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Psychologie (EN)

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    The first year courses will introduce you to

    • general psychology
    • biological psychology
    • developmental psychology
    • personality psychology
    • social psychology
    • methods of research and statistics
    • history and applications

    The teaching of skills takes place in small groups under the guidance of a teacher/mentor and focuses on:

    • acquiring basic academic skills (reading, presenting, writing, study skills)
    • applying statistical knowledge and research methods
    • learning professional methods of interviewing and the mastering of group dynamics

    The first year courses will introduce you to

    • general psychology
    • biological psychology
    • developmental psychology
    • personality psychology
    • social psychology
    • methods of research and statistics
    • history and applications

    The teaching of skills takes place in small groups under the guidance of a teacher/mentor and focuses on:

    • acquiring basic academic skills (reading, presenting, writing, study skills)
    • applying statistical knowledge and research methods
    • learning professional methods of interviewing and the mastering of group dynamics
  • 2e jaar

    The classes are subdivided in the spheres of action of a psychologist:

    • work, organizational and personnel psychology
    • cognitive psychology
    • clinical psychology
    • clinical neuropsychology
    • environment and social behaviour

    Statistics, test theory, and research methodology are taught and in a practical form. You will be taught in small groups how to set up, describe, analyse and present a simple research project. Administering tests and the handling of diagnostics are highlighted during the practicals on professional skills.

    The classes are subdivided in various professinal areas of psychologists:

    • work, organizational and personnel psychology
    • cognitive psychology
    • clinical psychology
    • clinical neuropsychology
    • environment and social behaviour

    Statistics, test theory, and research methodology are taught and in a practical form. You will be taught in small groups how to set up, describe, analyse and present a simple research project. Administering tests and the handling of diagnostics are highlighted during the practicals on professional skills.

  • 3e jaar

    The first two years are the same for everyone and they have a broad orientation. You can now compose your courses to prepare optimally for on of the specializations of our master programmes. Also you can choose from many other courses within the field of psychology or from a different context, even at foreign universities.

    Important in this year is the bachelor thesis: an academic report about your own research project supervised by a staff member. During the writing of the thesis you can combine the knowledge that you have gained during your studies with statistical, diagnostic and methodological skills

    The first two years are the same for everyone and they have a broad orientation. You can now compose your courses to prepare optimally for on of the specializations of our master programmes. Also you can choose from many other courses within the field of psychology or from a different context, even at foreign universities.

    Important in this year is the bachelor thesis: an academic report about your own research project supervised by a staff member. During the writing of the thesis you can combine the knowledge that you have gained during your studies with statistical, diagnostic and methodological skills.

Programma-opties

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Introduction to psychology
Statistics Ia
Academische Vaardigheden
Introduction to research methods
Psychology: History and application
Statistics Ib
Developmental psychology
Social and cross-cultural psychology
Dialogue and group skills
Biopsychology
Personality and individual differences
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Cognitive Psychology (facultatief)
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (facultatief)
Test theory
Communication and diagnostic skills
Statistics II
Working with Psychology
Clinical psychology
Psychology in the workplace
Research methods: theory and ethics
Social environment and behaviour
Research practicum
Statistics III
Theory of Science

Our online course catalog provides detailed information about all courses via https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/showpos?opleiding=4526

Scroll down for the overview of courses of the Environmental Psychology track, click a course name for course details and description.

Our online course catalog provides detailed information about all courses via https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/showpos?opleiding=4526

Scroll down for the overview of courses of the Environmental Psychology track, click a course name for course details and description.

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief

The programme offers the possibility to do a minor at a foreign university.

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • very broad programme based on recognized and versatile expertise
  • easy access to the international world of research
  • learn from and interact with an international group of students and instructors
  • strong emphasis on integration research results
  • very broad programme based on recognized and versatile expertise
  • easy access to the international world of research
  • learn from and interact with an international group of students and instructors
  • strong emphasis on integration research results

Our academic advisors provide more detailed information about our programmes and give advice to prospective students, students who are enrolled in one of our programmes, and alumni.You can turn to them with questions about the programme itself, study planning, choosing courses/minors, enrollment, rules and regulations that apply to a programme, following courses at other faculties, studying abroad.

Do not hesitate to make an appointment with your academic advisor. You can arrange for a meeting by phone (+31 50 363 6301, student service desk) Please also check our online information system: http://www.rug.nl/gmw/questionandanswer. Often, you are not the first person to have a particular question, and the online information system may already have an answer for you.

There is a lot of attention for Study Support at the Psychology Department. At Psychology there are academic advisors for the Dutch as well as the English programme. The academic advisors have open office hours every morning and you can also make an appointment. You can reach them through www.rug.nl/gmw/vraagenantwoord and by e-mail.

Students whose academic progress is not going according to plan will be called for an interview.

The academic advisors give information about:

  • The degree programme as a whole
  • Career possibilities
  • Rules and procedures
  • Information events

They give advice on:

  • How to tackle studying
  • How to combine studies/part-time job/social activities
  • Study delay
  • Studying with a disability

They assist with:

  • Long-term planning
  • Study progress meetings
  • Changing to a different degree programme/university
  • Requesting a degree certificate

Adequate referral of students to internal/external bodies, such as:

  • Exam Committee
  • Board of Admissions
  • Assessment committee
  • Teachers
  • Co-ordinators Master Programmes
  • Co-ordinators Internships
  • Board of Appeal
  • GP/doctor/hospital
  • Student Service Centre

Mentor groups Students belong to the same group during the entire first year. They are supported by mentors who are in close contact with the academic advisors.

In addition, students learn during the first year course 'Writing and Presenting' how to study in an academic environment. Some of the things they learn are: how to prepare a study planning, to practise the making of summaries and mind-maps, and the use of other tools that can help to make studying easier.

  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Jeremy Dillmann
  • Testimonial van 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

    Sluiten
    – William Pitz
  • Testimonial van 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

    Sluiten
    – Marco Burelli
  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Jessie Syme
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Carolin Katzera, student Psychology

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – prof. dr. B.M. (Barbara) Wisse
  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Brian Ostafin
  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Laurent Krook
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