24 months
17280 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme in Social and Health Psychology programme at Utrecht University will equip you with the tools and knowledge to analyse topics related to the control of human behaviour for the benefit of social interaction and health.

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Investigate the social and health-related aspects of behavioural regulation

During Master’s programme in Social and Health Psychology  programme at Utrecht University , you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. 

We will also devote a considerable amount of time to advances in research skills in methods and statistics, and you will be trained to use and develop cutting-edge research tools through participation in ongoing projects, where you will gain research experience in the study of behavioural regulation.

Multiple perspectives

The two-year curriculum involves multiple perspectives of the study of behavioural regulation ranging from concrete views (social cognition and neuroscience) to global views (relationships, welfare, and health). Considerable attention is paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health-related issues.

Education built on research

The Social and Health Psychology programme is supported by the Department of Psychology, and includes a broad set of research approaches and methods to the study of human behaviour, including experimental research in laboratories, field experiments, surveys and observational studies,  experience sampling and simulation studies.

Programme Goals

Through this Master’s programme, you will develop into a qualified psychological scientist who is ready for a PhD position or a research career outside academia. You will have the training and tools to use multiple research methods to investigate social and health-related issues related to behavioural regulation.  

Career Prospects

This programme prepares you for a scientific career in academia, research institutes, government organisations, NGOs, or private enterprises.

The programme also prepares you for a career as an applied researcher in different educational institutions and educational services. Our graduates have obtained positions such as:

  • Trainee in Strategy and Policy for the Information Society at TNO
  • Disability research analyst at JBS International, Inc.
  • MRI flow manager at UMC Utrecht
  • Junior researcher at NIVEL
  • Sociotherapist at Altrecht Aventurijn
  • Psychologist and researcher at Rivierduinen Leiden
  • Sales consultant at Elliott Browne
  • Certified passion test facilitator at Happiness Heard Your Name


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Behavioural Regulation: Affect and Motivation
  • Behavioural Regulation: Thought and Cognition
  • Multivariate Statistics in Practice for SHP
  • Integrative Practicum: Research Skills
  • Advances in Research in Behavioural Regulation: Interpersonal Behaviour
  • Advances in Research in Behavioural Regulation: Health Behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences. Students with another academic Bachelor’s degree and a clear profile of empirical research in behavioral sciences such as students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in Health education and promotion, Economics, Biology, or Neurosciences, can also be considered. This is up to the Admissions Committee to decide.
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent
  • Sufficient academic knowledge and skills in methods and statistics
  • Sufficient command of the English language 
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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