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Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology


Admission requirements

Only open to master students in Psychology.


The student selects a topic of interest and a supervisor from the range of ongoing research projects within the domain of the specialisation.
The participating faculty members will offer research topics related to their own research interests, for which students can sign up. The exact topics and the participating faculty members can vary from year to year. The students carry out their own study, as part of the ongoing research in the programme. The supervisor guides the student during his selection of a research topic, will monitor the feasibility of the intended research in the context of the thesis, and will advise the student in the case of difficulties or delays in the progress of his research.
At first the student will work on the development of a research question and research design, and will write a research proposal on the basis of the relevant literature. The research proposal has to be evaluated before the start of the second phase. During the second phase the student will focus on data collection and data analysis, and during the third phase he will prepare a written research report (master thesis).
In addition, for master students of the specialisations Social and Organisational Psychology, and Economic and Consumer Psychology it is mandatory to attend at least 4 colloquia, to be registered on a stamp card which can be obtained at the secretary’s office (2A27). Credits for the master thesis will only be given in case of a full colloquium card.

Course objectives

Students obtain experience with all the phases of empirical research in psychology and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in different course modules.


Individual supervision sessions


Registration with the thesis coordinator of the specialisation.

Mode of instruction

Individual supervision sessions.

Assessment method

Written research report and if applicable a complete colloquium card. See also the criteria for reviewing the thesis. See for assessment the Procedure Master Thesis Psychology Assessment on Blackboard.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

Relevant literature on the topic of the research.

Contact information

Thesis coordinator of the Master specialisation