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During your Master’s in Psychology, you will collect a total of 60 EC within one year. The curriculum consists of four compulsory courses for the specialisation in Conflict, Risk & Safety, one elective course, a master’s thesis, and an optional internship.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.


 Conflict, Risk & Safety

Specialisation courses
Compulsory for the specialisation in CRS.

20 EC

Elective course
You can choose one of the following three elective courses.

5 EC

Master’s thesis

35 EC

You will finish your Master’s in Psychology with your master’s thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you.

Internship (recommended option)

(10 EC)

You can incorporate an internship in your study programme of 10 EC. In that case, your master’s thesis will be worth 25 EC, instead of 35. 

Total EC first year

60 EC


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  • Internship (recommended)

    Within your Master’s, you have the option to go on an internship. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the work field and practise professional skills, as well as an excellent opportunity to increase your network!

    Within the specialisation in Conflict, Risk & Safety, there are many interesting options open to you. You might write an advisory report or design (or test) a training or assessment tool. The types of organisations you can complete your internship in is quite diverse, from consultancy agencies such as Berenschot and Dialogic, to governmental organisations such as the Ministry of Justice and Security or the Dutch police.

  • Master's thesis

    You will complete your Master’s in Psychology by writing your master’s thesis. The choice of your thesis topic is largely up to you. You could come up with your own proposal, or you could connect with ongoing research in areas such as risk and crisis communication and/or decision-making, (cyber)crime, conflict mediation, victimology, safety perceptions, etc. You could complete (part of) your graduation project at an external organisation as well (e.g. victim support agencies, police, government institutions, research or consultancy agencies). This is a great way for you to combine your academic skills with hands-on experience!

    In your master’s thesis, you could focus on subjects such as:
    • How can we reduce ethnic profiling by the police?
    • How can people be protected from falling victim to cybercrime?
    • What is the most effective way of communicating during a crisis to keep the public safe?
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