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Psychology (EN)

Are you ready for the many challenges of studying behaviour, awareness and the brain? Then this study will suit you, for psychology pervades all forms of human activity.

  • As a psychologist you deal with human behaviour and development in many fields, including psychological treatment, education, work place, sports, environment, traffic, health, media, and more. In clinical professions, for example, you are concerned with the treatment of people with emotional or behavioural disorders or supporting patients with neurological deficits. Developmental issues are central to clinical work as well, since origins of maladaptive behaviour often lie in early childhood.

    In our bachelor programme:

    • you learn about theories of the biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors influencing behaviour;
    • you obtain basic communicational and diagnostic skills necessary for work in practice;
    • you are trained to get an in-depth focus on the methodological and statistical knowledge and skills essential for scientific research;
    • you learn to reflect on scientific theory in psychology;
    • you learn to reflect on your own development as psychologist;
    • you have the possibility to focus on a domain of your own interest and that fits best with the track in your future Master programme.

Are you ready for the many challenges of studying behaviour, awareness and the brain? Then this study will suit you, for psychology pervades all forms of human activity.

As a psychologist you deal with human behaviour and development in many fields, including psychological treatment, education, work place, sports, environment, traffic, health, media, and more. In clinical professions, for example, you are concerned with the treatment of people with emotional or behavioural disorders or supporting patients with neurological deficits. Developmental issues are central to clinical work as well, since origins of maladaptive behaviour often lie in early childhood.

In our bachelor programme:

  • you learn about theories of the biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors influencing behaviour;
  • you obtain basic communicational and diagnostic skills necessary for work in practice;
  • you are trained to get an in-depth focus on the methodological and statistical knowledge and skills essential for scientific research;
  • you learn to reflect on scientific theory in psychology;
  • you learn to reflect on your own development as psychologist;
  • you have the possibility to focus on a domain of your own interest and that fits best with the track in your future Master programme.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    Carolin Katzera, student Psychology

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Jeremy Dillmann

    The third year of the psychology program gives you a lot of freedom. You have the opportunity to follow your interests and choose subjects that really stimulate you.

    As I am not from the Netherlands, I was already living 'abroad' in Groningen. Thus, after an endless back and forth, I chose not go abroad to study at an attractive location such as Sao Paulo or Hong Kong. I wanted to make most of my studies here in Groningen.

     I was interested in modeling society as a complex adaptive system and the relation between individual behavior and societal phenomena. Within my regular program I enrolled in mostly social psychology courses and courses on individual decision making. In the third year it was possible to select subjects that were relevant to me with no obligation to take subjects that meant less to me. On top of this decision latitude in the regular program it was possible to design your own minor called, 'free choice minor'. Following my interest I took courses on social networks in Sociology, a course on modeling primate behavior in Theoretical Biology, and surprising myself – a calculus course for Computer Scientists. The many opportunities to choose allowed me to specialize, follow an intrinsic interest, and distinguish myself from fellow students. It was also a lot of fun to meet students from different faculties, discovering how our styles of thinking and what we have been taught differ. I will use all this knowledge I have accumulated for my bachelor thesis and for a research internship in an attempt to learn about how we individuals affect society.

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    – Jeremy Dillmann
  • Testimonial of prof. dr. B.M. (Barbara) Wisse

    Over the years one of my main research interests has been the topic of power, leadership, and influence in organizations.

    Over the years one of my main research interests has been the topic of power, leadership, and influence in organizations. Other work has been guided by an interest in emotions, organizational change and the role of the self in organizational contexts.

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    – prof. dr. B.M. (Barbara) Wisse
  • Testimonial of Brian Ostafin

    Automaticity and addiction

    My research focuses on mental habits (automatic processes) and addiction. Automatic attentional and behavioral responses are necessary to guide behavior towards natural rewards (good food, attractive mates). However, they may become strongly linked to cues of addiction and thus contribute to use that occurs despite a conscious desire to restrain.

    My work examines the role of these automatic appetitive processes in failures to control addictive behavior. I also examine how mindfulness training may help to overcome such mental habits, thereby increasing self-control.

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    – Brian Ostafin
  • Testimonial of William Pitz

    The study is quite broad

    I come from the UK and I wanted to experience a different culture. Hence I thought The Netherlands might be a nice opportunity seeing, as the culture is, although different, still quite similar to my home culture.

    I decided to study the English Bachelor of Psychology because at the time Groningen was the only university that offered Psychology in English

    The study is quite broad and in the 3rd year you have the opportunity to choose modules.

    Because of the large amount of students the main method of assessment are Multiple Choice exams. The study is challenging, therefore, you do not have a lot of time to do an internship. Clinical psychology does not offer a compulsory internship.

    I am planning to go back to the UK to do a master in Forensic Psychology. After finishing that I would like to work in a court or in a prison as a forensic psychologist, working with criminals and their possible mental disorders.

    My parents finance my studies and I have a job, in order to get a bit of money on the side. Besides studying I am a member of the faculty council for the faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. I was a board member at the VIP, Study Association of Psychology, for a year and I currently am a Student Assistant for Communication and Diagnostic Skills.

