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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.
Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Psychology
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56604
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • the Psychology department in Groningen is ranked #38 in the world according to World University Rankings 2019
  • 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
Programme

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
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
A Theoretical Introduction to Research Methods
Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to psychology
Statistics Ia
Academic skills
A practical 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

The classes are subdivided in various professional 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.

Periods
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Cognitive Psychology (optional)
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (optional)
Test theory
Communication and diagnostic skills
Statistics II
Clinical psychology
Psychology in the workplace
Research methods: theory and ethics
Social environment and behaviour
Research practicum
Statistics III
Working with Psychology
Theory of Science

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.

Periods
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Controversies in Psychology
Deception in clinical settings
Experimental skills
Group dynamics
Psychopatholog symp. classif. and diagn.
Sport and performance psychology
The social psychology of communication
Teaching skills
Bachelorthese
Independent Societal Project
Literature study
Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology
Consumer and economic psychology
Gerontology
Human error
Interventions in individual development
Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapies
Learning: Theory and practice
Mass psychology
Perception
Philosophy of Psychology
Social influence
Understanding Psychopathology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Cognition and Attention
Cognitive behavioural processes across disorders: A transdiagnostic approach
Conflict management
Intergroup relations
Organisational change
Programming for psychologists
School Neuropsychology: Mind, Brain & Education
Social cognition and affect
Dynamic skills in groups
Cognitive neuroscience
Developmental Neuropsychology
Diagnosis and assessment
Interpersonal relations
Personnel Psychology
Programme options
Honours programme (track)
Excellence programme (track)

Excellence programme

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

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

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • HBO propedeuse

    Students who finished their first year of an applied sciences university programme, cannot automatically be admitted to the Bachelor of Psychology. The admissions board may ask for supplementary requirements. Please contact the academic advisor for more information.

  • academic propedeuse

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

We strongly advise a firm background in English, Mathematics and Biology. In the bachelor, there is a strong emphasis on scientific research. Many students experience difficulties with statistics, so it is important to realize in advance that this is part of your studies.

previous education

If you do not fulfill the conditions for admission to the Bachelor of Psychology programme and still want to study, please read the information on http://www.rug.nl/gmw/education/colloquium-doctum.

other admission requirements

This bachelor's programme has a selection procedure. This means that the programme selects candidates to be admitted to the programme. We choose this way of working because we would like to admit the most suitable to our programme. Please don't be discouraged by this procedure, there are 600 places! More information follows via https://rug.nl/psychologyselection

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

We strongly advise a firm background in English (see language test below), Mathematics and Biology.

language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For an overview, please see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/bachelor/aanmelding-en-toelating/

previous education

If you hold an EU secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch vwo-diploma you are also admissible (i.e. Abitur, International Baccalaureate). A rule-of-thumb for students holding an EU-diploma (no rights may be derived from this): If your diploma gives admittance to academic universities in the country of origin of your diploma, then it also gives admittance to universities in the Netherlands. Students who finished their first year of an applied sciences university programme (hbo in Dutch), cannot automatically be admitted to the Bachelor of Psychology. The admissions board may ask for supplementary requirements. Please contact the academic advisor for more information.

other admission requirements

This bachelor's programme has a selection procedure. This means that the programme selects candidates to be admitted to the programme. We choose this way of working because we would like to admit the most suitable students to our programme. Please don't be discouraged by this procedure, there are 600 places! For more information please see: https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/bachelor/over-selectie

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 600 attendees a year.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 9500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Psychologists get into jobs where thorough knowledge of human possibilities and constraints is important. For instance a job in mental health care. You should think of assistance or therapy. Psychologists can also work in business or in organizations. For example, they are used to recruit new staff, in coaching or training. Finally, it is possible to find yourself in research institutes or universities.

Job examples

  • Forensic psychologist
  • Student psychologist
  • Vocational and organizational expert
  • Sport psychologist
  • Prevention officer
  • Market researcher
  • Career and organizational consultant
  • Communication advisor
  • Traffic psychologist
  • Marketing consultant
  • Cognitive ergonomist
  • Policy researcher
  • Information officer
Research

Psychological Research at this university is done at the Heymans Institute, called after the founding father of psychology in the Netherlands. The versatility of its research, ranging from fundamental to very practical, manifests itself in the seven research programmes of the institute. Quite a few staff members, whom you may have met as a teacher already, participate in these programmes.

Researchers within Psychology

To help you orientate on psychological research, this site periodically highlights three researchers from different subfields of psychology. We hope these web pages present interesting information and may inspire you to gather some ideas for a topic for a master thesis.

Projecten van prof.dr. M.M. (Monicque) Lorist
Projecten van prof.dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
Projecten van dr. B.D. (Brian) Ostafin

Mindwise

Staff and students write in a personal capacity about psychological research and education in Groningen, and express their opinions on current affairs based on their expertise. Here you can get a good idea of research conducted in the expertise fields based on current topics.

