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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
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About Reflecting on Psychology at University of Groningen

Reflecting on Psychology (RoP) means putting psychology in perspective. Our goal is to understand why psychological concepts and phenomena are the way they are, and how they could be different.

Using perspectives from the history, philosophy, and sociologyof science, this master encourages students to study the field ofPsychology itself, and to explore its relations with other parts of science and society. Students of Reflecting on Psychology willstudy topics such as the value of fMRI scans for law, thedistinction between enhancement and therapy, the influence of mediastories about autism on its clinical reality, the dominance of theexperimental method in psychology, or the cultural variability ofpsychological phenomena.

This programme aims to attract a select group of students whowill be supervised individually and encouraged to come up withtheir own research topics. Students from Reflecting on Psychologywill become skilled in writing, qualitative analysis andreflection. They will learn how to write essays, participate indiscussions, and give lectures. By examining psychology's past andits present, as well as its issues and its boundaries, we aim togive students access to its future.


Reflecting on Psychology (RoP) means putting psychology in perspective. Our goal is to understand why psychological concepts and phenomena are the way they are, and how they could be different.

Using perspectives from the history, philosophy, and sociologyof science, this master encourages students to study the field ofPsychology itself, and to explore its relations with other parts of science and society. Students of Reflecting on Psychology willstudy topics such as the value of fMRI scans for law, thedistinction between enhancement and therapy, the influence of mediastories about autism on its clinical reality, the dominance of theexperimental method in psychology, or the cultural variability ofpsychological phenomena.

This programme aims to attract a select group of students whowill be supervised individually and encouraged to come up withtheir own research topics. Students from Reflecting on Psychologywill become skilled in writing, qualitative analysis andreflection. They will learn how to write essays, participate indiscussions, and give lectures. By examining psychology's past andits present, as well as its issues and its boundaries, we aim togive students access to its future.

After your studies

Job prospects

Students who have finished the RoP master will go on tobecome:

Students who have finished the RoP master will go on tobecome:

Job examples

  • Historians of science

    for example in archives, as non-fiction authors, oracademics

  • Government advisors

    advisors of science policy for governmental organizations

  • Academics

    researchers or teachers in departments of social sciences,philosophy or medicine

  • Science communicators

    freelance, or for editorial offices of a magazine, university orpublisher

  • Qualitative researchers

    for research agencies, or governmental organizations

  • Teachers

    of psychology or related fields in schools for higherprofessional education, or secondary schools

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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
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Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universities

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. Deadline aanmeldingmaster: 15 november/1 mei. Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ation/switch-modules

PsychologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

You are admissable 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 Admission 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

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
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

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. 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 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/

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

**Please note**
Because of the masterweek the application deadline for February2018 is extended until 1 December 2017 (for EU students).

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.

**Please note**
Because of the masterweek the application deadline for February2018 is extended until 1 December 2017 (for EU students).

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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