Frequently Asked Questions
Application and registration
- Which pre-university education is required to be admitted to the bachelor’s programme?
- How can I register and apply?
- I am experiencing problems with my registration in Studielink / MyUM, who should I contact?
- When will the results of the lottery be known?
- What are the chances of being admitted to the programme?
- What is the application deadline?
Academic year and schedule
- When does the academic year begin?
- What does the academic year look like?
- How many contact hours are there per week?
- Where can I go during my study abroad?
- How can I make a request for exemptions?
- Is there a possibility to study part-time or to start in February?
- What are the tuition fees?
- What master’s programme can I follow after finishing the Bachelor?
- How do I become a clinical psychologist?
Application and registration
1. Which pre-university education is required to be admitted to the bachelor’s programme in Psychology?
You will be directly admitted to the bachelor’s programme in Psychology with a Dutch VWO diploma or a first-year certificate from a Dutch Institution of Higher Professional Education (HBO propedeuse). There are no additional requirements pertaining to your study profile or grades. If you have a foreign degree equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma, you will also be directly admitted. If you have a non-Dutch secondary school diploma, you are required to pass an entrance exam in Dutch (even if you have Dutch citizenship). Also see Admission Requierments.
2. How can I register and apply?
All students must register via www.studielink.nl. Please refer to the registration procedure for more information.
3. I am experiencing problems with my registration in Studielink / MyUM. Who should I contact?
4. When will the results of the lottery be known?
The results of the lottery will be announced half July. You will recieve a nottification from informed DUO about the results.
5. What are the chances of being admitted to the programme?
The programme in Psychology at Maastricht University has established an intake quota of 400 students. Those students who apply before May 15 are in principal guaranteed of a place. Students who apply later than May 15 will be placed on the waiting list and accepted based on the number of places that are still open. We expect that all students who want to study Psychology in Maastricht will be accepted.
6. What is the deadline for application?
15 May. If you apply later than 15 May, you will be placed on a waiting list and accepted based on the number of places that are still open.
Academic year and schedule
7. When does the academic year begin?
The academic year always begins in the first week of September. You will start with a Faculty Introduction. During this week you will get to know the faculty, PBL and your fellow students. Two weeks before the Faculty Introduction, the INKOM takes places. This is a general introduction week for all first year students of Maastricht University to get to know Maastricht.
8. What does the academic year look like? Is there an academic calendar available?
The academic year is divided into 6 blocks (periods). Every block (except for block 3 and 6) takes 8 weeks and ends with an exam week. Block 3 and 6 take 4 and 5 weeks respectively. Also see the academic calendar.
9. How many contact hours are there per week?
There are approximately 10-15 class hours per week, consisting of 3 x 2 hours of tutorial group meetings, 2 x 2 lecture hours en depending on the course 2 x 2 hours of practical. Besides this, you will have to count on approximately 25 hours of study.
The schedule is different every week, whereas the lessons take place on several days.
10. Where can I go during my study abroad?
The faculty has exchange programmes with more than 80 universities worldwide. Have a look at list of partner universities (Dutch).
11. How can I make a request for exemptions?
You can request exemptions from the Examination Committee.
12. Is there a possibility to study part-time or to start in February?
No, Psychology is a full-time programme and only starts in September.
13. What are the tuition fees?
Maastricht University currently has two different tuition fee rates: a statutory and an institutional rate. The institutional rate applies to students who do not meet the following requirements: nationality, place of residence, and first/second study programme. Starting from the academic year 2013/14, the institutional rate will be divided into three categories; namely, a low, high and top fee. UM will subsequently have a total of four categories:
1. Statutory (increased) fee
2. Institutional fee low
3. Institutional fee high
4. Institutional fee top
Whether you will pay the low, high or top institutional fee depends on your programme. The statutory rate will continue to have a single fee for all programmes (plus the increased fee for students who have incurred a study delay).
Read more on our tuition fee website.
14. Which options do I have for my master’s programme after finishing the Bachelor in Psychology?
Graduates of the bachelor’s programme will receive a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) degree in Psychology. With this degree you can start with several master’s programmes of the FPN. But since BSc is international recognized, you can also choose to follow a master at a different faculty of university. Sometimes a faculty demands extra admission requirements.
The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience offers the following master programme's:
- Master in Psychology (1 year)
- Master in Forensic Psychology (2 year)
- Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (2 year)
15. How do I become a clinical psychologist?
The requirements and procedures to become a healthcare psychologist differ per country. In the Netherlands, you have to follow a 2-year professional training after your bachelor’s and master’s programme (GZ-opleiding).
To meet the admission requirements of this GZ-opleiding you have to follow a clinical internship and obtain the ‘Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek’ (BAPD). The clinical internship is not a part of the curriculum in most master’s specializations and will cost you extra study time. The BAPD can be obtained with almost all master specialisations.
For the procedure in other countries we advice you to enquire at the institution of your choice about the admission requirements.