Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility (MSc)

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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 Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility at University of Groningen

Modern life and society require people to stay mobile. This master equips you with the knowledge & skills to study human behaviour in traffic and to conceive of interventions that keep people mobile.

How do we manage to process all the information that we arebombarded with in busy traffic? How do we master driving a car, atask that is very complex at first but later can be so boring thatwe fall asleep behind the steering wheel? Why do we think we cansend a text message while cycling (while others cannot)? And if wegrow old, how can we take care we can still get from A to Bourselves? Is a shocking campaign moreeffective than a more neutral one? Can we do anything against roadrage? What is the effect of ecstasy on driving behaviour? And isdriving with a personality disorder safe?

These are questions we try to answer in Traffic Psychology.

This programme makes you an expert in this field.Different disciplines cover the broad theme of mobility and offercourses that examine social perspectives, that consider how adecline in the ability to process information affects mobility, andthat focus on the clinical effects of ageing (e.g. dementia). Apractical course element provides hands-on training usingstate-of-the-art assessment techniques and instruments. This willenable you to acquire the skills you will need in the applied andresearch field, e.g. for assessment in the field and in advanceddriving simulators.


Modern life and society require people to stay mobile. This master equips you with the knowledge & skills to study human behaviour in traffic and to conceive of interventions that keep people mobile.

How do we manage to process all the information that we arebombarded with in busy traffic? How do we master driving a car, atask that is very complex at first but later can be so boring thatwe fall asleep behind the steering wheel? Why do we think we cansend a text message while cycling (while others cannot)? And whilewe grow old, how can we take care we can still get from A to Bourselves? Is a shocking campaign more effective than a moreneutral one? Can we do anything against road rage? What is theeffect of ecstasy on driving behaviour? And is driving with apersonality disorder safe?

These are questions we try to answer in Traffic Psychology.

This programme makes you an expert in this field.Different disciplines cover the broad theme of mobility and offercourses that examine social perspectives, that consider how adecline in the ability to process information affects mobility, andthat focus on the clinical effects of ageing (e.g. dementia). Apractical course element provides hands-on training usingstate-of-the-art assessment techniques and instruments. This willenable you to acquire the skills you will need in the applied andresearch field, e.g. for assessment in the field and in advanceddriving simulators.

After your studies

Job prospects

There is demand in society for people with this Master'squalification. Students who complete the course can expect to finda job in the following areas: health-care mobility advice, trafficpsychology & mobility research institutes (e.g. TNO),automotive industry, commercial or governmental consultancy, humanFactors consultancy or they can study for a PhD in this field.

There is demand in society for people with this Master'squalification. Students who complete the course can expect to finda job in the following areas: health-care mobility advice, trafficpsychology & mobility research institutes (e.g. TNO),automotive industry, commercial or governmental consultancy, humanFactors consultancy or they can study for a PhD in this field.

Job examples

  • consultant

    consultant at consultancies such as Arcadis or Royal Haskoning,but also for governmental institutes (ministry)

  • research fellow

    research fellow at universities and institutes such as SWOV orTNO

  • Mobility advisor

    at healthcare institutes

  • Designer-advisor at automotive industry

    giving advice about instrument panel layout, advanced driverassistance systems, et cetera

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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
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Via a pre-master

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september.

PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PsychologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september.

Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements
Toegepaste PsychologieAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Applicants should have qualifications that justify theexpectation of successful completion of the programme in due time.These qualifications include knowledge and experience in relevanttheories, statistics and experience with statistical softwarepackages. Please be aware of our high level of statistics duringthe bachelor psychology programme and subsequent to this therequired high level of statistics in our master Psychologyprogramme.

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.

language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence ofsatisfactory results for one of the standard tests. See below.

previous education

Applicants require a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or anequivalent competence in terms of:

  • Knowledge of disciplinary subjects in psychology and theirapplications,
  • Good skills in designing psychological research and reportingit,
  • Solid knowledge of methods of data collection and statisticalanalysis,
  • An analytical and critical attitude enabling you to assessscientific information,
  • Motivation to acquire knowledge and skills at a postgraduatelevel

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
active employmentNo further information
additional subject

Applicants should have qualifications that justify theexpectation of successful completion of the programme in due time.These qualifications include knowledge and experience in relevanttheories, statistics and experience with statistical softwarepackages. Please be aware of our high level of statistics duringthe bachelor psychology programme and subsequent to this therequired high level of statistics in our master Psychologyprogramme.

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.

previous education

Toelating is mogelijk voor

  • Studenten die de bacheloropleiding Psychologie aan deRijksuniversiteit Groningen volgen of gevolgd hebben(onvoorwaardelijke toelating). Zie voor de deadlines en procedure:http://tinyurl.com/omvub7l
  • Studenten die een bacheloropleiding Psychologie aan een andereNederlandse universiteit volgen of gevolgd hebben (drempelloos, natoestemming toelatingscommissie)
  • Studenten die een andere (universitaire) bacheloropleidingvolgen of gevolgd hebben. Hieronder vallen ook hbo-studenten die deopleiding Toegepaste psychologie volgen of gevolgd hebben (metpre-master)

De toelatingscommissie baseert toelating en eventueelaanvullende pre-master van externe studenten op basis vanvooropleiding.

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.

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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