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MSc in Behavioural Science (Research Master)

Radboud University Masters Programmes

Full time September MSc Full-time: 2 years

About the course


Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of normal and dysfunctional human behaviour and how to influence that behaviour.

Have you always wanted to discover what it is that makes people tick? Do you have questions about human behaviour that have not yet been tackled? Whether you are driven by scientific curiosity or are intrigued by the potential for more accurate diagnoses and for effective interventions in health or education, the Research Master’s in Behavioural Science is for you.

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Multidisciplinary approach

At Radboud University, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to gain the best understanding of human behaviour. We combine knowledge and research methods from the fields

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Entry Requirements

1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Science or related area like: Psychology, Pedagogy, Educational Science, Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Communication Science or another related discipline.
2.A proficiency in English:
a.A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100(internet based)
b.A IELTS score of ≥7.0 (test score of 7 overall with a sub-score 6.5 minimum for each)
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3.Strong motivation letter.
4.Reference letters.
5.Resume that includes a photo.


€2,143(from EEA countries); €9,124(from non-EEA countries).

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Sabrina Navratil

2284.jpg During my biology degree courses in Munich I recognized that I am more and more interested in biology as well as psychology. The question was only how to combine them. For sure, I wanted to make a master but the questions were: what and where? All the while I wanted to go abroad to acquire more experiences for my later work life. So why not going abroad?

After an online search I found the website of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Immediately, I was fascinated from the Research Master of Behavioral Science and the huge amount of available courses. I recognized that the whole program is in English. Additionally, it was described that this master is highly linked to research and offers many lab and research facilities.

Finally, I wrote my application and I sent it to the university. After a friendly and uncomplicated interview, I moved to Nijmegen, in one of the student housing flats, and began studying.

I think it is important to mention, that at first you have to get used to the school-like system on the university. Apart from lectures, presentations and discussions, you have to write research proposals and assignments. Certainly, I can promise you that after a time it will come out all right and suddenly you take delight in discussing papers, learning for exams or preparing presentations together with your colleagues. So, let’s put it like this: the master program is like a full-time job. There are a lot of deadlines, a lot of projects to prepare and you have to read a huge amount of articles. But, do not forget that this master gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and to work off your interests. It is safe to say, that at the beginning I had a lot of thoughts about, but after a while I figured out that it causes occasions which I will never get so fast.

Now, I am almost finished with the first year of the Research Master of Behavioral Science and I can conclude that it is a really nice experience. Certainly, after the second year, the same question will pop up in my mind: What’s next? Probably, there will be again 2 possibilities: either an application for a second master program or an application for a PhD job. However, the Research Master of Behavioral Science is definitely a professional training for your future.

Frank Verberne

"Where there's a will, there's a way"
Frank Verberne is a second-year Research Masters student:

While studying for my Bachelors degree in Social Psychology here in Nijmegen, I became interested in the use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology to study psychological processes. After graduating, I could choose between a one-year Masters Degree course in Social Psychology and the Research Masters programme in Behavioural Science, which would broaden my theoretical background and strengthen my research skills over a period of two years. Because I wanted to study longer and I like doing research, the choice was not difficult.

When I heard about the Radboud Immersive Virtual Environment Reality (RIVER) Lab for VR research, I decided to study prejudice in this lab. Specifically, during the second year of my Masters programme, I want participants to experience what it’s like to be Moroccan and then see whether they behave in a less prejudiced way towards Moroccans afterwards.

Thanks to Immersive Virtual Environment Technology, we can realistically simulate such an experience in a way that is simply not possible with classical experimental techniques. Although I’ll need to learn a new programming language to set up my experiment, I’m not worried about that. Computing is one of my hobbies which I can now combine with my study.

Although the basic study load is pretty heavy, many of us follow fascinating additional courses. The motto here is: where there’s a will, there’s a way!


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