Welcome to the study guide of the two-year MSc programme Behavioural Science of the Radboud University Nijmegen. In this study guide you can find the curriculum, the time schedule, course information and some general information.
The MSc programme Behavioural Science also has a community site on Blackboard, where you can find useful information like guidelines and news. The research master courses have a blackboard site as well, where the lecturers provide essential information of their course.
The academic year starts on Monday August 29, 2011. Check the time schedule for your courses.
On Thursday September 1st, 2011: 12.45-13.30 in room TvA 8.00.12, there will be an information meeting for the new research master students.
The aim of the MSc programme Behavioural Science is to teach talented and motivated students the knowledge, insights and advanced research skills necessary to enter and successfully complete a subsequent PhD programme in behavioural science in general and psychology or educational science in particular.
The MSc programme offers a thorough treatment of advanced behavioural science theory and experimental and quasi-experimental research methods as well as an in-depth specialization in specific advanced thematic and theoretical topics and research paradigms within the domain of psychology and education. This MSc programme constitutes an ideal preparation for entering a PhD programme in psychology (e.g., social psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, work and organizational psychology, or another specialized domain of psychology) or education (e.g., early socialization, family studies, psychodiagnostics, intervention studies, or another specialized domain of education) or in related areas of behavioural science (e.g., communication studies, health education). This two-year MSc programme Behavioural Science is particularly suited for students who are interested in pursuing a scientific research career in one of these areas of psychology or educational science, or in relevant areas outside university.
The programme comprises 120 EC (European Credit Transfer System) credits in a curriculum of two years.
In the first MSc year, students follow advanced courses on fundamental core themes in behavioural science theory and research and receive a thorough practical training in advanced data analysis and in research methods. In the latter part of the first year, students will also write a research proposal (minor research proposal) and conduct their own research (minor research project).
The second MSc year is largely dedicated to gaining hands-on research experience under the supervision of a staff member of the Behavioural Science Institute. The student writes a research proposal, carries out the proposed research, and reports it in a MSc thesis written in the format of an international scientific journal article. In June, a Master Thesis Conference (MTC) is organized, where all second year students present their research project. In the second MSc year, students also follow a course on the Philosophy of Behavioural Science and follow 5 EC of elective course(s).
The academic year is segmented into 4 periods, i.e. periods 1 and 2 in the first semester, and periods 3 and 4 in the second semester. International workshops and colloquia are organized throughout the year. Students will have to do 1 EC of workshops, which they can do throughout the two years.
In combination with the Research Master Behavioural Science, a clinical certification may be acquired, both in the psychological and the educational programme (a NIP and NVO registration, respectively). For more information, see the part on clinical certification in this study guide.