Environmental Psychology, M.Sc.

Environmental Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Environmental Psychology programme is offered by the University of Groningen. The programme focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed to understand the human dimension of environmental and energy-related problems. 


There is an urgent demand for this expertise in environmental psychology. Governments and companies seek advice from environmental psychologists to understand the human dimension of sustainable development, and leading journals, such as Nature, stress the importance of the social sciences for understanding and tackling environmental and energy-related problems. This master will equip you for job opportunities that focus on finding effective and societally acceptable solutions to these problems.

The master programme Environmental Psychology equips you with the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to understand the human dimension of environmental and energy-related problems. Furthermore, it provides you with the expertise to develop effective and societally acceptable solutions for these problems.

Throughout the year, you will be working on your individual master thesis, and possibly an internship, in which you can work on your own research project. Also you will take a methodological course of your choice in which you learn advanced research methods in Environmental Psychology.

Job prospects

There is an increasing demand from practitioners and policy makers to understand the human dimension of sustainable development. Technical solution alone cannot solve environmental problems. Consumers need to change their behaviour and accept sustainable policies. This master will equip you for job opportunities that focus on finding effective and societally acceptable solutions to reduce environmental problems.

Job examples

  • Policy advisor
  • Environmental policy making
  • Consultancy
  • Behavioral expert in environmental and energy organizations
  • Environmental communication and education
  • Researcher at an institute of applied sciences

Programme Structure

The programme starts by introducing you to main theories in Environmental Psychology. After that you will learn how to evaluate and design interventions aimed at improving environmental quality in the courses 'Personal Social and Cultural Change' and 'Designing interventions'. In the course 'Advanced Topics in Environmental Psychology', you will become an expert on a self-chosen topic within the field of Environmental Psychology. Finally, 'Working in Interdisciplinary teams' teaches you to integrate your obtained knowledge with perspectives from other disciplines to better understand and address the complexity of environmental and energy-related problems.

Courses include:

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Master thesis
  • Methodological course
  • Designing interventions
  • Personal, social and cultural change
  • Advanced topics in Environmental Psychology
  • Working in interdisciplinary teams

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. 
  • Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.
  • The admission requirements depend on the prior education.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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