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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 Applied Social Psychology at University of Groningen

How can psychology contribute to solving conflicts between groups, to a better environment, or health?

In our master program, we highlight which social psychologicalfactors determine human behaviour, and how these factors can beinfluenced. Based on social psychological theories, we outline howsuch factors can be studied, and how knowledge derived fromresearch can be implemented in an applied context.

Social psychological research can deliver insights on how to solve societal and environmental problems. We examine issueslike:

  • crime,
  • discrimination
  • crowd behaviour
  • health-related aspects of behaviour
  • economic behaviour
  • behaviour within a social group
  • development and change of social norms

How can psychology contribute to solving conflicts between groups, to a better environment, or health?

In our master program, we highlight which social psychologicalfactors determine human behavior, and how these factors can beinfluenced. Based on social psychological theories, we outline howsuch factors can be studied, and how knowledge derived fromresearch can be implemented in an applied context.

Social psychological research can deliver insights on how to solve societal and environmental problems. We examine issueslike:

  • crime,
  • discrimination
  • crowd behavior
  • health-related aspects of behavior
  • economic behavior
  • behavior within a social group
  • development and change of social norms

After your studies

Job prospects

What do you do as an ASP psychologist?

Social psychologists have insight into the causes of large-scalesocial problems, understanding of "normal" human behavior and of"normal" problems, they can be widely used in different applicationfields.

What makes you as an ASP suitable for so manyfunctions?

* understanding of the causes of behavior, social psychologistsfind work at various organizations as policy officers or inmanagement positions.

* Capabilities as researchers of social behavior, for example,provide policy support and marketing research.

* insight into the influence of behavior they work ininformation and advertising, as communication consultant andmarketing consultant, or as trainer / coach.

Job examples

  • Information officer
  • Communications adviser
  • Marketing consultant
  • Trainer/coach
  • Marketing researcher
  • Policy officer
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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

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Toegepaste PsychologieAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september. Deadline aanmeldingmaster: 15 november/1 mei. Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/

PsychologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september. Deadline aanmeldingmaster: 15 november/1 mei. Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ation/switch-modules

PsychologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Deadline aanmelding: 1 februari/1 september.

Psychology (EN)University of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Deadline aanmelding en betaling: 30 augustus/31 januari.

All Research universities

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september. Deadline aanmeldingmaster: 15 november/1 mei. Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ation/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. See below.

other admission requirements

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
previous education

Voor de eisen per vooropleiding, zie http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/Let op: hbo-studenten die een andere opleiding volgen of gevolgdhebben dan (toegepaste) psychologie worden niet toegelaten tot demasteropleiding of de pre-master. Een aanvraag tot toelating zalniet in behandeling worden genomen.

language test

Voor Engelstalige tracks moeten studenten met een hbo-opleidingof een buitenlandse vooropleiding voldoen aan de taaleisen. Zie: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ch-modules/taaleisen.

written requestNo further information

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 inPsychology at the University of Groningen can register until 1February / 1 September.

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 inPsychology at the University of Groningen can register until 1February / 1 September.


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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