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What will I learn?

The mission of the Heymans Institute is to conduct ground breaking and impactful research in the main fields of psychology, with a special focus on collaborative projects; these collaborations include different areas of psychology working together, interdisciplinary research, and cooperation with non-academic partners.

Our underlying vision is that:

Fundamental curiosity driven research expands our knowledge of human behavior and obtains societal relevance by providing a foundation for applied psychological research.

Application and fundamental scientific progress mutually reinforce each other, making this interaction pivotal to psychological science.

Truly exciting innovations tend to emerge bottom-up through collaborations among intelligent, creative and focused researchers within the entire academy.

Research at the Department of Sociology in Groningen is well known for its focus on

  • Advanced theory formulation and method development
  • Systematic integration of theory and empirical research
  • Quantitative data collection and measurement instruments

These "core-competencies" recur in a number of substantive research lines and projects.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected August, September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Research Master degree or equivalent. Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme; Fluent in English (written and spoken).

For international students

In order to meet the requirements for admission to a PhD position you need at least have an internationally recognized Master's degree of an accredited university. Other requirements will be specified in the announcement of available positions.

Master’s certificates from non-Dutch universities will be evaluated by the Graduate School to make sure that the level of training of a candidate is equivalent to the level of a Dutch Master’s degree.

Accepted proof of English proficiency

TOEFL: an overall score of >= 100, with >= 25 on speaking and writing on the internet-based form, or IELTS: an overall score of >= 7, with >= 7 on speaking and writing (academic version).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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