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Academic Skills for Evidence-based Policy and Advice


Entry requirements

Only open to Master’s students in Psychology with a specialisation in either Economic and Consumer Psychology or Social and Organisational Psychology.

Note that this course runs twice a year (in Semester 1 and Semester 2)


The professional workfield calls on knowledge and skills with regard to:

  • translating questions from the field into testible research questions;

  • interpreting knowledge gained from research;

  • and communicating findings to various parties.
    This course is aimed at developing exactly these academic insights and skills that are essential to students’ professional careers (i.e., in research, policy, and advice). These skills are also directly applicable in the Master programme, such as during thesis and internship projects.
    For each skill, students will work on cases from economic and consumer / social and organisational psychology, using a blended learning approach. Supported by knowledge clips and reading materials, students will prepare input for interactive workgroups where students will receive feedback to further improve their skills. The course will span two blocks in the first semester of the Master programme. At the end of each block, students hand in a report in which the acquired skills are applied to a specific case within their field of study.

Course objectives

On completion of the course, the students can:
1. Identify whether interventions effectively address the core issue at hand.
2. Translate concepts into measurable variables and a suitable research design.
3. Interpret data critically and with integrity.
4. Write an appealing and well-structured evidence-based outline.
5. Communicate effectively with people from a different cultural and/or disciplinary background.
6. Understand the ethical aspects of professional conduct, with regard to research, policy, and advice.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all the course components (lectures, tutorials and/or practicals) they wish to follow . You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.

Exams (if applicable)

You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. You cannot take an exam without a valid registration in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

One 2-hour introductory lecture, five 2-hour work group sessions, and online knowledge clips and reading materials. Attendance to all meetings (introductory lecture and workgroups) is mandatory.

Please note: you have to register yourself for all course components, which includes the introductory lecture as well as work group sessions.

Assessment method

The final grade is based on two reports (each 50% of the final grade). Please note that the final grade should be at least a 6.0 and that the grade for the reports should each be 5.0 or higher.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

  • To be announced on Brightspace

Contact information

Dr. Hester Ruigendijk