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What will I learn?

The master's track in Positive Psychology and Well-being trains you to become a scientist-practitioner in the broad field of psychology. As a positive psychologist you focus on people’s strengths and talents, the positive aspects of human functioning. You can apply this within the broad domain of mental health services, schools and companies. This a track of the master’s program Psychology and Mental Health.

Program and courses

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive in personal life, schools and universities, companies, and mental health care.

Study concepts like creativity, happiness, developing talents and strengths, adaptive power and psychological well-being in the context of individuals, personal life, health, education, entrepreneurship and society in general.

Become trained in interventions to establish happiness and behavioral change by identifying and developing people’s strengths and talents.

Since people with psychological problems also have healthy and strong features which can be strengthened, this new program can be considered a broadening of the three existing clinical tracks (all Dutch-taught: Clinical Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology).

This master’s track does not provide the qualification required for postdoctoral follow-up training (BAPD).

Typical courses are:

Introduction to Positive Psychology (6 ECTS)

Personal development, Growth and Resilience (6 ECTS)

Positive Institutions (6 ECTS)

Assessment and Interventions (6 ECTS)

Career prospects

Being able to guide positive change processes on an individual, interpersonal and organizational level (e.g. coaches, counselors, consultants and trainers), positive psychologists can be employed in the broad domain of schools, companies and mental health services.

Identify and stimulate talent development and motivation in schools and universities.

Help employees and companies to recruit the right people in the right positions, with gaining insight into their talents and strengths, or with establishing a suitable work environment for people with disabilities.

Add to mental health care with a strength-oriented approach instead of a disorder-based approach. Psychologists are often one-sidedly trained in diagnosing and treating disorders, focusing on the co-morbidities and thus ignoring the fact that people with complaints are also people with talents and co-vitalities.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,79,321) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

To be admitted directly to our master's program Positive Psychology and Well-being, you need to have the following academic background:

Bachelor's and/or a master's degree in psychology

You can apply for admission BEFORE you have graduated, but you must have graduated by September 1, 2020 at the latest.

You cannot be accepted onto this master's program without having either a bachelor's or master's degree in Psychology. Work experience or an interest in this field cannot be considered for the admission process without a enough academic background.

Advanced knowledge in research methods and statistics

Knowledge of the basic psychological subjects

Knowledge of specific (major) psychology courses

TOEFL with a minimum score of 577 (paper-based) / 90 (internet-based).

Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test.

Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.


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