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Research Participation Obligation IPN3442

Covid-19 related information


If you started in academic year 2020-2021 or earlier

The limit on points obtainable via online studies was abolished for students with an enrollment during the academic year 2020-2021. This rule remains valid.
In other words,  students who started their bachelor study in 2020-2021 or before, there is no limit on online studies for the remainder of your study programme.

If you started in academic year 2021-2022 or thereafter

For new students, students who started their bachelor study in 2021-2022, the maximum number of sona points for online studies is seven.

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.



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 = ECTS

The Education Office periodically checks to see if you have collected enough participation points. If so, the ECTS for IPN3442 / PSY3442 (year 3) will be credited.

Graduation candidates:  as explained 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 (see number of required research participation points).

• For first year students: monthly ECTS update.
• For second and third year students: ECTS update six times per year (September, December, March, June, July and August)

Related links

Sona system: maastricht-fpn.sona-systems.com
 Research Participation Policy  v 004 of 10-09-2021
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: Wed, 13/10/2021 - 19:14

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