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Bachelor’s programme in Psychology FAQ

Bachelor’s programme in Psychology FAQ

Do you have questions about our Bachelor’s programme in Psychology or studying at VU Amsterdam?

To help you find answers to your questions, below you can find a list with our top 6 FAQ.

1. What are my chances of being admitted?

VU Amsterdam’s Bachelor’s programme in Psychology can accommodate a maximum of 600 first-year students (Dutch and English tracks combined). In recent years, we have not had to turn away any eligible students. Read more about limited enrolment (in Dutch: Numerus Fixus) programmes here

2. Isn’t it difficult to make contact with other students and teachers in such a large programme?

Not at all! In addition to large-scale lectures, you will also attend weekly seminars in smaller groups of about 20 students. These groups will be different for each course, so you will get to know many of your fellow students. You’ will see your seminar instructors every week, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask them any questions you might have. Each seminar also has a mentor you can go to if you have questions. If you want to get to know your fellow students outside class, check out our study association.

3. What makes VU Amsterdam’s Psychology programme so unique compared to those at other universities?

You will be taught by researchers with extensive expertise and you will learn about cutting-edge developments in psychology, such as the unique twin studies being conducted at VU Amsterdam using the Twin Register. These studies investigate the extent to which human behaviour is hereditary. VU researchers are also doing groundbreaking work in the fields of experimental and applied psychology (for instance on leadership and cooperation in the workplace), clinical psychology (prevention and treatment of mental disorders), neuropsychology (relationship between physical activity and cognition) and developmental psychology (behavioural disorders in children). Click here for an overview of the fields and experts you may encounter during the programme.

4. What other reasons are there for choosing VU Amsterdam?

As a campus university, VU Amsterdam offers students a kind of ‘city within a city’. All the faculty buildings, teaching staff and facilities are located in one place. This makes it easy to meet students from other programmes. VU Amsterdam also has its own sports centre, which offers affordable access to a wide range of sports programmes, and you can go to the Griffioen Cultural Centre for classes, performances and lectures.

5. Can I become a psychotherapist or healthcare psychologist after completing this Bachelor’s programme?

Yes, a Bachelor’s degree from this programme allows you to enrol in a Master’s programme that prepares you for a career as a clinical psychologist. At VU Amsterdam, we offer Master’s programmes in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Developmental Psychology. To gain admission to one of these programmes, you must complete the clinical learning path in the third year of the Bachelor’s programme (see question 6), which includes a number of compulsory courses. After completing your Master’s, you can apply for a job as a trainee psychotherapist or healthcare psychologist. Click here for further details.

6. Which specialisations can I choose from?

In your second year, you will take a number of elective courses, after which you will choose one of four specialisations for your third and final year:

  • The clinical learning path (Dutch-taught) prepares you for a career in clinical psychology. This learning path is intended for Dutch-speaking students who want to pursue a career as a qualified clinical psychologist in the Netherlands (see question 5).
  • If you choose to specialise in Psychopathology, Prevention and Health (English-taught), you will explore the causes, treatment and prevention of mental disorders. This learning path is intended for students with an interest in clinical psychology who do not want to pursue a career as a qualified clinical psychologist in the Netherlands. Instead, you will prepare for a career in research in fields such as clinical and developmental psychology.
  • In Social & Organizational Psychology (English-taught), you will learn all about how people behave in both small and large groups, such as at the workplace. This learning path prepares you for a job as a coach, business consultant, HR manager or researcher.
  • In Genes, Cognition & Behaviour (English-taught), you will learn all about cognitive processes such as memory formation, language and emotional responses, and about the relationship between genetics and human behaviour. This learning path prepares you for a career in research in fields such as neuroscience and cognitive psychology.

Click here for an overview of the third-year courses.

VU M1nute video

'The reason why I decided to study psychology was that I wanted to understand why we do what we do.'

We created a short video where our student Juli Dylla tells you more about her experiences studying psychology at VU Amsterdam.

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General questions

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Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

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International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.


  • Lieneke Blok
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences