Admission and application

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum capacity of 600 students. The application deadline for academic year 2024-2025 was 15 January and application is now closed. You can apply for academic year 2025-2026 from 1 October.
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Criteria for the Psychology Selection Process

The final score and corresponding ranking number are 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 January 15. 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 at the end of January. It is an open book test (you are allowed to 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, February 10, 2024. The test is 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: approx. two hours). The deadline for submitting your Matching Assignment is Sunday, February 18, 2024, and Questionnaire about Previous Education is Sunday, February 25, 2024. 

You are advised to reserve some time in your calendar in advance. The study load is approximately eight hours.

Having taken biology during your previous education is not a requirement, but it is recommended for 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? In that case, you can use our Syllabus biology at vwo level. This manual will help you make a good start with our programme! 

Important dates for selection and placement

  • October 1 – January 15: apply via Studielink (deadline: January 15 at 11:59 pm CET)
  • January 16: candidates receive a detailed step-by-step guide.
  • From January 17 onwards: selection candidates receive their username, instructions and an activation code for creating a Brightspace account in two separate emails. After activating your account, the ‘Psychology Selection Process’ course appears in the start screen of your Brightspace account. Brightspace is the platform on which the three selection assignments take place.
  • When you log in for the first time, the first two assignments are already waiting for you: the Questionnaire on your previous education and the Matching Assignment.
  • January 19: the final deadline for students applying with an international diploma, a colloquium doctum, a Dutch HBO Propaedeutic certificate or HBO Bachelor’s diploma, to complete their admission file in Osiris Application. If the file is incomplete by January 20, 00:01 AM CET, the application will be withdrawn.
  • February 10: test date for the Online Psychology TestThe test is available between 09:00 am CET (UTC+1) and 9:00 pm CET (UTC+1). You can log in at any time during these hours to take the test. After having opened the test, it closes automatically after two hours. Make sure to finish the test before 11:59 pm CET. If you live in another time zone than the Central European Time zone, you will have to convert CET time to your own local time.
  • February 18: deadline for submitting the Matching Assignment. 
  • February 25: deadline for submitting the Questionnaire.
  • April 15: Studielink announces the ranking numbers via email to all candidates.
  • June 1: non-EEA/EU students should send in additional mathematics or English certificates (if applicable) and complete their enrolment before June 1 because of their visa/residence permit application. Just like EEA students, non-EEA students have until July 31 to send in their diploma (and they can also request for a postponement until August 31).
  • July 31: 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 August 31.

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

In some special circumstances, it may be possible to deviate from the rules that are in place for Numerus Fixus programmes such as Psychology. Please see this webpage for more information.

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