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Psychology: Environmental Psychology MSc

University of Groningen    Behavioural and Social Sciences

Full time September, February MSc 1 year full time

About the course

How can psychology help us understand and solve environmental and energy-related problems? How can we motivate and empower people to act pro-environmentally and adapt to a changing environment?

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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 Profile(s)

Ruben Mul

My name is Ruben Mul and I'm following the Master's programme in Environmental Psychology. This field focuses on the interaction between humans and their environment. I am particularly interested in how people influence their living environment. How can we encourage people to make more environmentally friendly choices? The Master's in Environmental Psychology teaches us to develop and apply theories to explain and change people's eco-behaviour, a topic that is now more important than ever.

Jiro Haratsuka

I originally studied 'Environmental Engineering' in Japan. When I graduated in 2003, I got a job as a government official at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. A few years later, I got the opportunity to study for two years in The Netherlands. The first year, I studied 'Environment and Resource Management' in Amsterdam and in the second year I started the master 'Environmental Psychology' in Groningen.

‘Environmental Psychology’ was a very interesting new field for me. For me as a government official, it is very important to understand how we can develop and implement policy interventions effectively, in the sense that it is accepted by the public and changes people’s behaviour.

It was the first time I studied Psychology, and therefore it was very challenging for me. Because I had a lot of experience in Japan working on Environmental policy, the University allowed me to start the degree. It was very demanding, but at the same time very insightful and rewarding.

In my current job, I am responsible for the construction of a new facility in Fukushima for the storage and treatment of contaminated soil and waste (the Fukushima nuclear power accident took place in 2011). We have to collect all the contaminated soil in one place where it can be treated for the next 30 years. We always need to take into consideration the attitudes and emotions of people who live near the facility. I can greatly benefit from the knowledge I gained from ‘Environmental Psychology’ in taking up this difficult task.

In Japan, ‘Environmental Psychology’ is very new, but I think it is very important and it will become even more important in the future. Especially now it is very urgent for Japan to consider questions related to public acceptability of various energy sources and policies. Before the Fukushima accident, one third of the total energy in Japan was generated form nuclear power. The government would like to restart power stations but Japanese people are very skeptical about it after the accident. ‘Environmental Psychology’ can help us to understand better which key concerns people have about different energy sources and which sources they prefer and why.

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