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Research Master'sBehavioural Science (research)

Are you intrigued by the complexity of human behaviour? Are you inspired to learn more about emotions, motivations, and the cognitive aspect that regulates human behaviour and decision-making? This Research Master's programme might be just for you!

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Something for you?

  • You want combine knowledge from the fields of psychology, educational sciences and communication science to research human behaviour.
  • You will be connected to the renowned Behavioural Science Institute during this Research Master's programme. 
  • You can tailor the programme to your interests by choosing theme courses, elective courses, and the subject matter of your projects. 
  • You can do the internship for your major research project abroad.
  • You will be part of a small group of highly motivated national and international students.
  • You will be trained to become an excellent behavioural scientist and have a good chance of gaining a PhD- or other research position.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission and application
I really like the programme. The nicest thing is that you can make it your own by choosing elective courses that suit your interests.
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What will you learn

We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to get the best understanding of human behaviour. We combine knowledge and research methods from the fields of psychology, educational sciences and communication science. These disciplines are not taught separately but instead are brought together in most of our courses, making our approach unique. Half the programme consists of learning research skills. There are many issues you can choose to study and a large research staff you can work with.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

The programme provides an excellent basis for a scientific research career. About 70% of our graduates have gone on to PhD positions. Each year there are, on average, about 12 PhD positions available at the graduate schools Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). There are many other options open to our graduates. We prepare our students to become behavioural scientists with excellent analytical research skills, advanced statistical knowledge and in-depth understanding of human behaviour. This profile makes our graduates highly valuable within various settings, including academia, industrial and commercial settings (e.g. Unilever, CapGemini,), non-profit organisations (e.g. SCP and Cito), and clinical settings (e.g. Kentalis and Praktikon). Another possibility is to combine research with clinical practice in psychology or educational science and become a scientist practitioner. Students who are interested in this latter option usually do a clinical or applied master in addition to our programme.

Career prospects


More than half the Master’s programme in Behavioural Science consists of research. In the first year you’ll do a minor project in which you choose from a list research themes that are provided by staff members or PhD students.

In the second year, you’ll do a major project in the form of a nine month internship which provides you with the experience - and data - needed to write your Master’s thesis. Most internships are carried out within the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), working closely with colleagues, many of whom are internationally renowned researchers. However, there is also the option to arrange an internship abroad.

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Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.