Bachelor in Psychology - 3-year Program
In the VU bachelor Psychology, you will learn how to use various scientific methods to study human behavior and wellbeing. You will learn to understand behavior—how we think, feel and act—and how those processes can go wrong. As a bachelor student you will acquire the methods and knowledge to address questions such as “What makes us who we are?” “What makes a person happy or depressed?", “How do we learn? and “Why do some people have healthy lifestyles and others do not?”. You will learn that such questions are embedded in a broader context of how people develop over the lifespan, how people perceive and make decisions, what drives people, how genetic and environmental influences interact to make us who we are, and how and which interventions or therapies may help people with psychological problems.
New scientific developments are continually shaping the field. For instance, such developments enable the study of the influence of physical activity on brain function and genetic influences on diseases such as autism, and they also give rise to new subjects such as e-health (healthcare by electronic processes). Psychology is a broad, multi-faceted discipline within the VU-wide research theme Human Health and Life Sciences. As students of psychology you will acquire a broad perspective, while focusing on the various application areas such as clinical (neuro) psychology, work and organizational psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. The VU bachelor Psychology offers you courses in clinical psychology, neuro- and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, and social and organizational psychology.
Studying psychology at VU Amsterdam calls for active interest and participation. We foster this in working groups, in which we supervise students in actively pursuing knowledge and learning.
The program in a nutshell
This VU bachelor Psychology is a three-year program. The teaching includes lectures and tutorials. By means of the lectures, you will gain knowledge and insights from the literature. In the supervised workgroups you will extend your knowledge by assignments and discussions with fellow students. The study will require about 40 hours a week, and will include about 12 teaching hours a week at VU Amsterdam.
In order to be selected, candidates must meet the following admission criteria.
- A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
As of the academic year 2020-2021, there will be a limited number of places available (numerus Fixus). The Psychology Bachelor’s programme will then offer 600 places, divided among the Dutch ánd English track. This possibly means that not everyone who wants to study Psychology at the VU, can be admitted.
In the course of September, you will find the specific criteria and procedure regarding the numerus fixus on this website.
Does this course require proof of English proficiency?
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The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,143.
On completion of this program, students will receive a Bachelor in Psychology.
About this institute
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