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What will I learn?

Are you intrigued by the way people behave, and the things that drive them to behave the way they do? Why we remember entire songs, but cannot remember where we left our keys? And are you not intimidated by the odd bit of statistics? The bachelor's programme in Psychology might be the programme you’re looking for. You’ll study mental processes, such as language, memory, thinking and perception. But you’ll also learn about the sources of our behaviour, and how you can measure brain activity with an MRI-scanner. This unique combination ensures that you can pursue a career in a wide variety of settings. After you’ve completed a master's in this field, you can become a clinician, a researcher, a study advisor, or a manager. You can start your own practice, or work at a healthcare institution, a court or a sports organisation.

Psychologists want to understand, explain, and predict how people think, and why they do what they do. And they don't just want to understand behaviour, they also want to know how to alter it if necessary. It's a very broad field of study. Psychologists study how children learn a language through play. But they are also interested in the links between neurotransmitter activity and depression.

This bachelor's programme introduces you to all the major theories and topics within psychology. But the Psychology programme at Maastricht University is extra special. At Maastricht University, you'll get to study both cognitive and biological psychology.

Your future

Psychology graduates end up working in many different jobs. The profession you'll have depends on the master's programme you'll select. You can find our graduates virtually everywhere.

Career perspectives for psychologists

The average alumnus of our faculty needs approximately 3 months to find their first job. 43% finds a job within a month of their graduation. The average gross income of our graduates 1.5 years after graduation is € 2,019 (Source: WO-monitor ROA).

Compared to other psychology programmes in the Netherlands, Maastricht University graduates are more likely to end up in research positions. They pursue PhDs or find jobs as researchers.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€8,000.00 (6,53,595) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must High School Diploma with 4 AP’s (concluded with an examination from the College Board). High School Diploma with a weighted GPA of at least 3.5 with at least 16 credits in academic subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge - Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179).

For international students

  • If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this programme.
  • IELTS test: minimum score overall 6
  • TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 550
  • TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 80
  • TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 213

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