Our Bachelor’s in Psychology takes three years. Once you graduate, you may call yourself Bachelor of Science. With this degree you can directly enter the Master’s programme in Psychology at the UT. This Master’s connects seamlessly with the Bachelor’s. Both programmes are English-taught. You can also opt for a different Master’s programme at the UT or elsewhere, or head for the job market. 

Going to university for the first time

As a first-year student, you will experience a lot of new things. Let’s introduce a few of them.


All education at the UT is structured in modules. Every year consists of four 10-week modules, so during the course of your studies you will complete 12 modules. In every module you work on a psychology-related theme, for example: the individual. Then, around that theme, you deepen your knowledge on various subjects, such as personality psychology or clinical psychology. In this way, all the different parts of your study come together: theory and practice, research and designing solutions, self-study and teamwork. A fixed part of every module at the UT is the team project, in which you and a small group of fellow students apply the psychological and academic knowledge skills you have acquired to a current societal issue and design a workable solution. The themes are always connected with issues for which scientists have not yet found answers. This learning method is part of the Twente Educational Model (TEM), an innovative and highly effective way of studying unique to the University of Twente.

  • First year modules
  • Second year modules
  • Third year modules

Study points – how do they work?

Universities all work with study credits, also known as EC(s). The abbreviation EC is derived from the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which allows you to compare courses internationally. One credit equals 28 hours of work; you will be required to collect 60 credits each year. You receive credits for every assignment you pass. The number of points you receive for an assignment, project or exam varies and depends on how labour-intensive and difficult it is.

Binding recommendation

You need at least 45 EC during your first year to continue with your studies. In the Psychology programme, you may not have more than one ‘insufficient’ grade for the module components in our four trajectories (Psychological Theory, Research Methods, Professional Academic Skills and Design & Research). If you score lower, then you will receive a negative study recommendation. This means you will have to stop your studies. We call this the Binding recommendation (BSA in Dutch). In certain circumstances – for example, if you are facing difficult personal circumstances – we can still give you a positive BSA even if your score is below the norm, if we are confident that you are in the right place.

45 ECs or more? Then you can enter the second year

If you have collected at least 45 ECs in your first year, you can be sure that you are in the right place and you can carry on with the programme. If things do not go exactly as you had planned, we are always available to advise you, of course.

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