Taking electives at the Department of Psychology (2024)

Do you have quite some prior knowledge of Psychology? If so, you might be eligible for our specialisation courses. Of course, it depends on what prior knowledge you already have.

During the second semester, each specialisation offers a course package of 30 ec spread out over 4 or 5 courses. We advise you to follow the package as a whole, as you will then have a carefully composed programme in which all subjects are geared to each other. It is also possible to follow separate courses from the packages, but often you must have taken other, earlier, courses from the package as well.

The prerequisites for the packages are:

  • At least 60 EC in from the first year of your study programme
  • At least 18 EC in the field of research methods and statistics in social science
  • Prerequisites may differ per package – see below

Brain & Cognition
Prerequisites: first-year level courses on cognitive psychology (at least 4 EC)and biological psychology/neuropsychology (at least 4 EC). Within our own study programme of Psychology, this is Brain & Cognition (7201708PXY) and Neuropsychology (7201713PXY). Both courses are 6 EC.

Clinical Developmental Psychology
Prerequisites: first year level courses on clinical psychology/psychopathology (≥ 6 EC), neuropsychology (≥ 6 EC) developmental psychology (≥ 6 EC), psychological communication (≥ 3 EC) and psychodiagnostics (≥ 6 EC). In our own programme of psychology, these are Clinical psychology (7201712PXY), Neuropsychology (7201713PXY), Developmental Psychology (7201705PXY), Psychological Communication (7202A703XY). Basics knowledge/skills psychodiagnostics are intertwined with several of our first year courses and cannot be taken as an individual course within our programme.

Clinical Neuropsychology
Note that within this specialisation, all courses are taught in Dutch. Prerequisites: first year level courses on clinical psychology/psychopathology (≥ 6 EC), developmental psychology (≥ 6 EC), neuropsychology, psychological communication (≥ 3 EC) and psychodiagnostics (≥ 6 EC). In our own programme of psychology, these are Clinical Psychology (6 EC), Developmental Psychology (6 EC), Brain & Cognition (6 EC), Neuropsychology (7201713PXY), Psychological Communication (7202A703XY). Basics knowledge/skills psychodiagnostics are intertwined with several of our first year courses and cannot be taken as an individual course within our programme.

Psychological Methods
Prerequisites: at least 18 EC on methods and statistics in social sciences. Within our own programme, this is Research Methods and Statistics (7201704PXY, 12 EC) and Scientific and Statistical Reasoning (7202A701XY, 9 EC).

Note that, unless you have a very specific relevant background, the five specialisation courses must be taken as a set of 5 as the courses build on each other.

Social Psychology
Prerequisites: first-year level course on social psychology (at least 4 ec). Within our own study programme of Psychology, this is Social Psychology (7201711PXY)

Work and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites: first-year level course on work & organisational psychology (at least 4 EC). Within our study programme of Psychology, this is Work & Organisational Psychology (7201710PXY)

Clinical Psychology
Prerequisites: first year level courses on clinical psychology/psychopathology (≥ 6 EC), developmental psychology (≥ 6 EC), neuropsychology (≥ 6 EC), psychological communication (≥ 3 EC) and psychodiagnostics (≥ 6 EC). In our own programme of psychology, these are Clinical Psychology (7201712PXY), Developmental Psychology (7201705PXY), Neuropsychology (7201713PXY), Psychological Communication (7202A703XY). Basics knowledge/skills psychodiagnostics are intertwined with several of our first year courses and cannot be taken as an individual course within our programme.

For these courses, please use the elective registration form. The form will be open during the regular course registration periods of the UvA. In the form you will be asked to upload an overview of your results (transcript of records) so far, to prove that you have obtained at least 60 EC from your own study programme and at least 12 / 18 EC in the field of social scientific research methods and statistics. Also, it should show you fulfill the prerequisites for the specialised courses. You can request a transcript via the Education Desk of your own study programme.

Further information on prerequisites

The prerequisites for specialised courses are quite elaborate. Above, we provide you with the name of a course that is given by our department that covers the entrance requirement, so you can refer to our course catalogue what knowledge/skills is/are required. However, an equivalent course will also be considered sufficient. So, if the prerequisite we mention is "developmental psychology" and you passed a course on “child psychology”, please indicate this on the form with which you register.

Taking electives at the Department of Psychology (2024)

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