BSc in Psychology
University of Groningen
3 years (180 EC)
The aim of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology programme is to provide students with a broad understanding of the main fields of psychology and to offer a basis for further study and independent research. The programme is designed to develop knowledge of the factors influencing human behaviour and to develop skills for the application of this knowledge in a wide range of settings, including the workplace, educational settings and community affairs. It develops such academic skills as preparing reports and giving presentations and such pracitical skills as administering diagnostic tests and conducting interviews
The first year of the Bachelor’s programme provides an introduction to the entire field. Much of the curriculum is devoted to promoting independent thinking and clear communication, and more specifically a mastery of information search techniques and an understanding of the types of data psychologists use. Already in the first year you are exposed to the statistical techniques by which psychologists evaluate data. Courses in social and cross-cultural psychology, developmental psychology, and personality and individual differences help you to put the individual into a social and cultural context; a course in biopsychology explains the role of biological processes in thought and behaviour; and a practicum provides your first chance to practice intervention and dialogue skills
The second year of the programme builds upon the first, with many topics being revisited in detail. You learn more about the disciplines of organisational, clinical, cognitive, and social psychology, as well as about applications in such spheres as the workplace, health settings, rehabilitation, and consumer behaviour. You expand your knowledge of statistics, add to it an understanding of test theory, and apply this knowledge in diagnostic skills and research. A course in the theory of science reminds you of the big picture
The third year is designed to both broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding. You select four options and also write your bachelor’s thesis. The thesis is based on original research, and it shows that you have acquired the skills that entitle you to receive and assume the internationally recognised designation of Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor’ programme have the option of further study and a specialisation in the one-year Master of Science in Psychology programme. The Master’s programme consists of two specialisation courses, a skills practicum, a methodology course, two electives, and a Master’s thesis. Conditional admission to the Master’s programme is possible after completion of at least 165 ECTS of the Bachelor’s programme including the Bachelor’s thesis. The Master’s programme prepares students for a career in Fundamental or applied research or for a career as a consultant or policy advisor in different areas related to human behaviour.
NUI Matriculation requirements [6 Passes at Leaving Cert, inc 2 at Hons C or above.