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Master of Science (MSc) in Behavioural Science (Research)




What will I learn?

The Research Master's programme in Behavioural Science is a two-year international programme for social scientists who want to discover the how and why behind human behaviour. Contribute to a better understanding of human behaviour, whether that is normal or dysfunctional, and learn how to influence behaviour.

What will you learn?

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.

Where do our graduates work now?

Scientific researcher (academia)
Societal researcher
Scientific practitioner
Policy maker

Career prospects

The programme 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.

Skills and knowledge

Besides the necessary theoretical knowledge about behavioural science and training in advanced quantitative data analysis, this programme also offers courses (7 EC in total) that will teach you additional skills that every researcher needs: to understand the ethics of research, to understand the process of academic publishing and grant proposals, and to comment on papers and proposals of others. We also encourage students to participate in workshops, colloquia, symposia and conferences to gain experience in the international academic field of behavioural science.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,16,309) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Science or related area:

Educational Science
Artificial Intelligence
Communication Science
Or a related discipline.

Because this Master's programme is a selective programme, candidates with good to excellent grades will have a better chance of being admitted.

Proficiency in English

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 100, subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 7.0 overall, subscores ≥ 6.5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or above


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