    Future students I would tell that studying Psychology in Groningen is completely different to other continental or UK universities. Some students can cope with that easily, others can't

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    – William Pitz
  • Testimonial of Prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes

    Interaction between individual, group and society

    Man is by nature a remarkably social and co-operative entity. People not only feel comfortable in groups and social networks, together they construct whole societies. Such group processes create huge benefits for each individual. In spite of this, we increasingly see ourselves as unique and autonomous. Such interaction between individual, group and society is central to my research.

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    – Prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
  • Testimonial of Marco Burelli

    When I found out I could study Psychology in English abroad, I decided to give everything up and start over again.

    My name is Marco Burelli, I'm 29 years old and I'm originally from Udine, a small city in the north of Italy. I'm in the second year of the Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology. Before I started my Bachelor's I worked for a couple of years in Italy. After a while I realized I didn't want to do that job for the rest of my life. When I found out I could study Psychology in English abroad, I decided to give everything up and start over again.

    My first impression of Groningen was very good. It is exactly the right size for a city and there are so many students. It's a very livable city, as we say in Italy, except for the weather, which is not all that great.

    I really liked the University from the first day. I expected it to be well organized, because of the stereotypes about The Netherlands. But I was still really surprised by how clearly all the information is provided through the website. You always know what you have to do today, tomorrow, next week or even in six months. That's a huge difference with how things are organized at universities in Italy.

    The students on my degree programme are very open and friendly, and particularly in the international track everyone is very willing to meet new people. Although there are many students in the Bachelor's in Psychology, you also have small classes. There were only 12 of us in my academic skills class last year and I made a lot of friends.

    At first I thought I wanted to be a workplace psychologist, but now I don't know anymore because all the course units are so interesting. I might want to work for an NGO, but I'm not sure yet.

    I'm extremely happy that I decided to come here. The quality of the University is so high that I am confident that whatever specialization I choose I'll be satisfied and that I'll find a job that makes me happy.

    Contact: m.burelli@student.rug.nl

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    – Marco Burelli
  • Testimonial of Jessie Syme

    "To anyone who is thinking about studying overseas: just do it. It's a big, scary risk but it is so worth it.... Groningen is probably the smallest place I've ever lived in, but it's got everything."

    After I finished high school in South Africa I wanted to return to Europe. I'm half South-African and half English, and grew up in both countries. I looked around to see where I could study in English and found the psychology Bachelor's programme in Groningen.

    Psychology seemed like a good basis for all sorts of things, and I knew that even if I didn’t end up working in the field of psychology, it would be a good background for something else. Now I’m in the final year of the Bachelor’s programme.

    Groningen is probably the smallest place I’ve ever lived in, but it’s got everything. There are so many things to do, there is so much culture and sport. It really is a big little city, every night of the week there is something going on. And it’s great that you can get around so easily, by bike or on foot.

    In the programme you learn how to think critically, how to decipher scientific articles and how to disseminate scientific information. The way I think about things and the way I take in news has changed as a result.

    One thing I’m really impressed with here is the level of English. I have lecturers who are able to teach me really complex things and I understand them perfectly even though they are from all over the world.

    After I finish I’m going to take some time off and think about what I want to do, also because I want to pursue more creative, theatrical things. But I think psychology will be useful for everything I do. You learn how people think, how to interact with them, why people act the way they do, and you learn to interpret their behaviour. All that has been valuable.

    To anyone who is thinking about studying overseas: just do it. It’s a big, scary risk but it is so worth it. There are many international students, so you’re just going to meet people and experience a whole new way of life which is very exciting. One tip: Facebook is invaluable: from bicycles to housing, from clothes to furniture, for everything, really.

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    – Jessie Syme
  • Testimonial of Laurent Krook

    Lecturer in Research Methods, Academic Skills and Bachelor's thesis supervisor

    I work at the Teaching Unit of the Psychology department. This means that I teach a selection of basic course units for the Bachelor's programme in psychology, both in English and Dutch.

    I teach four course units in three days, namely: research methods, Bachelor’s theses, research practice and mentor groups. I spend the other two days doing my own thing, unconnected with the Bachelor’s programme in psychology. I’m trying to focus on IT, to get more experience in programming, particularly in gathering and analysing data.

    I have a cross-faculty Research Master’s degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience. My original plan was to pursue a PhD; I applied but nothing came of it. I then applied for a teaching position here and soon realized that I actually prefer teaching to conducting research.

    The thing I like about the course units I teach is that the department has a sort of omnipresence: every student must follow our course units. I teach students the basics of academic learning, academic writing skills, giving academic presentations or carrying out empirical research. This lays the foundations for an academic future, so that students can decide for themselves where their interests lie in the more specialized departments.

    Psychology ties in nicely with the concept of the Teaching Unit; you put it to good use anywhere. It’s a very broad concept, so it’s not only useful in psychology itself, but also in lots of smaller fields. Learning from each other about all the different disciplines and understanding the links between them is great fun. I think that for many people, a Bachelor’s degree in psychology together with a Master’s degree in a subject related to psychology forms a solid basis for a career. Psychology covers so much ground, whatever your specialization and whatever you plan to do.

    Prospective students can expect an international learning environment, as we teach the Bachelor’s programme in psychology in both English and Dutch. Students are given a lot of freedom; they can compile their own package of course units, and new initiatives and ideas are welcomed. Finally, they can look forward to living in a great, young, lively city.

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    – Laurent Krook
Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Psychology
Croho code
56604
Course type
Bachelor
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences