On this page you will find important details of the application process (such as deadlines, admission requirements, required documents and application assessment) for the master’s programme in Psychology for academic year 2023-2024.
Please note: you can only apply for one specialisation of this master's programme.
Important deadlines for application for this study programme
Applicable when starting on 1 September 2023
When you want to apply or are applying for this study programme, it is important that you inform yourself of the deadlines that you need to meet. The important deadlines when applying for this study programme are provided in the table below.
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What you need to know about this date
|1 October 2022||Studielink is open for applications for the academic year 2023-2024|
|Up to and including 1 February 2023, 23:59 CET||Application deadline for students who want to be considered for the UM High Potential/Holland Scholarship|
|Up to and including 1 May 2023, 23:59 CET||Deadline for completing the entire application process for non-EU/EEA applicants (these applicants require a visa or residence permit)|
Up to and including 1 June 2023, 23:59 CET
|Deadline for completing the entire application process for applicants from the EU/EEA or Switzerland. This includes Maastricht University students.|
General requirements: previous education
The admission requirements for academic year 2023-2024 for the master’s programme in Psychology depend on your previous education. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
|Bachelor's in Psychology from Maastricht University||You qualify for admission||No further requirements needed|
|Dutch university bachelor's in Psychology||You qualify for admission||No further requirements needed|
|Non-Dutch university bachelor's in Psychology||Will be assessed by the Board of Admissions||Check below for additional requirements|
|All other university bachelor's programmes||Will be assessed by the Board of Admissions||Check below for additional requirements|
|University of applied sciences (HBO), bachelor's in Psychology + pre-master's in Psychology||Will be assessed by the Board of Admissions||Check below for additional requirements|
|University of applied sciences (HBO)||You do not qualify for admission|
|Non-Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) bachelor’s in Psychology||You do not qualify for admission|
|All other bachelor’s degrees from universities of applied sciences (HBO)||You do not qualify for admission|
Important note: the Board of Admissions cannot give any advice about your admission chances on the basis of email information. If you want to know if you qualify for admission, you must apply in Studielink/MyApplication portal.
Equivalent bachelor's degree
In order to determine if a bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree, the Board of Admissions makes use of NUFFIC diploma recognition. NUFFIC issues recommendations on the value of higher or secondary education diplomas obtained outside the Netherlands. Where possible, the foreign diploma is compared to a Dutch diploma. As well as evaluating the diploma, NUFFIC is also able to determine whether a study programme or an educational institution is officially recognised. Bachelor’s degrees that NUFFIC judges as non-equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree will not be admitted.
If you are uncertain whether your bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree you are strongly advised to submit a request via the NUFFIC website to have this checked prior to submitting your application.
The same holds for the combination of bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a university of applied sciences (HBO) and a pre-master's in Psychology. The bachelor’s degree must be equivalent to a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) bachelor’s degree according to NUFFIC.
The document 'Academic background form' that needs to be filled in will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal under the task 'Prove your academic capabilities'. On this form, you have to provide details regarding the relevant courses, and the number of (ECTS) credits that you obtained per course.
- 27 ECTS in statistics and research methods on a research university level. This can include courses on statistics, methods, psychometrics, data management, and research ethics, as well as practical experience in carrying out an empirical research project.
- 10 ECTS in academic writing (preferably in English) on a research university level. This can include academic writing courses, as well as, academic writing assignments (e.g. bachelor theses), and systematic literature searches.
- 24 ECTS in theoretical courses and skills training covering general knowledge of psychology. This can include courses, such as Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and/or Biopsychology, Clinical and Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Communication skills, Intervention and/or rehabilitation, Psychodiagnostics, Decision making, and History of psychology.
If your university uses another system, we ask you to translate the number of obtained credits into the ECTS system (1 ECTS = 28 hours study load).
Students with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university do not need to complete and upload the 'Academic background form'.
Language requirements for English-language master's programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
Statistics is a key issue in the master's in Psychology at Maastricht University and a good knowledge of statistics is essential.
