Study programme Psychology

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.


Instruction modes


  • Curriculum year 1

    The beginning of the first year offers you an overview of psychology as a whole. After that, you will take an introductory theoretical course into each domain. You will also practice the skills necessary for your work as a future psychologist.

    View curriculum year 1
  • Curriculum year 2

    Year 2 focuses on the application of psychological knowledge. You become acquainted with Neuropsychology. Within 'Psychopathology from a life-span perspective' you learn to recognise mental disorders. In 'Behaviour & Environment 2', you will learn how psychological knowledge contributes to better working conditions and motivation in the workplace.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    In the third year, you will decide on the direction you want to take within the academic field of Psychology. You also have the opportunity to put together your own study programme or even study abroad!

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This programme has a binding study advice

Minimum ECTS
At the end of the year, you will receive either a positive or a negative Binding Study Advice (BSA). A positive BSA is required in order to advance to the second year. In order to receive a positive BSA, you will need to obtain a minimum of 42 course credits (ECs) out of 60. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a negative BSA, which means having to discontinue your studies at Radboud University. Moreover, you will not be able to enrol in the study programme for the next three years. During your first year, lecturers, mentors and student advisors are available to help and support you in your studies and to ensure that you make good progress.

Study abroad

During your Bachelor's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV.

Please see the International Office web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.