The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) has been a constant at the top of national master's programme rankings for the past years. After years at the top, the bachelor's programme takes a mid-position at shared sixth place according to ‘Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs Universiteiten 2013’. The bachelor's programme ended at seventh place in Elsevier's ‘Beste Studies 2012’. The faculty aspires to once again take a top place in the national rankings with the bachelor's programme.
The research, conducted by Elsevier in collaboration with ResearchNed for 2012 shows the 1-year Master in Psychology rising from second to first place. The Master in Forensic Psychology has also been evaluated with a relatively high percentage of (very) satisfied students, but because it is the only programme in its kind in the Netherlands, a ranking was not possible. The Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience has not been evaluated.
The Master in Forensic Psychology landed 1st place in Keuzegids 2012 Masters in the category of Psychology and Health. This is the first year that Forensic Psychology is included in Keuzegids. The Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience of FPN/FHML maintained 3rd place in the category of Neuroscience, whereas the Master in Psychology rose from place 5 to 3 in the category of Psychology. The Master in Mental Health of FHML, provided by FPN lecturers, landed 2nd place in the category of Psychology and Health. Mental Health came 1st last year, but had to make room Forensic Psychology.
German Centre for Higher Education Development
The education and research of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience also scores highly in the rankings of the German Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in cooperation with the weekly Die Zeit.
The faculties research has been deemed ‘excellent’ by the CHE. On the basis of its high number of publications and student mobility (among other things), the faculty has been included in the ‘Excellence Group’ of the CHE Excellence Ranking 2009. Other selection criteria were staff mobility, the number of citations and the extent of international orientation.
QS World University Ranking – Psychology 2012
The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience came in 100-150 in the influential international QS World University Ranking – Psychology 2012. The QS ranking three indicators: academic peer review, employer review, and the number of citations per academic staff member. In that last category, the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience performed better than scores of other psychology faculties ranked in the top 100 and even 50.