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Responsible Research in Practice


Admission requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students with an almost completed thesis; more specifically, the ‘methods’ and ‘results’ section of the Master thesis should be ready at the start of the course.


This module takes place at the end of the two-year master program. The course aims at evaluating the thesis process from an ethical, integrity point of view. In the course we will discuss several pitfalls of empirical research. We focus on the design of a study, the various aspects of data analysis, and the writing of the research thesis. Moreover, students write a report about the thesis of another student with a detailed, critical scrutiny of the thesis process. In order to write this report the students will interview each other about the various aspects of empirical research and how these were operationalized in the thesis project.

Course objectives

  • The student learns to look critically at his/her own research practices and those of others.

  • The students learn to look beyond standard practices.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in: Psychology timetables.

Semester 1: Lectures

Semester 2: Lectures



Students need to enroll for lectures (and work group sessions). Please consult the instructions for registration.


Students have to enroll for each elective course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

6 2-hours lectures.

Assessment method

The assessment is based on a two written reports and an exam. For the exam and the first written report a grade from 1 to 10 is obtained. The second report is graded by a pass/no pass.
The final grade is the average of the two grades, provided that the second report is graded a 'pass.

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. 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

P.I. Good and J.W. Hardin (2012, 4th edition). Common errors in statistics (and how to avoid them), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Pdf available online.

Contact information

Anna van 't Veer