Mindwise blogs written by members of the expertise fields:
Experimental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Environmental Psychology | Social Psychology | Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology | Theory and History of Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Clinical Neuropsychology


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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Psychology (EN), please contact:

  • Maryam Ali (ask our students)
    Email: m.p.ali rug.nl
  • Academic Advisors Psychology (about the programme, enrollment, studying)
    Email: studieadvies.psy rug.nl
  • Admission Office (for students with a non-Dutch diploma)
  • Gmw Roosters
  • Student Ambassadors Psychology (Would you like to know something about studying Psychology from a student expert by experience?)
    Email: studyinformation.bss rug.nl
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    When I found out I could study Psychology in English abroad, I decided to give everything up and start over again.

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    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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						Testimonial of student 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."

    – student Jessie Syme
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    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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						Testimonial of student Anthony Pinakoulakis

    There are so many things waiting to be discovered and so many questions to be answered. A truly fascinating field to study!

    – student Anthony Pinakoulakis
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    My name is Anthony Pinakoulakis, I am 21 years old and I come from Crete, a wonderful island located in Southern Greece. Moreover, I am a second-year Psychology student at the University of Groningen.

    Why did you choose the University of Groningen?
    Groningen is an ideal student city, as it offers everything that an international student can ask for. It has a large student population; therefore, you can find all kinds of activities. At the same time, however, the city is small and cosy enough to feel part of it. Furthermore, the university has a great reputation, especially in Psychology, where it consistently ranks within the top 50 programmes in the world.

    Why did you choose Psychology?
    I am fascinated by the human mind, the brain and human behaviour. In fact, we know so much, yet so little about these topics. Why do we dream? How can we improve memory? What does it mean to be self-actualized? There are so many questions that still have to be answered. The field of Psychology is like a fertile crop that has not yet been harvested. There are so many things waiting to be discovered and so many questions to be answered. A truly fascinating field to study!

    What skills do you acquire as a student at the University of Groningen?
    Over the course of my studies at the University of Groningen, an essential skill that I have developed is time management. Because the Dutch system focuses less on lectures and more on self-study, students are responsible for creating their own study schedule and sticking to it. In addition, my communication skills have also improved. The university’s culture has played an important role in that, through exposing me to an environment that includes people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Being able to meet with other people and socialize will definitely be a useful skill in the future.

    What are your plans after graduation?
    Forensic Psychology is my favourite field within the discipline; therefore, I would like to study it on a Master’s level. Furthermore, I want to gain some experience through internships and volunteer work. My long term goal is to join an international law enforcement agency like Interpol and work on the departments of crimes against children or counter-terrorism.

    My advice to those considering studying in Groningen.
    To summarize, Groningen is an excellent place study. As a city, it is large enough to have many things going on and small enough to feel part of it. It has approximately 60,000 students and an excellent academic institution. If you choose to study here, you will probably not regret it. Just make sure you bring along a warm coat, as you will certainly need it!

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						Testimonial of lecturer Laurent Krook

    Lauren Krook, lecturer in Research Methods, Academic Skills and Bachelor's thesis supervisor

    – lecturer Laurent Krook
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    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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						Testimonial of lecturer Don van Ravenzwaaij

    Don van Ravenzwaaij – Assistant Professor in Statistics

    – lecturer Don van Ravenzwaaij
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    I teach on the Bachelor's programme in Psychology and the Research Master's programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences. I teach the course units Statistics and Statistical Solutions to Problems in Psychology, which are English-taught.

    Just like so many other students, I started taking Statistics thinking that it was simply a compulsory hurdle I had to pass. As my studies progressed, however, I started to find it more and more fun. I discovered that statistics isn’t some abstract idea confined to the lecture hall but something you can use in daily life. One example is board games. While playing Risk I wondered how many armies I needed to defend myself properly. Thanks to first-year Statistics I realized that I could use statistics to work out what the optimum number was! I was using it not only for knowledge but in my everyday life.

    What are my research passions? My field actually acts as a kind of umbrella science – statistics is the means that is used to help many different fields draw conclusions. It is very important that it is done properly and I always try to make that clear to students. I think I succeed in the main – there are always fanatical students who want to continue in statistics.

    In the Psychology degree programme, Statistics is used for the social case studies we work with. In principle you can use statistics for just about everything, it’s simply the method you use that varies. Psychology is incredibly broad. You can research many different topics. For example, I have researched ‘speedy decision-making’ – how do people make decisions under time pressure? Psychology can be used to deal with many different themes, but when it comes down to it it’s all about ourselves.

    Compared with other psychology degrees in the Netherlands, the Groningen programme is very research-oriented. This means that students get a relatively broad training in statistics. The biggest advantage of this is that if your ambitions lie in academia, you’re in the right place.

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Study associations

VIP

VIP is the study association for the Psychology students at the University of Groningen.
VIP organizes study-related and social activities. As a VIP-member, you receive a discount on study books as well as a discount on VIP activities. On this website, you can find more information about VIP, our events, committees, and the book sale.
https://www.vipsite.nl/
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

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.

Study support

Our academic advisors inform and advise prospective students, students enrolled in one of our programmes, and alumni. You can turn to them with all kinds of questions, e.g. about the programme itself, study planning, choice of courses/minors, enrolment, rules and regulations that apply to a study programme, attending courses at other faculties and studying abroad.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our academic advisors or plan an appointment with one of them. Navigate to https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/study-and-supervision or click the Contact button on this page.

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