Utrecht Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Social and Health Psychology
Physiological Chemistry Dpt.
M.Sc.-Social and Health Psychology
The master programme is based on the understanding that people are able to regulate their behaviour, that is to predict, plan, control, and change their behavioural efforts in service of their short-term and long-term personal goals. As such, the programme highlights issues and questions relating to how and why people manage to regulate their behaviour in the face of competing interests and distracting circumstances. The purpose of the master programme is to familiarize students with theories of behavioural regulation that focus on motivational, affective, and cognitive aspects of the regulation of behaviour and their interaction, and to teach how students may apply basic knowledge and innovative research methods in addressing specific research questions relating to phenomena of behavioural regulation. This approach to behavioural regulation is demonstrated in two domains of psychology that present particularly challenging questions about the regulation of behaviour, namely interpersonal behaviour (e.g., social justice and morality behaviour; the relative self in social comparison processes; conflict in interpersonal behaviour; and automaticity in social behaviour) and health behaviour (e.g., eating and sexual behaviour as prototypical examples of visceral health behaviours; trauma and loss and their impact on well-being; psychobiological adjustment to illness), and which represent the main research themes of the two research groups involved in the master programme, the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology and the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology respectively. For those students who want to combine a research career with clinical work the program facilitates extracurricular clinical internships.