of humans. You will learn how our social context (family, school, work, culture) influences our wellbeing and you will practice how to recognise and treat psychological disorders in children, adults, and the elderly.
Behaviour & Environment
How do groups and (sub)cultures influence our thoughts, emotions, and our behaviour? This domain will teach you all you need to know about interpersonal relationships, group behaviour, stereotypes, and prosocial and antisocial behaviour. You will study the ways in which humans interact with each other and how they influence each other, for example, in families, at the sports club, or at work.
Academic and Professional Skills
Next to the theoretical part, you will practice the following skills:
- Research skills: In the first year, you will start with a simple question and build a research design for it. In the years that follow, the research methods used will become more complex. Statistics and data analysis techniques will also play an important role in acquiring research skills.
- Academic skills: including the following: academic writing, presenting, and debating, conducting systematic literature searches and critical reading of literature, analysis of scientific paradigms and ethical dilemmas, and providing and processing feedback.
- Professional skills: including: analysing everyday psychological problems and devising them, and looking for relevant, effective solutions and interventions. You will be able to practice the following skills: observation, interviewing, diagnostic testing, and consulting with colleagues.
Pursue your interests
Most first year courses are compulsory. In the second year, you will choose two Specialty Courses and you will choose the first of your Domain Electives. If you prefer, these electives may also form the basis of your Profile. In the third year, you are free to compose your own study programme. In total, it is comprised of the Specialisation Electives and Free Electives. These electives may be taken either within or outside the subject of Psychology and may also be taken at another Dutch university or at an international partner university of your choice.
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