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  Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MSc

University of Groningen    Behavioural and Social Sciences

Full time September, February MSc 1 year full time
Psychology (31)

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Are you interested in understanding the factors that shape human behaviour and how this knowledge can be applied to real-life problems? Look no further than our Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MSc programme. Through a combination of theory and practical application, we delve into the social psychological factors that influence behaviour, such as crime, discrimination, and crowd behaviour. With an international approach and expert tuition, you have the freedom to specialize in your area of interest. Plus, if you have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university, you'll likely meet the admission requirements. Join us and make a difference in the world!

About the course

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

In our master's program, we highlight which social psychological factors determine human behaviour, and how these factors can be influenced. Based on social psychological theories, we outline how such factors can be studied, and how knowledge derived from research can be implemented in an applied context.

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

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Entry Requirements

In addition to the general requirements, some tracks have specific admission requirements. This means that it depends on your previous education and the track you have chosen whether you are eligible for admission or whether you need to do something extra. If you have a regular Bachelor's degree in Psychology from a Dutch university, you will meet the admission requirements for most tracks (depending on the courses you took).

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Student Profiles

Laura Spitaleri

I'm originally German and Italian, but I have done all my studies in Groningen. I came here because I wanted to study in English, and German universities didn't offer English-taught programmes at the time. Dutch universities did, and they also had an outstanding reputation, which drew me to the Netherlands. I chose Groningen because it is relatively close to Germany.

My experiences here have been very good. I like the city, it has a nice atmosphere and there's always a lot to do. The University of Groningen also suits me well. I find the lecturers here are quite open and approachable. Interaction with them is relaxed and informal and they are always willing to help and counsel students.

After completing my BA in Psychology, I enrolled in the Master's programme of Applied Social Psychology. The best part about the programme, in my opinion, is the way it combines theory and practice. The course Designing Interventions is a good example. We started off by learning all the theories involved in intervention design, and then we were each assigned a real, existing situation to solve by designing an intervention of our own. The solutions were all aimed at changing people's behaviour: getting them to engage in car sharing, for example.

Other than the courses, the thesis is a major part of the programme. We are free to choose our own topic to research, and if we want to, we can even choose to combine a thesis and an internship. There is a lot of flexibility in that respect. I opted for just the thesis. I know research isn't everyone's favourite part of the study, but personally, I really wanted to use the opportunity to study in depth a subject of my own choosing.

My thesis deals with immigration. Through online questionnaires, I examine tolerance and intolerance in the context of migration issues. Migration is a topic that interests me greatly, so I'm hoping that I can continue to do something related to immigration after I graduate. Perhaps in a research project, but I haven't decided yet.

Diana te Braake

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, but moved to the Netherlands nine years ago. I completed the English Bachelor's programme in Psychology in Groningen and am currently doing the Master's programme in Social Psychology.

I chose Groningen because the programme was in English, but immediately fell in love with the city. I liked that it was a city but also comparable to a cosy little village, and that it is really international. Unlike my previous experiences, I feel that diversity is truly celebrated in this city, which is important to me. I have also made many international friends.

It was hard for me to choose between Clinical and Social Psychology. At first, I couldn't really imagine what a Social Psychologist really does, while it was easier to imagine what a Clinical Psychologist does. However, after asking around, I found out that Social Psychology also includes Cultural Psychology and that I could focus on women's empowerment. This convinced me to choose Social Psychology.

I focus on Cultural Psychology, so have learnt about intergroup and group behaviours as well as the effect of culture on people's behaviours. A particularly significant course unit that I followed ('Managing Groups') taught me how to apply my research and theoretical knowledge in the real world. This gave me the confidence that I needed, as I was still unsure about my future career.

I enjoy doing different extracurricular activities: I have been head-resident of my student flat building, a member of the board of the African Students Community, a research assistant and a statistics tutor. I also participated in the Honours College during my Master's programme. It was very demanding, but I am glad that I did it. I gained many new skills and got to know my strengths and weaknesses better.

After my Master's, I would like to work in women's and/or refugee empowerment. It would be nice to be a policy advisor on such topics at a governmental organization.

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