Guidelines on how to fill out your Proof of Qualification

Master's tracks Psychology

Upload course descriptions

Upload official course descriptions of all the courses you state in your 'Proof of Qualification'. Do not write the descriptions yourself; the course descriptions need to copied from your university’s course catalogue or issued by your university. Make sure the descriptions include the course literature (e.g. the literature that was used, books you had to study). If the description does not include the literature used, please add this information separately, by adding the name/author of the book and if possible a copy / scan of the index of the book.

Please note, the selection committee can only review the information you give them;  the better the input you provide, the better their decision will be.

Please merge all descriptions into 1 pdf file called “basic requirements”.

Basic Requirement: Basic knowledge of Psychology

The selection committee requires all students to have basic knowledge of the broad range of subjects within the field of Psychology. If you have completed an introductory course on Psychology (≥ 5 ec), this is enough to cover this requirement. If you haven’t, you can pass this requirement by showing you have passed a basic course on each of these subjects: Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology (often called Psychopathology), Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology, for ≥ 1 ec per subject.

Dutch bachelor degree in Psychology?
If you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in Psychology at a Dutch university, you automatically meet this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). In that case, simply state you will receive a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a Dutch university prior to 31 August (or have already received this degree) in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.
Please note this only counts for Dutch university bachelor degrees in Psychology.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam Kwalificatieprogramma?
Are you a HvA student who has finished the “kwalificatieprogramma” within the hbo-bachelor “Toegepaste Psychologie” or will you finish this programme before 31 August? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). You can simply state “finishing / finished the HvA kwalificatieprogramma” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen UvA student?
Studying ASW at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor ASW” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA PPLE student majoring in Psychology?
Studying PPLE with a major in Psychology at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor PPLE with major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Bèta Gamma student with a major in Psychology?
Studying BG at UvA with a major in Psychology and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor BG with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Psychobiologie student?
Studying Psychobiologie at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (basic knowledge of psychology). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor Psychobiologie” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

Basic Requirement: Methods and Statistics courses

The selection committee requires all students to have completed ≥ 24 ec courses on Methods and Statistics (M&S), preferably Psychological methods and statistics, but M&S courses on the broader field of social sciences are accepted as well. Since our master’s programme is focused on quantitative research (as opposed to qualitative research), at least 21 of the required 24 credits need to be about quantitative research. This requirements assures you will have the knowledge/skills you need in the master’s programme.

What do you need to show to pass this requirement?

Concerning methodology, the selection committee looks for information indicating you have a good understanding of the following topics: observational versus experimental studies, (quasi-)experimental designs, randomization, sampling, confounding, bias, test construction, measurement error, test reliability, and test validity. You should also be able to explain what type of conclusions can be drawn from different types of study designs (and what not), and should be able to analyze the quality (i.e., reliability and validity) of a psychological measurement instrument.

Concerning statistics, the selection committee looks for information indicating you have a good understanding of the following topics: descriptive statistics, (conditional) probabilities, random variables, populations versus samples, sampling distributions, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. You should also be able to summarize univariate and bivariate data distributions, and should be able to test null hypotheses (t-tests, ANOVA – factorial/mixed, ANCOVA, MANOVA, correlation, regression, moderator/mediator analysis), do PCA, non-parametric testing, etc.

A book that reflects the level of statistical knowledge that is needed is "Discovering statistics using SPSS" (4th edition) by Andy Field.  

Dutch bachelor degree in Psychology?
If you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in Psychology at a Dutch university, you automatically meet this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). In that case, simply state you will receive a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a Dutch university prior to 31 August (or have already received this degree). You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.
Please note this only counts for Dutch university bachelor degrees in Psychology.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam Kwalificatieprogramma?
Are you a HvA student Toegepaste Psychologie who has finished the “kwalificatieprogramma” or will finish this programme before 31 August? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). You can simply state “finishing / finished the HvA kwalificatieprogramma” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen UvA student with a major in Psychology?
Studying ASW with a major in Psychology at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor ASW with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA PPLE student with major in Psychology?
Studying PPLE with a major in Psychology at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor PPLE with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Bèta Gamma student with a major in Psychology?
Studying BG at UvA with a major in Psychology and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor BG with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Psychobiologie student?
Studying Psychobiologie at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (Methods & Statistics). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor Psychobiologie” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

 

Basic Requirement: Empirical Research Project

The selection committee requires all students to have completed an empirical research project (including a individually written report in APA-style) of ≥ 9 ec to demonstrate your writing and research skills. This research project should be about a subject in the broad field of psychology or social sciences. It should be an empirical research project, so papers in which you review literature do not qualify; you need to have collected and analyzed data.

If you have already completed the project, please also attach your thesis / research paper, next to uploading the course description. If you haven’t finished the entire project yet, but do have a research proposal or first draft, please submit these next to the course description. If you haven’t finished either of these, you can suffice with uploading the course description.

Dutch bachelor degree in Psychology?
If you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in Psychology at a Dutch university, you automatically meet this basic requirement (empirical research project). In that case, simply state you will receive a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a Dutch university prior to 31 August (or have already received this degree). You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.
Please note this only counts for Dutch university bachelor degrees in Psychology.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam Kwalificatieprogramma?
Are you a HvA student Toegepaste Psychologie who has finished the “kwalificatieprogramma” or will finish this programme before 31 August? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (empirical research project). You can simply state “finishing / finished the HvA kwalificatieprogramma” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen UvA student with a major in Psychology?
Studying ASW with a major in Psychology at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (empirical research project). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor ASW with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA PPLE student with a major in Psychology?
Studying PPLE at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (empirical research project). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor PPLE with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Bèta Gamma student with a major in Psychology?
Studying BG at UvA with a major in Psychology and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In that case you automatically qualify for this basic requirement (empirical research project). You can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor BG with a major in Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

UvA Psychobiologie student?
Studying Psychobiologie at UvA and expecting to get your degree before 31 August? Or successfully completed this bachelor’s programme? In the third year of the Pb- bachelor’s programme, you will do (or have done) a research project. If the subject of this project is (or was) related to Psychology, you qualify for this basic requirement (empirical research project). If you have already finished the project, please attach your paper, so the selection committee can check the subject. If you haven’t finished the project yet, please send in your research proposal so we can check the subject. A statement from Psychobiology is accepted as well. If you can’t show this yet, we will assume you will do a project on a subject related to psychology and ask you to show this later. For now, you can simply state “finishing / finished the UvA bachelor Pb with a research project on Psychology” in the table. You do not need to attach course descriptions for this requirement.

Published by  GSP

28 September 2018