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What will I learn?

Become a research expert in the area of individual differences and assessment, such as personality, character, and temperament. And study how such differences affect people's lives in the domains of work and health. The Research Master is an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in applied research, for example, in the domains of human resources, health policy, or management.

Program and courses

Acquire deep knowledge about the biological correlates and development of individual differences, and how these differences affect people's lives in the domains of work and health.

Become an expert in an academic discipline with great societal relevance and impact (e.g., human resource management, health promotion). Enrich your methodological toolbox with powerful and sophisticated statistical and programming skills.

Put your knowledge into practice during traineeships, at home or abroad, writing two academic papers as part of the curriculum.

Become optimally prepared for further studies or job opportunities in science after graduation, such as PhD student or applied researcher.

Typical courses are:

Theoretical Models of Individual Differences

Dynamics of Individual Differences

Biological and Physiological Correlates of Individual Differences

Psychometrics: Measurement of Individual Differences

Career prospects

The Research Master in Individual Differences and Assessment is an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in applied research. Your career prospects are excellent.

The "Education and Labor Market" Research Center follows Dutch students after they finish their education and has found that 94% of former Researcher Master students find a job within 1.5 years

A recent report from the Dutch government found that more than half of Research Master graduates secure a job as a PhD student.

Get a research position in applied fields, for example, as a policy researcher and advisor or human resources and management consultant.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,92,810) 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

Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, such as psychology, sociology, organizational sciences, human resources.

You cannot be accepted onto this Master's program without having either a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Work experience or an interest in this field cannot be taken into account for the admission process without a sufficient academic background.

An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least:

- A-/B+/3.5 (American system)

- 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)

- B (ECTS system), or

- 7.5 (Dutch system)

A sufficient academic background in research methodology and statistics.

Strong motivation, excellent skills and talent for carrying out scientific research, which you should demonstrate in your motivation letter and other application documents.

English language proficiency:

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) / 100 (internet-based).
  • Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0 score overall and a minimum score of 6.5 on individual parts of the test.
  • Cambridge English:
    - C1 advanced (formerly CAE) with a score of A or B or
    - C2 proficiency (formerly CPE) with a score of A, B or C.


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