24 months
16500 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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? The Master’s in Behavioural Science (Research) programme at Radboud University  might be just for you!

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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.

Future career opportunities

The Master’s in Behavioural Science (Research) programme at Radboud University 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Behavioural Decision Making
  • Behaviour Regulation
  • Clinical Research 
  • Communication and Influence
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Dynamics of Complex Systems
  • Emotion
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Neuroscience of Behaviour
  • Psychobiology of Behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are admissible to the placement process if you have completed a Bachelor's degree in:
  • Psychology
  • Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Biology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communication Science
  • Or another related discipline
  • Radboud University does not offer a pre-Master’s programme in Behavioural Science. If you want to be admitted to this Master’s programme you will need a Bachelor’s degree in one of the above-mentioned disciplines or a closely-related discipline from a research university. Bachelor’s degrees from a university of applied sciences (in Dutch: hbo; German: Fachhochschule) are not sufficient. Please also note that having a Bachelor’s degree does not guarantee admission to this Master’s programme since this is a selective research Master's.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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