Radboud University

Psychology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7273 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
Human behaviour is a source of inspiration and of embarrassment. Why do we humans do what we do? What triggers our thoughts and feelings? Is our behaviour caused by our personality, social environment, or influenced by genes, hormones and neurons?


Why do we humans do what we do? What triggers our thoughts and feelings? Is our behaviour caused by our personality, social environment, or influenced by genes, hormones and neurons?

Interested in these questions? Then studying Psychology is the right choice for you!

Psychology is about analysing people’s behaviour, thoughts and emotions. In Nijmegen, you'll learn to do so from neurobiological-, developmental- and clinical-, and socio-cultural psychological perspectives.

Psychologists have highly varied job opportunities:healthcare, education, human resources management, government policy information, training and coaching, sports, communication, marketing, advertising and in research.

As a psychologist you are committed to the quality of life, for individuals, groups, and thus to society.

Bachelor's programme in Psychology
  • More focus on acquiring research skills than in other Psychology programmes in the Netherlands. Each year, you'll perform a challenging research project in a small group. This way, you'll become the independent, systematic, critical and creative professional that prospective employers are looking for.
  • You'll be educated by top researchers who work on discoveries today which in five to ten years will be 'standard' knowledge. Therefore in Nijmegen you will be educated in the Psychology of the Future.
  • A green campus in the centre of Nijmegen, with excellent study and sports facilities.
  • Housing offered to admitted students who do not live in the Netherlands and applied before 1 April (and have been approven their visa (MVV) to come to the Netherlands).
  • A personal approach to education. As a first-year student, you'll have your own lecturer-mentor who will help you to settle down to your studies in Nijmegen.
  • From the second year on, besides compulsory courses, you'll put together your own study track that suits your personal interests and professional ambitions.
  • Six months of studying or internship abroad as a fixed part of the programme.
  • A three-year Bachelor's programme with guaranteed direct admission to a Master's programme after completion.
  • Current students have evaluated our BSc programme as being significantly better than comparable programmes in the Netherlands.

Top rated education

Radboud University holds the title for Best General University in the Netherlands in the Dutch university information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten.


The Bachelor's in Psychology is an internationally recognized programme that meets both the guidelines of the European Certificate in Psychology (2015) and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (2015).

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Theoretical body of knowledge

The theoretical learning path combines three subdomains:

  • Brain and Cognition: You'll learn how our brain is structured, how it works and supports functions such as locomotion, memory, learning, language and cognition.
  • Development and Psychopathology: You'll learn which developmental leaps people make during the course of their lives. And you'll learn to recognise psychological disorders in children, adults and elderly, and how to treat these disorders.
  • Behaviour and Environment: You'll learn how people relate to, and influence one another, for example, within their family, their class, a sports club or at work. You'll also learn how human behaviour and culture/ subcultures affect one another.
Academic and professional skills

You'll develop a curious, critical, systematic and independent working attitude. Skills you'll learn to master during the programme:

  • Research skills: you start with a simple question and research design; step-by-step the research methods become more complex. Data analysis techniques, among which statistics, are important methodological subject areas.
  • Academic skills: academic writing, presenting and debating; systematically searching and critically reading literature; analysing scientific paradigms and ethical dilemmas; providing and processing feedback.
  • Professional skills: analysing everyday psychological problems and devising and justifying relevant and effective solutions and interventions. You'll practise: observing; interviewing; diagnostic testing; conversing to clarify problems, giving advice and coaching; and consulting with colleagues.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

International diploma

International diplomas will be assessed individually to determine whether the level is sufficient. This assessment includes factors like the school you attended, whether you took English and Mathematics and the grades.

If the level is sufficient, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as taking an English or Mathematics test). For accepted English and Mathematics tests, please see our website.

Should you be admissible or conditionally admissible, then your application will be included in the selection procedure. Radboud University has set a fixed number (numerus fixus) of 550 students for the Bachelor's programme in Psychology. In case more applicants apply, a selection will be carried out.

English proficiency

For the English programme track, you'll need to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English. This requirement is fulfilled when you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Obtained a Dutch VWO diploma;
  • Obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Grundkursor LeistungskursEnglisch in the Abitur;
  • Obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma;
  • Obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which at least the course English Language 1 has been taken;
  • Obtained a diploma in which English has been part of the final examinations from European countries mentioned in the list of diplomas (available on our website);
  • Obtained a diploma equivalent to or higher than the Dutch VWO level by completing education at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, where the language of instruction is English;
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA.
All other candidates require one of the following: 
  • IELTS Academic: overall score of at least 6.0, all four sub-scores at least 6.0; 
  • TOEFL iBT: total score of at least 80, all four sub-scores at least 20; 
Please check the website for full details on the programme requirements
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): minimum mark C; 
  • RATEr: the Radboud Academic Test of English (RATEr) Certificate with a pass on all four sub-scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7273 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7273 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1,400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship programme

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a select number of talented prospective non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University.

Visit our programme website for more information!

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