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Research Participation Obligation IPN3442

Every Bachelor student of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience has to participate as a research participant in a number of scientific empirical studies at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. In this way you become acquainted with a variety of methods of empirical research, and are introduced in the different research areas of staff at the Faculty.

For each study, you get a certain number of points.

Number of required participation points:

•  20 participation points (= 20 hours of participation = 1 ECTS)

• Collect 15 participation points in you first year to get the remaining 5 waived.


• For students who started their bachelor study in or after 2021-2022 , the maximum number of sona points you can get for participating in online studies, is seven.

We encourage you to complete the Research Participation in your first year. Research participation during the 2nd and 3rd academic year is not guaranteed, due to too much prior knowledge. Furthermore, the ECTS for Research Participation must have been obtained in order to continue the programme abroad at the start of the 3rd academic year.

5 points bonus in the first year

 If you obtain 15 participation points in your first academic year, the remaining 5 point will be waived.

Research Participation Poster Board

You can use the Research Participation Poster Board to find or publish studies. The mandatory info sticker is available at http://go.askpsy.nl/board.


Participate in studies
Sign up for studies via Sona. You can login with your regular UM-account.
The awarded participation points will be registered in Sona.

Enough participation points means 1 ECTS

The Education Office periodically checks to see if you have collected enough participation points.

• For first year students: monthly ECTS update..
• For second and third year students: we check if you obtained enoug points six times per year (September, December, March, June, July and August)
• Studying for more than three years: ECTS update twice per year (July and August). Or earlier upon request.

If so, the ECTS for IPN3442 / PSY3442 Research Participation will be given. Note that this is a course in the third year, it is not relevant for the Binding Study Advice.

Graduation candidates:  as also described in the Graduation Procedure , the last day of the month in which you fulfilled all the examination requirements will be considered the graduation date. The education office will grant the ECTS for research participation in the month in which you received your final Sona credit.

Related links

Sona system: maastricht-fpn.sona-systems.com
 Research Participation Policy  v 005 of 01-09-2022
Full manual Sona software  of 2020
http://go.askpsy.nl/board for the sticker

FPN ERCPN internet pages


Contact persons for research participation obligation
CoordinatorEef Theunissen

fpn-sona maastrichtuniversity.nl
043-38 81940
UNS40 A2.743


Last modified: Tue, 06/12/2022 - 17:03

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