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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Environmental Psychology at University of Groningen

Which factors induce environmentally harmful behaviour and what motivates people to act pro-environmentally and accept pro-environmental policies? How does the changing environment affect us?

Questions like these are addressed in the Master's programme'Environmental psychology'. The programme focuses on theinteractions between humans and their environment. You will acquiretheoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed tounderstand the human dimension of environmental and energy-relatedproblems. The programme is taught by the world-leading EnvironmentalPsychology group at the University of Groningen.

There is an urgent demand for this expertise in environmentalpsychology. Governments and companies seek advice fromenvironmental psychologists to understand the human dimension ofsustainable development, and leading journals, such as Nature,stress the importance of the social sciences for understanding andtackling environmental and energy-related problems. This masterwill equip you for jobopportunities that focus on finding effective andsocietally acceptable solutions to these problems.

Which factors induce environmentally harmful behaviour and what motivates people to act pro-environmentally and accept pro-environmental policies? How does the changing environment affect us?

Questions like these are addressed in the Master's programme'Environmental psychology'. The programme focuses on theinteractions between humans and their environment. You will acquiretheoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed tounderstand the human dimension of environmental and energy-relatedproblems. The programme is taught by the world-leading EnvironmentalPsychology group at the University of Groningen.

There is an urgent demand for this expertise in environmentalpsychology. Governments and companies seek advice fromenvironmental psychologists to understand the human dimension ofsustainable development, and leading journals, such as Nature,stress the importance of the social sciences for understanding andtackling environmental and energy-related problems. This masterwill equip you for jobopportunities that focus on finding effective andsocietally acceptable solutions to these problems.

After your studies

Job prospects

There is an increasing demand from practitioners and policymakers to understand the human dimension of sustainabledevelopment. Technical solution alone cannot solve environmentalproblems. Consumers need to change their behaviour and acceptsustainable policies. This master will equip you for jobopportunities that focus on finding effective and societallyacceptable solutions to reduce environmental problems.

There is an increasing demand from practitioners and policymakers to understand the human dimension of sustainabledevelopment. Technical solution alone cannot solve environmentalproblems. Consumers need to change their behaviour and acceptsustainable policies. This master will equip you for jobopportunities that focus on finding effective and societallyacceptable solutions to reduce environmental problems.

Our programme equips you for positions in practice orscience. 

Job examples

  • Policy advisor
  • Environmental policy making (e.g. at national or municipality level)
  • Consultancy
  • Behavioral expert in environmental and energy organizations

    (such as Enexis and Qurrent)

  • Environmental communication and education

    (for example at MilieuCentraal )

  • Researcher at an institute of applied sciences

    (such as the Netherlands institute for social research(SCP))

  • PhD in (Environmental) research
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

More information:

Admission for students from other universities depends on thecourses they followed in their bachelor degree programme. See http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication#proceduresfor more information

PsychologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

You are admissible with the Bachelor degree. For moreinformation about the applicable procedure, see http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication#procedures

PsychologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program

More information:

Students with a Psychology Bachelor degree from otheruniversities are admissible after approval by Admissions MasterPsychology. See http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication#proceduresfor more information.

Psychology (EN)University of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

You are admissible with the Bachelor degree. For moreinformation about the applicable procedure, see http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication#procedures

Toegepaste PsychologieAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:
  • Diploma van een Bachelor opleiding
  • Gevolgd deficiëntie-programma (pre-master programma) vanin principe 60 EC
  • Voldoende Statistiekkennis voor pre-master programma
  • Voor Engelstalige tracks, voldoen aan de taaleis, zie http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this.For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/

language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence ofsatisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For a completeoverview, please see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ch-modules/taaleisen

previous education

The admission requirements depend on the prior education. For afull description of admission requirements, application procedureand admission procedure, please consult http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this.For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence ofsatisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For anoverview, please see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ch-modules/taaleisen

previous education

The admission requirements depend on the prior education. For afull description of admission requirements, application procedureand admission procedure, please consult http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/

Registration procedure

The admission requirements depend on the prior education.

For a full description of admission requirements, applicationprocedure and admission procedure, please consult Admissionrequirements.

Students who have finished the Dutch bachelor in Psychology atthe University of Groningen can register until 1 February / 1September.

The admission requirements depend on the prior education.

For a full description of admission requirements, applicationprocedure and admission procedure, please consult Admissionrequirements.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)C1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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