Are you ready for the many challenges of studying behavior, awareness, and the brain? Then this study will suit you, for psychology pervades all forms of human activity.
As a psychologist, you deal with human behavior and development in many fields, including psychological treatment, education, workplace, sports, environment, traffic, health, media, and more. In clinical professions, for example, you are concerned with the treatment of people with emotional or behavioral disorders or supporting patients with neurological deficits. Developmental issues are central to clinical work as well since the origins of maladaptive behavior often lie in early childhood.
In our bachelor program:
you learn about theories of the biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors influencing behavior;
you obtain basic communicational and diagnostic skills necessary for work in practice;
you are trained to get an in-depth focus on the methodological and statistical knowledge and skills essential for scientific research;
you learn to reflect on scientific theory in psychology;
you learn to reflect on your own development as a psychologist;
you have the possibility to focus on a domain of your own interest and what fits best with the track in your future Master's program.
Why study this program in Groningen?
the Psychology department in Groningen is ranked #38 in the world according to World University Rankings 2019
very broad program based on recognized and versatile expertise
easy access to the international world of research
learn from and interact with an international group of students and instructors
strong emphasis on integration research results
The first-year courses will introduce you to
methods of research and statistics
history and applications
The teaching of skills takes place in small groups under the guidance of a teacher/mentor and focuses on:
acquiring basic academic skills (reading, presenting, writing, study skills)
applying statistical knowledge and research methods
learning professional methods of interviewing and the mastering of group dynamics
A Theoretical Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to psychology
A practical introduction to research methods
Psychology: History and application
Social and cross-cultural psychology
Dialogue and group skills
Personality and individual differences
The classes are subdivided into various professional areas of psychologists:
work, organizational and personnel psychology
environment and social behavior
Statistics, test theory, and research methodology are taught and in a practical form. You will be taught in small groups how to set up, describe, analyze and present a simple research project. Administering tests and the handling of diagnostics are highlighted during the practicals on professional skills.
Cognitive Psychology (optional)
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (optional)
Communication and diagnostic skills
Psychology in the workplace
Research methods: theory and ethics
Social environment and behavior
Working with Psychology
Theory of Science
The first two years are the same for everyone and they have a broad orientation. You can now compose your courses to prepare optimally for one of the specializations of our master programs. Also, you can choose from many other courses within the field of psychology or from a different context, even at foreign universities.
Important in this year is the bachelor thesis: an academic report about your own research project supervised by a staff member. During the writing of the thesis you can combine the knowledge that you have gained during your studies with statistical, diagnostic and methodological skills.
Controversies in Psychology
Deception in clinical settings
Psychopathology symptoms, classification, and diagnostics
Sport and performance psychology
The social psychology of communication
Independent Societal Project
Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology
Consumer and economic psychology
Interventions in individual development
Introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapies
Learning: Theory and practice
Philosophy of Psychology
Cognition and Attention
Cognitive-behavioral processes across disorders: A transdiagnostic approach
Programming for psychologists
School Neuropsychology: Mind, Brain & Education
Social cognition and affect
Dynamic skills in groups
Diagnosis and assessment
Study abroad is optional
The program offers the possibility to do a minor at a foreign university.
We strongly advise a firm background in English (see language test below), Mathematics and Biology.
Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.
If you hold an EU secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO-diploma you are also admissible (for example Abitur, International Baccalaureate). A rule-of-thumb for students holding an EU-diploma (no rights may be derived from this): If your diploma gives admittance into academic universities in the country of origin of your diploma, then it also gives admittance to universities in the Netherlands. Students who finished their first year of an applied sciences university program (HBO in Dutch), cannot automatically be admitted to the Bachelor of Psychology. The admissions board may ask for supplementary requirements. Please contact the academic advisor for more information.
other admission requirements
This bachelor's program has a selection procedure. This means that the program selects candidates to be admitted to the program. We choose this way of working because we would like to admit the most suitable students for our program.
This program has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 600 attendees a year.
Type of student
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Psychologists get into jobs where a thorough knowledge of human possibilities and constraints is important. For instance a job in mental health care. You should think of assistance or therapy. Psychologists can also work in business or in organizations. For example, they are used to recruit new staff, in coaching or training. Finally, it is possible to find yourself in research institutes or universities.
Vocational and organizational expert
Career and organizational consultant
Psychological Research at this university is done at the Heymans Institute, called after the founding father of psychology in the Netherlands. The versatility of its research, ranging from fundamental to very practical, manifests itself in the seven research programs of the institute. Quite a few staff members, whom you may have met as a teacher already, participate in these programs.