What will I learn?

In our master program, we highlight which social psychological factors determine human behavior, 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:

  • crime,
  • discrimination
  • crowd behavior
  • health-related aspects of behavior
  • economic behavior
  • behavior within a social group
  • development and change of social norms

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Focus on the theory and application of psychology to manage real-life problems;
  • International approach; international staff; experts tuition from professionals in the field;
  • Freedom to choose your own area of specialization;
  • Dutch students can take a large part of the programme in Dutch.

Job prospects

What do you do as an ASP psychologist?

Social psychologists have insight into the causes of large-scale social problems, understanding of "normal" human behaviour and of "normal" problems, they can be widely used in different application fields.

What makes you as an ASP suitable for so many functions?

  • understanding of the causes of behaviour, social psychologists find work at various organizations as policy officers or in management positions
  • Capabilities as researchers of social behaviour, for example, provide policy support and marketing research.
  • insight into the influence of behaviour they work in information and advertising, as communication consultant and marketing consultant, or as trainer / coach.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 16,920) per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

More details

Start date

1 February 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

IELTS overall band: 6.5 - overall (6.0 - speaking, 6.0 - writing)

TOEFL paper based: 575 - overall (55 - speaking, 45 - writing)

TOEFL internet based: 90 - overall (19 - speaking, 21 - writing)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): C, B or A

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Center Test: B2 - speaking, B2 - writing

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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