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William James Graduate School

Are you looking for a challenging study, in an inspirational environment?  For a study where you as a student are part of a scientific community, stimulated to participate in research, and also to conduct your own research?  And to meet students from all over the world?  Then you are at the right place at the William James Graduate School!

Pasfoto2_AnjaHuizinkProf. Dr. Anja Huizink
director of the William James Graduate School

"As director of the William James Graduate School I am very happy to welcome you to our website.  Please have a close look at our excellent training programmes for ambitious students that aim for a research or clinical career. Our staff consists of outstanding researchers, who are also dedicated teachers  that will inspire and motivate you to give your best and learn and grow as an academic scholar.  We offer students a real community of learners, in which they can and will participate in high quality research. Students will also be invited to attend colloquia of scientists from all over the world  who will share their findings and  current insights in research. Take a look at the challenging Master programmes we have to offer. We can help you to live up to your dream to become the best in your field of interest! I invite you to apply today!”

Master’s programmes

We offer excellent Research Master programmes in English:

Who was William James?

William James (new image)William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and the philosophy of pragmatism.

He recognized the importance of research, and familiarized his students with it. Constantly striving for open empiricism, to observe without the prejudice of a theory, he is recognized as the founding father of the experimental psychology. He was a gifted and loved teacher, critical of his own teaching techniques, and aware of the needs of his students.

If you want to know more about Wiliam James and his publications, take a look at the following websites:

Stanford University
Emory University

Who are we?

VU University offers you the benefits of being a campus university in one of the best loved cities in the world, Amsterdam. All kinds of facilities are within easy range. The WJGS is embedded within the faculty of Psychology and Education of the VU University Amsterdam, a thriving community of about 300 staff members, and each year more than 300 first year’s bachelor students.
The staff members are involved in high level research, and several departments have been evaluated externally as being the best in the country. Professors like Erik Scherder, Hans Koot, Jan Theeuwes, Lydia Krabbendam, Paul van Lange, Carlo Schuengel, Anja HuizinkJaap Oosterlaan, and Jelle Jolles are top researchers in their field, and are also involved in teaching on a daily basis in the research master programmes.

Why choose William James Graduate School?

The William James Graduate School provides students with the skills and knowledge to excel in their field, either as scientist practitioners or as researchers.  You can conduct your own research under supervision of renowned researchers. This could even lead to an article being submitted in an international peer-reviewed journal, or to conference participation. We offer excellent research facilities, access to digital journals, student workrooms and assistance in finding housing.

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