The document 'Statistics and Methodology checklist' that needs to be filled in will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal under the task 'Prove proficiency in statistics'. On this form, you have to indicate the topics you studied in your statistics and methods courses. Applicants must be familiar with the majority of topics mentioned in the checklist.
Students with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university do not need to complete and upload the checklist.
Relevant bachelor’s degree
The bachelor's degree must be substantially relevant to the master's specialisation of your choice. For example, if you have a bachelor's degree in International Business you may - under certain conditions - be admissible to the master's programme specialisation Work and Organisational Psychology but not to the specialisation Cognitive Neuroscience.
You are requested to fill in the motivation letter form that will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal under the task 'Upload motivation letter'. In this letter you specify why you want to follow the master’s programme in Psychology and the specialisation of your choice. You must describe your motivation and how you fulfil the admission requirements for this master's programme.
You only have to upload a motivation letter if you follow a bachelor’s programme other than Psychology.
The topics below can be found in the following book: Andy Field, Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th edition).
Applicants who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Applicants for this study programme who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the handling fee page.
In case you do not meet these requirements, you may be admissible to the 60 ECTS pre-master’s in Psychology programme at FPN.
Documents required for application process
During the application process for this study programme you will need to complete a number of tasks for which you will often have to upload documents. The list below gives you an insight into what documents you will (and might) need to prepare.
Note: all documents must be uploaded before the application deadline (see ‘Important deadlines for application for this study programme’ on this page).
Required documents for application to this study programme
- A recent passport picture*
The passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
- A copy of your valid passport or your EU/EEA identity card*
Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’.
- A certified copy of your most recent grades transcript
- A certified copy of your bachelor’s diploma
If you have not graduated yet, you can upload the official grades transcript of your bachelor's programme.
- Curriculum vitae
- Statistics and Methodology checklist
Students with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university do not need to upload the checklist. The form will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal.
- Academic background form
Students with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university do not need upload the Academic background form. The form will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal.
- A copy of your English language test with sufficient results (if applicable, please fill in the language requirements above)
- A motivation letter
Only student with a bachelor’s degree other than Psychology need to upload a motivation letter. The form will be offered to you in the MyApplication portal.
*Maastricht University FPN bachelor's students only have to upload a photocopy of their passport or identity card. The passport or identity card must be valid on the starting date of the master's programme.
Make sure to upload the documents in the MyApplication portal in PDF or Word-format. Do not upload Zip files, we cannnot open these files.
Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.
All documents must be in English.
Avoid last-minute application stress! Last-minute applications may delay the communication of your application outcome.
How do we assess your application?
When you want to apply or are applying to this study programme, it is useful to know how we assess your application. You can find more information about this here.
The Board of Admissions decides whether you qualify for admission based on the application requirements and the documents you have submitted. They will carefully review your application and decide if you have sufficient background in psychology and statistics and if your bachelor's degree fits the specialisation you have chosen. Once the Board of Admissions has made a decision on your qualification for admission, you will be informed about this by email within a month after completing your application.
Enrolment before completing prior education (zachte knip regulation)
To help students who have experienced delays in their studies due to COVID-19, we have put the ‘zachte knip’ regulation in place. This regulation means that you can enrol in your next education programme before you have completed your prior education.
Were you, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unable to earn enough credits in the academic year 2021-22 to complete your prior education on time? In that case, you will be given the opportunity to conditionally start your next education programme at UM under certain terms in academic year 2022-23 (study start in September or February)
When are you eligible for the ‘zachte knip'?
Would you like to go from:
- a bachelor's programme to a UM pre-master’s or master's programme,
- a pre-master’s or ‘schakel’ programme to a UM master's programme, or
- an HBO propedeuse (first-year diploma at a university of applied sciences) to a UM bachelor’s programme?
Read here about the conditions for qualifying for the ‘zachte knip’.
Are you already an FPN student?
Please check AskPsy for specific FPN regulations.
How and when do you file an application for the ‘zachte knip’?
Beginning of July, we will let you know here how and when to apply for the ‘zachte knip’ regulation.