Psychology is the study of human behavior and asks about what people do and think, and why. One might say that we are all in some sense ‘naïve psychologists’: intrigued by others and by ourselves. The study of Psychology provides its students with an intellectual toolkit that makes it possible to ask questions about human behavior in a scholarly manner.
At University College Utrecht, the Psychology courses introduce its students to the questions psychologists ask and to the vocabulary and methods commonly used by them. The entire set of courses ('track') was designed with two types of students in mind: those who would like to continue in Psychology at the graduate level, as well as those who see their future in other domains.
|Level||Course code and title||Semester offered|
|Level 1 courses||UCSSCPSY11: Introduction to Psychology||SEM1,SEM2|
|Level 2 courses||UCSSCPSY21: Social Psychology||SEM1,SEM2|
|UCSSCPSY22: Developmental Psychology||SEM2|
|UCSSCPSY27: Cross-cultural Psychology||SEM2|
|Level 3 courses||UCSSCPSY31: The Psychology of Ethnic Relations||SEM2|
|UCSSCPSY33: The Psychology of Human Motivation||SEM1|
|UCSSCPSY37: Health Psychology||SEM2|
|UCSSCPSY39: Adolescent Development||SEM1|
|Cross listed courses||UCSCICOG11: Cognitive Neuroscience I||SEM1,SEM2|
For information about course prerequisites please refer to the course planner.
The PSY11 Introduction to Psychology course offers a broad overview of the field, from the biological basis of behavior to social psychological processes and abnormal psychology. Attention is paid to historical emergence of the different sub-disciplines within psychology and their connection to other academic disciplines. The focus is on getting to know what psychology is all about. The exams are designed to check whether that knowledge is in place; presentations and individual papers serve to stimulate students to apply the methods of psychology to questions that fascinate them.
At the intermediate level 2, a number of dedicated topical ‘state-of-the-art’ courses is offered, allowing students to learn as well as to experience what types of discoveries have contributed to our broad understanding of human behavior. At the level 2, project work is an important component in the evaluation, besides exams. To progress to these courses students must have taken Introduction to Psychology and for the majority of courses having taken a methodology course is also required. Please check the course planner for specific prerequisites.
At the advanced 300-level, focused specialist courses are offered in a format that resembles a seminar setting. At this level, students are expected to actively use the acquired knowledge from their earlier courses. This is also reflected in the fact that each course targets not only the student who considers him- or herself a Psychology major, but students who specialise in other domains as well. The courses are designed so that these students can learn from one another.
Combinations of sub-sets of psychology courses
- Social psychology: UCSSCPSY11: Introduction to Psychology, UCSSCPSY21: Social Psychology/UCSSCPSY27: Cross-cultural Psychology, UCSSCPSY31: The Psychology of Ethnic Relations/UCSSCPSY33: The Psychology of Human Motivation, especially interesting for students interested in LAW, SOC, and ANT; combined with statistics interesting for students who want to continue with psychology and/or research.
- Mental Health: UCSSCPSY11: Introduction to Psychology, UCSSCPSY23: Psychopathology, UCSSCPSY37: Health Psychology; especially interesting for students interested in MED or clinical practice.
- Development: UCSSCPSY11: Introduction to Psychology, UCSSCPSY22: Developmental Psychology, UCSSCPSY39: Adolescent Development; especially interested for students interested in working with children, but also for those interested in CRI
- Cognition: UCSSCPSY11: Introduction to Psychology, UCSSCPSY27: Cross-cultural Psychology, UCSSCPSY33: The Psychology of Human Motivation; especially interesting for students interested in ECO, education, or management.
Depending on the exact course package taken and on the type of thesis-work accomplished, University College Utrecht graduates with a focus on Psychology tend to do well in their further education. Competitive 2-year research Master's programmes happily accept our students, who are well equipped to continue training as a researcher. Our students are also readily accepted into the broad range of 1-year academic Master's programmes. Lastly: clinical programmes note deficiencies in content knowledge only since University College Utrecht does not offer courses in diagnostics, communication skills, or in advanced psychopathology. However, University College Utrecht students are allowed to take these Bachelor courses at Utrecht University, either before or after graduating – after which they are accepted into the clinical masters at the Utrecht University. Here is an overview of the types of Master's programmes that are available.
- Research Master's programmes (2yr)
- Good access, good performance; nr. of PSY courses taken not essential; MET31 recommended, a quantitative thesis important
- Academic Master's programmes (1yr)
- Good access, good performance; specific PSY courses taken can be essential for a program (deficiencies can be prohibitive); many clinical psychology academic Master's programmes are only offered in Dutch. One notable exception is Clinical Psychology (UU). Please get in touch with the Psychology fellow for more information.